City Breaks Europe

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City Breaks Europe
City Breaks Europe

Top Ten Family European Destinations

Please see below our top family European destinations;

Berlin, Germany

If you're planning a family city break in Europe you will find that children and adults alike will be very well-catered for on a trip to Berlin. The Berlin Zoo boasts the world's largest number of species and a fascinating hippopotamus aquarium.

There are loads of parks and green spaces throughout the city to relax and run around in, many of them containing amazing and elaborate adventure playgrounds. Children will also enjoy the interactive exhibits at the Labyrinth Kindermuseum.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is known for being very child-friendly which makes it an excellent choice for a family city break in Europe. The historic Copenhagen Zoo is a must see, with thousands of species, a renowned elephant house and a huge children's zoo where kids can go pony riding.

Copenhagen is also the home of one of the world's oldest and most popular theme parks, Tivoli Gardens. A magical place full of rides, theatres, restaurants, and trees lit up by light displays, people of all ages love it. Be sure to visit the famous Little Mermaid statue on Langelinie waterfront too.

London, England

There are endless family-friendly attractions in London and people of all ages will find it hard to be bored. You could take a ride on the London Eye for spectacular views across the city, visit Madame Tussaud's to see some famous faces, or head to the West End to see a musical.

Most of the capital's galleries and museums host events and exhibitions especially for children - enjoy some educational fun at the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and British Museum.

Florence, Italy

Florence is a compact city full of interesting streets, alleyways and piazzas that's perfect for walking around with the family. It is also packed with museums and galleries, many of which will allow children in for free.

This will give you a perfect opportunity to introduce kids to art and culture. In the evenings, take a stroll around the city to see street musicians, painters and entertainers. Florence claims the title of the birthplace of gelato, so be certain to sample some of the exotic flavours on offer.

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is very walkable which makes it ideal for a laid back family city break. The city has produced famous comic book characters from Tintin to the Smurfs - try spotting some of the comic book murals that adorn buildings around the city.

The Bruparck amusement park makes for a colourful and fun family day out. Of course, when in Belgium you have to try the chocolate. There are many charming cafes to visit where the family can have hot chocolate and other Belgian treats.

Barcelona, Spain

With many lovely parks and a picturesque beach, Barcelona is a relaxing place to spend some time with the family. Take a walk along La Ramblas to see the street entertainers and buy some souvenirs.

Pay a visit to the Picasso Museum for some artistic inspiration. If you fancy some green space, head to Parc Guell, which is full of nooks children can explore and has beautiful views across the city, or Parc de la Ciutadella, home to a zoo, lake and fountains.

If you're feeling adventurous, take the funicular tram to the top of Tibidabo mountain, where you'll find an amusement park.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is known for its obvious adult appeal but there is so much for families to enjoy too. People of all ages love exploring the canals, bridges and quirky buildings by bicycle.

For a different perspective on the city, try a boat ride along the canals. Amsterdam is packed with museums, many of which are geared towards families. Try the NEMO science centre for hands-on exhibits aimed at children and teenagers.

The Vondelpark with its bright playgrounds, cafes and green space is a great place for kids to enjoy themselves while parents relax with a drink.

Bern, Switzerland

The picturesque Swiss scenery, breathtaking mountains, cobbled streets and fairytale-like medieval buildings of Bern can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The bear is the emblem of the city so try visiting the Bear Park landscape, where you can watch bears play and climb.

Visit the Rose Garden park for beautiful views and colourful floral displays. This city was also the home of Albert Einstein, and the house is now open to the public and features exhibitions about the great scientist.

Oslo, Norway

Bern is a modern and cultured city that has much to offer people of all ages. Take the family to the Viking Ship Museum to see artefacts from the Viking Age - children will be awed by the huge wooden ships.

Frogner Park is a favourite with both tourists and locals and hosts events and concerts during the summer, as well as being a good place to chill out and relax.

There are ships offering hop on, hop off cruises along the Bern Fjord if you want to get a true flavour of the city and the beautiful Norwegian scenery.

Rome, Italy

Italians love children and you are sure to find a warm welcome in hotels and restaurants when you bring the family on a holiday to Rome. The history and grandeur of the city will really get everyone's imaginations going - try visiting the Colosseum and meeting the costumed gladiators walking around outside, or climbing up Gianicolo hill for great views across the city.

For space to cycle and play, try the Villa Borghese Gardens before stopping for some excellent pizza and ice cream. Before returning home, throw some coins in the Trevi Fountain to ensure you will return some day.