Austria is a wonderland of adventure, with a storybook ambiance that offers fun for the entire family and our top eight things to do in Austria with family can make your experience that much more rewarding.
Explore palaces with captivating gardens, delve into the unique world of caves, or simply marvel at the beauty of buildings and the grandeur of landscapes. Take a step back in time as you explore a truly inspiring destination, from historic cityscapes to hidden countryside gems.
Take a moment to uncover Austria’s delights with your family, from taking in the rolling hills to viewing one of the highest mountains in the world on an adventure-filled journey.
Let your kids wander the grounds and hallways of some of the most scenic and fairytale-like palaces and fortresses in one of the world’s most picturesque countries.
Vienna boasts a large number of palaces, ranging in size and shape, all offering adventures and activities for young visitors. Kids have the option to visit a ‘children’s museum’ within the Schonbrunn Palace, for example, complete with dress-up and immersive experiences.
Dramatic mountains and glistening lakes set the scene for grand castles and magical palaces throughout Austria, creating a natural playground for families with children of all ages to discover past wonders, regal architecture, and the drama of history.
Best Places to Wander the Grounds and Hallways of Royal Palaces: Schonbrunn Palace • Hohensalzburg Fortress • Hofburg Palace • Salzburg Fortress
Step into a world of mystery as you walk through glistening ice caves and stark salt mines, exploring dramatic settings that whisk you into different worlds.
Resembling a scene from a fairytale, where sheer rock faces, dangling stalactites, and bold stalagmites decorate magnificent caves, inquisitive travelers of all ages will be intrigued.
Explore underground wonders on a whirlwind journey deep into hillsides and wind your way down into the center of the Earth on a magical journey through one of Austria’s treasured experiences.
Best Places to Explore Captivating Caves: Eisriesenwelt Caves • Hallstatt Salt Mine • Altaussee Salt Mine • Dachstein Caves • Obir Stalactite Caves
Let your family discover Austria’s fascinating past at open-air museums, where history and fun mix perfectly. Options to learn as you play outdoors will entertain children of any age.
The open-air museums take nature conservation seriously and young visitors will have a chance to see plants and herbs of days gone by thriving, while animals graze nearby.
From classic Austrian architecture and archeological displays to giant sculptures in a large garden, visiting an open-air museum is a wonderful way to spend a sunny day in Austria.
Best Places to Spend a Day in an Open-Air Museum: Römerstadt Carnuntum Archeological Park • Stubing Open Air Museum • Bertoni’s Open Air Museum, Winden am See • Salzburg
Picture rolling hills draped in green hues, tall trees scattered across the undulating landscape, and plenty of fresh air in which your entire family can bask when taking to hiking and walking trails in Austria.
Take a stroll on gentle pathways that wind their way through lush landscapes or take the family on a hike along some of the country’s most popular kid-friendly trails, with attractions such as grottos and tunnels to admire along the way.
Lakes make the perfect stopover for a picnic and provide fantastic panoramas from which to enjoy the scenery, while a walk on the Welterbeblick skywalk will take your breath away.
Best Places to Take to the Trails: Rosengartenschlucht, Tyrol • Senn’s Wonder Walking Trail, St Anton am Arlberg • Triassic Trail, Waidring • Wood Trail in Zell am Ziller • Hallstatt
In winter, skiing and other activities along the snow-white slopes capture the magic of Austria.
Family-friendly resorts and hotels can be found throughout the country, with some offering ski kindergartens or dedicated ski schools for children. Children can take to a variety of slopes and slants to suit each level.
From tobogganing and skiing to indoor activities with a child-friendly team, enjoying a winter vacation in the Austrian hills is a wonderful adventure for the whole family.
Best Places to Hit the Ski Slopes: Galtür, Tyrol • Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis • Hauser Kaibling, Schladminger Tauern • Leolang, Zell am See
Step into a mini world of wonder or spend time in the countryside where witches are said to roam as you and your family explore the fairytale-filled destinations in Austria.
Magic comes in unique and surprising ways in Austria, as you uncover the gems that create the perfect ambiance for families of all ages.
Uncover the sparkle of the country as fairytales spring to life along winding roads and in stunning villages as you uncover unique ways to make magical memories.
Best Places to Explore Fairytale Realms and Villages: Minimundus, Klagenfurt • Hexenwasser, Söll• Hirschalm Fairytale Farm • Swarovski Crystal Museum, Innsbruck
What could be more fun than learning how to bake cookies or delicious local favorites in an Austrian kitchen? Cooking classes for kids are fully interactive and fun.
Take your time as you sift through ingredients and follow the careful instructions of your tutor as you move from savory to sweet, creating dishes such as goulash and apple strudel, both local delights in Austria.
Enjoy your wares in-class or take them away for later as you pride yourself on a job well done and enjoy fond memories of a fun family day in an Austrian kitchen.
Best Places for a Fun Cooking Class: Salzburg • Vienna • Innsbruck
Take your family through glistening lights, glitz, and glamor as you wander through city squares and town alleys alive with Christmas joy.
Visit stalls for fun gift options and ideas, and sip some hot chocolate while listening to carols.
The magic of the season comes to life with giant Christmas trees reaching for the heavens and life-size nativity scenes guided by stars in a brisk night sky.
Best Places to Wander Through Wonderful Christmas Markets: Graz • Innsbruck • Salzburg • Vienna
Explore the fascinating culture, breathtaking scenery, and historical treasures of Austria as a family, with each new experience ensuring you have an enriching and fun trip across the country.
Unlock secrets and sights in fairytale villages, gilded cities, and regal castles that will leave lasting impressions of your Austrian family adventure. For more information about your trip, take a look at our Austria Travel Guide or browse itinerary ideas with our Austria Family Vacations & Tours.