4 things to do in Vienna with the whole family

Finding activities for all the family is not always easy when you go on holiday. While long historical tours may appeal to teenagers, it's often more complicated to find activities that suit younger children. At first sight, Vienna might seem daunting to them: history oozes from every palace and every pavement. However, the city has something to surprise you: it's renowned for its child-friendly approach. While the summer season promises bathing in the Danube, or country walks, the winter also has a certain charm. During the Christmas period, Vienna is packed with events. Under the snow, the city definitely looks like something out of a fairytale. So don't hesitate any longer: come and discover this magical city with your family, thanks to our range of activities.

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1. The Butterfly House (Schmetterlinghaus), a magical place

The Vienna Butterfly House, built in the Art Nouveau style, is well worth a visit during your stay in Vienna. Located in the garden of the Imperial Palace, the greenhouse is a haven of peace that lets you escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a day.

Inhabited by more than 150 different species of butterfly, some of which have a wingspan of more than thirty centimetres, the greenhouse is a pleasant place to wander around, especially in winter, when the freezing temperature of the streets of Vienna contrasts with the tropical environment of the greenhouse (it is 26°C, with 80% humidity). As well as the explanatory panels, which reveal many details about these fascinating insects, your children will also have the pleasure of admiring the chrysalis terrarium. If you're lucky, you might even see a butterfly emerge from its cocoon.

Practical info

⏰ Opening times of the Serre à Papillons :

  • Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 5.45 pm from April to October
  • Monday to Friday from 10am to 3.45pm from November to March

👛 Price of the Serre à Papillons :

  • Full price: €9
  • Over 65s: €7
  • Schoolchildren and students under 27: €7
  • Vienna City Card: €7

🚌 How do I get there?

  • Underground: lines U1 or U3 to "Stephansplatz".
  • Tram: lines 1, 2, 71, D or U2Z to "Burgring".

⭐ Where to stay near the Serre à Papillons?

The Heart of Vienna flat Vienna

The Heart of Vienna flat

This pretty 75 m² flat can accommodate up to 5 people in the heart of Vienna.
8.9 Superb
£179 / night

2. Schönbrunn Palace Children's Museum

When you're in Vienna, you'll probably have heard of Schönbrunn Palace. But did you know that it houses a museum specially dedicated to children? It's a fun way for the little ones to step back into the imperial era.

Schönbrunn Palace.

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Recommended for children aged 3 to 12, themed tours provide an insight into life at the time of the imperial court: make-up, body care... but also the way in which royal children lived. Noble education is also a central theme, as are the favourite games of the princesses and princes.

At the end of the visit, costumes are distributed to the children, who are transformed for a few minutes into little Habsburgs. It's a real moment of joy, and one that will give rise to some original photos.

Practical info

⏰ Schönbrunn Palace Children's Museum opening times:

  • daily from 9.30 am to 5 pm.

👛 Prices for the Schönbrunn Palace Children's Museum :

  • Full price: €8
  • Vienna City Card: €7

🚌 How do I get there?

  • Metro: line U4 to "Schönbrunn".
  • Tram: lines 10 or 60 to "Schönbrunn".
  • Bus: line 10A to "Schönbrunn".

⭐ Where to stay near Schönbrunn Palace?

EST Residence Schönbrunn Vienna

EST Residence Schönbrunn

Choose from studios and flats for 4 to 6 people, just a stone's throw from Schönbrunn Palace.
9.6 Exceptional
£129 / night

3. The Museum of Illusions, fun and interactive

At the Musée des Illusions, the whole family will be in for a surprise. Within its walls, holograms, stereograms and optical illusions reign supreme. This interactive museum invites you to confront gravity in a tilted room, lose your balance in a rotating tunnel or take a photo of yourself in a room that stretches to infinity.

Children are sure to be amazed by all these illusions which, although they may look magical, are based on very scientific concepts! Don't worry if there's a wait at the entrance: a conjurer will entertain you with a little show that only he knows the secret of.

Practical info

⏰ Opening hours of the Musée des Illusions :

  • 10am to 6pm on weekdays
  • 10am to 7pm at weekends and during school holidays

👛 Price of the Musée des Illusions :

  • Full price: €14
  • Over 65s: €12
  • Students: €12
  • Under 19s: €10
  • Under 5s: free

🚌 How do I get there?

  • Underground: line U3 to "Herrengasse" or U4 to "Stephansplatz".
  • Tram: lines 1, 71, D or U2Z to "Rathausplatz, Burgtheater".
  • Bus: lines 1A and 2A to Habsburgergasse

⭐ Where to stay near the Museum of Illusions?

Boutique Hotel Nossek 3* Vienna

Boutique Hotel Nossek 3*

Just a 5-minute walk from Stephansplatz, this 3-star boutique hotel offers pretty Art Nouveau-style rooms.
8.7 Superb
£171 / night

4. Guaranteed thrills at Vienna's Prater theme park

Vienna's Prater amusement park is one of the oldest in Europe, and is still very popular with children. It offers a wide variety of rides, roller coasters, slides and games for children. The park is home to many attractions, the most famous of which is the Riesenrad, the city's iconic Ferris wheel offering panoramic views of Vienna.

La grande roue du parc d’attractions Prater de Vienne.

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The youngest visitors will particularly enjoy the little train that runs through the park, while the older and more adventurous visitors will enjoy the thrill rides. We have no doubt that the whole family will find something to enjoy at the Vienna Prater theme park.

An attraction in Vienna's Prater Park.

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Practical info

⏰ Vienna Prater theme park opening times:

  • The attractions are open every day from 15 March to 31 October, from 11am to 10pm.
  • The Ferris wheel and some other attractions are open all year round.

👛 Prices for the Vienna Prater theme park:

Entry to the amusement park is free but then you have to pay for each attraction individually, prices range from €3.50 to €15 per ride.

🚌 How do I get there?

  • Metro: lines U1 and U2 to "Praterstern".
  • Tram: lines 0 and 5 to "Praterstern".
  • Bus: line 80A to Praterstern
  • Train: lines S1, S2, S3, S5, S6, S7, S9 or S15 to "Praterstern".

⭐ Where to stay near the Vienna Prater?

Motel One Wien-Prater 3* Vienna

Motel One Wien-Prater 3*

Just a stone's throw from the Prater Vienna, this modern 3-star hotel promises its guests relaxation and fun.
8.6 Superb
£112 / night
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