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Family-Friendly Vienna

Prater: Fun for the Whole Family
Family-Friendly Vienna
Vienna has plenty of activities that appeal to kids: Explore parks and playgrounds, roam under the city’s streets, and take in an aerial view of the city from the Prater Ferris Wheel or Donauturm.
Photo by Paul Gillingwater
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    Prater: Fun for the Whole Family
    Prater: Fun for the Whole Family
    Vienna's large, outdoor amusement park, Prater, is open 24 hours a day. Here, you’ll find rides and games for all ages, from ponies and merry-go-rounds to the park’s famous Ferris wheel and the world’s highest flying swing. Entrance to the park is free; rides and attractions carry individual charges. If you and the kids are feeling more adventurous, throw caution to the wind and experience the adrenaline rush of the Space Shot, which rises to a height of around 200 feet before dropping you at 60 miles per hour. For food, try the famous Schweizerhaus, noted for its leg of pork, schnitzel, and frothy beers.
    Photo by Paul Gillingwater
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    The World's Oldest Zoo
    The World's Oldest Zoo
    Vienna is home to the world’s oldest zoo and it also enjoys one of the most interesting locations for an animal park: the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace. Since its inception, founded as an imperial menagerie, the zoo has focused on acquiring special species; indeed, it is one of the few zoos in the world to house and breed giant pandas in captivity. The pandas, wolves, penguins, elephants, and tigers are sure to please children. Don’t miss the petting zoo—with goats and a playground for kids—as well as the Tyrolean farmhouse that was taken apart piece by piece and reconstructed within the zoo. The house offers a peek at authentic farm life; if visiting on a weekend you can watch butter and cheese-making demonstrations.
    Photo courtesy of Willfried Gredler-Oxenbauer /Vienna Tourist Board
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    The Danube and Donauturm
    The Danube and Donauturm
    The Danube River is a summer refuge for both local and visiting families, many of whom rent sailboats, electric boats, or surfboards for an afternoon of river fun. If you’re playing around on a rental boat, keep your eyes open for your very own beach, or dock and join the crowds at one of the many swimming areas with lifeguards, restaurants, and outdoor pools. Stadtpark has a delightful jungle-themed playground while larger Donau Park also has an observation tower that is also Austria’s tallest structure. Take an elevator to the revolving restaurant at the top, where you can gaze over all of Vienna while the restaurant turns a full 360 degrees.
    Photo courtesy of Heinz Angermayr/Vienna Tourist Board
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    Lainzer Tiergarten Nature Preserve
    Lainzer Tiergarten Nature Preserve
    Lainzer Tiergarten is a nature preserve located about three miles from the Vienna Zoo. It is home to the Hermesvilla, a beautiful villa once used by the royals as a hunting lodge; with lots of wild boar and deer roaming about, it's not hard to see why. Children will be mesmerized by seeing animals in the wild in such a non-restrictive setting. The preserve has plenty of walking paths and picnic spots to chose from; many paths are paved for strollers and there are frequent rest stops. After winding throughout the park, most paths lead to the restaurant Hirschgstemm, which serves traditional Austrian cuisine.
    Photo courtesy of Karl Thomas/Vienna Tourist Board
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    Museums for Children
    Museums for Children
    The Sisi Museum in the Hofburg Palace will appeal to your little princess, with its display of dresses, jewels, and other finery that belonged to Empress Elisabeth. In or near the MuseumsQuartier are a number of other kid-friendly institutions. Haus der Musik is a unique interactive musical discovery museum for children and adults alike. The Museum of Natural History houses the skeletal remains of dinosaurs, as well as a man-made allosaurus which moves and emits a terrifying roar. Kids with an affinity for astronomy should visit the hall featuring the world’s largest and oldest collection of meteorites. Finally, Haus des Meeres will excite budding zoologists with its aquariums, snakes, insects, and giant spiders.  The museum was awarded the Austrian Museum Prize for its creative child-friendly installations.
    Photo by Paul Gillingwater
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    The Third Man Canal Tours
    The Third Man Canal Tours
    Vienna’s family-friendly attractions aren’t just at street level; go underground for an entirely different take on the city. The Third Man Canal Tour takes you deep under Vienna’s streets, back to 100 C.E. when the Romans began building their highly sophisticated sewer system. The guided tours are named after Graham Greene’s tale, The Third Man, and the movie it inspired, in which Vienna was portrayed as a bombed-out city, divided into zones and administered by the Four Allies. Greene’s Vienna was a hub of international espionage, where crime and the black market flourished. The tour evokes the mystery and intrigue of that era, and is worthwhile for all generations. From Josephplatz in front of the Hofburg Palace to an unusual underground view of the Wien River, it’s a tour that offers both familiar and unexpected perspectives on the city.
    Photo by age fotostock
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    Ice Cream and Pastries
    Ice Cream and Pastries
    Vienna loves its sweets, especially sumptuous homemade Austrian pastries and Italian ice cream. Don’t pass up a visit to the famous pastry shop and chocolatier Sacher and its rival, Demel. Locals as well as tourists stop for coffee, tea, and the city’s signature cake, the Sacher torte. The street level window displays are a visual delight, but be sure to step inside, too, so you can see how chocolates are handcrafted. When it comes to ice cream it may be surprising to learn that some of the best Italian ice cream makers have made the First District their home. Take your pick; you will find exceptional scoop shops on Rotenturmstrasse, Hoher Markt, Tuchlauben, and Schwedenplatz. If you are a fan of apple streudel, Café Landtmann’s is arguably the best in the city if not the world. 
    Photo by Ernst Wrba/age fotostock