The most beautiful capitals in Europe to visit with your children
19 December 2019
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!
1 – LONDON, THE ECLECTICS
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 the 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 Rubens At The Palace is “the place to be” for family stays. Being close to Buckingham Palace, this hotel features colourful, woody, noble and distinguished decorations that are reminiscent of those that adorn the residence of the princely couple. Its 161 suites and rooms and its 2 apartments will allow your little monarchs to have a well-deserved rest. Here, you will be greeted by top-notch services and excellent cuisines, not to mention the emblematic afternoon tea. The children will be more than delighted!
Before embarking on this trip: have a look at our London practical guide.
2 – ROME, THE LOVELY
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 historic visit to the Gran Meliá Rome Villa Agrippina *****. Not only does it have a very good location, but it is also a history-filled location. Villa Agrippina was once the home of the mother of the Roman Emperor Nero. The hotel, meanwhile, took in young orphans. Thus, children and babies are welcomed. Its 115 prestigious rooms and suites will warmly welcome them. The hotel offers bespoke solutions for the entire family: Supreme rooms with private garden for couples travelling with a baby, Family Kids & Co rooms for 2 adults and 2 children, as well as connecting rooms.
Before embarking on this trip: if you plan on touring through Italy, then you should check out our practical guide, without delays.
3 – DUBLIN, THE MEDIEVAL
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.
Accommodation: Being a 5-star luxury hotel, Merrion Hotel will welcome you in one of its 123 rooms and 19 suites. This classic style, sophisticatedly decorated, luxury hotel facility is a place that is laden with history. It is located exactly where the Duke of Wellington was born. Its two Michelin starred restaurant, Patrick Guilbaud, offers refined cuisine. Welcome gifts and baby equipment await your children. They will be able to live amazing adventures here.
4 – LISBON, THE CAPTIVATING
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.
5 – BRUSSELS, THE BEAUTIFUL
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 Le Plaza ***** is the only hotel in Belgium to have been awarded the title of “Certified Royal Warrant Holder of Belgium”. Numerous celebrities have lived at this Baron Van Gysel’s property. This historic place has kept its Art Deco decoration from the 1930s. Its Charleston-style living room gives a crazy charm to this luxury hotel. Its former classified cinema has now turned into an incredible meeting room. Its 189 rooms and suites await you for a magnificent stay. Welcome gifts, children’s menus and babysitting service are provided by staff members who are eager to make your little ones’ stay as pleasant as possible.
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