If the summer holidays seem a long time ago, you’re probably hankering after some quality family time and a break from the daily grind before Christmas. Luckily, many European cities are at their most affordable now, with airlines and hotels keen to fill empty rooms and seats. So if you have pre-school children, this is one of the best times to travel. Or maybe you could squeeze in a city break one weekend? BabyBreaks has scoured the internet for the cheapest airfares and best value accommodation, to help you in your hunt. So, without further ado, here are our Best European Cities to Visit in Winter, so you can start planning a pre-Christmas trip with your family.
Head for the cool Copenhagen this winter, where the kids can explore one of the world’s oldest fairgrounds (Tivoli Gardens) and the original flagship LEGO store. The whole family is sure to love the laid back atmosphere of this exceptionally family friendly city, where every cosy cafe will welcome your brood with open arms. And the best bit?Flights in November start from an incredible £23 return! These flights with Ryan Air are well timed for young children too, departing at 6:15 pm so hopefully they will sleep on the flight! For more advice on avoiding mid-flight meltdows, check out our post on travelling with kids.
Choose under-the-radar Oslo for your family break, and you will unearth a wealth of cool hotels, great kids activities and fascinating Viking history. The Nordic city’s numerous museums offer some fantastic interactive exhibitions all year round. And outside the city centre, there are sprawling forests, fjords and toboggan runs to explore. Daylight may be in short supply, but this can add to the festive atmosphere… and with any luck, it might mean your kids sleep in later! Flights at the end of this month start at the amazing price of £20 return. (Depart 28th Nov, return 1st Dec)
Athens is a great destination for a family holiday, offering incredible history, great restaurants and easy access to beaches too. In November the temperatures in this cosmopolitan capital are a pleasant 18 degrees. Which will feel lovely compared to the British cold snap. There will be far fewer crowds around, so you can explore the amazing monuments at ease. If you’re wondering where to stay, check out our family friendly hotels and apartments in Athens, which includes sea view hotels, chic apartments and spacious apartments.
Undoubtedly one of the Best European cities to visit in winter, the Austrian capital’s famous Christmas market at Rathausplatz (one of the oldest in the world) opens on 15th November. The kids will love the ice skating, reindeer rides and festive stalls set against the backdrop of the beautiful, Gothic City Hall. There are numerous other Christmas markets all over this festive city, including one in the grounds of the stunning Schönbrunn Palace. If you’re keen to get into the Christmas spirit, check out our other recommendations of Christmas Markets for Children in Europe.
Ok so it’s not a city, but who doesn’t dream of a beach break at this time of year? In November, the Tenerife sunshine is still shining brightly, offering average temperatures of 23 degrees. A good dose of Vitamin D will do you the world of good before Christmas madness descends. So if you have pre-school children, this is the perfect time to take advantage of cheap airfares and accommodation. For example, this beautiful villa is just £760 for seven nights in November .
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