Vacationing with family dictates its own guidelines. Parks, food, museums, historic sites and more of kid-friendly fun make travelling with family more joyous experience.
Europe juxtaposes modernity with tradition like none other and has some of the best family-friendly spots around the world. Kids and adults alike will love this place that is easy and efficient to get around. Here are some of the attractions that will inspire you to pack your bags and book your own fun-filled family vacation in Europe.
This world-class city is replete with temptations to invite even the pickiest of travellers. There are umpteen things to explore right from the flashy Piccadilly Circus to the majestic Big Ben. People of all ages are delighted to see the Buckingham Palace, especially its Changing of Guard. The soldiers’ solemn countenances and precision just can’t be missed. Families love to visit Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the London Zoo and the Natural History Museum. The city also offers parks like Regent’s Park, Kensington Gardens and Hampstead Heath. London Eye is also a favourite among older kids for its soaring views.
2. Innsbruck, Austria
A perfect skiing holiday takes you straight to Innsbruck. It is considered the capital of the Alps. Do explore the Tram transportation network hailed as one of the most efficient, quickest and the cheapest modes of commute in Europe. A visit to the Tirol’s mountain scenery – a stunning structure – is a must. Also, a celestial staircase – Bergisel, as if rising above Innsbruck, is a glass-and-steel ski jump much lauded for its unique architecture. It’s a 2-minute funicular ride or 455 steps to the 50-meter-high viewing platform. It offers a breath-taking vista of Innsbruck and beyond. Gothic Hofkirche – one of the finest regal court churches – is Innsbruck’s pride and joy.
3. Rome, Italy
Rome is where your family can build lifelong memories to cherish. It takes you to the prehistoric times via the Pantheon and the Colosseum. St. Peter’s Basilica, the seat of Roman Catholicism, is centred in the Vatican City. With copiousness of authentic piazzas corners that kids love to gorge on and kid-friendly museum tours and gelato to lick on, Rome is a highly crowd-pleasing and equally educational city to explore for all ages. The Trevi Fountain is a must-see on every traveler’s itinerary. Rich with its baroque design and the God of Neptune, the Roman myth urges its travelers to throw a coin in the fountain to come back to Rome.
Its fairy tale setting makes Prague leave an eternal impression on its visitors. Children are excited to hear the Astronomical Clock chime. They will effortlessly wander in their own imaginations when exploring the famous Charles Bridge and the historic Prague Castle. In the meantime, parents too find love in the city’s cultural heritage, chilled beer and pocket-friendly price tags. This prosperous and bustling city with its charming downtown gracefully veils the city’s resilient past. Its reputation to survive the many invasions, overthrows, floods and fires is what has contributed to make this Czech capital absolutely fascinating. Even the most cynical traveller is sure to enjoy this city’s charms.
Spend some quality time here with no hurry. Madrid plays a host to some of the most kids-friendly magnets in Europe. Let the little ones explore Casa de Campo, a Madrid Zoo where your family is sure to spend great time and Parque de Attractiones, an amusement park. Get into the Bernabéu Stadium and feel the heat of soccer or just do a tour of Royal Palace. Hold on, tune in your auditory senses to hear the melodies from the strumming Spanish guitar and the swish from a flamenco dancer’s skirt. Walk a little further-hear the angry bull snort and a matador shout. And lastly the bubbly laughter from an afternoon meal over the effervescent cava glasses! Yes, Madrid is for travellers interested in famous paintings and stunning architecture.
So, if you are planning for a European family vacation with your family or are just looking for some inspiration, these are some of the best places to try. Choose the right places and you are sure to create a paradise for your family right here.