Things to do in Salzburg with kids

Salzburg with kids

When we started to plan our holiday in Austria with kids, we knew it won’t be easy, but we did it! We wanted to see Vienna, Hallstatt, some mountains and another big city. Our dilemma was whether to choose Innsbruck or Salzburg but considering that the distance from Vienna to Innsbruck is longer than the distance from Vienna to Salzburg, we decided to visit Salzburg.

We booked a good accommodation and we saw the main attractions in Salzburg while keeping the routine schedule of the babies. Since we travelled with our little one (2-year old) and with our friends and their 1-year old baby it was important to have a good accommodation, to choose some attractions for babies while we also visited the famous ones and to make sure the kids can have an afternoon nap. And we did all that. Salzburg is very child-friendly, so it was a pleasure to explore it!

Salzburg – where to stay with kids

We searched a B&B, an apartment or a family hotel. Salzburg offers accommodation for all tastes, but more expensive than other cities in Europe. So, we had to choose between:

In the end, we decided that the best place to stay in Salzburg was an apartment. This way we had the freedom to put the babies to sleep and have an area where we could spend some time after. So, we booked 2 nights at:
City Apartements Salzburg – check price and availability*
Located outside the city centre area, our apartment had a full equipped kitchen and we cold cook some meals for the babies. The apartment also had a backyard with grass where the children could run and play outside. For us, it was a great choice.

Visiting Salzburg with a baby and a toddler

Toddler/baby in Salzburg - Hellbrunn playgroundWe still use the stroller when we travel. It is easy to carry the baby like this when she’s tired, to put her to sleep in the afternoon and to have some extra luggage while we take long walks in the city. So, we also used it here for our toddler and our friends for their baby. Salzburg was perfect for stroller! We could even visit the fortress while the little ones were sleeping! There are elevators in all the main attractions in Salzburg and long, accessible ways.
We also found some great parks and playgrounds in the city, so the children loved it! The weather was perfect to stay all day long outside because we visited Salzburg in august. It is a city designed to be visited with kids and I was impressed of how welcoming it was for the little ones!

Places to see in Salzburg with kids

We tried to visit the main Salzburg attractions and to find some great activities for the children. They had fun since we combined indoor visits with outdoor play. I also received recommendation from other bloggers about the best attractions in Salzburg for kids.

  1. Fortress Hohensalzburg

    Recommended by Shang from Zip up and goSalzburg top attractions Hohensalzburg Fortress
    Salzburg, known as Rome of the North, is a wonderful destination to discover. If you are travelling with kids to Salzburg, you will be glad that the city is very child friendly, and there are several activities to keep the little ones occupied.
    One of these is a trip up to Fortress Hohensalzburg, the giant castle complex that looms over the city. While it is easier to take the funicular up the steep hillside, you should instead take the kids on a nice short walk instead. Taking this route will open up a different view across the beautiful Old Town of Salzburg and burn off some of that endless energy!
    Once you reach the stunning stone gate at the top, get your entrance tickets and head in to see some of the most impressive artefacts in Salzburg.
    Start off with the Stable Block, then towards the famous Salzburg Bull, which is a gigantic mechanical organ.
    With 3 museums to choose from, we recommend taking them to the Marionette Museum, where they can marvel at the unique hand-crafted dolls, and the Fortress Museum, where the family can see up close what life was like over 500 years ago.
    If there is sufficient time, then check out the Rainer Regiments Museum. After the educational excursion through the interior of the Castle, be sure to head outside to feast on the most panoramic views of Salzburg Old Town, and not forgetting the impressive Austrian Alps on the other side.

     
  2. Haus der Natur

    Recommended by Martina from Places of JumaTop things to see in Salzburg Haus der Natur @Jürgen
    One of the coolest places to visit in Salzburg with kids is definitely the museum “Haus der Natur”. Roaming through to the so-called house of nature, visitors have the chance to discover the most fascinating aspects of Mother Nature. The exhibitions are very interactive and there is so much fun connected with science – not just for adults, but also for children.
    This museum is huge and with more than 7000 m² you should take enough time for your visit. Kids really love to explore the underwater worlds in the aquarium, the outer space hall and the colossal dinosaurs. Very interesting is also the exhibition about the human body. On a journey into the human body kids learn in an interactive way about how do lungs, liver or kidneys work.
    A real highlight is the Science Center – this is the place kids love the most. Illustrative experiments facilitate understanding of the physical and chemical laws. Don`t miss here the “Feel Mozart” area: in a walk-in violin, the vibrations of music can not only be heard, but also felt.
    Visiting the Haus der Natur is for both, kids (6+ years) and adults, and you should definitely put that on your travel list.

