In a fast-paced world, a breath of relief is the time well spent with one’s family and children. In this blog we dwell on a few European destinations and their most favoured point of attractions, which can lead a helping hand in planning an itinerary for a family.
London is one of the most visited cities of the continent – and rightly so! It has a lot to offer as a great family holiday destination in Europe. The city provides a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour through which you can visit historical icons like the Tower of London, Crown Jewels Museum and Tower Bridge. The Buckingham Palace, where the Royal family stays, has guided tours as well. Changing of the Guard ceremony is an interesting thing to see here!
Hotspots such as the British Museum, Imperial War Museum, Natural History Museum and Science Museum present interactive exhibits, great workshops and entertaining shows meant for people of all age groups. Go to the top of the London Eye to admire the city’s skyline. Children will enjoy a visit to Legoland, Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum and KidZania. Listen to the musicals such as The Lion King and Shrek’s the Musical, their fans include both adults and kids. Harry Potter fans should spend some time in the Warner Bro’s Studio, featuring the sets of the famous movie series to this day. London has many green parks with activities, concerts, shows, cafes and restaurants.
The capital of Netherland is known for its beautiful canals running through the city. Families can take part in pizza cruises, where sight-seeing is made fun with pizzas, ice creams, and other delicacies. As the streets are safe and bike-friendly, families can hop on rented bikes and visit the popular museum called ‘Anne Frank House’.
The museums ‘Rijksmuseum’ and ‘Van Gogh’ have wonderful collections of paintings created by renowned artists. These tourist attractions conduct workshops for kids too. Similarly, the NEMO Science Museum, spread over nine floors, has plentiful activities to engage children and adults throughout the day. Basically, all major museums in the city have kids corner to keep the little ones engaged. There are lovely parks offering exciting outdoor activities to families. Check out Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo, where kids can play with animals and feed them.
This city finds its place in the list of best family holiday destinations in Europe due it’s colourful and unique architectural marvels. Home to the eminent architect Gaudi, his creations Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell please the entire family. There are even puppet shows, theatres and workshops for those interested.
Parc de La Ciutadella is a green space featuring a city zoo, lake and museums. The Barcelona Cosmocaixa has an extensive area developed like the Amazon Rainforest with animals, insects, birds and fishes. You can opt for a funicular ride from the port to Montjuic Hill. Relax in the kid-friendly beaches lined with fabulous cafes.
The safe and environment-friendly Copenhagen is counted amongst one of the best family holiday destinations in Europe. In the centre of the city is Tivoli Gardens flaunting fun rides, fairy tale-like castles and gorgeous lake. The large aquarium ‘Blue Planet’ plays home to many marine animals.
Frilandsmuseet is the world’s largest open-air museum with over 100 historical houses shifted and rebuilt in the original manner. The National Museum of Denmark gives an insight about the history of the city, whereas Experimentarium has stimulators and interactive exhibits on science and technology. In summers, Copenhagen hosts the much-liked Sand Sculpture Festival.
Dublin has numerous kid-centric places, making it an ideal family holiday destination in Europe. Families can opt for the walking tours of the city. The best way to enjoy Dublin is by participating in the ‘Viking Splash Tours’ which takes you on a ride, on an amphibious vehicle named ‘Dukw’. Visit the Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and other historical monuments. The National Wax Museum Plus has statues and structures depicting the history of Ireland. The Natural History Museum has an interesting collection of centuries-old animal skeletons and specimens. Dublinia concentrates on the city’s Viking and Medieval history. Children can try Viking dresses and games. Furthermore, visitors can get a feeling of how to cook in a typical Viking kitchen.
Imaginosity is a museum featuring puppet theatres, art workshops, interactive exhibits and excellent libraries. The National Concert Hall has a Mini Music workshop for children wanting to gain experience on working with music bands. There are spectacular gardens such as the Bushy Park, Markey Park, Howth and Blackrock meant for family-fun activities, concerts and shows. For family-friendly beaches consider the Sandymount, Killiney, Howth, Portmarnock and Malahide, and Bull Island.
Families looking for a tranquil, kid-friendly and easily-accessible destination should include Stockholm in their bucket-list. Visit the Royal Palace to see the lifestyle of the Swedish monarch. The Nobel Museum displays the history of the Nobel Prize and its winners. Junibacken showcases scenes recreated from children books and movies.
The Vasa Museum is a maritime museum displaying a well- preserved 17th century ship, other exhibits are related to the journey on sea. The Skansen Museum, Police Museum and National Museum of Science and Technology are few other places worth visiting with families. The Butterfly House flaunts thousands of butterflies, of different types and belonging to diverse parts of the world, fluttering under a large area.