What if you took your children on a city trip to explore Europe and its capitals? They all have the advantage of being nearby destinations. We have found for you activities that will appeal to the entire family. And since we have planned everything, we equally propose to you our luxury hotel collections wherein you can lodge in the heart of the most beautiful capitals.
It is possible to explore Europe while having fun! The history and capitals of the European Union Member States will no longer hold any secrets for your toddlers. Here we go, follow the guide!
London, the vibrant and eclectic. It amazes and surprises. So how about taking a family trip to London? Take your children and babies across the Channel. There, you will find a whole new world. As such, you do not have to travel far in order to have a change in scenery. Pound sterling, left-hand drive, double-decker bus, vintage phone booths, the capital of the United Kingdom is always unique. On the streets, from the outset, you will get carried away by its diversity. Being a cosmopolitan city, it is full of « food courts » which will introduce your children to the cuisines of the world. On the street, the Londoners will clearly showcase their personality. Your rebellious teens will no longer want to leave Camden. After shopping in this shopping capital, it will be great for you to get lost in Hyde Park. The children will get to observe the gray squirrels which frolic joyfully and wriggle cheerfully. Afterwards, you could then leave this green setting and introduce your children to England’s history at the British Museum. Being as free (of charge) as the Natural History Museum, these two emblematic institutions are essential that must not be missed! It will also be such a waste if you had to leave without setting foot at the Harry Potter Studios, visit the shooting locations and check out the famous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft… if you manage to cross-track 9 3/4. The entire family will be able to exhibit their prettiest profile alongside the royal couple, Harry and Meghan, or even alongside Marvel characters at Madame Tussauds Museum ! Another tip: after the English Breakfast and the Fish and Chips, you should try the Welsh rarebit at The Wolseley. This dish looks exactly as a croque-monsieur, although it’s much better!
Accommodation: The Lanesborough is « the place to be » to stay with a family. Situated between Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, this is probably one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, quite simply. With 93 rooms and suites of outstanding refinement, the Lanesborough is the place to be for your little monarchs to relax in style. Top-notch services and high-end cuisine await you here, not forgetting the emblematic afternoon tea. The children will be more than delighted!
Before embarking on this trip: have a look at our London practical guide.
For a most surprising family visit, wander through the picturesque streets aboard a vespa. Being well positioned behind you, your children will be enchanted by the beauty of this Italian capital. On the terrace of a café, and facing the Mediterranean, as you savor your cappuccino, while enjoying the real Italian pinsa or wondering over the variety on offer, your children will be enchanted infront of the Gelataria La Romana, perplexed as in what choice of flavor to make; such a renowned institution. At the Coliseum, they will see themselves as true born gladiators. The Roman games will whisk them straight into the very heart of ancient Rome. You can also stop at the San Carlino children’s puppet theater , wherein they’ll be able to rediscover famous heroes, such as Polichinelle and Pinocchio. This lively location also organizes workshops for the creation and animation of puppets. The city’s energy and the warm nature of its inhabitants will give your children a foretaste of the Italian Dolce Vita. At the outskirt of the Trevi fountain, it is customary to throw a coin, before leaving the « eternal city ». This is perhaps the opportunity for you to get rid of your last pounds sterling and make a wish. In this case, you would have to revisit. Andiamo!
Accommodation: Continue the historical visit to the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese *****. This beautiful 5-star hotel is set in one of the most beautiful areas of Rome, just a few steps from the city’s famous eponymous gardens. This former convent exudes a special atmosphere, combining charm, old-world prestige and modern comfort. Its marble hall and wood panelling will guide you through the corridors once travelled by nuns and later by the European aristocracy and foreign diplomats. Out of the 103 elegantly decorated rooms with different atmospheres, 30 are connected by an internal door, ideal to welcome parents and children in comfort and privacy.
Before embarking on this trip: if you plan on touring through Italy, then you should check out our practical guide, without delays.
Did the English pubs seem mouth-watering to you? Dublin, known for the effervescence of its pubs, however, has other charming assets that will appeal to you, in the absence of a Guinness. Have the Harry Potter studios left unforgettable memories in your children? Then, you can surprise them by taking them to the Trinity College Library. Although this location has nothing to do with the actual shooting locations, it could easily be mistaken for the Hogwarts. If you wish to learn about Dublin’s history, you should head to the Dublinia Museum. Your precious little Vikings will be able to meet knights and lords from a different era. In addition to learning the Shakespearean language, children will be able to learn about the dark periods of history that marked Dublin. From the great famines, battles and wars, Ireland and its tumultuous past is now reliving its heydays.
Here, there are lots of fun to be enjoyed with your family, thanks to the numerous nature activities which abounds in the region. The family walk along the Liffey River, taking advantage of the Bachelor Walk, is a must, if you wish to see the 9 bridges that link the city. The Phoenix Park, which is closer and larger than the unrivalled Central Park, is situated besides the Dublin Zoo. For those who wish to enjoy an Irish Sunday stroll, after a delicious brunch at The Woollen Mills, with its Coddle, delicious stew, then San Stephen Green Park will be the ideal place. The lakes, lush gardens and incredible play areas will keep your kids entertained and immerse them in the Irish beauty. Dublin’s iconic color, green, is everywhere, even when it’s not St. Patrick’s Day. It is perhaps in these enchanting locations that your greatest wishes will be realized.
You will not be able to resist the captivating Lisbon capital. During your weekend in Lisbon, climb the hills that stride over the city, aboard the legendary tram 28 towards Alfama. After a few breaks on the beautiful beaches, you can stop at the terminus for a breathtaking view of the city, which like Rome, has 7 hills. Its steep winding slopes and its houses coloured by its azulejos (decorated tiles) are very exciting. If you’re interested by all these, then you can head to the Azulejo National Museum.