    To have free access to Haus der Natur you can buy the Salzburg city card*.

  3. Visiting the Zoo in Salzburg

    Recommended by Josie from Josie wondersSalzburg activities Zoo
    Salzburg Zoo is a great way to spend the afternoon when visiting with kids. It’s quite a small zoo, but big enough to keep adults and children of all ages occupied for a couple of hours. There are a wide variety of animals to see with over 120 different species, including lions, leopards, wolves, bears, kangaroos, various monkeys, birds and reptiles. Kids will love searching the trees for the lemurs and watching the sea otters play. They will be fascinated by the snakes and spiders hiding under rocks in the nocturnal house and squealing for joy as birds fly around them in the aviary. It was great to see large enclosures where the animals had plenty of room to move around. At the same time, there are still many viewpoints and opportunities to see the animals up close. Kids will love the glass wall on the lion enclosure which allows the lions to get within a metre of visitors. There are opportunities to feed some of the animals in the petting zoo as well as in the bird aviary. Food for both areas can be purchased as you enter the zoo. When the children have had enough of the animals, there is a small playground to enjoy, right near the cafe where parents can grab a drink and a snack to finish off and enjoyable visit.

    To have free access to Haus der Natur you can buy the Salzburg city card*.

  4. Salzburg outdoor activities: Hellbrunn castle

    Hellbrunn garden of sensesIf you are searching for unique things to do in Salzburg, you should start with a visit of Hellbrunn castle. Hellbrunn castle was a real surprise for us too. You can attend the trick fountains tour (famous from the “Sound of music” movie), an attraction that also the kids enjoy. I think for older children (5+) is even more fun. After that, you must explore the gardens and, on the back, you will discover a big, green meadow, the Gazebo from Sound of music movie (where Liesl and Rolf sing “I am 16 going on 17”) and the Hellbrunn playground. On the way back to the palace you will also meet Heilbronn palace’s garden of senses hidden in a corner on the big domain. Here, you can play with water, enjoy the colourful flowers and feel the cold mist on the face.

    To have free access to Haus der Natur you can buy the Salzburg city card*.

Day trips from Salzburg with children

If you are planning to stay more than 2 days in Salzburg, you can also take some day trips. There are several spectacular and easy to reach attractions near Salzburg. Here are some recommendations if you are searching for things to do near Salzburg:

  1. Schafberg Mountain day tour from Salzburg

    Recommended by Darek from Darek and GosiaDay tour from Salzburg Schafberg in AustriaSalzburg is one of most visited places in Austria. Beautiful architecture, mountain peaks just above the city and of course Mozart! It’s a stunning city, but if you travel to Salzburg with children you just have to go for one of many day trips outside of the city.
    Your kids will be impressed with a trip to Schafberg Mountain – who doesn’t love Austrian cogwheel? A forty-five-minute journey from the town of St. Wolfgang, beautifully situated on the lake Wolfgangsee – stunning views during the journey are guaranteed!
    At the summit of Schafberg (1783 m), it is necessary to walk around all viewpoints. In each side you can see turquoise lakes that diversify the landscape. It’s a perfect place for kids to walk or run away – just keep an eye on your little-ones as there are many steep rocks too!
    After the trip to Schafber Mountain visit St Wolfgang town. It has beautiful streets with large, typical for the region, houses with sloping roofs and large balconies. You will see here a lot of small souvenir shops. Kids will find many handmade gifts, which will remember them this trip for years. To finish off, get on a boat ride on the Wolfgangsee.

