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.