We love Europe. We spent all of 2014 in Europe and would go back easily. There is so much variety and history. Great list, thanks Mary.
If your wish is to bring your kids with you while you travel to Europe and experience its fascinating culture, culinary delights, rich diversity, quaint settings and beautiful landscape, the good news is that you can do it. In fact, the following cities, with their family-friendly attractions and ease of travel, are waiting to welcome you and your little ones with open arms:
First off, know that there’s more – a lot more – to this city than its world famous red light district. In fact, given that the city is adorned with paddleboat rides and scenic bike paths, there are very little reasons why families shouldn’t give Amsterdam the green light for a stop on their European adventure.
What to do:
Bike rides and boat rides around the city are absolute musts. Also, be sure to spend an afternoon at the NEMO Science Museum for interactive exhibits that include a chemistry lab with experiments for young scientists. Older kids will appreciate the captivating story that’s so beautifully told at the Anne Frank Museum in the city.
Rome is an absolutely stunning city where gelato so perfectly meets ancient history and mouth-watering cuisine. There are very few kids that don’t like gelato, which is reason enough to have Rome high on this list!
What to do:
However old your kids are, no trip to the Eternal City is complete without a visit to the Vatican and the Colosseum. Once you’ve explored the fascinating surrounding that are to be found there, head on over to the Trevi Fountain to make a wish and enjoy a gelato while sitting on the world-famous Spanish Steps. The concerts in Rome with romeoperatickets.com are also a must while in the city, and if you’ve got a little ballerina in your midst, a ballet should definitely be on your itinerary for your stay in the city.
Dublin is a city that has lots to offer a family of aspiring explorers and, given the fact that English is the native language there, it’s the perfect place to start a European adventure.
What to do:
Pack a delicious picnic lunch of snacks and treats and spend a morning at the very quaint Phoenix Park (providing the weather is on your side of course!). After letting the kids enjoy some time at the playground and feed the resident ducks, hit on over to the adjoining Dublin Zoo where there will be a feast of diverse wildlife waiting to be admired. Other highlights include the seaside area of Bray and the National Museum of Ireland.
Freshly baked baguettes, croissants and delicious crepes…enough said! Paris is a city that has something for everyone, and that includes parents, grandparents, teenagers and kids of all ages.
What to do:
Perhaps it’s best to leave a visit to the Louvre and high-end boutiques off your list on this trip. Instead, take the kids to the scenic parks that feature family-friendly activities such as toy boats and peddle cars and be sure to spend at least a day at Disneyland if you’ve got younger kids that you think would enjoy its many rides. Also, a visit to the magnificent Eiffel Tower is an absolute must.
What’s absolutely enthralling about Europe is that it has something to offer all kinds of travellers and, as you’ll have seen from the above, families are no exception. Having read all of the above, are you ready to plan the family adventure of a lifetime to Europe?
Mary Holmes is a writing enthusiast. Currently residing in the UK with her 3 children she enjoys using every long weekend to explore a new European country.