7 budget friendly things to do with kids in Innsbruck

You could easily spend a couple of hours at this playground along the river You could easily spend a couple of hours at this playground along the river

Innsbruck is not an overly big place so when you have wandered around the Old Town a couple of times you may need a list of other things to do, especially if you have kids tagging along.  Being budget travellers, we are always happy to find a city with a few things to keep Jack amused that won’t break the bank and here are 7 of them!

1. Do some shopping child free!

Shop up a storm while your kids play at Kinderwelt in Kaufhaus Tyrol

Shop up a storm while your kids play at Kinderwelt in Kaufhaus Tyrol

If you have a kid 3 years and up, why not drop them off at Kinderwelt (aka Kids World) at the Kaufhaus Tyrol department store so you can have an hour or two of peace? It’s not a massive room by any means but there is plenty to do and several experienced carers to look after your little ones. And it is budget friendly too!

Open: Monday – Saturday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost: 2€ per hour

2. Play along the River

This playground along the river is a bit rickety but the kids seemed happy with it.

This playground along the river is a bit rickety but the kids seemed happy with it.

On both sides of the river between the Bachlechnerstrasse (174) and the Blasius-Hueber-Strasse Bridge there are a few playgrounds which kids will love. We particularly liked the larger playground which is the right hand side of the river as you walk away from the city. There is plenty of play equipment and if you are visiting on a weekend when the sun is out, there will be a lot of kids and action.

Cost: Free

3. Head to an indoor centre when it’s wet and cold outside

Sit back and relax while your kids play at Innsbruck's Kids Cafe

Sit back and relax while your kids play at Innsbruck’s Kids Cafe

When it’s cold and wet outside the Kids Café is a great way to occupy your children whilst getting your caffeine fix. The place is fitted out with slides, tunnels, swings and a rock climbing tower as well as toys. No shoes are allowed, so make sure your kids are wearing their best socks!

Open: Monday – Saturday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost: 8€ for kids from 2 years old.

4. If you can bare it!

Ikea may be a good resort when it's cold and wet outside.

Ikea may be a good resort when it’s cold and wet outside

Probably not the best idea during school holidays or weekends, but if it’s miserable outside and your kids are driving you nuts in the hotel room, jump on a bus to Ikea. Treat them to a hot dog void of any nutrition and a soft serve before you let them loose in the showroom or in the play area if they are old enough.

Cost: Free to look and run a muck.

5. Wander through the Imperial Gardens

Playground at the Imperial Gardens

Playground at the Imperial Gardens

The Imperial Gardens are only a short stroll from the old town and give you a break from the sightseeing and happy snappy tourists. There is a great wooden play ground with a twisting slide, things to climb, a wooden horse to ride and a water play area. Keep in mind if you kids like to play with water, chances are they are not only going to get wet, they are also going to get muddy. Also in the gardens is a place to feed the ducks and watch some serious games of giant chess.

Cost: Free.

6. Skate Park

Let them run wild at the Landhausplatz

Let them run wild at the Landhausplatz

If your child has a skate board, scooter or bike with them or simple likes to run up and down hills then head to the Landhausplatz. It’s a little stark, but the concrete forms are ideal for kids to practice their tricks or simply run off some steam whilst you take a seat on one of the park benches. There is also a water fountain and a few cafes on the edge of the plaza to enjoy a bite to eat at.

Cost: Free

7. Be bedazzled at the Crystal Palace

Swarovski crystal palace should be on your hit list with or without kids

Swarovski crystal palace should be on your hit list with or without kids

Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the Swarovski Crystal Palace this trip, but if you have the time it is worth the visit and will impress both the adults and the kids. It boasts as being one of the world’s most unique attractions with an underground gallery filled with crystals, light shows and rainbow-inspired performances. If you are without a car, not to worry, a shuttle bus runs from the city every two hours to take you two and from the palace.

Open daily: 9:00am – 6:30PM (last entry at 5:30PM)
Cost: 11€ for adults, kids free up to 15 years old.

 

If you are travelling to Innsbruck by car, then your list has just grown ten fold as there is plenty to do and see outside of the city including mountain climbing, adventure playgrounds, skiing (if you are in the right season), alpine zoo, castle park and lake Natterer See just to name a few.

2 Comments on 7 budget friendly things to do with kids in Innsbruck

  1. I think this is definitely what we need for our kids. Thanks for sharing! We can’t wait to travel soon with the whole family.

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