  2. Salzburg day trip to Hallstatt

    Recommended by Alex from Swedish NomadDay trip from Salzburg Hallstatt
    Hallstatt is one of the most beautiful towns in Austria and it attracts tourists from all over the world. It’s an easy day trip to make from Salzburg and the town of Hallstatt can be reached by car, bus, train or guided tours depending on personal preference. When visiting Hallstatt with kids, there are several activities that will be fun for the whole family, including renting a swan pedalo boat or just going for a boat ride.
    For older kids, there is also an interesting ossuary and bone chapel that can be visited just outside the town. It contains bones from thousands of old residents who have lived in the area throughout the ages. It’s not recommended for younger children due to the graphic content of skulls put on top of each other. However, it’s a great opportunity to educate the kids.
    With that said, the main attraction in Hallstatt is the picturesque village itself that features traditional Austrian houses and restaurants. When strolling around it almost feels like you’re walking inside a real life fairy-tale.
    From the town, you can also reach several hiking trails that connect Hallstatt and the nearby area. The hiking is moderate and can be done by children from 10-12 years old. Smaller children might need to be carried for some parts where there are more steps leading higher up the trails.

     
  3. Things to do near Salzburg: Dachstein region and 5 Fingers platform

    Day trip to 5 Fingers platformNear Hallstatt you can go up and admire the view from the 5 Fingers platform in Austria. First, you need to buy the ticket for the cable car (you need to take 2 cable cars to get to the platform) and decide if you also want to visit the giant Ice cave and the Mammut cave. To visit the giant Ice cave in Austria, the Mammut cave and the 5 Fingers platform it takes a whole day.
    If you want to see them with a child, you should know that reaching the 5 Fingers platform with a stroller is not easy and the caves cannot be explored on wheels. The cable car goes up very fast, so the kids may start crying because of the pressure, so drinking water or chewing something will solve this problem. You should also consider the temperature difference. If down in Obertraun the temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius, up in the mountains you can find snow, so you should take warm clothes with you even during summer. To reach the platform you must walk around 20 minutes on a mountain trail. If you must push also the stroller, the trail to 5 Fingers viewing platform can take you around 30 minutes, but the scenery will leave you breathless and it deserved all the effort to get there!

Salzburg was a great choice for a holiday with kids! It has interesting activities for children, great places to visit for parents and amazing landscapes around. I would definitely go back! And after such an experience, I am convinced that I can plan other holidays in Austria with children and I will enjoy them as much as this one!

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2 days in Salzburg itinerary

2 days in Salzburg itinerary

When we discussed our summer holiday in Austria, we decided to spend 2 days in Salzburg. I knew there are many things to do in Salzburg, but 2 days were enough for us. We had other places to visit in Austria and not so much time, so we tried to squeeze everything in just 2 days. And surprisingly, our Salzburg itinerary wasn’t so tight! We visited Salzburg with kids, so a tight schedule would have been difficult to hold to.

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Where to stay in Salzburg? Salzburg accommodation

Austria is not a cheap country, so the average accommodation in Salzburg is more expensive than in other parts of Europe. For those visiting the city and wanting to stay overnight here, the offer includes:
Salzburg bed and breakfast: Die Haslachmühle – check prices here*
Pension in Salzburg:  Gästehaus im Priesterseminar Salzburg – check prices here*
Boutique hotel Salzburg: Elefant hotel – check prices here*

Or you can find other hotels in Salzburg here:

Salzburg card

Considering that all the attractions in Salzburg cost around 10-15 euros, the Salzburg card saved us a lot of money. It covers public transport in Salzburg, all the main attractions, some discounts at restaurants and shops and even a cruise on the Salzach river. You can find more details about the Salzburg card here.

2 days in Salzburg itinerary

I had a long list of things to do in Salzburg and only 2 days for them. But that was not a problem. We had time to see almost all of them and to relax. We managed to visit Vienna in just 3 days and that trained us. Our 2-day itinerary in Salzburg was:

Day 1 in Salzburg:

  1. Getreidegasse street

    We started our visit to Salzburg with a walk on its famous shopping street, Getreidegasse. The old-style firms, ancient buildings very well preserved and passageways that connect this street with the parallel ones make this place a must-see in Salzburg. International fashion chain stores, stylish cafes, traditional shops, and even Christmas boutiques invite the passer-by inside.

  2. Mozart’s house in Salzburg

    Mozart's house in SalzburgOn Getreidegasse street it is impossible not to notice a bright-yellow building: the birthplace of Mozart or Mozarts Geburtshaus in German. Inside you can take a 1-hours tour and visit the original chambers of the house. Book your ticket online here*.

    Since it was not accessible with the stroller we didn’t go inside. But we enter the passage next to the house and we arrived in the University square. We found here a local market, so we bought fresh strawberries and apple strudel with cinnamon. It was the best apple strudel I ate in Austria!

