What do you do when you’re planning a trip, and everyone in the family wants to do something different? You find a place that easily caters to all of their interests at the same time. There are eight cities in Europe that have something for everyone, regardless of your age, activity levels, or interests. Keep these top cities in mind as you plan your next big adventure.
Known best for its scenic canals and quaint village setting, you may be surprised to find out that Amsterdam has something to offer all ages and interests. Touring the canals alone can keep you occupied for a whole day.
History buffs will love touring the Anne Frank House and learning about World War II as they explore the Jewish Quarter, while art loverswill flock to theVan Gogh Museum for original paintings that can’t be missed. Young scientists can get hands-on experience in a chemistry lab at the Nemo Science Museum, as well as play with a bubble display.
Finally, if you want time to be active, (aside from the walking you’ll do) there are many parks to explore and bike paths to cycle. But what will captivate everyone? If you’re visiting in the spring, no trip to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to Keukenhoft to see the thousands of tulips in bloom.
No “best places to travel” list would be complete without Rome. Foodies will love traveling from shop to shop, tasting gelato, pasta, pizza and other delicious Italian fare, paired with some of the best wine in the world.
If food is what you came for, you can book a food tour to taste and cook your way through the city. If history is more your thing, don’t miss a trip to the Colosseum and the Pantheon. You could also throw in a day trip to Pompeii to visit the ruins. Rome is truly a history lover’s delight.
London should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Whether you’re seeking family-friendly attractions, physical challenges, or want to get up close and personal with the rich history, there is something for everyone.
Children and adults alike find themselves captivated by the traditional changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. The famous London Eye provides breathtaking panoramic views of the city. And don’t forget bike your way through the city once or twice during your stay because a 2017 report found that London is the number one bike-friendly city in Europe.
Long considered the beer capital of the world, Munich also inspires visions of castles, handmade toys, and the 100+-year-oldGlockenspiel chime, representative of the Bavarian charm that permeates through the city. History lovers will appreciate the beautiful St. Peter’s Church, which is more than 1,000 years old. There’s even a tower that visitors can climb providing amazing panoramic views of the city and will give the fitness buffs in the family a great workout.
Kids of all ages will love a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, which is said to be the castle that inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. For the foodies and beer lovers, be sure to check out Hirschgarten where you can find beer, sausages, strudel, and other traditional Bavarian fare. If you’re a sports fan, you can also catch the latest football game on screen here.
For the budget savvy traveler, Prague is the place to go. It’s considered one of the least expensive places to visit in Europe, so you can do your fair share of exploring here without breaking the bank. The famous Prague Castle, recognized by the Guinness Book of Records, is the largest castle complex in the world.
History seekers will love that this, and many other buildings, date back to the 13th century and earlier.
“Because Prague wasn’t severely damaged during WWII, many of its most impressive historical buildings remain intact today,” says Diana Bocco with TheCultureTrip.com.“While many major European capitals were rebuilt and destroyed during the 17th and 18th centuries, Prague’s buildings were left untouched.”
Rich with history, Dublin is also perfect for nature lovers and sightseers with its lush, rolling pastures and parks. St. Stephen’s Green is one of the most popular in the area and if you want to spend a low-key day outside with a picnic lunch, this is your place. Dublin Zoo will appeal to the younger crowd, while the grown-ups will enjoy experiencing traditional Irish Pubs.
To get your history fix, don’t miss the famous Book of Kells at Trinity College. Make sure you get tickets for this ahead of time because they sell out fast.
Sweden is considered one of the most eco-friendly cities in the world and offers a little bit for everyone. You can indulge in sophisticated clothing and furniture stores as well as marvels of nature, like Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum featuring a zoo and an aquarium, according to their website.
If you prefer more physical activity on your trips, take a dip in one of the many city-centre swimming areas, considered to be some of the cleanest waters you’ll ever find. Stockholm Old Town and the Stockholm Cathedral will satisfy the history buffs, with buildings dating back to the 13th Century. The ideal way to get a grasp of Stockholm is to join one of the free walking tours the city has to offer.
Most people think of the world-famous Swiss chocolate when they think of Zurich, but there’s so much more to taste and to experience in this European city. Be sure to try an internationally acclaimed Swiss Macaron and sample the many confectioneries while you’re doing a food tour.
For the history obsessed, you’ll find amazing ancient architecture dating back to medieval times. The Historic Centre is the hub for these impressive churches and houses, along with ancient cobblestone streets. If you’re a sports fan, you can’t miss the FIFA World Football Museum. Wrap up your trip to Zurich with a swim in beautiful Lake Zurich or the River Lammit.
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