Top European City Breaks With Kids

Little boy leaning in to water fountain in Cambrils, Spain

We’ve never really been the type of family to go on a package holiday and sit on a beach or by a hotel pool for 2 weeks.  We prefer to go to places where we can explore and experience a bit of culture.  I’ve started looking into doing some European city breaks as a family and thought I’d share with you these favourites from my fellow bloggers.

Krakow (Poland)

Lauren from visited Krakow in Poland with her son who was 2 years old at the time.  This is one of the cities that we are interested in visiting so I was pleased to hear they enjoyed it so much they are planning a return visit.  The main square has loads of reasonably priced places to stay so you can be within easy walking distance of everything.  The city is quite compact so its easy to get from one place to another or just enjoy soaking up the atmosphere in the main square.   It’s also fairly cheap in Poland so your trip shouldn’t break the bank.  Lauren highly recommends using Polskibus to travel around if you want to visit different areas.

St Mary's Basilica in Krakow Poland
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Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Jennifer who blogs at recommends visiting Dubrovnik.  Now I must admit I’ve never heard of it so had to look it up!  Dubrovnik is on the South coast in Croatia and looks stunning.  It’s best known for its distinctive Old Town which is surrounded by a stone wall built in the 16th century.  Jennifer recommends visiting the island of Lokram and swimming in its own dead sea as being one of the highlights of her family’s trip.

Kids exploring Dubrovnik in Croatia
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Lisbon (Portugal)

Jenny who writes one of my favourite family travel blogs has recommended Lisbon.  Having read her blog post all about her family trip there I can see why! Lisbon has loads of pedestrianised squares which are ideal for enjoying a drink or a meal and letting the kids run around and explore.  I love cities like this where you can really relax and soak up the atmosphere knowing the kids are safe.  The heart of the old town at Comercio Plaza seems to be the place to be for enjoying a good meal.  Lisbon is home to one of the best Oceanariums in the world as well Pavilhao Do Conhecimento which is a fantastic family science museum.  Public transport to get around is really easy to use.  It’s worth getting a Lisboa Card which gives you free bus, metro and tram travel for 24, 48 or 72 hours.  It also gives you discount on lots of places to visit. 

Children playing in the town square in Lisbon
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Bruges (Belgium)

Eliza recommended Bruges to us after she took her young family on a short trip there and really enjoyed it.  Like many places in Europe the market square tends to be the heart of the city and a great place to enjoy a meal and some people watching.  Bruges is full of history and feels like stepping back to medieval times.  There are plenty of historical buildings to discover including the Belfry Of Bruges and Basilica Of The Holy Blood.  The Historium is a great museum for learning more about the local history but be warned it isn’t suitable for pushchairs so you may need a baby carrier.  Eliza blogs at

Bruges market square
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Barcelona (Spain)

Having visited Barcelona myself as a child I wasn’t at all suprised when several other family travel bloggers recommended it.  Barcelona is a stunning city with so much to see.  It’s a huge city so you will need to use public transport to get around but this is easy enough to do.  Of course La Sagrada Familia is probably one of the most well known historical buildings in the world and well worth a visit.  For kids the Barcelona Zoo or Aquarium are big hits as well as Camp Nou (Barcelona’s football stadium) for any football fans.  I love to stroll along Las Ramblas and people watch.  The Magic Fountain of Montjuic is also a spectacular site.

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Delft (Holland)

Alana who blogs at recommended Delft in Holland as a fab place to visit.  The photos of all the lovely little canals look stunning!  The main square is often filled with the sound of music and a market.  There are tourist cruiser boats so you can enjoy a trip along the canal or wave to them as they pass.  The ice cream is apparently good in the main square as well!

canals in Delft (holland)
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Gothenburg (Sweden)

Gothenburg isn’t somewhere I would have ever thought of visiting but it’s a place with a fantastic number of museums suitable for families.  Jenni from says Varldskulturmuseet (or World Cultures Museum) is one of the best.  They spent all day there and returned on another day as it was so good.  The Maritime Museum Sjofartsmuseet also is a huge hit for families.  The ground floor has an aquarium.  The other 2 levels have lots of hands-on activities, a ship simulator and two children’s galleries.  There are loads of other fab places to visit in this city.  I highly recommend checking out Jenni’s blog post for more fab ideas.

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Rome (Italy)

Carrie from has visited several places in Italy including Rome.  The Gladiator School experience which includes entrance to the Gladiator School of Rome Museum sounds fab.  A pizza making tour and taste testing plenty of gelato ice cream also sounds right up my street.  Of course the Colosseum amphitheatre doesn’t need any introduction.  It’s a must visit when in Rome.

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There are so many incredible cities to discover across Europe.  My list of places to add to our bucket list just keeps getting longer and longer!  If you have any others to add let me know in the comments.

8 Comments on “Top European City Breaks With Kids”

  1. Great post! Love this – will be saving as we’re hopefully going to make lots of trips next the future- fingers crossed!

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