Every year, millions of people from all over the world visit Europe to see some of its fantastic architecture and take in its vast amount of history. While there are many things to do and a host of beautiful and wonderful places to see, not all of them are suitable for children. Sometimes it could be because they are dangerous to visit; other times, it could be that there are age restrictions. For that reason, if you’re planning a trip to Europe, it is vital that you do your research and find out which family-friendly locations you can visit together.
- London, England
For anybody visiting the United Kingdom, London has got to be one of the first places you would want to see. Not only is it the capital but it is also the place where the center of the UK government is located, and the home of the Queen. However, if you were to ask any tourists what they would want to see if they visited London, you would get the same answers of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and London Eye. Even though these are iconic landmarks, there are many other places in London where the savvy tourist can take the family. For example, around Christmas time, you will find the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park which can be a fantastic place for kids of all ages to enjoy. One thing you do need to remember if you’re planning a trip to the UK is to prepare for the weather, even in the summer, sunshine is not guaranteed, so ensure that you have waterproofs with you just in case!
- Paris, France
Attracting millions of visitors each year, Paris is not just the capital of France, but it is also a place of amazing cuisine and beautiful art collections. While the streets might be bustling with cars and motorbikes, there are little havens of peace and tranquillity such as Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. You can also take in the Paris Catacombs tour which will lead you into the tunnels beneath this famous city. A trip to Paris, of course, will not be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Thankfully, there are lifts to the top of the tower, so little legs won’t get tired on the journey up! From the top, you can see the whole of Paris in its glory, and there are plenty of photo opportunities. In the evenings, there is a lot to do, though this is also the best time to sample some of France’s best cuisine and listen to some astounding local music.
- Florence, Italy
Florence is a little city tucked in amongst the Tuscan Hills but has a long and illustrious history. In fact, if it wasn’t for the fashionable shops and the local bars and restaurants, you might think you had traveled back in time to the 14th century. Along with the awe-inspiring Renaissance art, you can also see some glorious sunsets. While this might not be the obvious choice for a family holiday, it is peaceful, and there is plenty to do. The food is incredible, and you can spend many a gentle afternoon wondering around this famous city taking in the art festivals and the open-air dining. For families, in particular, it is essential that you reserve tickets for places such as the museums mainly, because the lines can be long, and you don’t want to be waiting there with your children for a lengthy amount of time.
- Berlin, Germany
It’s been more than two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and since then the city has been in the midst of a cultural renaissance. The remarkable cathedral, for instance, is a fantastic example of 19th Century architecture, which will be a treat for the whole family to see, whether the little ones are interested in buildings or not! However, there are many other things for families to enjoy in this incredible city. The best time to visit is between May and September; this is when the weather is best for being outside strolling through the parks or eating outside at one of the cafes. Is also important to remember that unlike some other cities, almost all of the shops will be closed on a Sunday.
- Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm is unique in the fact that it is situated on an archipelago containing 30 Thousand Islands. It means that this city has a vast amount of waterways, bays, and rivers for visitors to explore. Among them, you’ll find many architectural cultural and natural highlights that will keep you busy for days. Depending on what you’re looking for, Stockholm can offer you different delights. Traveling during the Summer, although this is the most expensive time of year, will bring warm temperatures and long days. However, during the winter, although it gets a lot colder, you will also see the winter sports, as well as a more Christmassy backdrop that could be perfect for the children. On a side note, it is important to understand some of the cultural differences. In Sweden, you are expected to remove your footwear when you enter someones home, if you don’t, it can be seriously offensive.
- Madrid, Spain
Although Madrid is Spain’s largest city and is the capital for its International Business, that doesn’t mean that it’s like other international metropolises. There is a laid-back culture to Spain that is evident in Madrid. Despite all of the hustle and bustle of workers and traffic, there are places where you can sit and rest while enjoying a glass of sangria and some good Spanish food. While you’re there, and if the children let you, why not take advantage of the afternoon siesta? Many locals take a siesta, and it will allow you to be awake and fresh for the evening while avoiding the heat of the midday sun.
These are just a few of the many destinations in Europe that you and your family can visit.