The world is a big place, but still some cities set themselves apart from the rest; they are beautiful and full of culture and history. Make your family vacation this year unforgettable and visit as many places as possible from the list of top 10 places to visit that follows.
1. New York City
New York hosts the most renowned statue in the world – the Statue of Liberty. For a fun and unforgettable experience, get the ferry ride, climb the 393 steps and then you’ll find yourselves looking at New York from the crown of the statue. Don’t forget to visit the Central park if you choose this destination; but be careful, the park is huge and you might end up spending an entire day visiting it. As an educational and relaxing activity for the whole family, you can buy tickets to a Broadway show and enjoy theatre at its best.
Paris is not only a romantic city that all the freshly married couples visit, but it is an ideal destination for a family vacation as well. When you think of Paris, the first attraction that comes in mind is the Eiffel Tower. Climb more than 1600 stairs to reach the top of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the view; your legs might hurt but it will all be worth it. Also, you can’t go to Paris without visiting the Louvre; but be prepared to spend two or three days here because it’s huge and seeing everything in it takes time.
Barcelona is the most colorful destination in the list by far, being a fun destination for children. Here you can visit the Guell Park, CosmoCaixa, the Museum of Ideas and Inventions and the Fountain of Montjuic. For the children the most fun will most probably by the CosmoCaixa because it’s an interactive science museum. The adults can relax and enjoy the soothing music and view by visiting the Fountain of Monjuic when the sun sets; the dancing fountain will provide you with unforgettable memories.
Vienna is more cultural and serious city, but it isn’t tedious for the children because of its beauty. Here you can enjoy the famous Vienna Orchestra at Haus der Musik and visit such marvelous places like the Belvedere, the Zoom Cildren’s Museum, the Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
The Irish are happy people who will certainly have you all smiling. Dublin is a live and colorful city, filled with joy and beauty. While visiting Dublin, it is mandatory to visit the Dublin Zoo, the National Museum of Ireland-Natural History and Kilmainham Gaol. The Kilmainham Gaol might seem a bit dark as a choice for a family vacation, but this old jail is filled with history and shouldn’t be ignored; after all, nothing bad is going to happen if you enter it, but if you don’t you will surely regret.
London is filled with beauty and history. If you’re lucky and visit when the weather is good, take your time and walk around this magnificent city, take pictures and have a good time with the family. In London you get to see iconic attractions like the Big Ben, the London Bridge, the Tower of London and Madame Tussaud’s. But there are other lesser known attractions to visit while you stay in London. The ones that are passionate about history can visit the Museum of London, while Potter fanatics can go on the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios tour.
Florence is a city famous for its fine art and fine dining. While in Florence you can go for souvenir shopping from the Ponte Vecchio, have the kids live like a member of the Medici for a day at the Palazzo Vecchio or admire the masters –Rubens, Caravaggio, Raphael and Michelangelo- by going to the Uffizi Gallery Museum.
Amsterdam offers fun family activities such as bike riding or going on a boat. There is more to this city than the red light district, just give it a chance and see for yourself. While in Amsterdam, visit the NEMO Science Museum to have family fun for members of all ages. Also, the Van Gogh Museum and a trip to Keukenhof are enjoyable places for the whole family. The Anne Frank Museum is a place that you must visit, but only if the children are old enough to appreciate the history behind this museum.
Gelato, pizza and gladiators – Rome has everything a person could ask from a holiday destination. It’s filled with beautiful historical buildings and the food is amazing. The mandatory objectives in Rome are the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and the Trevi Fountain. Take your time and don’t rush into seeing everything in one day; Rome wasn’t built in a day, therefore you can’t discover all it has to offer in a day.
Munich is the place to be if you want everyone to enjoy themselves. The Bavarian capital is filled with handcrafted toys for the kids to enjoy and handcrafted beers for the adults to have fun and let loose. Keep the children entertained by taking them to the Munich Zoo and let them ride camels and ponies. Other places to visit while you’re in Munich are the Toy Museum, the Neuschwanstein Castle and Obletter Spielwarme.