European cities for 3-4 week stay

Old Sep 1st, 2022, 12:13 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 33
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
European cities for 3-4 week stay

Hi all,

I am looking for suggestions for European cities that would be suited for a 3-4 week stay for a family with 2 young kids. Main things would be reasonable walkability and/or public transport, enough things to keep us adults interested, good green spaces and playgrounds/activities for young kids plus some a few easy days trips. Bonus if its not too expensive.

In 2018 we travelled with 1 child and stayed in Rome, Florence and Bologna for one week each. It was fine, but we'd like to find one city and stay there for the whole trip. My wife and I also spent god chunks of time in Paris, Munich, Berlin and Prague - so maybe not there.

I am fairly well travelled in Europe, but most of this travel was long ago when I was single, poor and would sleep on the floor if need be so Im a little unsure.

Some thoughts we have had include Copenhagen Madrid and maybe Lyon.

Thanks in advance

stephendsmith is offline  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 12:28 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 22,776
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Depends on time of year.
Barcelona
Amsterdam
Bologna
Toulouse
Bordeaux
Bilbao
London
Bristol
Hamburg
Ulm
Just some ideas
bilboburgler is online now  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 01:04 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 8,578
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
London should be pretty close to the top of your list. Superb public transport and just so much to see and do for all ages. Rent an apartment in one of the less touristy areas , say in north London and you can be in the centre of things in minutes and out to other parts of the uk fairly easily.

we Spent a lot of time near Malaga which would also be a pretty good option. A nice city in its own right but easy access via the rail system to places like Sevilla , Granada etc

crellston is offline  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 02:41 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 16,974
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Try to find cities you can easily travel to by train rather than spreading yourself all over Europe and needing short, polluting flights. In the end it takes little more time than flying., and is generally a more relaxing experience. Look into night trains too.

Or stick to Scandinavia and use trains/ferries.
hetismij2 is offline  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 02:47 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 16,974
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Just saw this in the Guardian. Interesting cities for you.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2...sleeper-travel
hetismij2 is offline  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 02:59 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 2,689
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
When my daughter was young we spent several weeks in Vienna. There is a lot for families there (the Viennese like children) including a children's museum, aquarium, bike riding, a butterfly house, the Prater, and in summer the Danube has swimming. You can also use Vienna as a launch pad for Prague or Bratislava, or closer to home the Wachau Valley (Melk) or the Heuriger in the hills outside Vienna. We had a flat on the Ring, right near a U-Bahn station. We went for long walks and introduced our daughter to cathedrals (we are not religious but do not have churches like this easily accessible where we live, and it was an eye opener for her). She would have been a bit young for some things such as the Imperial Apartments and some cafés, but there are many that are child-friendly (google kinderfreundlich + Wien). I think we pretty much did Vienna, I don't need to go back for a while now, but we enjoyed our time there.

Lavandula
lavandula is offline  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 03:02 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 7,566
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I suggest Rotterdam. I lived there in 1986 with my two young children. A few years ago I returned to see my old haunts and enjoyed the visit very much. It's a fascinating and vibrant city. There are lots of great day trip possibilities. It's also easy to visit other countries from the Netherlands. Nearly everyone speaks English, but I would encourage your kids to learn a bit of Dutch. It will increase their skill at learning other languages in the future.

Rotterdam is not too expensive. It has perhaps the world's best public transportation. It's also a biker's paradise. There are many great bike excursion possibilities, where you take the train to another town, and rent a bike at the station. My children and I enjoyed many such trips.

Amsterdam has already been suggested, but for a family I would prefer Rotterdam.
bvlenci is online now  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 03:14 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 34,534
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Rotterdam sounds good. I also think Toulouse is a good idea.

Personally, I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket that way. That's a long time, and I would want to see other things in Europe unless I already knew a place I loved and wanted to be that long, which doesn't seem to apply here. If you are staying in some rental somewhere, you can't be traveling anywhere except locally pretty much. Well, yu could but then you'd be kind of wasting your rental money.

