Family in a horse-drawn carriage in the Old City

Voyage of discovery through the old town

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

This Gothic cathedral, affectionately known as Steffl to locals, is probably Vienna’s best-known landmark. The lift in the north tower leads directly to the Pummerin, which is the nation’s largest bell. Visitors who don’t mind burning some calories can climb the 343 steps to the Türmerstube (tower room) to enjoy unique views of Vienna and take a closer look at some of the cathedral’s 230,000 roof tiles. Those who aren’t easily spooked will enjoy a visit to the catacombs.

Hofburg

In the imperial apartments, visitors of all ages can find out more about the everyday lives of the imperial family, Sisi’s hobbies and her beauty secrets. Children’s tours end with an imperial dressing-up session.

Butterfly House

The Palm House in the Burggarten is one of the most striking Art Nouveau greenhouses anywhere in the world. Hundreds of butterflies roam free in a mini-tropical rain forest with a waterfall, ponds and bridges. TIP: enjoy a picnic in the neighboring Burggarten – accompanied by Mozart, immortalized in stone.

Kunsthistorisches Museum and Naturhistorisches Museum

Heading away from the first district, the tour leads to the Kunsthistorisches which contains the Habsburg’s collections: mummies, mythical ancient beasts and a whole gallery of paintings. The Naturhistorisches Museum opposite is always a hit with children. It contains a head-spinning variety of creatures – from dinosaurs to microorganisms – and prehistoric discoveries.

MuseumsQuartier

At the 1,600-square-meter ZOOM Children’s Museum children are free to explore, research and play to their heart’s desire. The little ones can play in the Ozean, while older children enjoy the hands-on exhibitions or head for the animation studio. Dschungel Wien is a kids’ theater. Two museums offer workshops and tours for children: mumok with a focus on contemporary art, and the Leopold Museum which is all about Art Nouveau, Wiener Werkstätte and expressionism.

Tip for animal lovers

In 2017 SCHÖNBRUNN ZOO opens its new giraffe park, which is three times the size of the old enclosure. The world’s oldest zoo is home to more than 700 different species. There is also a nature trail with climbing wall, a treetop trail and several playgrounds. The palace next door is home to the Schloss Schönbrunn Experience children’s museum.

Text: Susanna Burger

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St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

Stephansplatz, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Su, 07:00 - 22:00
    • on holidays, 07:00 - 22:00
    • Guided tour of the Cathedral, duration approx. 30 minutes daily
    • English guided tour of the Cathedral, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo - Sa, 10:30
    • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo - Sa, 10:00 - 10:30
    • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo - Sa, 13:30 - 16:30
    • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Su, 13:30 - 16:30
    • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes on holidays, 13:30 - 16:30
    • Elevator to the Pummerin bell (January – June & September – December) daily, 08:15 - 16:25
    • Elevator to the Pummerin bell (July & August) daily, 08:15 - 18:00
    • Ascend the South Tower of the Cathedral daily, 09:00 - 17:30
    • July - September: Evening tour including tour of the roof Sa, 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
    • Side entrance
      • 3 Steps (Double swinging doors 90 cm wide )
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Access to the Treasuries and museum by elevator (warning: steps!), not wheelchair-accessible, daily from 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Sun and public holidays.
      North Tower: access via elevator only (door width: 65 cm) and 12 steps (not wheelchair-accessible). South Tower: 343 steps (not wheelchair-accessible).
      Parking space for visitors with disabilities (Singerstrasse).

The Butterfly House (Schmetterlinghaus)

Burggarten/Palmenhaus, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €6,50
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 15% off
  • Opening times

    • April to October Mo - Fr, 10:00 - 16:45
    • April to October Sa - Su, 10:00 - 18:15
    • April to October on holidays, 10:00 - 18:15
    • November to March daily, 10:00 - 15:45
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps ( Door  93  cm  wide )
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to August
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors   300  cm  wide )
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        on Burgring 5
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance).
      Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. Free admission for blind and visually impaired visitors with one escort.

Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna (Natural History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Visitors under 19: Free admission
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 20% off
  • Opening times

    • Th - Mo, 09:00 - 18:30
    • We, 09:00 - 21:00
    • Roof tour We, 18:30
    • Roof tour (English) Su, 15:00
    • Roof tour Su, 16:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Swinging doors )
        "two-lane" ramp, each lane 35 cm wide
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        Side-entrance Burgring, direct access to elevator
    • Elevator available
      • 78 cm wide and 132 cm low , Door 78 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for the blind are possible.

    • Comments

      Access to restaurant/café: no steps. Seeing-eye dogs permitted in exhibition area.

       

MuseumsQuartier Vienna

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 10 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair service in the MQ-Point by the main entrance: daily 10 am – 7 pm free rental (form of ID left as a deposit). Inductive audio systems in the auditoriums (Hall E + G).

    • Comments

      Access to all MuseumsQuartier institutions: no steps. All public elevators are suitable for wheelchairs. 6 free parking spaces for visitors with special needs on the premises (access: Burggasse / Volkstheater) with proper identification and 4 parking spaces for visitors with special needs in the parking garage (basement level 2 next to elevator, access: main entrance Museumsplatz).

Schönbrunn Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn)

Schönbrunner Schlosspark; Eingang über Hietzinger Tor/Hietzinger Hauptstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • January
      Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • February
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • March
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • April to September
      Daily 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • October to the end of October
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • November to December
      Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at Elisabethallee, entrance Tirolerhof
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on request.

    • Comments

      Access to buildings and enclosures without steps or via ramp.

 

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