When you think of a European break, you may think of Barcelona, Ibiza or Rome as the go-to places on your Europe bucket list, and they are the places to go for the nightlife. However, with kids, Europe has so much more to offer. From beautiful city architecture to breathtaking mountains that you and your family can explore. Here are five things to do in Europe with kids.
1. London – Museums and Towers
London has something for everyone with its many museums and towers that you and your kids can explore. Begin with the Natural History Museum, which is free to enter and discover a prehistoric world of dinosaurs. Why not consider the London Transport Museum and visit abandoned tube stations or explore 19th century London. If museums and exhibitions are a family favourite, why not check out the British Museum, National portrait gallery, or the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Did you know The Tower of London is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions and comprises 21 different towers? It has been a palace, fortress and prison, and the most famous tower Beauchamp Tower (bloody tower), was where high-profile aristocratic prisoners awaited sentencing.
Another remarkable London landmark is Tower Bridge transporting you back to Victorian London while you take in city life from its high-level walkway and glass floor. London has so much to offer any European break with kids.
2. Edinburgh – Festivals and Bus Tours
Edinburgh, Scotland, is known for its hilly city, with its medieval Old Town and the Castle looming over it. A perfect opportunity for you to explore the whole city is by hopping on the hop-on-hop-off bus as it has 24 stops all around Edinburgh, including the Castle.
Also, at least seven festivals are held in Edinburgh throughout the year. April, can you enjoy the fantastic Edinburgh International Science Festival, May they have the International Children’s Festival and the Edinburgh fringe and film festival in August. There is so much for your kids to enjoy, including theatre, puppetry, dance, kids comedy, and music.
3. Amsterdam – Tours and Parks
Amsterdam is a great place to visit in Europe with kids. Known for its artistic heritage, canal system and narrow houses. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. If cycling is a family activity you would like to enjoy, there are several beautiful parks that your kids will genuinely love to explore. The Amsterdamse Bos is fantastic for watersports, running, horse riding and climbing trees.
Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. The Vondelpark is centrally placed and is excellent for families with its open-air theatre, walking, and playground. Your kids would love it.
Could you visit Amsterdam and not do a canal boat tour. There is no better way to explore Amsterdam than by their waterways. Explore the real Amsterdam with a tour guide offering you the best tips to get the most out of your visit to the city.
4. Prague – Mirror Maze and Pony Rides
Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic and is famous for well-preserved castles, Baroque and Gothic cathedrals, medieval squares, bridges, and a lively arts scene. At first glance, it may not appear to be the best place to visit in Europe with kids. However, Petrin Hills has a mini version of Paris’ Eiffel Tower that gives you tremendous views. The surrounding area has extensive landscaped gardens, including a rose garden and several other attractions, including an observatory, a hall of mirrors, a church, several cafes, and kids can take pony rides on weekends.
5. Barcelona – Beaches
One of Europe’s attractions year on year is the beautiful beaches and crystal blue waters. Families and kids alike love nothing more than a splash in the Mediterranean sea, so why not visit some of the most incredible city beaches in Barcelona. There are nine to choose from, with Bogatell Beach being voted one of the best. The famous and vibrant boulevard, La Rambla, is close to Barcelona’s Barceloneta beach, roughly a 15-20 minute walk. It is another fun way to enjoy your family time.
There are so many experiences that Europe can offer kids. Trips don’t have to be boring; family time doesn’t have to feel like a chore. I hope these 5 Things to Do in Europe with Kids get you inspired and book a trip soon.
Contributor Bio: Jessica Watson has been writing for websites, blogs and magazines for the last five years; currently, she works as the Marketing Manager for Regal Airport Cars London. They provide the best Airport Taxi Services in London.
- Edited by Gemma Cantan