  3. St Peters Monastery&cemetery

    St Peter's cemetery in SalzburgBeing a fan of The Sound of Music movie I went to visit St Peter’s monastery and especially its cemetery, the place where the von Trapp family hides to escape the National Socialists. The church was closed, so we didn’t visit it, but we explored the cemetery.

  4. The Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburg Dom)

    Things to see in Salzburg - CathedralNext to St Peter’s monastery, we found the Salzburg Cathedral. We didn’t stay long time inside, but we could see the colorful paintings on the dome and the white walls. Looking at the pictures I took there, I realize the Cathedral is impressive. Unfortunately, when you see too many cathedrals it is harder to appreciate a new one.

  5. Residenzplatz in Salzburg

    On the right side of the Cathedral, we found the Residezplatz. Bordered by the Dom, the Domquartier and the Salzburg Museum, Residenzplatz is the host of the Salzburg Christmas market. During winter, the market is decorated with little wooden houses selling Christmas decorations and traditional sweets. In August we found the market empty, so we could admire the center-located fountain with horse statues and the romantic carriages.

  6. Domquartier

    One of my biggest regrets in Salzburg is not visiting Domquartier. Five different museums in one place would have been wonderful to see, but it would have been very boring for the kids. That was the main reason why we decided to spend more time outside and less admiring works of art and exhibitions. If you want to visit it, book you online ticket here*.

  7. Cruise on Salzach river

    After lunch, we took a cruise on the Salzach river, included in the Salzburg Card. During the ride with Amadeus ship, we discovered interesting details from the history of the city while admiring the Salzburg attractions next to the river and putting the kids for a nap. It was already afternoon when we finished the cruise, so we passed the love locks bridge in Salzburg to find the Mirabell Palace.

  8. Mirabell palace

    Mirabell gardens in SalzburgBuilt around the year 1600, the palace is used today for weddings, private events and concerts. For concerts, book your online ticket here*. What makes it famous is its garden, another Sound of Music movie location. We saw here the Pegasus fountain, the Dwarfs garden, and the labyrinth. The green gardens with colorful flowers are picture-perfect especially with the Salzburg fortress in the background!

Day 2 in Salzburg:

We started our second day with a morning walk in the city center. We probably would have had time for a short day trip outside Salzburg, but we wanted to enjoy the city, and to relax. If you want a guided tour to get to know better the old town, you can book it here*.

  1. Hohensalzburg fortress

    Known as the biggest fully preserved castle in Central Europe, Hohensalzburg fortress was built almost 1000 years ago. We used the funicular to get there, but it is possible also to walk. The fortress has several museums, a restaurant and other chambers to explore. Inside, there is an elevator so visitors in wheelchairs or parents with strollers have access. The view deserves the time spent here.

  2. Hellbrunn palace

    Hellbrunn palaceAlso an iconic location in the Sound of Music movie, Hellbrunn palace received our visit in the afternoon. The domain offers things to do for a whole day. Built by a prince-archbishop of Salzburg (Markus Sittikus) in the 17th century, the palace has a permanent exhibition that can be visited, green gardens with fish pools and a huge meadow perfect for a picnic. But its top attraction is the trick fountains, designed by the prince-archbishop to entertain his guests. The fountains can be visited only on a guided tour every hour.

  3. Salzburg Zoo in the evening

    Close to Hellbrunn palace is the Salzburg Zoo. Since it was too late to go back to the old town, but too early to go to sleep we took advantage of Zoo’s special program: Zoo in the evening. It was still light outside when we entered, so we could saw the wolfs in the wood, but it got dark when we finished the first loop of the Zoo. Some animals were sleeping and others were making strange noises that seemed even stranger in the dark. The Salzburg Zoo is not very big compared to others, but it can offer an interesting experience.

One day in Salzburg

If you have only one day in Salzburg, there are some things you must see and some you can skip. A walk in the old district will take you to the main attractions: Getreidegasse street, St Peters Monastery, the Salzburg Cathedral and Residenzplatz. During this walk you can also go and visit the Hohensalzburg fortress. You won’t have time to explore Domquartier, but if you want to enter, you can cut off the list the rest of the places in Salzburg.
In the afternoon you can go and briefly see the gardens of Mirabell Palace and that will leave you enough time for the Hellbrunn palace and its trick fountains. It will be a busy day, you will walk a lot, but it is possible to cover Salzburg in one day. This way, you will only get a first good impression of the city.

