I simply love spring in Austria; there are so many holidays, many of which are turned into long weekends and if the weather permits, they make wonderful opportunities to take a trip and have loads of fun.
So, several weeks ago, we had one of these holidays, weather looked promising and we decided to head for the Familypark at Neusiedlersee. It is the largest open air park in Austria, a real heaven for children and adults alike. It took us about an hour to get from Vienna to… Well, here.
The park is divided into several parts; immediately behind the entrance, there is a part for the smallest children, featuring cute little cars, tractors and even floating ducks. There are ponds with fish, beautiful and immaculately groomed flowers and giant worms looking at you.
Those flying balloons look innocent, but they spin very fast… So, consider yourself warned.
Another innocent-looking thing is this scarecrow; however, it will give you quite an adrenalin rush.
There is also a part of the park dedicated to fairy tales, with numerous scenes re-created from the most famous fairy tales. There are also buttons to press if you want to hear the tale; however, a small objection to this concept is that the sound is very loud, so if two neighbouring fairy tales are being listened to at the same time, they clash and it is quite difficult to listen to eather of them, and another objection is that, although all other materials have been translated into several languages, the fairy tales are narrated in German only.
Can you guess from which fairy tales are these two scenes?
After we’ve made rounds through these two parts, it started to rain heavily, so we found our refuge in this restaurant and stayed there for about an hour. There are many restaurants, cafes and confectioneries in the park, and the prices are reasonable.
The next part we visited was the one with animals; there were goats, donkeys and beautiful deers. The girls were a bit disappointed because it wasn’t allowed to touch the animals, since they’ve expected a petting zoo. They both adore animals and simply love playing with goats.
The park is situated in beautiful nature, so there are lots of trees and shadowy places.
Next stop was, believe or not, a haunted house!
The part including water was simply great! We haven’t spent much time playing with water, but we did enjoy the water slides!
A great and quite complicated three-dimensional maze, challenging the children who’ve entered it to find their way out.
The last parts are the Classical Roman (or perhaps Greek?) and the Mediterranean ones, and their main attraction is the roller coaster. My, oh, my… Did we ride it! Again, and again, and again!
Since the name itself reveals that the park is intended for families, there are many changing rooms for babies and bathrooms. I particularly liked the sign for the changing room in the Classical Roman style.
So, this is what our day looked like. It was great fun and I would do it again any time and I would definitely recommend it.
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