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Top 5 Things to Do in Austria with Family

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family hiking in Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria

Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria

Austria is a wonderland of adventure, with a storybook ambiance that offers fun for the entire family, and knowing the top 5 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 the buildings and the grandeur of the landscapes. Take a step back in time as you explore a truly inspiring destination, from historic cityscapes to hidden gems in the countryside.

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.


  1. 1. Discover Royal Palaces
  2. 2. Embrace the Captivating Caves
  3. 3. Uncover the Architectural Delights
  4. 4. Witness the Hills, Lakes, and Landscapes
  5. 5. Explore Fairytale Realms and Villages
  6. Experience the Top Things to Do in Austria with Family

1. Discover Royal Palaces

view of Salzburg Fortress in Austria

Salzburg, Austria

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.

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.

Highlights: Schonbrunn Palace • Hohensalzburg Fortress • Hofburg Palace • Salzburg Fortress

2. Embrace the Captivating Caves

Dachstein Cave in the Austrian Alps

Dachstein Cave in the Austrian Alps

Step into a world of mystery as you walk through glistening ice caves and stark salt mines as you explore 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, you can find inviting salt mines for inquisitive travelers of all ages.

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.

Highlights: Eisriesenwelt Caves • Hallstatt Salt Mine • Altaussee Salt Mine • Dachstein Caves • Obir Stalactite Caves

3. Uncover the Architectural Delights

Hundertwasser house in Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

When we think about Austria, decorative wooden window boxes and quaint houses come to mind. Yet the marvel of Austrian architecture extends to designs dating back to Roman times.

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.

Stand in the wonder of the past in city squares and marvel at ornate rooftops and bold columns, among other marvels as you embrace the warm local ambiance.

Highlights: Romerstadt Carnuntum Archeological Park •  Stubing Open Air Museum • Vienna • Salzburg

4. Witness the Hills, Lakes, and Landscapes

Tauern National Park, East Tyrol, Austria

East Tyrol, Austria

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.

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. Lakes make the perfect stopover for a picnic and provide fantastic panoramas from which to enjoy the scenery.

In the winter months, skiing and other activities along the snow-white slopes capture the magic in Austria’s wonderland.

Highlights: Tyrol • Lake Vienna  Horseback Riding in Muhlviertler Alm •  Unterweissenbach

5. Explore Fairytale Realms and Villages

Swarovski Crystal Museum in Wattens, Austria

Swarovski Crystal Museum, Wattens, 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.

Step into a mini world of wonder or spend time in the countryside where witches are said to roam. Uncover the sparkle of Austria as fairytales spring to life along winding roads and in stunning villages as you uncover unique ways to make magical memories.

Highlights: Minimundus • Hexenwasser • Hirschalm Fairytale Farm • Swarovski Crystal Museum

Experience the Top Things to Do in Austria with Family

Village with mountain in the background in Tyrol, Austria

Tyrol, Austria

Explore the truly 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 in our Austria Tours & Vacations.

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