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Back from several trips and with new addresses and tips in my note-book, I’m happy to share a “few” more tips with you, this time from Vienna.

A fun thing to do with kids is to take the Liliputbahn in the Prater (adults EUR4, children EUR2,50). It’s a little train which takes approx. 20 minutes for a tour through the park and parts of the amusement park. The majority of the route is among the shades, so perfect for a hot summer day.

If the weather isn’t that nice or it is just too hot to stay outside, try the Kindermuseum at the Museumsquartier. The offer activities (with or without parents) from 8 months to 14 years old children: a play area with an ocean theme (including fishes, boats and submarines), workshops with wood, film studios and hands-on exhibitions. Be aware though that in colder months reservation is usually necessary.

My last tip for today comes maybe as a bit of a surprise, but it’s a beautiful and interesting building in a great setting: Kirche am Steinhof, a Jugendstil church by Otto Wagner in the area of a psychiatric hospital. You need to walk approx. 10 minutes uphill from the entrance of the hospital, ideal to let the kids run ;-), and it’s a bit of the “normal” sightseeing tour, but worth it: besides a great view, the church has lots of interesting artwork and details as Mr. Wagner incorporated numerous features specifically related to its function within the hospital, e.g. most corners are rounded, emergency exits are built into the side walls, continuously flowing water replaced the holy water stoup and the floor is raked: the fall from entrance to altar is approx. 26 centimetres, standing at the back the view to the altar is thus less obstructed. Please note that the church is only open Saturdays from 3pm to 5pm, Sundays  from 12 to 4pm and during mass.

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