Travel with Children

With dancing marionettes, chocolate galore and a giant fairy-tale fortress, Salzburg is kid nirvana. If the crowds prove unbearable with tots in tow, take them to the city’s adventure playgrounds (there are 80 to pick from); the one on Franz-Josef-Kai is centrally located.

Salzburg’s sights are usually half-price for children, and most are free for kids under six years of age. Many galleries, museums and theatres also have dedicated programs for kids and families. These include the Museum der Moderne, which has workshops for kids and teens, and the matinée performances at the enchanting Salzburger Marionettentheater. The Salzburg Museum has lots of hands-on displays, from harp playing to old-fashioned writing with quills. Pick up 'Wolf' Dietrich's cartoon guide at the entrance.

Other surefire kid-pleasers around Salzburg include the following:

  • Children will have a blast with natural history at the Haus der Natur, with its fun facts on alpine crystals, dinosaurs, science and the human body. The highlight is the aquarium, with its clownfish and sharks.
  • Spielzeugmuseum Salzburg's very own toy story, this museum is a rambling attic of toys old and new. There are even 'adult parking areas' where grown-ups can hang out while tots play.
  • Freilichtmuseum Take a whizz through Austrian farming life through the ages at this huge open-air museum, with animals to pet, crafts to explore and a big adventure playground to romp around in. For more animal-themed fun, head to the Salzburg Zoo, near Schloss Hellbrunn.