Loaded with fairy tale castles, quirky museums, amusement parks, stunning architecture, bikes and boat rides, a trip to the Europe offers all of the makings for the best family vacation ever! With so much to see and do, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide where to go.
I’ve put together a list of 10 best family vacation destinations in Europe to make your trip planning a litter bit easier.
1. London, England
Why go? How can visiting families go wrong in the city that gave us Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit, and Paddington Bear, really? Oh, and don’t forget the Royalty, giant Ferris wheel and famed architecture. Another great thing about visiting London is its mind-blowing museums and the fact that admission to see most of them is free!
- The London Dungeon
- The Natural History Museum
- St. James Park and The Changing of The Guard
- The Tower of London
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Why go? Amsterdam is a well-known destination for grown-ups, but in reality, it’s filled with tons of fun for kids big and small! With with cool museums, historical treasures and outdoor fun in sweeping parks, not to mention all of the biking and boating, Amsterdam is absolutely overflowing with things for families to enjoy!
- Nemo Science Center
- Anne Frank Museum
- A canal boat tour
- A bike tour of the famous flower market and centuries old canals
3. Paris, France
Why Go? Who doesn’t love fresh baked baguettes, croissants and silky crepes, oh my! Paris is not just for lovers; it’s for everyone. Little ones will love the pastry shops on every corner and you’ll enjoy how easy it is to get around on the Metro and the view of the Eiffel Tower from every vista in this truly amazing city.
- Jardin Luxembourg
- The Catacombs
- A trip to the top of The Eiffel Tower
- The Museum Of Natural History
4. Berlin, Germany
Why go? Ever evolving Berlin offers so much urban adventure for families to enjoy! Voted most fun to visit in the world in 2014, Berlin seems to go out of its way to make families feel welcome. With oodles of Kindercafes, sprawling green spaces, exciting playgrounds, all steeped in rich history and tradition there is no shortage of fun things for families to do in Berlin!
- Museum Island
- MountMitte Aerial Adventure Park
- Tiergarten Park
- East Side Gallery
5. Prague, Czech Republic
Why Go? The city of a thousand spires is like something straight out of a storybook! Kids will love hearing the Astrological Clock chime, exploring Prague Castle, and gazing at The Dancing House. Meanwhile, parents will appreciate great beer, gothic architecture, and seriously cheap prices.
- Prague Jewish Museum
- Walk the Charles Bridge
- Petrin Park
- Prague Castle
6. Barcelona, Spain
Why Go? Barcelona is electric! Bright colors, ornately bizarre architecture, spicy smells, sweet sounds, and delicious tastes will confuse, delight and inspire like something from Suess or Alice in Wonderland. The famous street in Barcelona, La Rambla, filled with performers eating fire or swallowing swords will both excite and delight the kids. Not to mention the myriad of museums dedicated to chocolate, invention and hands-on science experiments! There is something to amaze and enthral everyone in your crew in Barcelona.
- L’ Aquarium
- Museu de la Xocolata
- CosmoCaxia Science Museum
7. Vienna, Austria
Why Go? Where should I start? In addition to being among the best in the world for its public transit system, Vienna goes out of its way to cater to kids! With its architecture, opera; delicious food—from schnitzel to Sacher torte, Vienna will have your family waltzing the streets until the end of your stay. This culturally rich city has a lot to offer families who want to create the best travel memories.
- Schonbrunn Palace
- The Belvedere Museum
- Weiner Prater
- Haus des Meeres Aquarium
8. Rome, Italy
Why Go? Gladiators, gelato, and absolutely stunning architecture in this city rich in ancient history and cutting edge cuisine. Ahhhh Rome, the locals adore children and food. What more could you ask for?
- Free walking Tours
- A look inside the Colosseum
- A visit to Vatican City
- The Trevi Fountain
9. Dublin, Ireland
Why Go? Irish eyes aren’t the only thing that will be smiling when your family touches down in Dublin! The welcoming locals will have you all grinning from ear to ear every day of your stay. With a warm and friendly culture, no language barrier (besides the cool accent), Dublin is fun and easy to visit for aspiring adventurers.
- Kilmainham Gaol
- Dublin Zoo
- Phoenix Park
10. Brussels, Belgium
Why go? Brussels is one of the best for family travellers! The fun loving locals see the humor in life making it a great place to visit with kids. Stunning medieval architecture blends with colorful murals and quirky sculpture, a little boy peeing is the mascot for the city for goodness sake! Brussels is not as busy as Paris or London but has all of the same allure, which makes it even more appealing for family travel.
- The Grand Place (aptly named)
- Comic Strip Center
Where do you want to take the family?
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