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1. Posted by TikiTouringTwin (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi there!

I am mum to toddler twins, law student and travel blogger.

We are going to embark on a travel adventure to Europe and I'd love to hear what your favourite places to travel with young children is...and why?

Follow us on our adventures :)

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Sep-2017, at 14:45 by TikiTouringTwin ]

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 771 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

You need a space for them where they can safely run around and won't bother too many people if they are loud. Keep in mind that this stage only lasts a couple of years and you can add layers of complexity as they get older. Just make sure that they are fed and rested. A hungry toddler is a cranky toddler.

The beach is always good
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/feb/13/beaches-villas-apartments-europe-mediterranean

..especially if the name of it is Baby Beach (there are a couple of these in the Caribbean - don't know about Europe).

Also parks like the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in London or Luxenborg Gardens in Paris. And a zoo is always a good bet. Any place with animals like a farm or even an aquarium

Short rides on different types of vehicles - trains, trams, funiculars

As they get older, you can add museums like a natural history museum with buttons to push although at first they won't wait to hear the whole message that they get.

When they get a little older you can assign them something to find in a museum or something to draw (like the pattern on the floor of St. Peters)

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Sep-2017, at 06:26 by greatgrandmaR ]

3. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I am italian so....well...lol...Italy is a great place to visit of course!
With that said, i used to live in the Uk and it is a great country to spend some time in. There are always plenty attractions and events for children during weekends, so highly recommended.

4. Posted by goodfish (Budding Member 127 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I don't think the question is about what to DO with very young children - zoos and parks are a given anywhere at all - as much as which countries/cities are easiest to manage with strollers (push chairs) and whatnot, which are most tolerant of small folks, and which offer enough for ALL of you to do. Places with lots of steep hills and steps are obviously going to be a bigger challenge than those with more level terrain, and those offering widespread train travel - thus eliminating the need for carseats - may be a plus as well. Having to manage two toddlers PLUS luggage PLUS strollers is going to be more than plenty.

It also depends on what the grownups want to do and see on their holiday? You may be museum versus beach people, or city versus country folks. Little people are generally fine as long as (a) Mum and Dad are within view, (b) their scheduled needs for food, active play and rest are accommodated, and (c) they aren't completely overrun and overwhelmed by the tourist mobs at the Top 10 attractions during high season. Not just the place but time of year and your own wish list of attractions can make a big difference as far as their comfort.

You may want to post your question on several travel forums as I get the feeling (maybe incorrectly) that not many TP forum responders are in your position currently or have traveled with very young children recently.

puppa17 mentioned Italy? Based on what I've observed myself and reports from the parents of toddlers, little people are ROCK STARS in Italy. I've never been anywhere that they haven't been welcomed and made over. Very posh restaurants might be the exception but we don't go to any of those anyway. As said above, though, I wouldn't, say, take them through the Vatican Museums for hours in the heat and crowds of July, or try to manage strollers in the Cinque Terre with an accommodation up many steps in the villages' hills.

So you might want to start with what YOU would like to see and do on your holiday, and try to match that with locations/times of year that would be most pleasant for your children as well?

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Sep-2017, at 16:45 by goodfish ]

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 771 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Ok -specifics

My sister met me in Spain with her baby who was a year old but not walking. She was much admired in Spain. My sister flew to meet me - she said in Germany, the flight attendant would offer to carry the diaper bag. In Spain, they would carry the baby. So I think Spain would also be welcoming to children. We went to a bullfight with her because we were there on a holiday and almost everything else was closed.We also had a good time in Portugal and just carried the baby along with us.

My daughter lived in Cheltenham for awhile and her sister visited with two children - a son age 4 and a daughter age 1. The son liked the transportation museum, they went to see the changing of the guard and the daughter liked Diana's Playground and also chasing the pigeons in Trafalgar Square. When the sisters were together, sometimes the resident sister (who had already been there would sit outside (like outside the Tower of London with the ravens) and the visiting sister would take the tour to see the Crown Jewels. We went to the British Museum and they were having a Roman Day outside on the lawn with sword fights and even a live horse. I saw lots of children there. Although one of the girls said that people would give them the stink eye when she was traveling with a toddler girl.

When I was traveling with little ones (mine were not twins but were 2 years apart), I had a double stroller for the paved places (like Disneyland), but the children were perfectly capable of walking and climbing when we took them places like Yosemite. So don't underestimate what they are capable of doing.