The Best Places to Travel in Europe With Children

The Best Places to Travel in Europe With Children
A trip to Europe is an exciting opportunity to introduce the entire family to other cultures while exploring unfamiliar breathtaking landscapes. The ever-popular Paris with its Eiffel Tower and Disneyland heads the top of most lists of places to visit with children, but, Europe is so vast that naturally there are other venues to discover with the family. Tourists will find that biking is the perfect way to get around and see the sights of most European cities.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Escape the busy activities in the city and embark on a guided group tour of Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands, places steeped in history and scenic wilderness. A day tour travels through numerous sites such as Linlithgow Palace (where Mary Queen of Scots was born), Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, Glencoe, Fort William, Great Glen and the Cairngorms National Park. Wear clothing and footwear suitable for nature walks on wet Scottish grounds. Try spotting Nessie with the children on an optional hour-long cruise along Loch Ness aboard a sonar-equipped boat. The final stop is the Victorian town of Pitlochry where shopping and culture abounds amid the surrounding mountains. The eco-friendly tour helps reduce an individual trip's carbon footprint by 75 percent (two people in a car on the same trip).

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen has much to offer children of all ages and interests. Visit Odense where famous writer Hans Christian Andersen was born, kayak or canoe on the Odense River or watch plays in Lotze's Garden during the summer. Head over to Tivoli Gardens, Denmark's amusement park that dates back to 1843, and enjoy the thrills of the Demon and Nautilus rides. Borrow one of the 1,000-plus free bikes available at racks throughout the city and use the many bike lanes and routes to explore the parks and streets using an eco-friendly and popular means of transport. Ride the bikes to Langelinie Pier to visit one of the city's landmark statues---the Little Mermaid.

Barcelona, Spain

One of the popular attractions in Barcelona is the Magic Fountain of MontJuic where water, color, light and music combine for a spectacular and entertaining free show. For some splashing good fun, take the kids to one of the city's four beaches and enjoy some windsurfing and swimming, soak up some rays or build your own sandcastles. Parc Guell by Antoni Gaudi will leave the children awestruck at the colorful mosaic tiles that adorn seats, a dragon fountain and interesting sculptures. The house where Gaudi resided boasts some wild furniture also designed by the artist. Admission is free.

Article Written By Cristina Dimen

Cristina Dimen is a freelance writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience. She honed her skills within the publishing and advertising industries and non-profit sector. She served as an editor for a trade magazine and recruiter for editorial and print production staffing. She received her bachelor's degree in marketing from State University of New York - Empire State College.

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