With so many wonderful historic cities that welcome families with open arms, Europe is popular amongst families. There are so many cities that offer fantastic family discounts to attractions, making it not only an enjoyable holiday but also an affordable one. Here are 5 Children-Friendly Cities in Europe.
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.
With so much to see and do, London is the ideal city for teens with their own interests, as well as plenty of museums and sporting venues for all ages. Also, 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. You can visit the sad mermaid in the harbor, the magical Round Tower and so many of the city's spectacular castles. Just be sure to take the family to the adrenaline-packed Tivoli, which has been open since the days of Hans Christian Andersen, with fun-fair 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.
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.