Vienna Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Vienna Family-friendly activities

Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training

1. Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training

Visit the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and observe the horses during their training. In the magnificent setting of the baroque Winter Riding Academy, the training offers an insight into the years of training of the Lipizzaners and their riders. The morning exercise of the horses is accompanied by classical Viennese music. The Training includes relaxation exercises, refining and perfecting movement, and strengthening certain muscles. The famous school jumps levade, courbette, and capriole, which are shown as part of the performances by the Spanish Riding School, are not practiced on a daily basis and can only sometimes be seen during the morning exercise. The white Lipizzaner stallions are put through their paces by their riders almost every day. The primary objective of the morning exercise is to maintain the horses’ athleticism and health, as well as to build up various muscle groups that are necessary for performing the exercises of the haute école.

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

2. Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour

Vienna’s Spanish Riding School has been in continuous operation for more than 450 years. It continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole. On an exclusive 55-minute behind-the-scenes tour, visit the Winter Riding School, a gem of Baroque architecture, the Summer Riding School which houses the world’s largest oval horse walker and the stables in the Stallburg. The Stallburg is Vienna’s most significant Renaissance building, and features an arcade courtyard and the historical stables of the Lipizzaner stallions. Learn about the history of the equestrian tradition and about the Lipizzaner stallions, who are the stars of the establishment.

Vienna: Skip-the-Line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

3. Vienna: Skip-the-Line Giant Ferris Wheel Ride

Experience a ride on the famous Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, a landmark of the Austrian capital and a symbol for the world-famous Wiener Prater. With its iconic silhouette, the Giant Ferris Wheel is a must-see attraction for all visitors to Vienna. A ride on the Wheel is just as important to a visit to Vienna as the Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, or the Spanish Riding School. A ride on this significant and fascinating structure provides spectacular views over the whole city. The Giant Ferris Wheel is a true cultural and architectural highlight for any guest in the city: you haven't really visited Vienna until you've taken a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and marveled at the breathtaking views over the roofs of Vienna! The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel rotates at a speed of 2.7 kilometers per hour. A complete rotation takes just over 4 minutes, but only when the Ferris wheel has not stopped to let passengers on or off. More commonly, a ride takes between 12 and 15 minutes, during which time you can enjoy picturesque views over Vienna and the surrounding area, such as the hills of the Vienna Woods, the Danube, the Marchfeld, and the Pannonian Basin.

Vienna: Skip-the-line Tickets for Schönbrunn Zoo

4. Vienna: Skip-the-line Tickets for Schönbrunn Zoo

Visit Schönbrunn Zoo, the oldest zoo in the world and Europe’s best zoo five times in a row. Part of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site with the imperial summer residence of Schönbrunn Palace at its center, experience the zoo’s unique blend of culture and nature, promotion of conservation and biodiversity, and imperial charm. 700 Species: From Anteaters to Zebras See 700 species from all over the world, some of which are critically endangered. Explore a 17-hectare site and find giraffes, orangutans swinging from ropes, Siberian tigers dozing on their platforms, koalas munching through piles of eucalyptus leaves, African elephants wallowing in their mud baths, and meerkats rolling around and digging in the sand. Star Attraction: Giant Pandas Get to know the zoo’s most popular residents, the giant pandas. Learn about how Schönbrunn is only one of a handful of zoos worldwide entrusted with a pair of pandas by the People’s Republic of China. Understand the ways that the zoo is unique in helping this endangered species to breed naturally. World Tour of the Animal Houses Take refuge from any poor weather in the numerous animal houses. Lose yourself in the two-story rainforest house, which is home to a rich variety of tropical flora and fauna. Lock eyes with shimmering fish and fascinating reptiles in the aquarium terrarium. See death’s head monkeys and red-ruffed lemurs. Get an underwater view of the seals and penguins in the Polarium. Watch polar bears diving below the at the neighboring Polardom. Find out interesting facts about rare breeds of farm animals at the Tirolerhof.

Vienna: Time Travel and Magic Vienna History Tour

5. Vienna: Time Travel and Magic Vienna History Tour

Experience fun and action for the whole family and travel through 400 years of Vienna's history. Lose yourself In the extensive cellars of the St. Michael's monastery, on this journey into Vienna's past. Through the use of the latest in entertainment technology travel through time, going back to the days of the ancient Roman camp of Vindobona up to present-day Vienna – a thrilling experience for the senses. Get to know some of the most important people in Viennese history and listen to what they have to say in the portrait gallery. Visit the 5D cinema, where spectacular effects give you the impression of really living in ancient Vienna. Witness imperial Vienna and learn about the nobility of the Viennese court. Meet the imperial family personally, and create your own impressions of the royal highnesses of the past. With the help of new technology and VR glasses, have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a virtual reality and to experience the course of Viennese music history in a special simulated world. With Enemy Aircraft!, feel as though World War II is raging all around you and you find yourself inside a bomb shelter. In Austria is free!, listen to the moving speech by Chancellor Figl within the battered remnants of Vienna, and feel the sigh of relief from the citizens of Austria. Finally, enjoy a special treat: simulated flying over the roofs of Vienna. Your journey ends with a beautiful virtual horse-drawn carriage flight over present-day Vienna.

