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Best Family Vacations in Europe

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From Colosseum-touring in Rome to playing soccer in Madrid, Europe features something for travelers of all ages and interests. To help guide you to a European locale that offers a winning mix of family-friendly attractions and affordable hotels, as well as high approval among travelers and experts, U.S. News editors ranked the top 15 places to visit across the continent. Vote for your favorite spots below, and get inspired to plan your next trip.

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#1 London

#1 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

From the London Zoo and the London Dungeon to Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station and the London Eye, this city captivates its visitors. London is known for its high price tags, but you can find budget-friendly lodging at chain hotels or vacation rentals, and you can easily move around the city using the affordable London Underground. Read More »

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#2 Rome

#2 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

In Rome, you and your kids can form lifelong memories as you brush up on ancient history at the Colosseum and the Pantheon. And with plenty of piazzas for kids to roam and kid-friendly museums to tour – plus tasty pizza, pasta and gelato to sample – Rome is an educational and crowd-pleasing city to explore at any age. Read More »

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#3 Barcelona

#3 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

Barcelona is known for its nightlife, but there are several reasons for families to visit. Gaudí's artwork in Park Güell is sure to impress, as are the street performances along Las Ramblas. Plus, families can always head to the beach for some outdoor fun or watch a soccer game at Camp Nou stadium. Read More »

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#4 Amsterdam

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Families will find loads of kid-friendly attractions in Amsterdam, including VondelPark, ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo and Zandvoort beach. Opportunities for learning abound at the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum as well. And thanks to the city's bike-friendly atmosphere, families can cycle around town and soak up the culture and scenery on a bike tour. Read More »

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#5 Florence

#5 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

This beautiful Italian city offers an array of attractions that appeal to visitors of all ages. When the kiddos get weary of museum-hopping through the Uffizi Gallery, take them for a stroll along the scenic Ponte Vecchio or follow your taste buds to a gelato shop. The antique carousel in Piazza della Repubblica is a perennial family favorite, too. Read More »

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#6 Paris

#6 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

With iconic landmarks and kid-friendly attractions like the Centre Pompidou and the Jardin de Luxembourg, the City of Light offers a fun and enriching vacation experience. And let's not forget the Eiffel Tower, which is sure to delight children as it lights up at night. Disneyland Paris is also a popular attraction for visiting families. Read More »

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#7 Prague

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Prague's fairy-tale setting leaves a lasting impression on its visitors. Kids will get a kick out of seeing the bizarre-looking Dancing House and exploring Prague Castle. The unique marionette shops of Prague will no doubt intrigue kids as well. Meanwhile, parents will love the city's cultural heritage, tasty beer and reasonable price tags. Read More »

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#8 Vienna

#8 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

If your kids appreciate music or play an instrument, they'll be enchanted by Vienna's House of Music museum, which highlights works from the city's famous musicians, including Mozart and Schubert. The attraction offers interactive exhibits that kids love. Vienna is also home to Wiener Prater, a large public park that features an amusement park with several rides. Read More »

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#9 Dublin

#9 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

As one of the most walkable cities in Europe, families will find this destination convenient above all else. What's more, its lush pastures, including St. Stephen's Green, Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo, provide a relaxing respite from city expeditions. Kids will also get a kick out of sightseeing on the part-land, part-water Viking Splash Tours. Read More »

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#10 Berlin

#10 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

A history-laden city overflowing with museums, monuments and plenty of bratwurst, Berlin attracts visitors of all ages. Families will especially enjoy exploring the nearly 520-acre Tiergarten park and Zoo Berlin, home to more than 19,000 animals. Read More »

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#11 Stockholm

#11 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

You don't have to be an urban sophisticate to appreciate Stockholm. Sweden's capital offers a wealth of museums, as well as Skansen (an open-air museum that features a zoo and an aquarium). To save money, take public transportation. Read More »

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#12 Madrid

#12 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

Madrid hosts some of the most kid-friendly attractions in Europe, including the Casa de Campo, where families can take advantage of the Madrid Zoo and the Parque de Atracciones de Madrid amusement park. Plan on a soccer match at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium or a tour of the Royal Palace. Read More »

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#13 Budapest

#13 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

Filled with historical monuments, cultural museums, thermal baths and lush parks, Budapest has many options for families year-round. Plus, public transportation and affordable hotels and dining venues make this an ideal vacation spot for travelers of all ages. Read More »

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#14 Swiss National Park

#14 in Best Family Vacations in Europe

Families who love the great outdoors will enjoy exploring Swiss National Park. There are several family-friendly hikes, including one with interactive stations about bears. Plan to stop by the visitors center to learn about the park's offerings and pick up a trail map. Keep in mind, camping in the park isn't allowed, so you'll need to book a nearby hotel.

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#15 Scottish Highlands

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Stretching across more than 11,000 square miles of land, the Scottish Highlands is one of Mother Nature's most impressive feats. Families can explore the geographical beauty of this area during hikes through evergreen glens and along rugged coastlines and beaches. Fans of the "Harry Potter" series should consider a ride on the Jacobite steam train, which runs along the Glenfinnan viaduct; they'll recognize it as the Hogwarts Express. Read More »

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