Vienna in Austria
Little children looking incredibly sweet with dragons and bunnies painted on their cheeks, cheery red and white balloons hanging from trees, an enthralling magic show, a pizza station. A sweet carnival like atmosphere pervaded the lawns of the Austrian embassy in New Delhi last Sunday. ALSO SEE Vienna is the best city in the world: 10 stunning photos of Austrias beautiful capital!
The occasion was the special Family Day the Vienna Tourist Board hosted for the travel and media community. With the winter sun smiling benignly, it was a good day to be outdoors enjoying the many games, selfie stations and delectable coffee and cakes.
The game stations may have been for children but adults were not above queuing up to try the memory game whereby you had to identify Viennas attractions, or the 360 degree view of Vienna that the stall hosted by Le Meriden put up. DO SEE Vienna: Perfect Family Holiday Destination for Indians
The family day served to bring Vienna closer to Delhi in a fun and entertaining way because we believe the Austrian capital, a city for family holiday, has a slew of activities to engage families of all age groups, says Isabella Rauter, Public Relations Manager for Vienna Tourist Board.
Swarovskis create your own tote bag was such a hit that the counter soon ran out of the crystal stickers.
The glow of the children was sparked by the iron-on colorful crystals of the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Store Vienna on functional Vienna carry bags, says Christiane Gasser, Head of Channel Marketing, Swarovski Tourism Services.
And everyone had fun posing with props in front of the recreation of the giant Ferris wheel at Prater Amusement park. DO READ Your ultimate 10-day Eastern Europe itinerary: Explore the wonders of Prague, Budapest, Vienna and more
I was happy to meet our travel agents and their families. They were delighted to learn that Le Meridien has dozens of family suites and connecting rooms that offer enough space to welcome families. We look forward to welcoming more Indian families this year, says Isabel Laczkovich, Assistant Director of Sales, Le Meridien, Vienna located steps away from the Vienna State Opera, Imperial Hofburg Palace, Albertina, Secession and MuseumsQuartier and major shopping areas.
With its red trams, magnificent museums, ornate palaces, atmospheric coffeehouses and its UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city centre, Vienna seamlessly combines a cultural break with the outdoors activities making it the ideal destination for family holidays.
The citys efficient public transport system comprising tram, bus and metro is as convenient for small children in strollers as it is for the elderly. The city famed for its open green spaces and countless parks is steeped in art, history and music and there are enough activities for families with children, making it the best city for a memorable family holiday.
For the Indian travellers, the biggest attractions for children include The Butterfly House; Prater, an amusement park that houses the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of Viennas most iconic symbols; House of Music; Vienna Zoo (the worlds first zoo to see the birth of an African elephant conceived in human care); and art programs for children in various Viennese museums.
The Childrens Museum Schloss Schönbrunn Experience is a special guided tour (by appointment only in English) that teaches kids about the lives of the imperial children, lets them play with toys from imperial times and dress up as princes and princesses.
A two-horse carriage ride is as much a part of Vienna as St. Stephens Cathedral and the Giant Ferris Wheel: the fiakers. For many tourists, a carriage ride is the cosiest way to explore Viennas attractions.
Vienna is where you can step back into history one moment, revel in nature the next. A visit to the Zoo and the Prater are among the biggest draws for families travelling with children, adds Isabella Rauter. ALSO SEE Vienna voted the most livable city in the world for the eighth time!
Entry to Prater amusement park is free and the visitors pay only for the rides they pick and choose. They dont need to tire themselves in trying to exhaust the last cent out of the fat entry fee to gain access to amusement parks in many parts of the world.
Young travellers in Vienna get special as those up to mid-teens can ride along for free with their parents using a Vienna City Card. Most museums offer free entry to teenagers.
The Vienna City Card lets travellers experience the citys imperial history, magnificent palaces and gardens with the low-cost Vienna City Card for 24, 48 or 72 hours (Available in two variants).