Our 2 days in Salzburg passed very fast. When we planned the trip to Austria we had to choose what to visit: Salzburg or Innsbruck? We chose Salzburg and it was above our expectations, so we didn’t regret a moment our decision.

If yo visit Salzburg with your kids, here you can find things to do with them.

You can also read about our experience in Vienna:

3-day Vienna itinerary – Things to see

3-day itinerary in Vienna- Things to see

On our first visit to Vienna, we stayed around 5 days. Our second visit had only 1.5 days and after that, I think that 3 days in Vienna are enough to see the main attractions, but not enough to wander around and discover the city randomly. You need a really good Vienna itinerary or some extra days. In 3 days you can reach only the main points of interest in Vienna, but probably you will be too tired to see other places and you will just skip some things to do in Vienna. If you are running short on time it is important to know what to see in Vienna in 3 days and how to plan your stay in Vienna for all of them.  

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What to see in Vienna in 3 days?

  1. Schonbrunn palace

Palatul Schonbrunn VienaOnce you get to Schonbrunn palace you can spend a whole day here. You have so many things to do in the area that your time will not seem enough. We started with a guided tour of the palace. You have two tour options: one with 20 rooms and one with 40 rooms. The old furniture, the golden decorations and the opulence from the inside helped us to get an idea of ​​how the Austrian emperors lived, the Schonbrunn Palace being the summer residence of the Habsburg family. Because every hour a limited number of people come in, you may not find tickets if you go on a busy day. The good news is that tickets can be purchased online from here or you can book a guided tour to ship the line here.

Once you visit the palace, you can go exploring the rest of the domain. We bought a one day ticket and used the train to reach different stations, but we also walked around to see the gardens.

We got lost in the maze, wandered among trees trimmed in line, rows of flowers and artesian fountains that make this park famous and we stopped at Gloriette. From there you have the most beautiful view of the Schonbrunn Palace and its gardens.

The Vienna Zoo is close to the Schonbrunn Park and the palace is within walking distance. Although recommended by many people, we didn’t stop to visit it. But for children, it is an excellent attraction! You can by tickets here. Salzburg has another interesting Zoo. Read here about it.

  1. Vienna Technical Museum

Muzeul tehnic VienaAlthough not one of the main tourist attractions in Vienna, the Technical Museum was a real discovery for us. Not only can you see the history of science at a glance, but you can experience it. From simple experiments in physics to filming in a television studio and violin lessons, we didn’t miss anything it offered us. We were like kids in an amusement park. Physics and chemistry would be more attractive if you had the opportunity to learn them like this in school!

  1. Hofburg palace

Hofburg Palace, the political center of the Habsburg dynasty, today plays a similar role for Austria, hosting ministries and other political bodies. Initially, it was a medieval castle too and various buildings were added after forming the impressive complex that stretches on 240000 m2 in the center of Vienna. Some buildings have been transformed into museums and others have a political role.

Here you can visit the imperial apartments (we skipped them after seeing Schonbrunn), the Sisi museum and the collection of objects belonging to the monarchy (silverware, crystals). Parts of this complex, but with separate entrance are also the National Library, the Spanish Riding School and the Butterfly House. At the Spanish Riding School, we did not stop, but we didn’t miss the other two.

  1. The butterfly house in Vienna

Built-in the imperial greenhouses, the Butterfly House recreates a tropical environment in which butterflies fly free among climbing plants, palm trees, and orchids. The most interesting part here is that there are so many that they sit on your hands, on your head, and if you are not careful you can even step on them. Inside it is a humid and very warm environment, so the summer outfit is mandatory whatever the weather in Vienna!

  1. National Library of Austria – a must-see in Vienna

National Library of Austria was the main reason why I wanted to return to this city: I had to see it! With entrance from Augustinerstrasse street, just opposite from the Pallavicini Palace, the first floor hosts Prunksaal. Built-in the 18th century as the Library of the court, the National Library of Austria houses today over 200,000 books beautifully arranged in the hall decorated with marble statues and Venetian globes. Old book smell, cold marble floor, diffused light, impressive paintings on the dome and walnut wood that support so many volumes – all these details make you feel in another world. I found here a paper about medicinal plants written in the 6th century, maps of the world from different times and representations of the constellations. The library is actually a museum because nobody reads. Everyone just looks amazed at the high walls, lined with books and takes pictures. After a visit here I declared myself satisfied with the whole city break in Vienna!

