All the best post COVID Europe family vacation spots and what you need to know about planning family vacations. Touring Europe has become part of the culture especially following the Second World War when troops returned with their families.
Then why drag our kids outside the comforts of domestic travel to go far away Europe in a post COVID environment where staying closer to home has become the trend? Well firstly its not that far and secondly there are ways to travel less expensively than you may think. Kids love to experience new things and new cultures and more often than not it’s the parents that have the issues about moving out of those old familiar patterns.
London is packed with such a lot of historical and inspiring attractions. Your kids may know it as the home of Harry Potter but the reality of London today will inspire them to a sense of wonder and beyond. Home to more than eight million people, yet it is easy to get around on foot, or in the famous double-decker bus tours. The royal parks in central London are located nearby the family tourist attractions and offer families a hand respite and an attraction within themselves.
London Travel Guide
Thanks to Expedia for this London Travel Guide. Some of the top attractions include: St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is one of the well-known churches. The Tower of London which is good for kids, the Palace of Westminster, and Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park and Green Park, in central London.
Below, in the video we feature some of the attractions and trip advise for coming out on top in one of the most expensive cities in the world followed by another video on the top attractions and things to do. Kits will become magnificently repulsed by the bloodshed at the tower of London and thrill at the chance at riding on the London Big Eye.
London Family Accommodation
London's top family attractions by Charlene Patricia Peck. She is a member of The London Dungeon's. Her favorite attractions include: The London Dungeon, ZSL London Zoo, SEA Life London Aquarium, Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.
The London Dungeon Tour
A video of the Tooley Street London Dungeon. The attraction opened at the site in 1974 and is a good option for kids who are into scary things and wont get freaked out. The facility itself did not close until January 31st 2013 before moving to the new site. This video was recorded by specially arranged permission from The London Dungeon
What To Do With Kids in London
Family travels from a warmer climate to London. Some of the highlights were a launch event, an intimate Justin Timberlake concert and our first European soccer game!
Thanks to The Bucket List Family for these great London Family Travel Ideas.
Changing of the Guard
Thanks to SLEkins who provided this Changing Of The Guard video. She says she didn't know the actual ceremony takes place behind the closed Palace gates! The ceremony begins on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, following a march by a detachment of the Old Guard, with musical support, from St. James's Palace. Children soak it all up.
The Tower of London
Howcast offer some advice on Planning a trip to London? Great tips on what you'll see on a visit to the Tower of London. Also known as the Bloody Tower, and it’s earned the name. Since 1066, when William the Conqueror had it built to frighten his subjects into submission and to threaten those who wanted to invade his kingdom
Madame Tussauds London Walkthrough
Millions have visited Madame Tussauds since it opened over 200 years ago. This is a unique, emotionally-charged journey of the powerful and famous. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up, close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons.
Are you ready for a cheap Germany vacation but are not sure where to start? We took a road trip around Germany to experience first hand all the affordable options for families from the Berlin to the Black Forrest, Bavarian Alps and beyond.
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With alps, a magical forest, road trips through castle country, our trips through the land of Hansel and Gretel sure landed us some unique family friendly experience different from the beach experience we were used to. While we got to enjoy our usual outdoor approach to life, the cultural aspects and medieval remnants of old Europe add loads of charm . And the kid the child centered approach to life is evident in the Germans half price tickets for attractions and often free inclusions in German room rates.
While you may think the thriving economy of Germany would drive the costs out of reach of most families the reality is Germany is more affordable than most European countries. The Family Friendly Guesthouses which include breakfast work with families, and farm stays are more accessible and affordable here than in other countries. Find reviews of the family friendly German accommodation options here.
Look to book in advance where you can, especially around the times when it is finally warm enough (basically summer for families to travel in comfort.
If you're stopping off in Munich you will find plenty to keep kids intrigued. Deutsches Museum is absolutely massive kids science museum and shows how highly the Germans value this perspective of reality.
In the main square downtown you find lot's of opportunities for each member of the family to try their own thing in sampling Germain fare. Why not each person get something different and share. Then easily stroll over to the awesome Viktualienmarkt (market) and enjoy the plentiful of green spaces of the wonderful parklands.
If you kids don't mind heights Zugspitze to the south of Munich has trams to take them to the top of the country's highest peaks.
Even the Romantic road trip which covers the couple of hundred kilometres through the old towns at the Alps foothills (between Wurzburg and Fussen) is speckled with medieval castles.
The Alpine roads which rise slightly into the Bavarian Alps themselves are a little windy for a lot of kids but you will find the views and slight change in culture rewarding if this is not an issue.
The Moosal Valley Road trip Follows the Rhine River where a lot of the populated centres are. The upper Rhine is where you will find many of the great castles.
Even more kid friendly is the journey between Freiburg and Lake Titisee which is known as the Black Forest Road (Schwarzwald in Germain). A popular family activity here is to visit Belchen, mountain and look down upon the the Rhine. You could spend days exploring the beauty of this place and the lakes by Schluchsee which have a similar family friendly vibe.
Around Berlin enjoy a children's puppet show, visit the huge natural history museum, and take a dip in the outside pools.
This overview of Berlin shows a lot of family friendly activities in Berlin. Of course each individual parent set will need to make up their own minds is visiting something like the holocaust memorials is appropriate for their family.
The Puppentheater Firlefanz is an extremely kid friendly puppet theatre awakens the imagination with its extraordinary puppets and marionettes. Fairy tales, and all the old classics are re enacted with such an entertaining style even the adults are sure to leave impressed.
You can hire a car but trains are pretty efficient in Germany. Kids will love the rail network and getting around in this way - after all it is the efficient German way. If you do find the somewhat pricey tickets a bit rich to take than the German road network is obviously first class, and you are not forced to take the high speed autobahns, with lots of byways available.
If your kids are fussy eaters get ready for a reprieve. Kid friendly small goods and meats are common even at breakfast. Our little one loves fermented products like sauerkraut because we had a probiotic rich fermented vegetable business when she was younger. Germany is renowned for its Sauerkraut, and it has been a staple here since Genghis Kahn brought it in from workers on the Great Wall of China. Make sure yours has the live culture for maximum benefit. German breads are rich and hearty and you will also find a good range of desserts.
While we have our own ideas of what makes for a great family vacation to Europe which we think is objective and adaptable to different families, TripAdvisor also has some great inspiration which we have checked out when planning our European vacation. Check out the Awards here: Best Family Friendly Vacations - Europe.