Vienna: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

6. Vienna: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

Experience the glamour and elegance of Austria's capital city and the world of celebrity at Madame Tussauds Vienna. Meet and interact with the personalities that shaped Austrian history and culture and learn about their achievements. Here’s a chance to feel like a celebrity yourself as you mingle with the A-list elite, challenge your favorite sports champions, hop on stage with music legends, and meet icons from the movies on a star-studded journey through Madame Tussauds Vienna. You’ll experience family entertainment at its best on 3 floors and more than 2500 square meters of exhibits. Austrians and tourists alike are inspired by the over 80 wax figures in interactive settings that get visitors involved. 

Vienna: Chocolatier Workshop with Chocolate Tastings

7. Vienna: Chocolatier Workshop with Chocolate Tastings

Enjoy a chocolate museum and workshop experience in Vienna. Have everything you need from cookware, ingredients, and recipes to decorate the tastiest chocolate. No previous cooking experience is needed to guarantee you get the most out of this delectable opportunity. Be spoilt with various flavors, smells, and tastings while you decorate 3 unique chocolate bars. With various professional tools, you temper your chocolate to perfection and make the original "Xocolate" drink, the first chocolate drink as created by the ancient Aztecs.  After the workshop, you will receive the official Chocolate Museum Vienna signed certificate, before being let free to visit the rest of the interactive chocolate museum.  Stroll through the museum to journey deep into the jungle, the homeland of the cocoa plant, and learn about cocoa cultivation. See sculptures of famous historical figures made from pure chocolate.

Imperial Vienna 2.5-Hour Tour with Opera House Visit

8. Imperial Vienna 2.5-Hour Tour with Opera House Visit

Discover the main attractions of the Austrian capital on a 2.5-hour guided walking tour. The tour includes a guided visit to the State Opera, one of the city’s most iconic monuments. Learn about the powerful connection between the House of Habsburg and Spanish history. See the Imperial Palace Hofburg that is also home to the famous Spanish Riding School. After admiring the exteriors of these magnificent buildings, continue to St. Stephen´s Cathedral. Stop at Heldenplatz, or Heroes' Square, where Hitler announced Austria´s annexation to Nazi Germany in 1938. Visit the Burggarten, where you will hear more about Austrian music, next to the statue of Mozart. Enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes at Vienna´s State Opera, the highlight of the tour.

Vienna: Admission Ticket to the Museum of Illusions

9. Vienna: Admission Ticket to the Museum of Illusions

Explore over 70 exhibition pieces at The Museum of Illusions. Suitable for the entire family, train your brain and trick your mind with the mind-boggling puzzles. Defy gravity in an inclined room. Grow and shrink your family and friends in the Ames room. Experience what it feels like to lose the ground underneath your feet at the vortex tunnel. Have your smartphone or camera ready, as there are numerous unique photo opportunities throughout the museum. Break your mind over tricky wooden games and train your brain to think creatively.

Vienna: Monet's Garden Immersive Exhibit Entrance

10. Vienna: Monet's Garden Immersive Exhibit Entrance

Lose yourself in the enchanting gardens of Monet during this immersive art experience and adventure. Experience art in a unique way, mixed with the latest technology in this emotive and transformative exhibit. Become completely immersed in Monet's world among his world-famous works during this adventure trip and unique exhibition staged with the latest multimedia technology. Experience for yourself how illusion turns into reality. Enjoy elaborate installations and projections combined with music to create roaring worlds of color, making the paintings come alive and feel tangible in exciting new ways.

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We were standing as all the seated areas were booked up which was okay if you get there early choose your standing spot which we did right at the front in the centre but if we went again would book a seated area

We saw two sessions of training rides with horses at different levels. There were many people lined up in the morning but the ticket procedure was well organized and efficient.

Incredible performance, amazing place, gorgeous horses and great riders. Superb time. Thoroughly recommend going.

Great setting and fantastic performance from horses and riders.

The horses were beautiful abd the riders so masterful!