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Travelling with the family

It's a perennial problem for parents: where to take the kids for a tantrum-free break? Fortunately, Sarah Tucker, author of Have Toddler Will Travel, has chosen her top cities for families with kids of all ages.

Featured February 12 Words by Sarah Tucker
Travelling with the family


Location Small, perfectly formed and largely pedestrianised, this city is easy to explore and buggy-friendly.

Attractions The Children's Museum (nationalmuseet.dk) lets kids play with the exhibits, while the petting area at København Zoo (zoo.dk), the delights of Tivoli Gardens (tivoli.dk) and, if you can stand the pester power, the giant LEGO store (37 Vimmelskaftet) are all wonderful for under-eights.

Stay Avenue Hotel (avenuehotel.dk) has excellent family rooms, gardens, sandpit, toys and mini library.


Location Canal tours, museums and indoor activities make this the perfect city for kids, even on rainy days.

Attractions Check out the Gordon the Warden trail at the Rijksmuseum (rijksmuseum.nl), designed specifically for six to nines, then hit the TunFun Speelpark (tunfun.nl) for indoor active play, or let them take charge of cooking at The Kinderkookkafe (Children's Cook Café, kinderkookkafe.nl) in the city's green Vondelpark.

Stay Forget landlubbing - kids will love the novelty of a stay on the canals, so choose a houseboat (houseboathotel.nl).


Location A combination of outdoor tours and off-kilter museums mean this smart, stylish city will hold teens' goldfish-like attention span.

Attractions Segway is the way to sightsee with teens this year (segway-vienna.at). Take them to the Spanish Riding School (srs.at), visit the Bestattungsmuseum (Funeral Museum, bestattungwien.at) or, for in-line skating, head to Donauinsel (Danube Island, wien-vienna.com).

Stay They'll love the quirky, retro-mixed- with-modern design of 25 Hours Hotel Spectacle (25hours-hotel.com).

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