Petit Futé
  • Français
  • English
  • Español

10 ideal destinations for travelling with children in Europe

Gone are the days when you could go backpacking without thinking about tomorrow: travelling with children requires a minimum of organization. But what a joy to have a good time with your family! From Edinburgh to Rome, from fairytale castles to interactive museums, making your blond heads passionate has never been easier! To transmit the travel virus to them as soon as possible, Petit Futé has selected 10 European cities ideal for a family city break

N°10 - Prague, kids friendly

Under its appearance as the capital of the festival, Prague could put many parents off. However, "the city of a hundred steeples" has many places to visit with the whole family, starting with Petřín ! Located in the heart of the city, it is the largest hill in Prague. Prefer the funicular to access it, you will avoid exhausting the whole family! Once at the top, you will be greeted joyfully by ice cream sellers, ponies and an unmissable replica of the Eiffel Tower! The children will be delighted! Please note: dětský jídelníček means "children's menu"!

N°9 - Madrid, la vida loca with family

Often neglected in favour of its colleague Barcelona, Madrid is nevertheless a city where life is good. Children enjoy tasting tapas and other local specialities, and are always well received in restaurants. The Santiago-Bernabéu stadium is a must! It is the opportunity to see in real life this field that makes young and old dream and above all, to leave with a souvenir jersey bearing the image of your favourite footballer! For a family day, opt for the Retiro Park, the city's green lung and a Sunday meeting place for all the people of Madrid!

N°8 - Brussels and the 9th art

Through its gastronomy, Brussels has everything to please the little ones: chips, waffles and chocolates will delight their palate! Many museums are also to be discovered, such as the Children's Museum, which is totally dedicated to them. Don't forget to devote a day to comics, a national pride: Tintin, the Smurfs... There are countless heroes who were born in Belgium! The younger ones will be delighted to go in search of wall comics in the city before visiting the museum dedicated to this 9th art.

N°7 - Vienna, in the footsteps of the Empress

In Vienna, the unmistakable attraction is Shönbrunn, undoubtedly. Allow at least one day to visit this majestic enclosure. Its gardens, zoo and superb puppet theatre will delight families. But it is above all the interior that is worth a visit: as you walk through the rooms, you will be transported into a magical world where you will find many memories of the one who lived there: the famous Empress Elisabeth, better known as Sissi!

N°6 - Copenhagen, the paradise for toddlers

In Copenhagen, your little ones will appreciate the fairytale castles, the colourful houses, the splendid statue of the Little Mermaid and above all... the amusement parks! They are among the oldest in the world! The "Tivoli Gardens", for example, opened their doors in 1843. It is said that Andersen walked there several times. In the evening, the atmosphere is magical and very romantic. An opportunity for parents to get together while the little ones have fun on one of the biggest carousels in the world!

N°5 - Edinburgh, the legendary

Cities of all legends, from the most terrifying to the most friendly, Edinburgh is a prime destination for family holidays. Children will enjoy seeing the castle that was the setting for the last Harry Potter in person! It is also an opportunity to review your historical knowledge while enjoying a splendid view of the city. A land of traditions, Edinburgh will also appeal for its strong culture, from kilts to bagpipes. Parents will enjoy (in moderation!) delicious whiskies!

# 4 - London, in the heart of the kingdom

If there is a unanimous destination, it is London! Teenagers will love his fashionable side while the little ones will love Paddington statues, the traveling bear! Easy access, the British capital has many attractions: Madame Tussaud's museum and its wax statues at Warner Bros Studio Tour which takes on the tracks of Harry Potter. Ideal for a weekend! 

# 3 - Lapland, Santa Claus Land

Lapland, we all dreamed of it! What better than offering this gift to your beluch? The two unavoidable visits are Santapark and Santa Claus Village: even in the middle of August, you will see the eyes of the children illuminate! Take advantage of this white paradise to make beautiful family trips, snowmobiles or sleigh. Be careful, temperatures are very low in winter, so plan to leave enough for everyone to be equipped! 

N°2 - Paris, escapade in the City of Light

From the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre via the banks of the Seine, you will always find a place to amaze your children in Paris! A city of light if ever there was one, the capital leaves an unforgettable memory to those who visit it for the first time. Enjoy the many activities on offer such as the Cité des Sciences or the famous cruises on the Seine. You see, Disneyland Paris is not the only attraction for toddlers after all (although, it certainly remains the favorite)!

N°1 - Rome and its treasures

In Rome and Italy in general, the bambino is king! Here, it is a little like a children's paradise where gladiators and other ancient heroes will discover the city. A real open-air museum, the Italian capital will impress them: from the Trevi fountain to the Colosseum and including the Vatican and its Swiss guards. In terms of cooking, the whole family will be delighted to enjoy pizza and gelati. Don't forget the carbonara pasta, a Roman speciality par excellence, which will impress your taste buds!

To be read next:
5 good reasons to discover the village of Roquebrun and its vineyard
Top 5 cities to discover during a weekend this summer in France
10 cities in Europe where to retire
Top 5 experiences at the Air and Space Museum at Le Bourget
Spring in Dubrovnik: 10 good reasons to visit the city before summer
Top 10 experiences to live in the Greater Carcassonne
10 good reasons to visit the Belvedere in Vienna
Top 10 must-see places in the American West
Top 10 best spas in France