Posted on July 01 2016
A city break isn’t just for couples or groups of friends looking to explore new cultures and see some of the world’s greatest wonders. Families can enjoy all the best bits of cities just as much, safe in the knowledge that their little ones won’t come to harm. Here are five of the best European cities that are family-friendly.
The capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, Barcelona is a colourful and vibrant city that eludes pleasure and entertainment. Offering everything that is most delightful about Mediterranean cities – months of endless sunshine, a relaxed pace, unbeatable food and the inimitable benefit of having a metropolitan city lining one of the most glorious beaches in the whole of Spain, Barcelona really is one of a kind. Eternally family-friendly, the city is packed with welcoming hotels and restaurants for those of all ages.
The Icelandic city is one of the safest in Europe. And as a consequence, it’s not unusual to find Icelandic babies sleeping in their prams outside shops in Reykjavik. Outside of the city centre, the once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as thermal hot springs – many with children's sections and the ever-stunning Northern Lights never fail to disappoint. Neither does the myriad of adventures with Icelandic horses, whale watching and hiking.
The Bavarian capital is awash with everything little ones would need to be entertained. From the Toy Museum to the Deutsches Museum, one of the largest and oldest science museums in the world, you’ll find a plethora of child-focussed activities in Germany’s most eclectic and historical city. For Disney fans, the Neuschwanstein Castle will leave them in awe. The inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's home, the Castle is one of the city’s highlights.
A walled city that overlooks the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and as such, is one of the world’s most glorious cities. The stunning city caters to all needs and interests, thanks to its unique culture and history and as well as the incredible activities on offer, such as kayaking, diving and incredible boat trips.
The capital of ancient history, Rome is intriguing and striking in equal measure. Offering fantastic cuisine, glorious weather and a laid-back and friendly haven, Rome will leave even the youngest travellers feeling inspired. Kids love exploring the ancient ruins and learning about the history of the fantastic European country. But obviously not as much as they love sampling the gelato and pizza the city is most famous for.