I felt certain that Vienna would be the perfect ‘new and exciting’ place to go with Georgie. Sans papa. It’s only a three-hour plane ride from Cyprus, a very safe city and extremely child-friendly.
Every single metro station has a lift which makes traveling with a bump and a buggy so much easier and the city centre is jam-packed with the most beautiful parks and playgrounds. The weather was perfect and the food was too.
Overall I would highly recommend Vienna for a mini-trip with the kids and if you do decide to go for a few days here are my three must-sees and dos:
1. Tiergarten Schönbrunn Zoo: An absolute must! We decided to visit the zoo on a Saturday afternoon to avoid the crowds, which I highly recommend you do. But we left it quite late in the day meaning we didn’t have time to see everything. Apparently you need a minimum of three hours to get round this astonishing place. Located within the gardens of Schonbrunn Palace it is the world’s oldest zoo! How cool is that! Without a doubt one of the best zoos I have visited. Adults: 18.50 euros, children under six: free.
2. House of Music Museum: Definitely not your typical museum, this is the sound museum. Georgie couldn’t get enough of this place mainly due to the interactive aspect of it. Dark corridors decked with fluorescent buttons which you can push to experience both various sounds and vision, this museum is all about experimenting and sensing. There are gigantic instruments kids can play as well as games that include directing an opera. The spooky room with vibrations and sounds that an embryo experiences in its mother’s womb was an experience in itself. Adults: 13 euros, children from 4 to 11: 5.50 euros and children under 3: free
3. Technical Museum: On our last day we decided to skip the Prater and go to this museum and I’m so glad we did. Apart from being the strangest museum I have every been to due to the weird variation of exhibits, this place has not one but two indoor playgrounds! It also boasts two slides, again indoors. Between this fun part that includes a life-size fire engine that kids can climb into, an area where they can ‘build’ a house with soft bricks and a room where they can drive around makeshift traffic situations and roads including roundabouts and tunnels, there’s so much more to see. Such as vintage planes, trains and cars and other industrial and production technology equipment. Fascinating for all ages. Adults: 12 euros and children under 19: free.