A Vienna City Holiday with Style: Just Add Kids!

Far from chanting the 1980s Ultravox ‘This Means Nothing To Me…..’ anthem, everything is in fact pointing to Vienna in the fluxling household this year. Well, there are at least a couple of things that made us decide a feature on the Austrian capital was more than appropriate.

First we have a new cat – it’s three year old, and its inherited name is Vienna. And two, our friends at conceptual homeware brand, Vivid Grey have been telling us about their wonderful new apartment for rent in the historic city. Add to that the fact that the city will be hosting the Eurovision song contest later this year, and there you go.



Famous for Mozart and Sigmund Freud, Vienna is a city steeped in tradition, not to mention classical music and architectural history. It’s also amazingly kid friendly. You can visit with visits the Schönbrunn Palace with its Children’s Museum, the gardens, and the lions, tigers, and bears at the Schönbrunn Zoo – the world’s oldest zoo.

Or the highly interactive Haus der Musik where kids explore sounds, music, and of course, Austria’s great composers. The Vienna State Opera offers children’s operas from a big tent on top of the Opera House and of course you must take a spin on the giant Ferris wheel at the Prater amusement park. At the Mumok (Museum of Modern Art) children can invent comics from stories they see in exhibitions, do junk modeling from scraps, or create animated short films. And for tiny tots, the ZOOM Children’s Museum has a tunnel of mirrors and a water mattress for bouncing.

With kids, we’ve often turned to apartment over hotels, especially when you’re staying more than one or two nights. It means you can spread out and relax especially when the kids are asleep in the evenings.

So when we heard about the Vivid Grey apartment designed by Sabine Fajana, we were very interested to take a look. The space provides a magical cocoon in an ex-artists atelier accessed from a communal garden. It’s located in Vienna’s 18th district known for its elegance and vibrant local community with organic food markets, cafes, restaurants and parks right on your doorstep, and a 20 minute tram ride to the heart of the city.



Founder of Vivid Grey, Sabine, told us, “I was working as Interior Architect in London for some years and on my return to Vienna I wanted to find a special place to convert to host visitors. It should also be my refuge to occassionally stay with my son in a central location of the city. The idea was to look for an unconventional property with a private entrance and an open plan layout, both of which I found in this atelier.“

And it is a beautiful place to stay, with a secluded feel even though its in an urban location. You get an open plan living area with vaulted ceilings, with a screened off double bed, and a separate twin room. The apartment is filled as you might expect with exquisite handmade textiles, handcrafted furniture, original artwork and imaginative decoration. There’s also everything you might need for small children, and a collection of lovely toys and books.

A large bathroom with walk in shower and a spacious fully equipped kitchen with dining table complete the layout all with stone flooring and underfloor heating.

If all that has inspired you at all, you can find out more about Vienna at www.wien.info

For apartment information or bookings contact Sabine directly at studio@vividgrey.co



Great shopping for kids in Vienna

www.herrundfrauklein.com From prams and furniture to clothes and toys: Austria’s first concept store for children has hand-picked products with sophisticated design and clean origin.

www.zirkus.co.at New and exclusive brands as well as up-to-date information on the latest trends in children’s fashion.

www.carrousel-kids.com This is the place to come for top-quality, mainly French children’s fashion, toys and decorative items. Brands such as NORO, Numae, Ketiketa and others opt for cashmere, wool and cotton. The Italian brand PePe provides exclusive leg clothing. Musical boxes and mobiles by Annabel Kern and Moulin Roty complete the offering.