We just couldn’t resist it. My sister-in-law was visiting us for a month. And it was her first time in Europe, so we decided to do something special. Plus, that day we felt extremely happy as we found an apartment in London – the place we were about to move in three weeks. I always say that the Czech Republic is the center of Europe, as it is located in the center. From there it is easy to pick up a nearby place for a short trip, especially for a weekend. This is exactly why we chose to spend a weekend in Vienna with a toddler.
Let me tell you about our weekend in Vienna itinerary, taking into account that my son turned 3 months, we were on a low budget and we tried to avoid any sort of rush or stress.
Things to do in Vienna. The complete itinerary.
Friday 10:30 pm – Arriving to Vienna
Speaking of force majeure that I have mentioned in traveling with a newborn around the world: simple tips that will make your trip unforgettable! – the first challenge was right there waiting for us. When we reached an accommodation booked with Airbnb, we realized that someone had already been living there. Long story short, it turned out my husband pre-booked it for the same dates but next month. And yes, I did confirm our late arrival via email and by the phone call with the house owner just a day before. As I said things happen. Luckily, the owner showed us the nearest hotel available, and we all got to rest at 1 am.Booking.com
Traveling in Austria is not as cheap as in Cambodia. Europe is always more expensive than Asia, however, there is a way to save money even when you visit Vienna with a baby.
This time we took a train ride, and it was amazing. It turned out you can book a seat with a table in a special kids’ area. There you have a game painted on the table, a TV and lots of space. So, we had some fun indeed. We left on Friday night and just in a few hours arrived at the destination.
6:00 am – Wake up/Shower/Breakfast
9:00 am – Walking city tour
A weekend in Austria with a toddler was the best idea for us. There are tons of places to visit in Vienna. The most famous attractions are located in the city center near to each other. It is a good idea to walk around and choose what you would like to visit. All walking tours are absolutely free of charge, and there is a lot to see. Streets are neat; not too many people outside on Saturday morning; and many nice cafes around you. There are various things to do in Vienna for kids too. But keep in mind, either with your little ones or traveling solo, one attraction will cost you half a day, so choose your places wisely. We have enjoyed seeing Museums Quartier, Government Office, and Heldenplatz.
12:00 pm – Lunch
Wandering in the city center you will find out thousands of budget restaurants, fast-food services, and cafeterias. Just pick the one you like. All of them are ranging at the same price.
1:00 pm – Kunsthistorisches Museum
Our main pick was the Museum of Fine Arts. It is a huge four-story museum where you can spend the entire day. There is a café inside too. The inside of the building is lavishly decorated with marble, stucco ornamentations, gold-leaf, and paintings. You will be able to see Egyptian and Near Eastern collection; a collection of Greek and Roman antiquities; picture gallery; kunstkammer of Vienna and coin collection. You can also take a nap on one of the royal sofas on the fourth floor. Also, taking photos inside is allowed. The experience you will never forget.
6:00 pm – Dinner at home
Probably after such a long walk outside, you would like to get rest and have dinner at home, giving a warm bath to your little one and putting him to bed early. Tomorrow is a big day!
7:00 am – Wake up/Shower/Breakfast
10:00 am – Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence designed in Baroque style. It is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. Vienna has many palaces, but this one is a must-to-visit. Every room will create more surprise on your face. Although it is big, it is quite easy to get around, especially with your little one. The ticket includes a one-hour audio guide, so don’t forget earphones.
12:00 pm – Free walk in the garden and lunch
It is a good idea to relax at the café enjoying lunch and letting your baby “stretch its bones”. Get ready for the second half of a day, as it has just been started. There are still loads of things to do in Vienna for a weekend.
2:00 pm – Vienna State Opera and Haus der Musik
Back to the city center, and the first thing you will pass by is the Vienna State Opera. Fifteen minutes walk enjoying the architecture and you arrive at the most exciting attraction of your journey – “House of Music”.
It is the first interactive sound museum in Austria. Believe me, you are going to have so much fun with the baby. Run through the stair piano; relive an experience of the womb; see the voice as the most natural musical instrument; create your own melody throwing dice; become a conductor; learn about compositors and their music – all this you can do involving your little one.
7:30 pm – Strauss & Mozart Konzerte in Kursalon Wien
It is brilliant if you have booked to see a performance for tonight, although it might be hard to handle it together with the baby. Alternatively, you can buy a ticket to one of the concerts right in front of the opera theatre. The concert will last only for an hour and a half. Don’t forget to bargain as the price usually goes with a 50% discount and more. Also, you will be able to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Viennese waltz and opera singing.
It is located in the State Park – a perfect place to lull the baby in case of my favorite force majeure.
9:00 am – Leaving Vienna
Although if you have one extra day, feel free to visit Hofburg palace. You can get a decent discount by buying a combined ticket with the Schönbrunn Palace. After, stop by at free Naschtmarkt, it is just ten minutes walk, and enjoy more than 100 food and vintage stalls, plus restaurants. Also, if you travel to Austria in winter, here are amazing places to visit.
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