Traveling across the Atlantic may be the most magical experience you’ve ever had in years. Not only is Europe the destination of choice for honeymooners or singles in search of a little romance, but it’s become the choice for wide-eyed, dropped jawed parents with kids.
Let’s look at just 5 exquisite destinations in Europe that will you’re your trip from mediocre to unforgettable.
1. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital, as it’s filled with magical wonders and ‘under the sea’ adventures. The Blue Planet is the National Aquarium and the largest aquarium in Northern Europe. Instead of mindless wondering, your kids will experience an educational tour that stimulates their young scientific minds and will also have you captivated. Then there’s the National Museum, Rosenberg Castle, Tivoli Gardens and the iconic Little Mermaid bronze sculpture.
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
The first thought that runs through the minds of adults is ‘no-way’! It may surprise you but Amsterdam is a quiet city to enjoy as a family. It a good option to hop on a tram and head towards the Rijksmuseum. This spectacular museum comprises of the largest collection of Dutch art. Get off the road and onto the Canal Cruise for a different perspective of Amsterdam. Observe the houseboats and narrow side-by-side homes that line the canal on all sides. Then there’s Rembrandtplein; Jordaan neighborhood and Dam Square. The infamous Red Light District might not be a good idea after dark especially if you have kids with you. However, the attractions of the previous sites would be enough to have your kids exhausted by nightfall.
3. Paris, France
Visit the famous Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Chateau de Versailles. Luxembourg Gardens will provide your kids endless fun with boat rides and carousel rides. All these mind-boggling sites will make you wish you were a kid again. You can also take advantage of booking e-tickets or simply plan your program with the Welcome to Paris multilingual program available in the App Store and Google play. Finally, Paris is known as the ‘City of Love’ so wind down your visit to this city with a glass of wine and a lot of romance.
4. Reykjavik, Iceland
Being the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik offers fascinating geographic wonders. It’s a place to experience geothermal springs, dress up in Viking armor or even view some of the largest mammals on Earth close up. This city is a dream for parents as Reykjavik is known to be safe, clean and family friendly.
5. London, England
Childhood memories are brought back to life in London, the birthplace of classics like Peter Pan, Paddington Bear, and Winnie-the-Pooh. When you think you’ve gotten over the dizziness of your childhood memories, turn your attention to the London Eye (the iconic riverside observation wheel), Buckingham Palace (home of the British Queen), Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral. The entertainment list in London is endless from Trafalgar Square to National Galleries and don’t forget the London Bridge Experience.
To wet your appetite, let me just leave you with the thought that your journey does not have to end here. There is still Barcelona (Spain), Vienna (Austria), Rome (Italy), Berlin (Germany) and Lisbon (Portugal) that fall into the balance of the top 10 cities to visit in Europe.
The metropolis of Copenhagen is very big, yet it has kept the charm of a small town. There are many districts around Copenhagen, and probably just as many different styles of architecture as there are sights to discover. Copenhagen travel could easily start with a pleasant canal tour by boat, which would include a description of the various places in the city to see, inciting in the visitor the desire to investigate these places.
In the recent years Copenhagen has taken a strong turn towards development, and is cited as a city that underwent the boomtown effect. Many talented architects participated in this through the construction of modern, stylish, and truly novel architectural structures. The Opera House is one of the most noticeable – surrounded by sea, this very large building is easily recognizable by its unique and attractive roof covering which one might say bears resemblance to a cow-boy hat. The Opera has up to 1700 places and the orchestra pit can seat over 100 musicians.
The Royal Playhouse, another distinguished modern building, designed in a rectangular shape, covered by glass, with a large intriguing square shaped red block at the top. This theatre was created to supplement the Royal Danish Theatre with its traditional construction, built in 1874.
Tivoli Gardens propose outstanding attractions such as the Pantomime Theatre – big venue of the city featuring open-air pantomime theatrical plays. The Tivoli Gardens in itself is world-famous, set in a beautiful floral environment, and visited by Copenhageners and outsiders alike because of frequent renovations and new additions. Many great rides can be enjoyed here – the second oldest park of its kind on earth and Europe’s 3rd most visited amusement park.
More traditional and historical sites can be found in Copenhagen. The Rosenberg Castle, which dates back to 1624, was constructed in a typical renaissance style. The Amalienborg Palace is the winter residence of the Danish Royal Family, and has rooms open for visits when not in use, which provides the opportunity to learn a little of the captivating history of the Royal Family. The surrounding gardens area called “King’s Garden” and are very lively and popular where people come to play soccer, eat pizza, draw, read books, drink beer, and generally have fun, often packing out the well-kept lawns with people.
Travel to Copenhagen in Denmark is greatly aided by the well-established Scandinavian airlines. For example a flight from London to Copenhagen can be bought for £50.
Hotels in Copenhagen, Denmark can be a little expensive, but cheaper lodgings can also be found. A well located and affordable accommodation is the Hotel Løven situated near the Central Station and Tivoli. Rates begin at 350 DKK ($65). Prestigious hotels are abundant, and the five-star Radisson BLU Royal Hotel is one of the most remarkable, having a central location, luxurious rooms and exceptional décor, assuring that your stay will be memorable. Prices start at 1 995 DKK ($374).
Just as our left hand and right hand are opposites, they still function together to fulfill our needs. Modernism and tradition function together in a similar manner in Copenhagen. The city offers much diversity beneficial to travelers and above all insures that an important requirement is met – having a good time and truly enjoying one’s visit.