I have been to Malta once, but to Gozo, an island of Malta, we have never been. When, Brian from Baron Holiday Homes Gozo, proposed us to visit their island. We were quite intrigued to try something not so promoted within travellers.

Once, we got our flights to Malta from Barcelona, we contacted back Baron Holiday Homes Gozo. Our stay was organized directly by Brian, and after, a house was selected for us, and everything was super smooth.

So, earlier this month, we packed our bags and made our way there for a 5 nights stay at Baron Holiday Homes Gozo. We thought it would be an apartment, but it was a full house with a private pool. We were pleasantly impressed of the place.

How to get to Baron Holiday Homes Gozo?

We flew from Barcelona to Luqa, Malta with Ryanair, and had a planned transfer with Mayjo Car Hire. Mayjo Car Hire is based in Gozo, and they offer really unique experience by offering the transfers from the Airport to their office where you can rent a car. It took us 1,5h to get to Victoria, Gozo, to their office, to take our car and to drive to our luxurious house of Baron Holiday Homes Gozo.

To give you a bit of background, Baron Holiday Gozo has more than 40 properties on the island ‘ which is one of the largest chain to offer private apartments and houses on the island of Gozo.

We were kindly met by Inga, Baron Holiday Homes Gozo Staff, she was waiting for us outside. We parked the car just outside the house, as there was enough space for it.

Inga explained us all the details about the property and where we have to call in case of any question occurs during our stay. Check in was quick and efficient, Inga took all the necessary information and we had that kind of feeling like we came back home.

Our house at Baron Holiday Homes Gozo.

We stayed at Ta Leli Holiday Home. The entire house, has 3 bedrooms, and obviously, we used only 1 of them. We have seen photos, and were familiar with the properties they have. But it was better in real life.

The decor was so lovely, the rooms were standard, and had vintage furniture touches of high quality wood. Kids, were so impressed, as they were opening all the closets and couldn’t get enough of it.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms.

As I mentioned previously, the entire house has 3 bedrooms, 2 doubles and 1 twin. We used only one of these, as kids were keen to sleep with us, and we didn’t bother. 2 of the rooms, have pool view, and a little balcony to enjoy the view outside.

As in terms of bathrooms, there were 4 of it. 3 upstairs, close to the bedroom, and 1 downstairs, specially designed for guests, or if you spent more of the time in the living room, as we did.

Living room and kitchen.

Living Room and kitchen are both on the first floor, both huge as we were amazed of this part of the house. It is obvious that our main time we spent here. From the living room it opens to the pool. The pool is big enough for being private. This house is a house made for entertaining – be that groups of friends or families.

Pool and outside area.

Working in travel field, sometimes I have seen smaller pools in 4 star properties. So, we were pretty amazed of the size of our private pool. And as you could see till now, pool was the place where we took the most of the images. And those who follow us on socials, already have seen few videos of this place.

Here to mention, the pool was super clean and Damian got several times of use. We loved it. The water was a little bit chilly, but due to a great weather at midday, it was lovely to jump into it.

Apart of the pool, outside, was a barbecue and a table with chairs to have your meal outside. It was, our place that we enjoyed lunch on some of the days. We did not use the barbecue, because of short time we had in the house, but it was calling us.

Final thoughts

We absolutely loved our time in Gozo. Villa Ta Leli Holiday Home was excellent at all levels, but what really impressed us were the people who run the operations – they really cared about what they are doing and about the beautiful island of Gozo. And their love to this amazing island of Gozo, they spread to each of traveller who spend their time at their homes.

At Baron Holiday Homes Gozo you get a lot more – attention, service and genuine desire to help you have the best experience the region offers.

And what more could we ask for? Nothing.

xoxo

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As you could already see on our previous post about Vienna, our trip was kindly organized by Vienna Tourist Board. And this trip was mainly kids-oriented. Because of the delays and cancellation of the flight, we had to lose some pretty interesting attractions. That is why, today I prepared for you a top 5 places to not to miss if you come to Vienna with your kids.

Top 5 places to visit with kids in Vienna, is oriented to families with kids, who want that their kids to enjoy the trip to this beautiful city as an adult. Let us know what do you think.

  • Through Vienna in a horse-drawn carriage. This experience was on our to do list, but it requires a previous reservation. So, if you want to enjoy it, be aware to book it in advance.

