Europe may be known for its party cities and nightlife, but did you know it’s also popular amongst families? With so many wonderful historic cities that welcome families with open arms. Not only this, but there are so many cities that offer fantastic family discounts to attractions, making it not only an enjoyable holiday but also an affordable one.
Believe it or not, Amsterdam isn’t just about the red light district and cafes, the city is stunning and filled with lots of fun things to do. You can hire a paddle boat along the famous Amsterdam canals as a family, and see the historic sights on the way. Or you can rent some bikes and explore the many bike paths around the city – with great views and cool places to stop for lunch. The city also features the interactive NEMO Science Museum, which includes hands on chemistry experiments that are great for inquisitive minds.
London is a busy city – with so much to see and do it’s the ideal city for teens with their own interests, as well as plenty of museums and sporting venues for all ages. Not only this, but most of the museums in London are free entrance, including the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and National Gallery. The city also offers an array of parks, including the famous Hyde Park and Victoria Park, with its child-friendly boating lake.
The fascinating fairy tales that have found their inspiration in Copenhagen make the city one of the most intriguing cities for children. Visit the sad mermaid in the harbor, the magical Round Tower and so many of the city’s spectacular castles. Be sure to take the family to the adrenaline-packed Tivoli, which has been open since the days of Hans Christian Andersen, with funfair booths, good dining venues, and plenty of exciting rides.
If you have grown up watching the Sound of Music then you have to visit the hills of Salzburg, aka the setting for the Sound of Music’s Von Trapp children. Not only can you visit the beautiful setting and take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage through the old town of Residenzplatz, you can also stay the night in the real Von Trapp family house, which is now an B&B.
The Icelandic capital Reykjavik is known for being both safe and friendly, you can explore the city streets and expect to feel welcome. Not only is the city filled with treasures, it is also surrounded by some of the most exciting landscape in the world. Head out of the city one day and into the thermal hot springs, whale watching, hiking or horse riding, and if you are lucky you might even catch the miracle sight of the Northern Lights. Reykjavik is ideal for families who love an action-packed holiday.
Rome’s fascinating ancient history is enough to stir any child’s imagination, with its impressive ruined structures perfect for a game of hide and seek. Not only this, but what kid doesn’t love pizza and ice cream? This place serves some of the best pizza and ice cream in the world – so you can be sure they will enjoy every meal.
This city is made for family fun, particularly if you like your activities to have an educational twist. Head to the Toy Museum for an insight into how children of previous generations had fun and delve into the impressive displays at one of the oldest and largest science museums in the world. Munich is also home to some of the most traditional fairy tale-like castles in the world, Neuschwanstein Castle – which was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site with views across the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a place to combine history and fun outdoor activities. With its sublime location you can even spend a morning in a kayak and the afternoon trailing the city walls. What’s more, most of the attractions within the city are within walking distance, so you can enjoy the sites without wandering too far away from your hotel.
Paris may be known as being one of the most romantic cities in Europe, but it is also one of the most visited cities in the world, attracting families and couples from around the world to its top attractions, including the Eiffel Tower. The city is filled with stunning gardens, including Luxembourg Gardens, which features a carousel and almost 100 statues in the park. What’s more, you can explore the many galleries and museums with an educational twist.
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With so many kid-friendly attractions and destinations in Europe to visit, traveling abroad with your children has never been easier! Auto Europe offers a variety of great options for affordable family travel, from passenger van and SUV rentals to mid-size wagons and full-size sedans – so no matter what vehicle type is best for your travel needs, Auto Europe can deliver. We also offer a variety of discount and luxury hotel accommodations, and even international airfare! When you’re ready to book your travel, give us a call or click, at 1-888-223-5555, and get prepared for the family vacation of a lifetime.