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7 Best Cities to Visit in Europe with Family

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Paris, France

Europe is a destination perfect for children, with countries brimming with family-focused experiences that can provide your family with endless fun during your trip to these three must-see places in Europe with kids.

With fairytale castles, storybook villages, cooking classes, and exciting ways to explore secluded islands to museum galleries, Europe is a fantastic destination for kids of all ages.

We have worked with a Zicasso travel specialist to provide you with a list of must-see places and excursions you can enjoy to balance activities with educational and cultural experiences during your Europe trip.

  1. 1. Rome
  2. 2. London
  3. 3. Paris
  4. 4. Barcelona
  5. 5. Amsterdam
  6. 6. Salzburg
  7. 7. Istanbul
  8. Plan your Europe Family Tour

1. Rome

Happy family on the background of the Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome with children is a destination of fascination and endless possibilities. Whether looking for a pizza-making course that can keep the entire family’s interest or eager to find new ways to bring history to life in the ruins and museum galleries, Rome is a family-friendly place to discover, explore, and learn. Sample food you know the kids will love, follow along the path of imperial citizens, or turn looking at art into a hunt for treasure. When in Rome, you can enjoy family-focused culture like the Romans do.

Best Experiences with Kids: Gladiator school | Food classes (most kids love pizza and pasta) | Kid-friendly guides and private tours | Learn how to make gelato and pizza with family-friendly instructors

Learn more: 10 Best Family Destinations in Italy | Best Rome Family Vacations 

2. London

Family at the London Eye, London, England

London, England

London is an exceptional city to visit as a family, with wonders that can bring you face to face with history or fantastical worlds. Whether finding the shadow of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens or sipping tea during a family-friendly teatime, mudlarking in the Thames or standing at the edge of the wizarding world, London can feel like a majestic city for children and adults alike. Travel cobblestone lanes, visit the Crown Jewels, and explore the depths of a city that feels historic and contemporary.

Best Experiences with Kids: Princess Diana Memorial Park | Paddington Bear Themed Tour | Tower of London Tour | Harry Potter City and Studio Tour

Learn more: Top 6 Things to Do in London with Kids | England Family Vacations 

3. Paris

Cityscape with gargoyle, Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris is easily recognizable to children of all ages and the City of Light lives up to its reputation of elegance, history, and charm that your family can enjoy. From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre Museum, gardens at Versailles to mouthwatering pastries, Paris is a city in which you can delight. Search for gargoyles posed on Gothic cathedrals, hunt for Impressionist treasures in the d’Orsay, learn how to make the perfect chocolate. When visiting Paris with your family, you can experience the true beauty of the city with child-like wonder.

Best Experiences with Kids: Boats at the Palais du Luxembourg | Art and Culture Tourtour of the Louvre Museum | Chocolate Tasting Tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés | Stroll through Parc Monceau, once called “Illusion Land”

Learn more: Best France Tours & Vacations | 12 Best Family-Friendly Destinations

4. Barcelona

Family in Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

The fun-filled ambiance, Mediterranean charms, and surrealist dreams make Barcelona a thrilling destination for families of all ages. From the colors that shape wild mosaics in Park Guell to the distinctive features of the La Sagrada Basilica, calm beaches perfect for young children to the flavors of hot chocolate and churros, fairy forests and the dancing waters of the Magic Fountain, the city embraces the pleasures of life that create fun-filled adventures for the whole family.

Best Experiences with Kids: Dazzle your senses at the Boqueria Market | Explore the colors and mosaic animals of Park Guell | Feel inspired at the Museum of Ideas and Inventions | Witness the dancing Fountain of Montjuic

Learn more: Best Family Vacations in Spain

5. Amsterdam

Tulips on the background of the canal, Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam is a tangle of Golden Age canals lined with elegant architecture and immersive museums perfect for adventurous families. Cycle along the waterways that can lead you to open countryside or glide along the canals by boat for exceptional views. Visit celebrated museums for interactive exhibits that bring history and artistry to light or admire the rainbow colors that decorate the creative spaces across the city for a treat in family exploration.

Best Experiences with Kids: Enjoy hands-on exhibits at NEMO Science Museum | Explore colors at the Van Gogh Museum | Bike the Canal Ring | Delight in the exhibits of the Stedelijk Museum

Learn more: 10 Day Europe Trips & Tours

6. Salzburg

Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg ,Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Palaces and gardens, grand panoramas and delicious deserts create the perfect family atmosphere in Salzburg. Charm, history, and beauty blend as you discover cobblestone streets on a horse-drawn carriage or listen for the classical strings of a Mozart production. Travel on the Salzach River or cycle on the banks, visit castles, follow in the footsteps of the Von Trapp family, and enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the jagged mountain peaks while enjoying a traditional strudel.

Best Experiences with Kids: Immerse yourself in a Sound of Music Tour | Embrace the birthplace of Mozart with music | Visit the towering Hoensalburg Castle | Slide down the Hallein Salt Mine | Enjoy the scenery of the Salzach River by bicycle

Learn more: Austria Tours & Vacations | Austria Travel Guide

7. Istanbul

Tourist boat sails on the Golden Horn in Istanbul at sunset, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is a magical place where the family can experience the point where Europe meets Asia. With a skyline speckled with minarets and cobblestone lanes that fill with the aromas of honeyed pastries. Uncover ancient architecture and grand artworks, cruise the waterway for views of palaces and antique neighborhoods, view a vintage puppet show, and find exciting treasures in coffeehouses or tea gardens to demonstrate the diverse and endless discoveries Istanbul has to offer you and your family.

Best Experiences with Kids: Venture underground at the Serefiye Cistern | Enjoy a cruise of the Bosphorus | Discover the grand Hagia Sophia | Explore the Topkapi Palace

Learn more: Turkey Tours & Vacations

Plan your Europe Family Tour

London ferris wheel

London ferris wheel

A family adventure to Europe balances thrills and educational experiences that could take you river rafting or to a museum scavenger hunt, a pizza cooking course or to a legendary castle landscape.  European countries are legendary for their history, culture, cuisine, and scenery with each new destination offering your family the chance to make memories for a lifetime, together. Find inspiration for your family-friendly Europe trip with our Best Europe Tours & Vacations or discover the information you need with Zicasso’s Family Vacation Travel Guide. Submit a Trip Request to speak with a Europe travel specialist or contact us at 1-888-265-9707.

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