This experience is one of the highlights of this city and it really represents the city and its history. They call it FIAKERS. The term “fiaker” originates from the French and refers to the hackney carriage stand in the Parisian Rue de Saint Fiacre. Then the carriage trade really began to boom: more than 1,000 fiakers were on the road in Vienna between 1860 and 1900. For more information, visit Vienna Tourist Board site.

The short tour (approx. 20 min. through the centre of the Old City) costs € 55; the long tour (approx. 40 min. through the Ringstrasse and the Old City) € 80.


  • The Giant Ferris Wheel. It is one of the city’s symbols, and is 65 meters tall, and offers a breathtaking view of the Vienna.

It is located right near the entrance to the Wurstelprater amusement park, and always there is a long queue, so don’t forget to book it previously. The wheel turns at a speed of 2.7 km/h.

Once you enter the Giant Ferris Wheel, the eight cabins offer insights into 2,000 years of Viennese history. These cabins can be booked for exclusive dinners, cocktail receptions and weddings. The Giant Ferris Wheel is open all year round.

 

  • Zoo Vienna. Zoo Schönbrunn. It is one of the oldest Zoo in the World. Founded in 1752 which makes it the oldest zoo in the world.

It was an amazing experience for our kids, as it is one of the fewest zoos which has Panda bears. They stayed and stared at Panda bears for a good time, and didn’t want to go. Then giraffes and elephants were our stops as well. Every kid enjoy Zoo, and this one is very special one.

As well, do not forget to take a shuttle train, to enjoy the experience even more.

  • Children’s Museum of Schönbrunn – Schloss.

This is the place where Royal kids were playing. It is like stepping back into the history and enjoying the way Royal kids were living. Kids can as well dress up in royal clothes, sit on a throne or change their outfits to suit their mood.

  • Children’s Museum ZOOM. ZOOM Kindermuseum.

We haven’t been here, but it seems to be a great experience for kids as well. Here kids can touch, ask, play and discover all the things that are in this museum. What a funny way to learn and have fun with kids.

More information you can find here.

 

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When it comes to culture, there are few places in the world that compare to Vienna. On this fam trip, organized by Vienna Tourist Board, we discovered the side of this city that children can appreciate a lot.

Vienna stopped being an imperial city almost a hundred years ago, and nowadays it is prohibited to have any Royal privileges. But this doesn’t mean, that all the culture of centuries, disappeared. People are preserving all of its elegance and grandeur. And Viennese people are really proud of their city.

Apart of the multitude of palaces, Vienna is rich in green parks. I would say, that I have never seen so many green spaces in a big city. The parks are their second proud moment, and where kids and parents relax and breath fresh air.

About our flights to and back to Vienna.

As more of you are aware, our flight Barcelona-Vienna was cancelled. Due to Vueling strike, we had to decide if we lose our Fam Trip organized by Vienna Tourist Board or to get there on any transport possible. We had 2 options, to go on Sunday, and to lose 1 day of the program. Or to go on Saturday Barcelona-Munich by plane, and then Munich-Vienna by train. We decided to take the second option. We were 23 people, on this journey, and thanks to a great team work we finally got to Vienna.

Many thanks to Vienna Tourist Board, for organizing these last-minutes details and we could enjoy to the full our Family Adventurous trip to Vienna.

Our flight back was delayed almost 2 hours. And what we have learnt from this trip, is if you want to avoid delays of air companies, choose less-demanding days.

Family Friendly Hotel in Vienna.

After a long way Barcelona-Vienna, we were met by Jale, from Vienna Tourist Board at the Railway Station. We went to a very beautiful hotel located in the city center, Boutiquehotel Stadthalle. It is an Eco-friendly and family friendly hotel in Vienna. It has a beautiful garden and relaxing designed room. Boutiquehotel Stadthalle has a green garden, and on the rooftop lavender blooms, that made our stay great enough.

During our stay, we had an organic buffet breakfast including local products. We enjoyed our breakfast in the green garden of the property. Kids were so happy with the place, that they enjoyed the breakfast more than at home. It was a pleasure to stay there.

Boutiquehotel Stadthalle is just an 8-minute walk from the Westbahnhof Train Station and Vienna’s main shopping boulevard Mariahilfer Straße. The Westbahnhof Underground Station (lines U3 and U6) provides direct connections to the city centre. From the nearby Beingasse Tram Stop, you can also get quickly to the city centre, as well as to the picturesque Spittelberg area.

We loved this hotel, amazing clean room, friendly staff, delicious breakfast, gorgeous gardens. Vienna Tourist Board has chosen a perfect hotel for our stay in Vienna without any doubt.

