Best Places for Family Vacations in Europe

Traveling well with children requires preparation and patience, but it also helps if you're traveling to a kid-friendly destination. Look for the Scottish city of St. Andrews, Germany's Bavarian Alps, and The Dolomites in Italy among the top family-friendly vacation spots rated by Fodor's travelers. Read on for a list of Europe's best places to travel with kids.

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    St. Andrews »

    St. Andrews

    It may have a ruined cathedral and a grand university—the oldest in Scotland—but the modern claim to fame for St. Andrews is mainly its status as the home of golf. Forget that Scottish kings were crowned here, or that John Knox preached here, or that Reformation... Read more

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    The Southwest »

    The Southwest

    Ever since Killarney was first "discovered" by William Thackeray and Sir Walter Scott, visitors have been searching for superlatives to describe the deep blue lakes, dark green forests, and purple mountainsides of this romantic region. Perhaps it was no... Read more

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    Iceland »

    Iceland

    Iceland is one of the most dramatic natural spectacles on the planet. It is a land of dazzling white glaciers and black sands, blue hot springs, rugged lava fields, and green, green valleys. This North Atlantic island offers insight into the ferocious... Read more

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    Luxembourg City »

    Luxembourg City

    The capital, perched on a bluff at the confluence of the Pétrusse and Alzette rivers, goes by the same name as the country—Lëtzebuerg in Luxembourgish. When Luxembourgers themselves refer to visiting the capital, they merely say they are going en ville... Read more

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    İzmir »

    İzmir

    Izmir may not have immediate appeal, but if you take a few days to explore, you'll come to appreciate the diverse architecture, fascinating ruins, and interesting museums that give this coastal Turkish city its edge. Despite the rapid growth of the past... Read more

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    The Bavarian Alps »

    The Bavarian Alps

    Fir-clad mountains, rocky peaks, lederhosen, and geranium-covered houses: the Bavarian Alps come closest to what many of us envision as "Germany." Quaint towns full of frescoed half-timber houses covered in snow pop up among the mountain peaks and shimmering... Read more

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    Eastern Alps »

    Eastern Alps

    The whole Eastern Alps region is dramatic countryside, with breathtaking scenery and great winter sports equal to those in Switzerland. Here majestic peaks, many well over 9,750 feet, soar above slow-moving glaciers that give way to sweeping Alpine meadows... Read more

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    Peloponnese »

    Peloponnese

    Hanging like a large leaf from the stem of the Corinthian Isthmus, the Peloponnese region of Greece has also been called Morea, which means mulberry leaf. This slight botanical variance is nothing compared to the bewildering variety of imposing ruins... Read more

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    Costa del Sol and Costa de Almería »

    Costa del Sol and Costa de Almería

    With an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, the Costa del Sol well deserves its name, "the Sunshine Coast." It's no wonder much of the coast has been built up with resorts and high-rise hotels. Don't despair, though; you can still find some classic... Read more

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    The Dolomites »

    The Dolomites

    The Dolomites, the inimitable craggy peaks Le Corbusier called "the most beautiful work of architecture ever seen," are never so arresting as at dusk, when the last rays of sun create a pink hue that languishes into purple—locals call this magnificent... Read more

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    Cinque Terre »

    Cinque Terre
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    Provence »

    Provence

    As you approach Provence there's a magical moment when you finally leave the north behind: cypresses and red-tile roofs appear; you hear the screech of cicadas and breathe the scent of wild thyme and lavender. Along the highway, oleanders bloom against... Read more

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    Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England »

    Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England

    The lyricism of England's geographical heartland is found in the remote, half-timber market towns of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Shropshire, and in the bucolic villages of Warwickshire. It melts away around the edges of Birmingham—England’s second... Read more

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    Salzburg »

    Salzburg

    Art lovers call Salzburg the Golden City of High Baroque; historians refer to it as the Florence of the North or the German Rome; and, of course, music lovers know it as the birthplace of one of the world's most beloved composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart... Read more

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    The Rhineland »

    The Rhineland

    The banks of the Rhine are crowned by magnificent castle after castle and by breathtaking, vine-terraced hills that provide the livelihood for many of the villages hugging the shores. In the words of French poet Victor Hugo, "The Rhine combines everything... Read more

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