Austria

Austria is a very child friendly country. Winter or Summer, Austria is a great family destination with plenty to do to keep all the family amused. From skiing and tobogganing in winter to taking a boat ride down the Danube River on a lovely summers day.  Sound of Music fans can even take a bus trip to explore all the sights and scenes from the movie all the whilst singing along to the songs on the tour bus! English is widely spoken but your children may enjoy learning a few basic words or phrases in German.

Where to start: 

Austria’s official tourism website is a fantastic place to start dreaming about, researching, planning and booking a holiday to Austria.

What is there to see and do: 

Austria offers plenty to do with the kids all year round, we have listed just a few to give you some ideas;

If planning a holiday in the warmer months why not take the kids on a boat ride on the Danube River the kids will see plenty of castles and the town of Durnstein where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned.

If you are feeling more energetic you can take in more of the picturesque sights by cycling along the Danube.

If you are exhausted after a bike ride why not book a Sound of Music tour that includes a 4 hr bus trip showing you all the landmarks and sights from the movie.

The kids are bound to love an adventure to explore a Salt mine and a Giant Ice cave or a trip to visit the animals at the Vienna Zoo.

The ultimate family holiday to Austria must include a trip to the valley of fun and games in Saalbach Hinterglemm where the kids can take a trip in a cable car to help find Montelino the clown’s lost toys and friends and while you’re there be sure to take a trip to the fairy tale forest. Saalbach Hinterglemm is also an excellent ski destination in the winter months.

If visiting in Winter why not take the kids on a Horse drawn sleigh ride or try tobogganing for the adventurous.

Where to stay: 

Family Austria is a great website to start looking for family friendly apartments and hotels or check out Austria’s first Baby hotel  part of the Kinderhotel chain which include free childcare and have greatchildren’s facilities.    

For ski holidays Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis is perfect for families and offers children’s ski schools, day care centres and has a complete family focus. If you are looking for something with lots of room for the kids to run and plenty to occupy them consider a farm stay.

Country Facts

Currency:
Euro
Flying Time:
From the Eastern states flying times are approximately 20 hours and from the west coast approximately 19 hours both routes have a stop over in Asia or the Middle East
Language:
German
Official Tourism Site:
www.austria.info/au
Phone Details:
Emergency 112
Time Zone:
Austria is eight hours behind Australia’s Eastern states.

Food & Supplies

Travelling

Getting There:

Austrian Airlines, Emirates, KLM, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas and Air France are amongst the carriers that can fly you from Australia to Austria.

Getting Around:

Austria has a fantastic underground train network called the U-Bahn and is boasted as one of the best performing public transport systems worldwide! The underground runs very efficiently and will be able to take you within 5 minutes of just about anywhere you would like to visit. Children up to 14yrs do not need a ticket on Sundays, holidays and Austrian school holidays.

Car hire is another option in Austria and roads are excellent however, driving in big cities like Vienna can be confusing, so you may like to consider using the very efficient public transport system for these areas.

Safety

Car Seat Regs:

Children under the age of 12 and 150cm are unable to travel in front and rear passenger seats of any car unless they are in an age appropriate child restraint. Many car hire companies can offer car restraint hire but it is advisable to book ahead.