Vienna City Card. The official Vienna Card. How to discover Vienna by public transport?

Vienna Tourist Board provided us a 72 hours Vienna City Card (red card).
These are advantages we had with Red card:
– Free travel on the public transport
– Benefit card for 24, 48 or 72 hours. In our case it was a 72 hours.
– Over 210 benefits
– One child up to the age of 15 travels free with each Vienna City Card holder.
– Prices € 17 / € 25 / € 29
Available in hotels and from Tourist Info on Albertinaplatz (daily from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm), Tourist Info at Vienna Main Station (daily from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm) and Tourist Info at the airport (daily from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm), from sales and information points of Wiener Linien (e.g. Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz, Westbahnhof, Landstrasse/Wien Mitte), the Vienna City Card app or in the online shop.

There are also white cards, and these have a little bit more advantages. Check out on official page of Vienna Tourist Board for more information.

Top Attractions for Kids in Vienna.

Vienna has so many things to offer its young visitors. Not surprisingly, many of them very cleverly disguise the art, history and culture of the city, packaged and presented in very child-friendly terms. The entire city is extremely well facilitated for young families and even the most popular high-profile attractions are surprisingly welcoming and accessible.

Vienna Tourist Board, prepared to us a kids oriented program. I will highlight all the great places we have visited on Sunday with kids and other families.

Our program began with the oldest zoo in the world. Vienna Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn).

This zoo was founded in 1752 which makes it the oldest zoo in the world. Today its main purpose is for species conservation and general nature conservation. There are buildings on the grounds that still stand from the 18th century and make an absolute gorgeous addition to the beautiful surrounds.
It is one of the few zoos to house pandas, which we absolutely loved. In Barcelona Zoo, there is no panda.

Prices for Vienna Zoo: Adults: €16.50, Kids 6+: €8, Under 6: free.

Location of Vienna Zoo: Schönbrunn Zoo is in the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace.

How to get there? Nearest underground station: U4, Hietzing station.

The grounds of Schönbrunn, a World Heritage Site, cover 160 hectares. Tourists can ride in to all of its attractions on Schönbrunn Panorama Train. Shuttle train has 9 stations, one of these is Zoo Vienna. In the zoo, the train shuttles from 10:00 am to 18:00 (6:00 pm) between the Emperor’s Breakfast Pavillion, the Elephant House, and the Tirolerhof. Each interval lasts ca. 45 minutes.
Prices for Schönbrunn Panorama Train: Adults  €2.00, children €1.00.

During our ride, the train made a stop and we could enjoy the gardens and Vienna city from above. It was a 5 minutes stop, but it was worth every second.

Our next and last stop with the shuttle train was Children’s Museum (Kaiser Kindy).

Children’s Museum is fun all the way, right from the moment you step in. The kids can dress up as princes and queens, sit on a throne or change their outfits to suit their mood. Our kids, didn’t want to give suits a try, and we were enjoying how other kids were dressing up. There are toys to play with from imperial times and they can even decorate old-style white wigs, or set the table for an imperial banquet.

Everything is based around imperial Vienna so the kids can learn about the food they ate, how old the palace is and so much more. Our kids didn’t want to leave.

Prices for Children’s Museum of Vienna: Adults: €7.50, Kids 3 – 18: €6, Under 3: free. Family tickets available.

How to get there: Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47. Nearest underground station: U4, Schönbrunn station. Trams: 10 and 58, Schönbrunn station.

Schönbrunn Palace
We didn’t entry the palace, but we enjoyed it from outside. This palace is built in the 17th century, it has played a central role in Vienna’s political landscape.

There is an option to do all 3 activities in one day – Palace, Children’s Museum and Zoo. We run out of time, and we had a reservation made for an outdoor eco-friendly restaurant Landtmann’s Jausen Station for our lunch.

After the great lunch, we went to Giant Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrad).

A super sized ferris wheel with a really interesting cultural influence and architectural history. In fact, it’s one of the oldest wheels of it’s kind in the world. There is an attraction park with lots of activities to do with kids. We had at our disposal almost 2 hours to enjoy this place with our kids. Due to ages of our kids, we went to a cars’ ride. Our kids were so happy, and even forgot of how tired they went after such a fulfilled of activities day.
Location: Vienna’s 2nd district in Leopoldstadt.

Once we met with all families again, we went to a super tranquil place for a great end up of the day Mayer Am Pfarrplatz. Then we went right to the hotel to relax and bring all the emotions for the next day.

