Category Archives: Around Vienna

BADEN and the Vienna Woods or just take a Bath


Taking the family out on a day hike in the Vienna Woods is a great way to get out of the house for a day.


The wide paths make it easy to avoid stares if you are pushing a stroller. Longer and steeper paths can also be found for those who like to hike.


Another attraction is to stroll around the quaint city.

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Take a bath

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Day trip to Kahlenberg

One of the most visited day trip locations near Vienna is Kahlenberg. It has a vast view of the city and lots of easy hiking trails for the whole family.


The drive to the top is also easy or you can choose to hike.


For more information see: Heavenly views from the Kahlenberg


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Waldseil Park


Waldseil Park in Kahlenberg is a great place for a family day trip. It’s almost as adventurous as Zip Lining, but well organized, and quite safe.

They have a English language website for the latest information:




Recommended Peruvian food in the First

Who would imagine finding Peruvian cuisine in Austria? Well, we did, and it’s near home for us, and well worth the trip if you are outside the Ring. It’s informal, but service and food makes it worth the trip.


In response to the question:  “how kid-friendly it seemed?” I recently asked, and they place families in the lower level. They have one highchair, but no booster seats. It would be best to call ahead.

Bundesgestüt Piber

Bundesgestüt Piber, located 2 1/2 hours from Vienna in Köflach, Austria, is where the famous Lipizzanner horses are bred and raised. The stud is open to visitors every day of the year and there are guided tours (check the website for details, especially during the winter season). There is also the option of a self-led audio guide tour that details the history of the Lipizzanner breed, what life is like for the horses at Piber, and how they are selected for training at the Spanische Hofreitschule.

Beyond the history of the horses, there are also several displays where visitors can learn more about all things equine: a small indoor museum showcases carriages and farm equipment powered by horses, a display in the stables shows various equipment used by the grooms, and the farrier’s shed demonstrates the horse shoeing (a hit with my kids).

Of course, the highlight of the visit is seeing the horses themselves.


Visitors are able to enter the stables to see the horses, and also peek into the windows of a nearby barn where the young horses begin the selection process for further training. While we were visiting, the mother horses and their offspring were corralled into a separate barn where the visitors could greet the horses and watch them interact with each other.

There is an adventure learning trail tailored to younger children to help them get more from their visit, and there are a couple playgrounds on the stud’s grounds. During the summer season there is a café that serves reasonably-priced meals.


  • Visit their website, or
  • “Like” Spanische Hofreitschule on Facebook for news about the horses and their activities.