When it comes to travelling to Europe with kids, choosing where to go can be tricky. You want somewhere safe and easy to get around with plenty to see and do that will keep both you, and the kids, entertained and interested. There are tons of great European countries to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to five favourites that promise to be fun places to go with your family.
Ireland is an awesome pick because it has so much to keep children interested and entertained, plus the cities are relatively small (even Dublin only has about a million people) making it easy to get around and sight-see. Kids will love exploring the countless castles and learning the mythology behind Irish fairies and leprechauns. Head down to Dingle where you can hop in a boat to go see Fungie, the local dolphin or take a road trip through Connemara national park where they can run through the fields with the sheep and try their hand at fly fishing. Another reason why Ireland is so great is that many pubs will allow children inside to listen in the evenings as well, which means your whole family can enjoy Ireland’s famous traditional music.
For a unique Irish experience that your family will love, spend a night in Waterford Castle Hotel.
Barcelona is a chic, fun, and exciting city for people of all ages. Gaudi’s amazing architecture, a world famous football club, and sandy beaches make it the perfect place to combine both a beach and city escape. Kids will love Parc Guell, L’Aquarium with its massive shark tank, and the chocolate museum; Museu de la Xocolata. Child-friendly dining choices, plenty of city parks, and an interesting gothic quarter add to why Barcelona is a perfect pick for families travelling to Europe with kids.
For a central hotel with a great pool try the Iberostar Paseo de Gracia.
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
If you are looking for sand and beaches, then Croatia’s Dalmatian coast is the way to go. Spend your family vacation lounging on the beaches or island hopping in the warm, Adriatic Sea. There are several popular towns along the way to explore including Hvar, Split, and Dubrovnik; all of which offer old towns to explore and sea-side activities to play and relax. Another great stop is Hvar which has the Sun Salutation and Sea Organ; two fun attractions that kids will love. Croatia is a great destination for teenage kids who love Game of Thrones as both Split and Dubrovnik were filming locations in the hit TV show.
If your family loves Game of Thrones, stay at the Hotel Vestibul in Split which is located in the Diocletian Palace; one of the major filming locations in the series.
Iceland is a great pick for those planning on travelling to Europe with kids for several reasons. First of all, the flight isn’t too long which will make it easier on younger children. It’s also of the safest countries in the world which will, no doubt, calm your nerves. Plus, Iceland is pretty beautiful and has tons of gorgeous scenery and geography that will delight your kids. Learn the legend of the secret treasure hidden at Skogafoss Waterfall, keep an eye out for the ‘hidden people’; the Icelandic elves, watch the powerful geysers spray, and see where two continental plates meet. Plus, if you travel from September to April, you may even get a chance to see the magical northern lights. From nature to folklore, Iceland is definitely a fun place to go with kids.
For a family-friendly hotel in central location in Reykjavik book your stay at Centerhotel Skjalbreid
Bavaria may conjure thoughts of beer, dirndls, and Oktoberfest celebrations, but this German city has so much more to offer, much of which is great for kids. Munich has some beautiful parks, most notably the Englisher Garten which has playgrounds, paddleboats for rent, and an artificial wave where you can watch local surfers. Munich also has plenty of museums suitable for different age groups. Young children will love learning and playing at the Deutsches Museum while teenage children may appreciate a visit to Dachau; a former concentration camp turned museum. An absolute must for any trip to Munich is a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration behind Disney’s Cinderella’s castle.
For a central hotel try the Mercure Hotel Munchen Altstadt.
Europe is an amazing part of the world to explore for all ages, but these five countries promise to be fun places to travel to Europe with kids.