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5 Most Family-Friendly Cities

If you want to travel together with your family, then pay attention to the following family-friendly cities in Europe.

  1. Amsterdam

With paddle boats and bike paths galore, you should give it the green light for your next family adventure. Eating is easy and photo ops abound in this walkable, bikeable, boat-able city.

Be sure to swing by the NEMO Science Museum for hands-on exhibits that include a chemistry lab with experiments for young scientists and a bubble display for those that can’t resist getting their hands wet. Older kids will appreciate the history of the Anne Frank Museum while kids of all ages will find something of interest at the Van Gogh Museum; just be sure to buy your tickets in advance to avoid the long lines.

  1. Paris

Paris isn’t just for romantics in the spring; it’s for everyone, all year long. Kids will love the boulangeries on every corner; you’ll love how easy it is to navigate the Metro and catching a view of the Eiffel Tower from vistas around the city.

When traveling en famille, take in Paris’ plentiful parks. You could spend the whole day at Jardin Luxembourg, which in addition to a stunning palace built in 1612 by Marie de Medici boasts modern-day delights like peddle cars for racing and toy boats for sailing – not to mention a playground with zip lines and an Eiffel Tower bungee for your pint-size thrill seekers.

  1. Rome

No family trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Colosseum and the pious will want to pop in on the Pope and visit the Vatican. Keep your shoulders covered and hold onto your hat as you look up at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Splash in the Trevi Fountain, climb the Spanish Steps, and enjoy a gelato in one of the city’s many central piazzas.

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, take a day trip to Ostia Antica. Once Rome’s harbor city, it’s now a maze of ruins that evokes Pompeii, providing ample wandering of ancient alleys and passageways.

  1. Barcelona

Go to Barcelona’s Boqueria, a market with flowers, fruit, and local fare. Grab some goods to go and then get your Gaudí on at the famous Sagrada Familla. From there, hike uphill to Parc Güell where you’ll be greeted by “el drac,” a multicolored mosaic salamander perfect for photo ops.

Also visit The Chocolate Museum, featuring chocolate monument replicas and tasty souvenirs. In addition, visit CosmoCaixa, an interactive science museum with a mini rainforest and crowd-pleasing planetarium.

  1. Vienna

There’s the opera, the architecture, and the food – from schnitzel and ratatouille to the famous Sacher torte.

Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial Habsburg family, is a palace, children’s museum and world’s oldest zoo all in one.

Visit the Zoom Children’s Museum and then go to the Dschungel for an afternoon snack; there’s a play corner for the kids and comfy couches for you.

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