  1. Vienna State Opera

One of the most beautiful buildings in Vienna is the Opera. In the evening it is spectacularly illuminated and it is impossible not to notice it in a walk through the center. If you want to visit it inside, you can go to one of the many shows. Otherwise, at least circling it is required.

  1. Kärtner Strasse  – the pedestrian street

Limited by the Vienna Opera and by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Kärtner Strasse is a pedestrian street that cuts through the center (not to be confused with the Mariahilfer Strasse the famous shopping street in Vienna). Besides the well-known and expensive shops, I also saw here Sachen hotel, who created the famous Austrian dessert Sachen Torte. We arrived on Kärtner Strasse in the evening, but the crowds here didn’t make me love it too much.

  1. St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and its crypt

Catedrala Sfantul Stefan VienaThe luck of Kärtner Street is that after all the crowds a huge square opens in front of you, and after the corner, you see one of the most popular attractions in Vienna: St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The construction started in the 12th century dominates today the square with the same name. Visiting it inside is free and totally worth it. We got in during a church service and we couldn’t walk till the altar, but we could still see it.

Guided tours are organized in the crypt of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where you can see the tombs of bishops and members of the royal family.

  1. The Church of Saint Charles (Karlkirche Vienna)

Locuri de vizitat in Viena: KarlskircheAn example of Baroque architecture in Vienna is Karlkirche, the church built in the 18th century in Karlsplatz. We wanted to see the two columns similar to the Column of Trajan in Rome that frame the entrance to the church as well as the fresco in the dome. To visit the church inside, you must pay a fee that also includes the panoramic lift up to the dome. It is not a popular destination among tourists, so we enjoyed the peace of the park with the tulips in front. Details about the visit program and rates can be found here.

  1. Albertina Museum

Atractii turistice in Viena: Muzeul AlbertinaArt lovers will find a second home in Vienna. The city has a lot of museums and galleries that exhibit well-known works of art. Albertina Museum is one of them and on the official site, you can find the current exhibition and you can buy tickets here. Another stop for those interested in painting should be the Belvedere Palace in Vienna, home to the largest collection of paintings signed by Gustav Klimt. Even the Kiss (Der Kuss) can be admired here.

  1. Vienna City Hall for the Vienna Christmas Market

Primaria din VienaAnother famous building is the Vienna City Hall in front of which are organized the most important events in town. We found here a film festival, with street food from all over the world. In winter, the Vienna Christmas market is organized here, and the food trucks are replaced with little wood houses selling sweet cake and Christmas ornaments. Considering the interesting architecture, the City Hall can be visited inside during a guided tour. Details about it can be found on the official site.

  1. Prater Amusement Park in Vienna

Things to see in Vienna - Prater parkNear the bank of the Danube, Prater amusement park in Vienna awaits its visitors in search of strong sensations. The symbolic attraction of the park is the Big Wheel built-in 1897. In addition to a standard wheel drive, its cabins can be rented individually for parties, private events, and even weddings. If you are ready to take a ride, skip the line and buy your ticket here. My advice is to be careful about what you eat before you get here. From my own experience, I can tell you that a Viennese schnitzel is not the right choice.

  1. Donauturm in Vienna

Donauturm VienaOn the opposite bank of the Danube rises Donauturm, a tower from which you can see Vienna from above. The fast elevator took us to the top restaurant which is slightly swirling to offer a 360 view of the city while enjoying a dessert with pancakes and plum sauce. The lift with the elevator is paid separately, and the prices at the restaurant do not differ from those in the center. But the view is worth all the money! If you don’t want to waot in line, buy your ticket here.

  1. Haus des meeres Viena

If the Zoo was not on our list with things to see in Vienna, Haus des meeres got all our attention. The 7-story aquarium in the heart of Vienna delighted us half day. On each floor, there are aquariums with various fish and water animals, and the last floor is arranged in tropical style, with lush plants, monkeys jumping free through trees and noisy birds.

