Austria is very family friendly and offers excellent accommodation, restaurants and amenities along with breath taking mountain scenery, history, culture and a range of culinary delights. Austria is frequently cited as one of the best places to live in Europe, and it is not difficult to see why. It is remarkably safe and clean and offers plenty of affordable culture, natural beauty as well as an efficient public transport system.
Austria has an abundance of family friendly restaurants and hotels. ‘Kinder hotels’ are specifically geared towards parents with babies or toddlers. Kinder hotels are a great option for families with younger children as they can supply all your baby and toddler requirements from food, to play areas to child care.
Austria’s cities, such as Vienna and Salzburg are very family friendly and are popular during summer and winter with families. Home-grown musical icons Mozart, Schubert and Strauss are championed everywhere. Other draws to the cities include stunning architecture, contemporary art, cutting-edge architecture, innovative cuisine and of course, the delicious hot chocolate! You can also visit great works of art by Rubens, Raphael and Rembrandt, and marvel at Hundertwasser House in Vienna – a fantastical housing complex characterised by its vivid patterns and mismatched colours.
If your kids are bored with museums and architecture there are also loads of parks and child friendly museums and amenities. Toddlers and kids will love the snow and ice skating on the lakes in winter. During the summer you can take hikes or have a picnic in one of the wildflower meadows. If planning a holiday in the warmer months you can take boat trip on the Danube River where you can see plenty of castles and the town of Durnstein where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned.
During the Winter months Austria is popular for skiing. There are special kids ski camps arranged during the winter months where kids aged 3 and up (sometimes 4 and up) will learn to ski while you take on the more advanced slopes. Many of the kinder hotels mentioned above will be close to the ski resorts. Another great option for the winter months are the Christmas Markets. Salzburg’s market is often described the best in Europe and kids will love the lights, Christmas trees and entertainment.
Best time of year to travel to Austria with a baby
Austria enjoys a moderate continental climate: summers are warm and pleasant with cool nights which makes it perfect for younger kids. Day-time temperatures in July and August are around 25°C (77°F), but can often reach 35°C (95°F) so take care and use sun protection and bring a sun parasol or buggy shade.
Winters are sunny, with snow levels high enough for widespread winter sports. Ski season is from December to March. Winters are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region with temperatures often dropping below -10°C (14°F). Wrap up warm and when walking around take frequent breaks from the cold if you are travelling with a baby.
The best time to visit Austria is June to September for those seeking sunshine and low rainfall, whilst November to March are ideal for winter sports.
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