Last summer I was lucky enough to spend two weeks staying in Vienna, Austria for school. With each passing day, I fell in love with the city even more. Between the rich musical history, beautiful architecture, and great food and beer selections, there’s never a shortage of things to do. I plan on taking my son back with me someday, and if I do, these are the top six things I’d do with him. My list for adults is quite different, and I’ll be posting that soon. In the meantime, check out these summer activities for the kiddos.
Prater Amusement Park — This amusement park is easily accessible by the metro system and is great fun for the whole family! I didn’t try out much of the park, but I did do the ferris wheel, and almost peed my pants. It was terrifying for someone who doesn’t like feeling unstable, but everyone else I was with loved it. If you get sea sick easily, I don’t recommend it though. It isn’t steady but the views can be worth it, especially at sunset! If you don’t try the ferris wheel, there are plenty of other fun activities at the park!
Schönbrunn Palace — The older children will be interested to learn the history of this palace, while the younger ones will enjoy playing in the beautiful gardens. This place amazed me! If any of your children are into photography, this is the perfect place to perfect their skills outside.
Museumsquartier — Depending on your children’s ages, this is a wonderful and enriching part of Vienna. There is so much to learn about Viennese art and history in these musems. On top of that, there are beautiful outside areas with statues and gardens, that work perfectly for a photo op.
Grab some food at the Naschmarkt — This cute market is full of great food, fresh flowers, spices, and many other great items! You could spend at least an hour walking around and checking out each of the different booths. While you are in this area, visit the little restaurant in the middle of Karlzplatz station, across from the church and in front of the school. It’s sort of hidden by trees but it’s like a small oasis in the park, and they have DELICIOUS meatballs. Just sayin’
Go to a festival — Vienna is always having some kind of festival or another.
While I was there for two weeks, I partook in many festivals, including Donauinselfest, the largest free music festival in all of Europe!
Wiener Stadionbad— On a hot summer day, I really just want to soak in some water. One of the girls on my trip took a few of us to this pool. It’s a pretty decent metro ride and then about a 15 minute walk, but it was SO worth it. They have multiple pools, including a wave pool and great snacks and refreshments. A lot of people used the grassy areas to lay on a towel and read a good book or sunbathe. It was like a hidden gem only locals knew about and was the perfect treat on a hot day!
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