3-day Vienna itinerary

Once you have booked a place to stay in Vienna and you have decided what are the top attractions you don’t want to miss in Vienna, it is time to plan your Vienna itinerary. My proposal for a 3-day Vienna itinerary is:

  1. Day 1 in Vienna

    Start your day with a walk in the city center, on Kärtner Strasse. Admire the beautiful Opera, go inside St Stephan’s cathedral, visit the Albertina museum if you love arts and spend the rest of the day in Hofburg palace. See the National Library, the imperial apartments and the butterfly house in Vienna. If there is an event in front of the City Hall, you can end your day there. You book a guided tour to discover more details about this city or buy a hop-on hop-off bus ticket.

     

  2. Day 2 in Vienna

    On your second day, you can combine Schoenbrunn palace, the Zoo, and the Vienna Technical Museum. In the morning visit the palace and take a walk in its huge gardens with a mandatory stop at Gloriette. Along the way, stop in the Vienna Zoo and once you are done with the whole complex, go inside Vienna Technical Museum. It will be a fun activity for the evening!

  3. Day 3 in Vienna

    On day 3 you can try to squeeze all the other attractions on the list. Visit Haus des meeres in the morning, continue with Karlskirche and spend your afternoon in Prater park, finishing your stay in Vienna with a dinner in Donauturm. If you are too tired for that, just go to a park and lay on the grass. This is also an option.

Three days are enough to check these attractions. After this,  you can leave the city and discover other beautiful places in Austria. And i recommend you start with Salzburg. If you have more time, find other things to do in Vienna. I would also add to the list the Museum of natural history, a stroll through the center, a cruise on the Danube, a tour with the tourist tram that surrounds the center and many other things. But for now, I’m satisfied with what I visited.

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Where to stay in Vienna – hotel Das Tigra 4*

Where to stay in Vienna - hotel Das Tigra

Once I started to plan our trip to Vienna, I booked the flight tickets and design the schedule. After everything was set we had to answer only one more question: where to stay in Vienna? and after browsing the web several times we decided to stay at hotel Das Tigra 4*.

Location

Located in the city center, just a 10-minute walk from St. Stephan Cathedral and a 7-minute walk from Hofburg palace, das Tigra is a perfect base to explore Vienna on foot or using public transport. The Tiefer Graben street where the hotel is built is a quiet street with little traffic.City break Viena cazare, parcare

Where to stay in Vienna? About hotel Das Tigra 4*

Not only its welcoming rooms designed for all types of guests (business, single travelers or families) and the proximity to the city center convinced us it is a good choice. What attracted us was the history of the hotel. The building called today “Das Tigra” hosted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was only 6 years old and lived in Vienna for several months and later, when Mozart was 17 years old. During his stay here, Mozart performed his legendary concert in front of Empress Maria Theresia. The hotel has small details reminding of Mozart’s stay here.

The hotel offers 4 different types of rooms: Smart & Cozy Room, Standard room, Comfort room, Superior room and 2 types of suites: Junior suite and Suite.

As for amenities the hotel provides:

  • Comfortable beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Free WLAN access (150 Mbit, 8 Mbit per device)
  • Telephone, safe, mini bar
  • Hair dryer, make-up mirror
  • High-quality care products
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • Large desk

We had a beautiful Superior room on the 8th floor, so in the morning we opened our window to enjoy the sound of the city from above. Since we traveled with our toddler, the room was already prepared with a crib.

Good to know about Das Tigra hotel

You can book a room on the hotel’s official website. If you arrive before the check-in hour or you want to explore the city after check-out, you can leave your luggage in their luggage room for free.
If you come by car, the hotel offers parking in a garage located 350 m away(hotel’s guests have a discount from the parking fee). We paid around 28 euro/day.
The hotel offers laundry, ironing, and cleaning service.
The buffet breakfast had so many options that it was hard to decide what to eat. And it was delicious.
We had a pleasant experience in hotel das Tigra so I can definitely recommend it to everyone that is searching for accommodation in Vienna. And if you want to explore the city on foot, I think this is one of the best places to stay in Vienna.

First time in Vienna – Things to know

First time in Vienna - things to know

The capital of Austria is a very welcoming city so your first time in Vienna will leave you pleasant memories and the will to come back here. But before that, you need to plan your visit here, so there are some things you must know when you travel to Vienna. If you start your preparations early, you can save some money because Vienna is not one of the cheap cities in Europe. Once you have purchased the plane tickets to Vienna (or you decided to come by car), you should book the accommodation and start packing. You just need some extra details about the city and you are ready to visit it!

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What to see in Vienna and why to visit it?

