Winter may have just ended, but in our minds, it is summer already. We love any excuse to go trampling around the world and summer vacations are the best time to do so. And while travelling with children can be daunting, we have found the go-to family-friendly destination for you. Snow-capped mountain towns, sprawling imperial cities, and museums for children all found in land-locked Austria. A blend of different landscapes and cultures results in a never-ending list of things to do. Here are four ways in which your family can enjoy a holiday in Austria:
VIENNA: THE WORLD’S MOST LIVABLE CITY
With its seamless transport system, museums with rich art collections, ornate palaces, iconic coffeehouses and countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Vienna effortlessly combines a cultural hub with outdoor activities making it an ideal destination for family holidays. Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna lets visitors step back into history one moment, revel in nature the next, cycle around to experience vineyards or relax over stimulating conversation in one of the city’s bustling cafes. The number of things you can do would far exceed what could fit in your itinerary. A must-visit for children and grown-ups alike is the Schönbrunn Zoo, the oldest operational zoo in the world. The magnificent residential castle, Schönbrunn, with its sweeping gardens, fountains and statues is a symbol of the former Austro-Hungarian monarchy and is an awe-inspiring sight for tourists who are fascinated by the lavish and opulent interiors of the palace.
Aside from the palace, there are dozens of exceptional museums in the city including the Natural Science museum where fun and knowledge go hand in hand.
SALZBURG: HAVEN FOR KID-FRIENDLY FUN
Mozart’s city has always been popular with children. The trick fountains at Hellbrunn Palace are one of the most popular highlights, enchanting children with magical grottos, a mechanical theatre and mischievous water jets. Salzburg Zoo is right next door, where rhinoceros, leopards and free-flying griffon vultures are certain to create an atmosphere of excitement for young visitors. In the Old City, a ride on the funicular up to Hohensalzburg Fortress is exciting in itself and the fortress a real adventure; Museums are packed with excitement in Salzburg. The Toy Museum has on display Teddy bears, metal and wooden toys from the last 250 years. The ‘Children’s World’ in the Salzburg Museum in the New Residence has secret entrances, hatches and niches only accessible to children. The Science Center of the Natural History Museum is a fun place where children can try out all sorts of physics and race a skeleton for example. The more than 100-year-old Marionette Theater introduces visitors to classical music in special afternoon performances. Just 20 minutes outside of the city, the Salt Mines has an underground lake and steep miners’ chutes to slide down. It’s worth looking into special offers before you start off on your trip.
INNSBRUCK: CAPITAL OF THE ALPS
Surrounded by mountains, Innsbruck is a natural paradise for families. Use one of the nine cable cars in the region and enjoy the amazing landscape. Take the Nordkette Cable car from the city centre, make a stop at the Alpine Zoo and move on to the Top of Innsbruck where you get an unforgettable view of Innsbruck. No long distances at all! Innsbruck is very well connected by train or bus with other popular cities like Salzburg or Vienna. And the airport of Munich is only two hours away ( innsbruck.info). Are you a fan of Salman Khan or Katrina Kaif? Yes? Then visit the places where Tiger Zinda Hai and other Bollywood movies were shot. Picturesque attractions like the Golden Roof, the Imperial Palace and the Swarovski Crystal Worlds are waiting for you on your Bollywood Tour (innsbruck.info/Bollywood).
SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL WORLDS: A GIANT DISCOVERY
Discover the heart of crystals at Swarovski Kristallwelten. The treasured destination for Indian travellers is located in Tyrol, the home of Swarovski Crystal, and guarded by the iconic Giant. Renowned names from art and design have interpreted crystal in their own way, turning the sparkling stone into an experience and space–the Chambers of Wonder. With an extensive garden including an alpine trail, water playground and a play tower, the Giant, as it is lovingly called, offers a sparkling experience for families. Top it off with the largest Swarovski store worldwide, a host of culinary delights, and the list of year-round events for all ages. It is no wonder that Swarovski Crystal Worlds is a must-see European travel destination. Its mix of art and culture, entertainment and shopping make Swarovski Crystal Worlds unique in the entire world.
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