Outdoor Activities

Vienna is a great outdoor city with numerous parks, swimming possibilities and organized activities. Below is a link listing both indoor and outdoor activities in Vienna: http://www.kinderinfowien.at/broschueren/#c14767 (in German)


Within every district there are usually several children’s playgrounds, which are generally well maintained. Below are two links that give details of the playgrounds in Vienna. The first one is in German.


From the large public parks like Volksgarten to the woody parks of the 19th district, parks cover serious ground in the city.

The city of Vienna’s webpages feature some of the main parks also in English, see below. They also provide a listing of approved parks for sledging in the winter months. http://www.wien.gv.at/english/environment/parks/

Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace)
While the palace itself is a highlight, the park grounds are equally delightful, featuring the zoo, a maze and a playground. There are also popular Christmas and Easter markets for seasonal celebrations.

The Prater
Probably the largest outdoor area in Vienna, the Prater houses everything from the infamous giant ferris wheel (Riesenrad) in the fairground to an impressive number of green areas to relax or play games.

Donauinsel (The Danube Island)
The ‘blue’ Danube offers possibilities for swimming, cycling and BBQing.

Sand in the City
This outdoor area features food and beach sports in a sandy, beach-like atmosphere during the summer months (end of April until beginning of September).

Plan Quadrat
A private garden and playground that is run and maintained by its members nestled in the 4th district. Information on joining and membership can be found at both entrances.


Schönbrunn Tiergarten (The Schönbrunn Zoo)
One of the oldest zoos in the world, Schoenbrunn Zoo has undergone an extensive makeover in recent years and is a popular destination for adults and children alike. Admittance for children under 6 is free and most families find the yearly pass for accompanying adults to be a worthwhile investment.

Lainzer Tiergarten (The Lainz Game Reserve)
The former hunting ground for the Imperial family, this game reserve in the 13th District of Vienna is free to enter and has animals, green areas and playgrounds to explore.

Landgut Cobenzl (Children’s Farm at Cobenzl)
A small farm and petting zoo in the 19th District for children and families.


There are many hiking paths around Vienna for you to take in the woods, vineyards and other beautiful scenery. Below is the city link that shows trails, provides information and offers tips for families:

Swimming Pools

When the going gets hot, the hot head to the swimming pools of Vienna, which are dotted in and around the city. While many also feature some indoor swimming, some are open in summer only. There are too many to list here, but the link below provides an overview of the pools and links to their sites:

Outdoor Sports

Below is a link for more information about running, inline skating, climbing and hiking:



For great outings in and around Vienna with your stroller purchase the books Kinderwagen-Wanderungen by Lugmayr and Wandern mit Kinderwagen by Rademacher/Langheiter.