I'd do at least two places, in other words, somewhat far apart to get different parts of Europe. LIke Spain or SW france versus Rotterdam wouldn't be a bad idea.
Christina is offline  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 04:20 PM
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 33
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for all the suggestions.

Vienna is sounding like an option, I have been there but think it makes sense with a family. I will look up Rotterdam, Hamburg , Bordeaux and Toulouse, these were not on my radar!

I should have mentioned not London. Im a UK (dual) citizen, and didn't enjoy my brief time there.

stephendsmith is offline  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 08:14 PM
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 33
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Christina View Post
Rotterdam sounds good. I also think Toulouse is a good idea.

Personally, I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket that way. That's a long time, and I would want to see other things in Europe unless I already knew a place I loved and wanted to be that long, which doesn't seem to apply here. If you are staying in some rental somewhere, you can't be traveling anywhere except locally pretty much. Well, yu could but then you'd be kind of wasting your rental money.

I'd do at least two places, in other words, somewhat far apart to get different parts of Europe. LIke Spain or SW france versus Rotterdam wouldn't be a bad idea.
Thanks, I get that its not for everyone but I have been to almost every country in Europe. I dont want to move around with prams and 4 bags or be restricted with a certain number of days in a city. I dont need to see all the must see stuff again. Hence my post, and also why we loved a week in Bologna last trip - no big ticket items. Thanks.
stephendsmith is offline  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 09:10 PM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 1,375
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I don't think you ever mentioned time of year nor budget.

Some of the suggestions are less budget friendly than others.

Weather can be a big issue both winter rains and summer heat. You wouldn't really want southern Spain mid July bug you might the month of May.
Traveler_Nick is offline  
Old Sep 1st, 2022, 11:58 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 11,269
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Vienna is a lovely city for walking.
Sassafrass is online now  
Old Sep 2nd, 2022, 02:06 AM
  #13  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 33
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Traveler_Nick View Post
I don't think you ever mentioned time of year nor budget.

Some of the suggestions are less budget friendly than others.

Weather can be a big issue both winter rains and summer heat. You wouldn't really want southern Spain mid July bug you might the month of May.
Thanks, very good point. This is for next September next year when children here get longer school holidays. If it goes well we will likely do it every other year, alternating with Asia/Pacific. Budget isnt a major issue, 2 bedroom apartments in most of the cities we have discussed is within budget based on Airbnb searches and my experience in Italy a few years back.

stephendsmith is offline  
Old Sep 2nd, 2022, 05:28 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 4,049
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Another vote for Vienna. Lots to do, good public transport network (within the metropolitan area and across the country). Plenty of places to daytrip to or do overnight visits -- Graz, Salzburg, etc.
WeisserTee is online now  
Old Sep 2nd, 2022, 06:23 AM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 16,974
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If you decide on Vienna then add Ljubljana - you can see a lot of Slovenia from there. You can get the train between the two.
Then perhaps move into Italy from there. Again you can take the train.
hetismij2 is offline  
Old Sep 2nd, 2022, 03:42 PM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 23,710
Received 4 Likes on 3 Posts
If Vienna, I'd pair it with Salzburg. 2.5 hours by train, no connection.

In Salzburg, there are some museums the kids would enjoy... toy, marionette, Christmas and, depending on the age of your kids, a good Natural History Museum. There's a zoo, and the "trick" fountains(Wasserspiele) at Schloss Hellbrunn are fun and particularly nice if it's a hot day. The town has several gardens and parks to wander, including the park on top of the Monchsberg that you can reach by funicular. Day trip options, too.
Jean is offline  
Old Sep 11th, 2022, 01:07 AM
  #17  
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 58
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Girona as it is not far from Barcelona. It has a bus network serving the coastal towns.

Ljubljana is a good destination. Train networks across the country are affordable.

Brno is a student town and capital city of Moravia.

Portugal offers some good options. Porto and Lisbon.

jeffreycwuk is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -