We all know it: playgrounds in Vienna are perfect for taking obnoxious pictures of our children playing in gorgeous settings. Eat your heart out, Instagram. These 2 playgrounds are excellent choices for “candid” photoshoots…oh, and for your children to play.
The Rathaus playground
Where: when you’re facing the front of the Rathaus, walk up to it, turn to the right and follow the pretty pathways – there is a playground in there. If you reach the street, you’ve gone too far.
Vienna’s 1st district isn’t what you might call overrun with playgrounds, so if you’re out doing adult-y things in the city and the kids are suddenly dying for a sandbox fix (or Mommy just needs them to play independently for 5 minutes in a safe, enclosed area while she breathes in deeply – we’ve all been there) this centrally located, somewhat hidden, little gem is just the place for a quick play. The kids can slide, swing, and sand it out like little royals as you gaze up to the spires of the city hall poking out above the tree line, and revel in the fact that this beautiful setting is where your kids play.
Perks: it’s centrally located, the big water-sand toy structure is a great way for kids to learn Newton’s law of – if-you-stand-at-the-bottom-of-a-water-toy-you’ll-get-wet (We’re paraphrasing), and the setting is gorgeous.
Bathroom situation: The pay-to-pee park bathrooms are close and on ground level (in case you need to roll your stroller in with you)
Where: Rooseveltplatz, 1090 Wien (The playground is outside to the right when facing the church.)
Get portrait mode on your camera ready for this charming little playground next to Votivkirche in the 9th district. Not that we like to brag, but this is a reality for children in Vienna: in a setting where church spires climb to the heavens in reverence and stained glass windows glow in the warm afternoon sun, a baby sits right in front of it all shoving sand in their mouth.
Perk: there are tons of places nearby to pick up a quick Weckerl if you forgot to pack a picture-perfect picnic.
Bathroom situation: not exactly ideal, but there’s usually a portable toilet box next to the playground