Your budding adventurers will be able to follow in the footsteps of Vasco De Gama, a famous Portuguese explorer from Belém, another emblematic district of Lisbon. After savouring a delicious grilled fish from the region, let yourself be tempted by the succulent Pastéis de Nata, little flans coated with rolled short pastry. On the banks of the Tagus river, you can cross a bridge that is named after this intrepid explorer (Vasco da Gama). Shopping center, Aquarium or even Marine Museum, it is impossible to forget this native son, since they have all been given the famous surname. If you wish to learn more about the itinerary of this Portuguese explorer and his interests in the merchant fleet, then you should visit the Marine Museum or the Vasco da Gama Aquarium for an educational and tactile experience. Here, your children will have the opportunity to feed and touch the fish. On the Vasco da Gama Bridge, which resembles that of San Francisco, the capital also bears an uncanny resemblance to Rio de Janeiro. This may be an opportunity to let the children immerse themselves in other horizons and even pray before the Cristo Rei, the replica of Christ. Who knows? It’s when you believe it most that your dreams come true.
Accommodation: In the heart of Lisbon’s historic center, at the corner of its atypical alleys, you will find the sumptuous Martinhal Lisbonne Chiado Family Suites *****. A savvy blend of past and present, with its façade from 1855 and 37 contemporary-style apartments, this is an obvious choice. Each apartment has been decorated by contemporary artists and architects. Children will be able to have fun like crazy in its incredible Kids-club. And while you enjoy the capital as a couple, they will be able to visit the Pajama Club.
Before embarking on this trip: Are you out of ideas? Our practical guide will give you a list of the highlights in the capital.
At just an hour by flight, Berlin, the casual and cosmopolitan city, is the ideal place for a laid-back family weekend getaway full of discoveries. Known for its slow-living philosophy and its many green spaces, Berlin is a city where life is sweet. What better than safely strolling along the many parks and avenues of the city, while admiring its eclectic architecture ? In summer, enjoy a concert with your family in the vast Tiergarten Park with its carillon, a very popular sight for children, or picnic in the Victoria Park with its waterfalls and panoramic view of the capital. For children, the zoo, as well as the animal park with one of the largest aviaries in Europe are also places not to be missed during your stay. In winter, stroll through the various Christmas markets with a glass of mulled wine or apple juice, or try your hand at ice-skating at the Potsdamer Platz ice rink. Would you like to enjoy a lunch break with a breathtaking view of the city at the Fernsehturm or in an old bus at Café Pförtner? Berlin has many kids-friendly cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy delicious brunches and a variety of dishes in a family-friendly and original setting.
In addition to its trendy atmosphere, Berlin is also a city full of culture. For art and unusual architecture enthusiasts, the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Potsdamer Platz with its space shuttle-like Sony Center or the Kulturforum with its numerous musueums are definitely worth a visit. Children will also find many museums to like, such as the MACHmit! museum that combines exhibitions, children’s activities and indoor playgrounds. In the Labyrinth Museum, children can discover different themes through creative and interactive games. In short, a real paradise for children where you can learn while having fun!
Accomodation: Located in the heart of the lively Tiergarten district in a typical 19th century building, the Lulu Guldsmeden hotel is the perfect place to stay in the capital with your family. Combining modernity and vintage furniture while drawing inspiration from the Nordic Hygge concept, this warm and cosy place offers a serene stay close to the city centre and tourist attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate or the Check-Point Charlie. With its exceptional team and service, its family lofts that can host up to 5 people, its indoor patio sheltered from the hubbub of the city, and its delicious organic cuisine, the Lulu has it all. As an eco-friendly hotel, the Lulu Guldsmeden also provides its guests with bicycles so that they can visit the city in a different way.
Before embarking on this trip: Still not convinced? Do not hesitate to have a look at our article on Berlin to discover everything the capital has to offer!
To end the city-trip, a stopover wherein you can rediscover the hidden beauties close to home: Brussels sounds like a no-brainer for a family city break. The Capital of Europe is a multifaceted city. Its small cobbled streets will lead you to the Grand Place. Don’t forget to return to this Grand Place at dusk, when the facades of the gothic-style buildings are covered with a thousand lights. After having posed alongside the legendary Manneken-Pis, set off in search of the sixty frescoes hidden all over the city during the comic strip tour. Tintin, Lucky Luke or Marsupilami await you at the Belgian Comic Strip Center. In addition to the temporary exhibitions, children can learn about the 9th art thanks to the activities on offer, as well as the workshops.
Brussels is known for its quality beer and chocolates. Children will be delighted to try a delicious waffle at Maison Dandoy. Other institutions wherein you can taste the magic of Belgian chocolate include Pierre Marcolini, Neuhaus or Godiva, you will be spoilt for choice! It is in Brussels, Capital of Europe, that your children will be able to learn about politics or at least check out the current face of the European Union. Here, dynamic and interactive activities are offered for each age group. A few steps from the Atomium, Mini-Europe will be another option for exploring European capitals without having to tour around Europe. Have you already done that? In any case, children will only have one desire: to revisit!
Accommodation: The Hotel Amigo ***** where you can see the splendid Flemish tapestries, the charcoal sketches hanging on the walls, but above all the majestic stone slabs that adorn the entrance. These stones have survived the centuries and have been part of the building since 1620. Almost 50 years after taking over the role of hotel for the 1958 World Exhibition, since 2000 the Amigo has been owned by the luxurious family chain Rocco Forte, a guarantee of quality and excellence.
Before embarking on this trip: All our addresses and tips can be found in our Brussels practical guide.
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Maud, 29 years old, passionate about writing and travel, from Hainaut, Belgium