On our next day, we had free time, without any program, so we took the tram 49 till it’s last stop, and then went strolling through this beautiful city. Actually, we were keen to make a horse-drawn carriages called Fiakers and discover this city on the go.

We went directly to Stephansdom(St. Stephen’s Cathedral). Vienna’s iconic cathedral is a 14-century Gothic masterpiece, complete with gargoyles, a colorfully tiled roof, and a south tower that rises high above the city. But, we could not enjoy because it was a spontaneous decision. But, if you come to Austria, you need to make a reservation at least 3 days previously. Nothing spontaneous!!!

After no success on our spontaneity plans of Monday morning in Vienna, we strolled out through the city’s fanciest street Kohlmarkt. It leads directly to the Hofburg’s Michaelerplatz entrance. Many of the stores (including Demel’s, a famous patisserie) bear a sign proclaiming they were once patronized by the imperial family.


Stop and Play with kids in Vienna. Viennese Gardens. Families can relax in the Inner City’s two major parks, the Burggarten and the Volksgarten. The Volksgarten is more formal (it’s mostly a rose garden), but the Burggarten is relatively casual. You can have some rest on the grass and enjoy beautiful spring weather in Vienna.

Eat Well in Vienna.

 

I have already mentioned previously, that we enjoyed our eco-friendly breakfasts at the hotel where we stayed during our trip to Vienna. Boutiquehotel Stadthalle has a great variety of food for any ages. And enjoy the breakfast in the garden.

Many of Vienna’s major attractions have popular and convenient restaurants or cafés. After visiting Children’s Museums, we went to take our lunch at Landtmann’s Jausen Station. Highlights of Landtmann’s Jausen Station:

  • Just behind the restaurant you can enjoy almost 1ha beautiful green gardens of Schönbrunn’s Palace. There is the place where were playing the royal kids.
  • Kids can play wherever they want and you can have your lunch without a rush.
  • Bio-toilets, and outdoor baby changer, what makes a pleasure to change the diaper of your kid.
  • Beautiful labirint gardens.
  • Super delicious food and drinks.
  • Very friendly staff, attention to every detail.

And our dinner we had at an amazing place Mayer Am Pfarrplatz. Located in one of the richest locations of Vienna, this place has a big popularity within people. It was fully booked when we went there. In our case, Vienna Tourist Board, asked for a private place for our families group. We enjoyed one of the best white wines of the Mayer Am Pfarrplatz and super delicious food.

Highlights of Mayer Am Pfarrplatz:

  • Family-friendly restaurant, that have special kids’ zone with toys, sand place and kids’ house with toboggan.
  • Delicious food and great desserts.
  • Live music, special musician that plays famous Viennese classic songs, made our stay a pleasant one.
  • This place is well known for theirs white wine.
  • Great staff and very beautiful place.

The city also has a love for pastries, from the famous Sachertorte (which many people–including me–find too dry) to apple strudel and gugelhupf (a marble cake made in a Bundt pan).

We enjoyed Zanoni’s, a wonderful gelateria, or the Manner Shop, where you can buy the popular Manner wafers from its hometown store. Both are located near the cathedral. I am sure your kids will enjoy these places.

Important information to know before you go to Vienna.

  1. Austrian people appreciate their time, that is why they prefer when the reservation is done previously. All restaurants, museums, local attractions even horse-drawn carriages need a previous reservation. There is, the possibility to enjoy your time without too much planning. But, don’t be surprised when they will say NO, if you don’t have a reservation made and the place or attraction is fully booked.
  2. Vienna is busiest in the summer, so the ideal time to visit is the spring or fall. It also is amazing on Christmas time, because of picturesque Christmas markets set up throughout the city.
  3. All children (under 18) are free in state-run museums. Many museums are closed on Monday, so be sure to check opening days and times.
  4. Public transportation is free for kids up to age 6. If you have a stroller, be aware that the older streetcars require you to climb a few stairs to enter.


Last thoughts.

Vienna’s so full of history that joining a city tour is a particularly great idea. We really think on doing this on our next visit to this beautiful city. And for sure we won’t miss the reservation of horse-drawn carriages.

We want to say special thanks to Vienna Tourist Board for having us. We enjoyed our time in Vienna, and kids still remember all the things they have done there. Special thanks to Blanka and Ingrid for organization, Jale for being our guide and her patience through the day, Beatriz & Esther for the support with our kids, and for other families who participated in this Family Adventure. Much love from our family to yours.


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