Trasura in VienaWith so many years of history behind it, the offer of tourist attractions in Vienna is extremely rich. But besides the famous places, the city has a special charm, a royal air given by the cubic stone on the streets, the carriages drawn by white horses, the sound of horseshoe hitting the pavement and the slow-moving vintage cars. The Christmas market in Vienna is amazing and that makes Vienna a great choice if you are searching a winter destination in Europe

Even a simple walk on the street offered us pleasant surprises. I found amazing passages hidden between buildings, decorated with artesian fountains and gardens with red roses that spread a sweet smell. We noticed the different traffic lights in the center, inspired by Eurovision and we tried to enjoy the places less crowded by tourists. But that was only after we had already seen the famous sights of Vienna.

How to get to Vienna?

The easiest way to get to Vienna is by plane. Buy your plane ticket in advance or if you live closer, the car is an option that gives you more flexibility. If you are planning to stay only in the capital of Austria you don’t need a car because the public transport in Vienna is very well organized. If you want to visit other places in Austria, the car is a great choice. You can also go by train between the main cities in Austria, but this way you won’t be able to stop on the road.

Public transport in Vienna

Transport in Viena

The transport network in Vienna is very well established. A ticket costs 2.4 euros one way. It must be composted in the first means of transport in which you board and it is valid until you reach your destination. Children up to 6 years old can travel for free. For the transfer from Vienna airport to the city center you have several train or bus options, the cheapest one being 4.2 euros.

Those who stay several days can buy a Vienna city card valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. It covers the airport-city center transfer by train, city transport on all lines and it offers discounts to museums, restaurants, and shops. Details about the Vienna city card can be found here. We used a Vienna city card for 72 hours.

Parking in Vienna

When we came for the first time in Vienna we used only public transport. Our second visit here was with our kid and some friends, so we came by car. Four adults, two children, two trolleys and a ton of other luggage were enough reasons to decide to visit Vienna by car.  Plus, we added some extra days in Austria for our visit. We didn’t use public transport too much, but parking in Vienna made us rethink this option in the future.

First of all, we didn’t find hotels with free parking. The hotels located downtown Vienna have a decent rate of about 5 euros per day, but in the city center, the parking fee per day can reach 40 euros.

If you have accommodation downtown and you insist on coming by car to the center, you will find some fares that will make you buy a tram ticket next time. The cheapest parking in Vienna was at a garage with 2.5 euros/hour near the city center. But that was after we had already chosen the one at the Opera where we paid 4 euros per hour, 1.9 euros for the first hour (in 2019). There are underground garages near each tourist attraction, but the parking fees in Vienna are high. It seems the city’s policy is to encourage the use of public transport (a very good thing!).

I saw that on the streets there are some marked places to leave the car. We read that during the weekend and at night there are free parking places in Vienna on the street, but knowing that many are reserved for the locals and for some you need a special permit, we did not risk and we left the car in a garage. If you choose a hotel outside the city center, probably the best option is to visit the main attractions in Vienna using public transport.

Best places to stay in Vienna

The accommodation offer in Vienna is generous. There are mega luxurious hotels, real palaces, welcoming boutique hotels, and budget-friendly hostels. From my research on what are the best places to stay in Vienna, I can recommend you:

Sacher hotel Vienna 5* – check prices here

Das Tigra hotel Vienna 4* – check prices here

Austria Trend Hotel Doppio Wien 4* – check prices here

Pension Dr. Geissler 3* – check prices here

Or you can find other options* here.

First time in Vienna with kids

Our first visit to Vienna was a real city break, walking the streets from morning till evening and visiting everything we could. We didn’t have too much luggage and we only travel by subway and tram. The second time, we visited Vienna with kids and things were a little different. But it was very easy to explore Vienna with a child! It is a very child-friendly city and that is perfect especially for parents that come to Vienna with a toddler and need a stroller. There are elevators everywhere (and I’ve noticed this all over Austria, even in the fortress of Salzburg), there are ramps to help you climb and there are parks, lots of parks! We stopped several times on the meadows with green grass where the children could run at their will. And they really enjoyed it!

If you are looking for a destination for a city break with children, Vienna is a great choice. It has many places that can keep the little ones busy (Zoo, Butterfly House, etc.) and interesting landmarks for parents. Also Salzburg is a great choice for children. Read here what you can do in Salzburg.

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