School Begins!

This year all our kids will be attending school here in Austria. This is a big change for us. The kids are not fluent in German yet, so this will also be a big challenge for them as they adjust to school in a foreign language. Here in Austria it is a tradition to give…

Robinson Spielplatz

Our friends invited us to the Robinson Spielplatz today. This was our first time at this park and wow! We were super surprised by what we found. There is so much to explore. There are really big tree forts all over the place. The park looks small when you walk in, but once you start…

Irrgarten – Labyrinth

On our last day together we took Nana and Christiana to the Labyrinth at the Schönbrunn. It is always a fun place to explore! We love the different mazes and the playground. In the maze we split up into teams. Chris and I have been there a lot of times and thought we knew the…

Virgilkapelle and City Wander

There is a really neat little museum in the Stephansplatz U-Bahn station. It is an underground church that was excavated during the construction of the U-Bahn. It was burned in a fire in the 1700s and buried, along with an old graveyard around the Stephansdom Cathedral. On the first Sunday of every month the museum…

Strandbad Angelibad

We have recently discovered Strandbad Angelibad – a “beach” along the Donau River with a beautiful tree-lined grassy area, a wading pool, floating dock, and play structures for kids. We absolutely love it. The kids love looking for fish and rocks in the river, swimming out to the dock to jump in the river, and…

Swimming!

We had a nice hot week where it was unbearable to stay home in the hot apartment, so we went swimming. A LOT. We enjoyed going to different pools with different friends every day, and found a new pool that we really enjoy at Wahringerpark. We brought some lunch and enjoyed swimming with friends all…

Schatzkammer

It has been a super hot week with a lot of swimming, but we took a break from the pool to show Christiana the Schatzkammer (the Imperial Treasury). It is air conditioned and has amazing jewels, crowns, capes, and more. We could only get two audioguides, so the kids had to share. Marion got one…

Prater

Christiana was super excited to go to Prater for the day this past Saturday. We let each kid pick five rides to go on, a huge splurge for all of them! It was fun to see what everyone chose and it made for a very full day. We started out the day by renting this…

Belvedere

No trip to Vienna is complete without seeing some of Gustav Klimt’s artwork. The kids were excited to show Christiana the paintings at the Belvedere and tell her about Klimt. It is a beautiful museum and we really enjoyed it on this rainy day. The building itself is very beautiful. I love the paintings on…

Haus des Meeres

The weather has gotten cool this past week, so we decided to go to Haus des Meeres on a nice windy afternoon. The best public transit entertainment is taking pictures. The kids are such hams. There are some awesome tunnels that walk through big fish tanks on the first floor of the aquarium. We had…

Lainzer Tiergarten Stick Forts

We headed back into the Lainzer Tiergarten today with friends for a nice hike and some fort building fun. This was the first time I have ever managed to get by children out of the house by 8:30 am in the summer. They all got up, made and packed sandwiches and water, and were ready…

A Little City Wander

This afternoon we took a little wander about the city to show Christiana some of our favorite sights. We started off at Karlsplatz. The kids love this church (and the neighboring playground!) After enjoying the view of the outside (and explaining to Marion that the reflecting pool is NOT a swimming pool after she decided…