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Family City Breaks in Europe

We’re big fans of city breaks in Europe with kids – they’re a great way of keeping our broods entertained between proper family holidays, especially with the ever-growing network of low-cost flights (though we love to take the train where possible – ParisBrussels and now Amsterdam are very easy with Eurostar).

We’ve hand-picked the best city accommodation in Europe for families, whether you want to immerse the kids in history in Rome or Berlin, or take a short break to child-friendly Dublin – to name just some of our favourite destinations. Some recommendations are luxury hotels with family amenities, including swimming pools for cooling down or letting off steam after sightseeing. Others are apartments handy for (but not limited to) longer stays, offering greater space plus cooking facilities. Some combine the best of both worlds – ‘apart-hotels’ or hotels that include apartments, giving you the flexibility to self cater in addition to hotel amenities.

Many of our recommendations are outside cities but within easy reach of them, which can be useful for those on a budget as well as better for those who prefer a quieter location. Many are campsites or holiday villages – those taking the kids to Venice, for instance, often stay at nearby campsites and take the waterbus into the city.

Lastly, some of the bast family short breaks combine a few days in a city with a themepark trip. Some of our favourite city and themepark breaks are:
Paris and Disneyland Paris.
• Barcelona and Portaventura World.
Copenhagen and the Tivoli Gardens.

See our tips on family city breaks.


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Adagio Aparthotel Haussmann Champs Elysees

Spacious apartments with a kitchen area and comfy beds, just a stone's throw from the Champs-Elysées and walking distance to many attractions in Paris.

Hotel Novotel Brussels off Grand'Place

Central location in Brussels offering a quiet night's sleep, with spacious family rooms.

Martinhal Cascais

A chic modern family resort close to the Portuguese capital, with childcare from 6 months to 17 years and lots of organised excursions.

Adagio Aparthotel Montmartre

Located in the heart of Paris, with a small courtyard for the kids to play in, a car park if you a driving and apartments with all the basics you need for a city break.

The Mark Luxury Hotel

A plush hotel in the city centre, catering especially well for families with young children.

Hotel Reykjavík Centrum

A quirky city hotel in a very handy location in the old town area of Reykjavík, built on the remains of historical artefacts and with it's own museum.

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Adagio Aparthotel Paris Val d'Europe

Self-catering apartments a short hop from Disneyland Paris and within easy reach of the city centre too.

The Merrion Hotel

A family-friendly five-star hotel in the city centre, with an indoor pool, a spa and a garden.

Adagio Aparthotel Paris Opera

A new Aparthotel near shops, museums and Opera houses

Renaissance Amsterdam

A 5-star hotel with contemporary family rooms in the heart of Amsterdam.

Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch®

Unwind in this quaint rustic landscape in your very own self-catering woodland cabin, just a 15-minute drive from Disneyland Paris.

Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie

Centrally located apartments in Berlin, each with kitchenette plus an indoor pool for all to use.

Hotel St. James & Albany

A charming 4-star hotel in the heart of Paris, family-friendly and suitable for young kids.

Algonquin’s Explorers Hotel

Pirate-themed hotel with indoor pools, jungle-inspired indoor adventure playground and free shuttle bus to Disneyland Paris.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

A luxurious, centrally located hotel with a gorgeous roof bar and access to the swimming pool at a neighbouring hotel.

9Hotel Cesari

A small, friendly, boutique hotel close the main sites in Rome, with a rooftop breakfast area from where you enjoy the views whilst indulging in a traditional Italian breakfast.

Adagio Aparthotel Annecy Centre

Haute Savoie
Comfortable holiday apartments in historic Annecy, with slopes close by.

Boscolo New York Palace

Luxury central hotel ideal for families in Budapest, with a cafe voted the 'best in the world!'

Rome Cavalieri

A luxurious 5-star family-friendly hotel in Italy's capital city with spa for parents and pizza making and gladiator lessons for kids.

Aparthotel Adagio Basel City

A self-catering complex in the heart of Basel with air-conditioned apartments sleeping a family of four.