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Vienna with Kids? Get Ready to be Inspired by it’s Imperial Charm

Vienna with Kids? Get Ready to be Inspired by it’s Imperial Charm

Heading south from the wonderful city of Prague, we’d opted to visit the captivating city of Vienna. A mecca for museums, imperial charm and stunning architecture that matches any other we’ve seen across Europe. But interestingly, Vienna’s history goes much further back than Roman times with a past of riches and woes to match any city in Europe!! It really does have a little bit of everything for kids and adults alike… so we couldn’t wait to get out and explore the city.

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In doing so, we discovered a family dynasty that lasted almost 500yrs (1477-1918). The Habsburg family is synonymous with Vienna, Austria’s capital city. With a motto of ‘Let the others wage war, thou; happy Austria marry’, the family cleverly arranged marriages to secure close ties with other European ruling families… With iconic figures such as Empress Sisi, Emperors Maximilian or Charles V, it created the Vienna we saw today… Perhaps the girl’s favourite was the most important figure of all in Empress Maria Theresis who despite having 16 children managed to preside over the largest expansion of Vienna. (a story well told in the Vienna Time Travel Attraction)

 

Vienna’s iconic buildings include the State Opera House, Schönbrunn & Belvedere Palace, Winterpalais, Hofburg Imperial Palace, St Stephen’s Cathedral… and so many more. As we’d given over 2 days to explore the city, we thought we’d start with the useful Vienna Card (not Vienna Pass). Giving great access across the city to discounted attractions and free public transport.

 

So where to start? Well, there’s no better place to see Vienna than in front of the Vienna State opera building… a commanding building that oozes sophistication elegance and no little wealth… but we’d not come for the opera/operetta (plenty do though – 600,000 in 2014/15) Instead we took a tram ride through the city to get our bearings… past a Pinocchio (did you know he’s really Italian!)and onto the impressive Spanish Riding School!!

 

Regular Public Transport makes Getting around so easy

Could we have biked across Vienna? Well, we think so as the bike provision for city bikes was good (but not as good as the King of City Biking – Copenhagen) but in truth the public transport was too good not to use… trams disappearing every which way… and at such amazingly short intervals (where else have you waited a maximum of 4mins for a train/tram (in 48hrs of use!)… hats off to the Vienna City Council for that one!)

 

Paradise for a  Princess

But it’s well organised and our kids loved it… in fact we spent over an hour weaving our way through the interactive displays and themed rooms! It could be done in under an hour at a push, but take your time and enjoy the kids delving into imperial life in one of Vienna’ most iconic palaces! (even visiting the real bedrooms of those who sleep there over 100yrs ago!)

Time the children (big and small!) to let off steam

Once you’ve seen inside the imperial charm of the Schönbrunn, then there’s the outside the explore. No not just the zoo, although that’s pretty amazing – see here)
Having seen a fair few mazes across the year (they seem to be like magnets for our girls!)… we have to admit, this has beaten everything we’ve seen so far!! The Schönbrunn Maze has everything you could want! Adventurous playgrounds, a truly difficult maze to conquer and some interesting aspects to make your kids smile enroute! (mind the water features!)
It really has been a brilliant first 24hrs in Vienna and we can’t wait for our heads to hit the pillow so we can start again tomorrow! If there’s ever a measure of a great city for kids, there it is! We’re truly shattered, but we can’t wait for the sun to rise and we can start all over again!

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so where did we park the bus for the night?

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Richard

Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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