Traveling to Europe is a once-in-a-lifetime event for some families. For other people, it’s a way of life. No matter which category you fall into, or somewhere in between, there are some cities that are better for visiting with kids than others.
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Here are some of the best cities in Europe for traveling with children, although there are also many other cities and smaller towns that are also wonderful places. If you do visit these cities, consider also traveling to nearby smaller towns and rural areas to get a better understanding of the culture and people.
Berlin is a city with a rich history and many kid-friendly attractions. Getting around Berlin is easy, as the public transportation system is extensive. You probably won’t need to rent a car or use a taxi service. While visiting Berlin, make sure you take your kids to sample some iconic German foods like schnitzel, bratwurst, and a delicious Berliner pfannkuchen, which is a donut. Make sure to spend time in parks or children’s museums for some creative free play time. Other must-see spots include the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Berlin Wall Memorial.
The city of love and lights is a great destination for families with kids. There are many kid-friendly attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The Natural History Museum will fascinate people of all ages, and for free play time outside visit one of the many beautiful parks.
Well-behaved children are part of the expectations and culture of France, so make sure your children can sit quietly and use manners before you visit more formal establishments like restaurants and museums. Paris can be an especially great place to vacation if you have older children and teens, as they are likely to benefit the most from the cultural exchange and the history of the beautiful city.
London is a vibrant city with lots of history, culture, and kid-friendly activities. Parents should be aware that staying in London can be quite expensive. Cheaper options can be found away from the city center. Public transportation can be used to get to the most popular areas of the city, and hop-on, hop-off buses can be a good way to spend a day exploring.
Some must-see attractions include Hyde Park, old-fashioned toy shops, and locations mentioned in your children’s favorite British books and movies. Of course, no trip would be complete without a ride on the London Eye. Also, consider visiting historical buildings of significance such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Rome is another city that is full of history and culture. It will especially appeal to kids and teens who are old enough to be interested in the historical significance, but kids of all ages are welcome. On any visit to Rome, historical buildings and areas will be top on the agenda, such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. There are also plenty of parks where the kids can let off some steam, and of course, plenty of delicious Italian food that will make all ages happy.
Barcelona is a lively city with a beautiful beach, delicious food, and plenty of activities for kids. For transportation options, consider renting a car, using public transportation, or taking a taxi. The beaches are one of the top attractions in Barcelona, and something you will probably visit several times. Besides spending days at the beach, don’t miss the fairy-tale-like Park Guell and the Gothic Quarter. Kids love riding the Montjuic cable car to the top of the peak and parents love taking in the views. Barcelona even has a chocolate museum!
Amsterdam is a charming city with beautiful canals, fascinating museums, and many parks and playgrounds for kids. Public transportation is convenient and abundant and is usually a good way to get around. Vondelpark is one of the best places for kids to have free play time, and you will find several eating options nearby when you get hungry. NEMO Science Museum is fun for everyone, and canal cruises are the best way to see the city.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a beautiful city with a rich history and plenty of kid-friendly attractions. Children will enjoy visiting the marionette shops, bakeries, and candy shops. They will also want to visit the children’s museums and toy stores where they can both play as well as shop. Adults won’t want to miss Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square, with its amazing architecture and old churches.
Vienna is a city with a rich cultural heritage and plenty of kid-friendly attractions. Public transportation is the best way to get around, and there are many beautiful parks where the kids can run and get out the wiggles. Some top spots include the Vienna State Opera, the Museum of Natural History, and Schönbrunn Palace. For children, favorite activities include visiting the children’s museums, the aquarium, and seeing how candy is made by hand.
Edinburgh is a charming city with a rich history and plenty of kid-friendly attractions. Don’t worry about transportation in this city as there are several kinds available. If you are staying near the city center, walking will be your best bet for getting to most attractions. Simply wandering the city and looking at the old buildings and landmarks is a good way to spend a few hours. The National Museum of Scotland is a great place for children to explore, as are the Princes Street Gardens. You also won’t want to miss Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and the Edinburgh Zoo.
No matter what time of year you visit, or what kinds of activities you enjoy, there is something for everyone in Europe. From sunny beaches to ancient ruins, Christmas markets to medieval castles, families will have a wonderful time touring this ancient and beautiful continent.