Is travelling to Europe really worth a long haul flight with kids? Yes! There are many family friendly cities in Europe. Here are four to get you started:
Paris is one of my favourite cities in the world with many reasons to visit as a family.
• Paris Metro (city train) – Every building in Paris is within close proximity of a Metro station, which makes it really easy to get to all attractions and is the perfect solution for tired little legs!
• Museums – Paris has amazing Museums. If taking the kids to The Louvre or Musee D’Orsay feels overwhelming try Musee Rodin with beautiful sculptures (including the famous The Thinker) located in an outdoor setting where kids can run around. Many have FREE ENTRY on the 1st Sunday of the month.
• Parks – The best parks to visit are Jardin du Luxembourg – kids can sail boats on ponds, see a puppet show or sculptures, ride ponies or simply play; Jardin des Tuileries – located between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde – the largest garden in Paris (25.5 hectares) complete with sculptures, playgrounds, pony rides, trampoline park, toy boat sailing and more.
• Eating Out – If you see a kids menu it will be kids sized portions of an adult meal (escargot not chicken nuggets!), however there is plenty that children will enjoy even if all they eat is Croque-Monsieur (toasted ham and cheese sandwich)
If you tire of history and culture there is always Paris Disneyland!
Prague is a city that inspires fairy tales and has lots on offer for children.
• Prague Castle – is lovely to explore. Children enjoy the changing of the guard (hourly at gates or midday in the courtyard) and there is a Toy Museum on the grounds (additional charge).
• Petrin Hill – offers spectacular views over Prague. Children will enjoy the Funicular ride up and the Mirror Maze.
• Prague Zoo – a lovely day trip and located only 3km from the city. Easily reached by bus.
• Astronomical Clock – one of the most popular attractions in Prague this huge Medieval clock puts on a wonderful display hourly with wooden figurines.
• National Marionette Theatre – Marionettes are a big part of Czech culture and this is a fabulous place to see them in action. There is also a great museum to see them up close.