Palatial architecture, grand gardens and impressive public parks abound in Vienna, but which of them are child friendly, and what’s the best way to explore the great outdoors?
BabyBreaks has done the research for you and selected the best family friendly Outdoor activities in Vienna, from sprawling green spaces to horse drawn carriages that will have you feeling like royalty!
1. Tiergarten Schönbrunn – Vienna Zoo
Pay a visit to the world’s oldest zoo, located in the grounds of the Imperial Schönbrunn Residence. An astounding setting, surrounded by history, the zoo is an important educational centre as well as a tourist attraction, partnering with numerous conservation projects to preserve endangered species.
Kids will love watching the feeding times of the arctic wolf and Siberian tigers, plus there are informative talks on a wide range of animals too.
BabyBreaks Tip: Schönbrunn Zoo is in the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace. To reach the main entrance to the zoo use the park entrance gate “Hietzinger Tor“.
Opening Times: Open 365 days a year, 09:00 – 16:30 or 18:30 (depending on the season).
2. Wiener Prater – Amusement Park
Located in Vienna’s 2nd district (Leopoldstadt), this is the city’s most famous amusement park, where generations of families have come to spend the day exploring its rollercoasters, restaurants and green space.
Rides include the Wiener Riesenrad (a giant ferris wheel), Praterturm (a 117 metre flying swing) and Grottenbahn – a train ride through fairytale inspired grottos where you can meet red riding hood and other popular childhood characters.
The park also hosts seasonal events such as a Halloween festival and a Winter Market.
Address: 1020 Vienna, Austria
Opening Times: Free entry 24 / 7, all year round. Individual attractions may have different opening hours and fees.
3. Horse Carriage Tour
Get a glimpse into the world of Fiakerei (horse-drawn carriage driving), a historic part of Vienna’s daily life since the 18th century. This tour takes you behind the scenes with a visit to the stables, followed by a ride through the city in an original Viennese Fiaker.
4. Kupark Oberlaa – Public Park
A large green area adjoining the gardens of Oberlaa health resort, this park boasts thermal springs and a popular café and cake shop. Created by a team of international landscape gardeners for the 1974 Garden Show, this sprawling green space is full of meandering paths to explore- perfect for tiring out little legs!
5. Kinder Kutschen – Tandem Bicycles
Exploring a city on two wheels is fantastic if you have young children, avoiding the hassle of public transport, whilst getting some exercise and fresh air too! KinderKutschen offers two- and three-wheeled bicycles with space for up to four children.
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