which place to go with kids?

May 28th, 2007, 06:03 PM
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which place to go with kids?

my husband has some work meetings scheduled in Europe for September and my daughter who will be almost 2 and I are going along.
He has to visit most of these places.We were going to choose a toddler friendly place to stay and hubby will commute via Eurorail for his meetings.Which of these places would you say is the most kid friendly and which would be the least.additional information on travel to Europe with toddlers would be very appreciated! here are the sites:
Louven,Belgium
Paris, france
Vienna, Austria
Wurzburg, Germany
Groningen, Netherlands.

many thanks in advance.
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May 29th, 2007, 01:00 AM
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Well my vote would be for Groningen (no surprise there then!). It is a small manageable city, where most peope will speak English. Like most of the Nehterlands it is also very bikeable, so you could hire a bike with a child seat to enable you to get around a bit whilst your husband is travelling. Although it is way up in the North which means getting to Amsterdam for instance takes 2 and a half hours by train, it is surrounded by lovely countryside, is close to Friesland, which is my favourite province, and you get get across to the Islands easliy, or go into Germany. I think you would enjoy it, and your toddler would have no problems there.
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May 29th, 2007, 05:22 AM
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Here are pros and cons that I can think of if you were to choose Paris as your base.
Pro
- I don't know how long you are staying, bou will never run out of things to do. It will be a great place for YOU to visit. Food in Paris is also great.
- It would be probably more convenient for your husband since he is more likely to find direct flights to most places he needs to go to from Paris, and train trips might also be more convenient (you should check though).
- Paris is a very child-friendly city. It has many beautiful parks and lots of great playgrounds (big and small). September would be a great time to visit, but that would also apply to the other cities you are asking about.

Con
- Although I said Paris is a child-friendly city, if you were to use the metro as your main mode of transportation, you should be prepared to carry your stroller up and down flights of stairs. You will find escalators some of the time, not always. Two ways to get around this issue; you can bring a light umbrella stroller, and/or you can also use the bus system, which is more stroller-friendly and has a spot for kids on strollers. Strollers should be no problem in the rest of the city. (A family member recently did a 10-day trip with a toddler and she did exactly that, to use an umbrella stroller, and had no problem.)

May I suggest that all the places on your list have normal people living there with their own toddlers and they manage just fine, and that you should perhaps decide where YOU would like to be based and not worry so much about choosing the most toddler-friendly city. Factors like convenience for your husband's work, cost, what you'd like to get out of this experience, etc., should be given much more consideration than whether the city is toddler-friendly because I think your kid will be just fine in any of these places.
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May 29th, 2007, 06:57 AM
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The cities you mention are all very different and are a fair distace apart. "Commuting" from Paris to Vienna by rail is not an option.

Europe is generally kid friendly.

Personally I would pick Paris. Leuven would keep you amused for about a day.

Vienna is too far away.
Groinigen is also bit far away for your husband to commute to if you are to use it as a base - its about 2.5 hours from Schipol/Amsterdam.

Würzburg is geographically cental enough, but its well over an hour to Frankfurt which would be the hub for your husband.

Therefore I pick Paris - enough to keep you amused and good transportation links for your husband.
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May 29th, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Having visited Paris when my kids were ages five months to eight years-old, that is where I would go. Wonderful kid friendly places to play and eat, fairly easy to get around, and so many things to do. As for the stroller and the Metro, some stollers have straps that allow you to carry it like a backpack when it is folded up. That is what we use. Also, having the stoller will allow you to "cut" in line. Each time we were in a long line at the Louvre, D'Orsay, etc., someone with security walked up to us and escorted us directly inside. A great way to limit the wait.
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