They say when you travel with kids, you discover the child in yourself once again. The sheer delight that children feel when they are introduced to new cities and towns is well worth the expense and the effort that any parent puts in to make a trip successful. Europe, in this respect, has always been a child-friendly continent with more than enough to offer to make a child’s trip fun, entertaining and, more importantly, educative.
Travel Europe with kids- Top 10 places
Sweden’s capital, Stockholm is ever ready to lure all children from anywhere in the world. Your children will simply love the city’s amusement park called Pippi Longstocking or marvel at the sight of the city’s royal palace. The cardamom and cinnamon buns, so peculiar to Stockholm only are another major attraction for children. Take them island hopping in Sweden’s irresistible island districts, bound together by ferries and numerous bridges or show them the Nobel Museum dedicated to the Father of the Nobel Prize, Alfred Nobel. The country’s sheer scenic beauty is also something children would enjoy enormously.
Take them island hopping in Sweden’s irresistible island districts, bound together by ferries and numerous bridges or show them the Nobel Museum dedicated to the Father of the Nobel Prize, Alfred Nobel. The country’s sheer scenic beauty is also something children would enjoy enormously.
Barcelona too, is a kid-friendly city and your child will simply jump at the sight of its numerous street performers on La Rambla, Barcelona’s most famous venue for jugglers, fire eaters, and street magicians. In case you want to introduce them to a spot of adventure, take the lift to Mirador de Colom for a grand view of Barcelona’s harbour. The Chocolate Museum, moreover, will fascinate kids no end, specially when they get to make and taste various types of chocolate. The Tibidabo amusement park with its giant Ferris wheel and assorted games is also bound to thrill them like anything.
Castles that spring from the fairy tales, breathtaking landscapes and some brilliantly painted buildings mark Copenhagen and makes it a delight for children. What’s more, the city’s culture is such that adults are equated with children and treated alike! The city has two of the world’s oldest amusement parks. The national aquarium of Denmark, Blue Planet, Northern Europe’s largest will surely thrill your kids with its glass walls and over 20,000 marine animals to show. The science center, children’s museum and zoo – a fully open air affair as also beautifully designed parks invite children to have a blast!
The city has two of the world’s oldest amusement parks. The national aquarium of Denmark, Blue Planet, Northern Europe’s largest will surely thrill your kids with its glass walls and over 20,000 marine animals to show. The science center, children’s museum and zoo – a fully open air affair as also beautifully designed parks invite children to have a blast!
This is one of the few cities in Europe where there are special “children’s only” zones in restaurants where the young ones can enjoy themselves while their guardians eat some fabulous Portugese food and enjoy an excellent glass of Lisbon’s famous port wine in peace. Lisbon is famous for encouraging activities that are strictly family friendly. You can take your family to the beach while your kids splash happily in the waters. Take a tram ride to explore Lisbon where its largest castle generously encourages kids to get a taste of dragons, dungeons, kings & queens. The city’s famous zoo and aquarium too, with their
Lisbon is famous for encouraging activities that are strictly family friendly. You can take your family to the beach while your kids splash happily in the waters. Take a tram ride to explore Lisbon where its largest castle generously encourages kids to get a taste of dragons, dungeons, kings & queens. The city’s famous zoo and aquarium too, with their mind-boggling collection of wildlife is sure to entertain children as well.
If you want your children to be avid nature lovers, make it a point to take them to Dubrovnik that overlooks the Adriatic, so charming with its brilliant turquoise waters. Dubrovnik has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and is certainly a magnificent walled city that combines history and sports activities in the right proportions. You can teach your children to swim, water ski or go parasailing. Take them city wall climbing or even kayaking down the coastline. Rest assured, they’ll be thrilled!
This is one of Europe’s most visited cities and lures children with its street performers and some grand pastries and food. Take them to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a grand view of Paris city and let them enjoy a magnificent meal at the restaurant atop the Tower. Let them run free in Paris’s ever charming Luxembourg Gardens which also has facilities for sailboat races, carousel riding and seeing those grand 100 statues lining the park.
For slightly older kids, the Louvre Museum could be enchanting as would be the numerous art galleries on the Left Bank. The Paris Metro is a great help when it comes to traveling with children and aids mobility in every possible way.
Perhaps Europe’s safest city when it comes to traveling with children. Here babies sleep safely outside departmental stores unsupervised, while their parents go shopping inside. It’s that safe! The ever friendly local population is also ready to help children of all age groups and the city’s main attraction is its hot springs that also have special children’s pools & slides.
Kids would adore the grand natural phenomenon — the Northern lights, whale watching & posing for photographs with Viking armor on. Take them hiking to Mount Esja or wildlife watching near Tjornin Lake. Icelandic horseback riding is another thing they would thoroughly enjoy in the valleys.
Paddington Bear, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and last but not least, Harry Potter. London has given birth to these great childhood characters and perpetually attracts children all year round. The city’s towers, castles, and lifeguards never fail in thrilling children as do the British & Madame Tussaud’s Museums, Sherlock Holmes’s residence at 221B Baker Street and the sheer grandeur of Buckingham Palace. Free entry to museums and some fabulous discounts when it comes to public transportation for children are an additional bonus.
Take them picnicking at St. James or Hyde parks and also for walks to Kensington Gardens. The display of some grand armory and the crown jewels at the Tower of London will also excite them no end.
Over the last ten years, Berlin has evolved into a budget and kid-friendly destination, earning it the sobriquet of Europe’s most family and child-friendly city. Children are delighted at the sight of Legoland and Kollwitz Platz’s AquaDome. The city’s playgrounds, wooden bridges and toy shops are must visits as is the Germany’s oldest zoo which houses a grand array of animals, birds and reptiles. Berlin’s famous wall art too, enthralls children as do its pop-up museums, comfortable hotel rooms, biking lanes and sumptuous street food.
Vienna’s public transport system is a great boon when traveling with children and goes out of its way to aid them in every possible way. They’ll surely be delighted at the grandeur of the Schonbrunn Palace, known for its picturesque gardens, the earth’s oldest zoo as also the museum created especially for children.
Take them to the Belvedere Museum that encourages them to go scavenger hunting throughout the place. Treat them to the excellent pastries and sumptuous Viennese food at quaint cafes, take them carriage riding and show them Beethoven and Mozart’s houses. A short trip to Salzburg for the world famous Sound of Music Tour would be an additionally delightful experience.