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Hotel Sacher Vienna exterior
Luxury family hotels collide with Vienna's monumental palaces, world-renowned opera house, abundance of theatres and museums, gilded buildings and stately green boulevards, so the city still feels like the imperial capital it once was. Vienna's highbrow art scene remains unparalleled, while its legendary cafés continue to attract intellectuals and bohemians alike, mesmerizing all with trolleys full of the most amazing cakes. Yet, among the dreamy nostalgia, a new wave of stylish hotels, restaurants and cool bars is filling the Austrian capital with an energetic lease of life.
Le Méridien Vienna
Le Méridien Vienna, which combines a modern European design with the laid-back Viennese way of living is sure to enthrall.
Art is the theme throughout Le Méridien Vienna, which cleverly combines contemporary pieces with traditional elements. Some of Austria’s most interesting and diverse artists have shaped the interior, reflecting the art and culture you will find in the exciting museums and art galleries around the city. Short walks...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Hotel Sacher Vienna
Undisputedly the most famous of Vienna’s luxury hotels, the Sacher lies in the very heart of the city.
Hotel Sacher Vienna is right behind the city’s fabulous State Opera and at the beginning of the inner-city pedestrian zone,so the location of this historic hotel couldn’t be better for doses of shopping and sightseeing. This family-run hotel has always stood for exclusivity, quality and Viennese charm, plus it...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Österreicher im MAK
Stubenring 5, 1st district
Österreicher im MAK is a contemporary restaurant in the Museum of Applied Arts, that combines hearty home-cooking with modern trends. Not a glitzy place at all, its fascination lies in the innovative cuisine and a very inspired interior design. The food is as Austrian as the chefs, and the ingredients are regional and organically grown; the wines are 100% Austrian. One of its secrets is the lovely summer garden, a shady green oasis, which guarantees fresh air in the middle of the city. Child-friendly portions are served with a big smile.
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Nasch Restaurant, Vienna
Schottenring 11, 1st district
Nasch restaurant in the Hilton Vienna Plaza offers Austrian Tapas & Wine so you can sample the different flavours of Austrian cuisine, from savoury to sweet and warm to cold, without overeating. The exquisite Tapas-sized portions are carefully composed from selected regional products and accompanied by a choice of seasonal Austrian wines from the best wineries of the country. The beautifully arranged small helpings will please young guests, as will the good selection of toys available to them.
Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Oper
Walfischgasse 5 – 7, 1st district
If you consider fine gourmet dining with a local twist a vital ingredient to your luxury family holidays, Vienna offers you quite a few gems. One of them is Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Opera next to the Vienna State Opera. The whole family is welcome there to witness the art of the perfect Wiener Schnitzel. The menu doesn’t list special kids’ meals, but there are high chairs, crayons and coloring books to entertain the juniors. If beef is a favourite, do check out the other three branches of this family run restaurant and try their famous “Tafelspitz”.
Schoenbrunn Palace is a good choice if you want to keep the family busy for a day. Older children will love to join you on a guided tour through the castle or will have fun dressing up as royalty in the children’s museum.
Prater Amusement Park
Do not forget the Giant Ferris Wheel at the venerable Prater amusement park. Old-fashioned merry-go-rounds and amazing new rides are a favourite with the young and the young-at-heart.
Museums and Theatres
Less exhausting and also right in the center of the city are two of the most interesting attractions for kids: the ZOOM children’s museum and the Dschungel theatre at the MuseumsQuartier.
Younger kids adore the zoo which is one of the oldest in the world. If you have plenty of time, pay a visit to the Lainzer Tiergarten nearby, where you run a fair chance of meeting some wild boars and their offspring.
The Spanish Riding School
Drop in at the Spanish Riding School to watch the Lipizzaner Horses performing their morning exercise. Children can jump into one of the horse-drawn carriages, called “Fiakers,” to take a tour around the inner city. This can only be topped by a race up the stairs of the spire of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Dial 112 for emergencies or 144 for an ambulance. Vienna’s hospitals enjoy an excellent reputation internationally. The public health system is fantastic and accessible to anyone. The St. Anna Children’s Hospital runs a 24-hour emergency care centre for children and it is open all year around (+43 1 40170/2100), as does the Donauspital im SMZ Ost (+43 1 288024350) and the Wilhelminenspital (+43 1 49150/2911).
When to go
If you would like to meet real Austrians, do avoid July and August. The Viennese tend to flock out of the city during the hot months. As the inner city with all its sights, shops and restaurants is handed over to tourists from all over the world, the State Opera singers and the members of the philharmonic orchestra take a break too. Apart from the peak summer months, any time is good for a trip to Vienna. Spring in this green city is a concert of blossoms, topped off with the annual Vienna Festival. Autumn can be beautiful too with blue skies and a distinctive Indian summer atmosphere. From mid-November, the squares sparkle with more Christmas markets than most other European metropoles. Snow on the ground, mugs of hot, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts surrounded by wooden Christmas decorations are a must.