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The diversity and breadth of what Europe has to offer in terms of it’s history, food, culture and experiences is stunning. Europe is the continent the 2 Idiots have explored the most and we are excited to share our experiences from here.
Here are the countries we have traveled with our child in Europe (Iceland live and others coming soon!):
Croatia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia
Finland has been globally acclaimed for its extremely high quality of life, leading in education and healthcare systems. The northern lights come visit quite frequently, and it’s also known for its quirky Wife Carrying races. But for some strange reason, Helsinki isn’t a popular tourist destination compared to its neighbouring cities like Oslo and Stockholm. But you know what? That just makes it an even more special and exceptional city to plan a family trip in. If you’re thinking of travelling to this small, but remarkable city, you’re doing it right. Here is the ultimate travel guide for Helsinki with kids!
We’ve done our best to select the best museums and places to see around the city; as well as the most delicious Finnish food that you simply cannot leave without trying. Helsinki is one of a kind, and we can assure you that you’ll find it just as great as we did.
Sweden’s capital could not be better described than a city that’s come out of a storybook. With one of the best-preserved historical centers in the world, globally acclaimed culture, and an exquisite taste of style, it’s a difficult destination to resist. Visiting Stockholm with kids is not only a great idea, but we can assure you that it’s going to be a trip difficult to forget.
Welcome to the ultimate family travel guide to Stockholm! We’ve put down everything you need to know to make your time here as fulfilling as possible; from the best things to do in Stockholm, to the most convenient neighborhoods to stay in, to the tastiest kid-friendly Swedish dishes to try while exploring the city.
It’s not a capital city, and it’s found in one of the smallest countries in the world. Yet, it’s one of the most beautiful gems that the middle of Western Europe treasures so much. Iconic to Switzerland, Zurich is one of the most incredible and beautiful cities to visit with your family. However, compared to larger and more popular cities among tourists like Paris or Madrid, Zurich has remained quite in the background. In fact, many questions whether there truly are things to do in the city to keep busy. But this is where we come in and say yes! The alps and exquisite culture of cheese, wine, and chocolate is just the tip of the iceberg. In this guide, you’ll not only find the best tips on things to do in Zurich with kids. We’ve also many other secrets and tips to make the most out of your travels to this incredible city.
Found in the world’s happiest ranked country, Copenhagen is one of the most beautiful Scandinavian cities you should experience with your family. Creativity roams through every street corner taking multiple forms; from endorsing sustainable ways of living, to promoting educational experiences for children in engaging and progressive ways. The interplay between modern and historical architecture makes sure to encapsulate memories and stories from the past and honor them for future generations. Besides getting to know the best things to do in Copenhagen with kids, this complete guide also includes important information like the most optimal time to visit, the best areas to stay in and local delicacies to try when you’re exploring the city.
There is something so magical about Budapest, which is the capital of Hungary. Natasha knew she wanted to visit the Danube River, but she never thought the city would be as beautiful as this. Although Hungary is a part of Europe, it was occupied by the Mongols in the 13th century, which translates into country’s look and culture being slightly separate from the rest of Europe. Resting on the Danube River, the city was actually two separate cities: Buda and Pest. When they united, they became the full city you can explore today, and the tourism folks like to say you have one city with two personalities.
When people think of visiting a Croatian city, they often think of picturesque Dubrovnik, where “Game of Thrones” was filmed. We decided to visit the capital city of Zagreb instead, and it is such a cool, energetic city that we would go back in a heartbeat. Although the country is old, its democracy is young, and the people of Zagreb have such an excited and hopeful energy – you can feel it as you walk around. It reminds of our hometown of Charlotte because it’s filled with new businesses, restaurants and growth. It’s also very family-friendly and children are everywhere.
Why The 2 Idiots recommend driving from Zagreb to Budapest?
Less than four hours apart, there is a lot to see between the quaint and historic Croatian Zagreb and Hungary’s capital of Budapest. Oftentimes, train or plane travel will have you missing some of a country’s most beautiful sites, and with such a short drive, we found spending a full day exploring gave us a chance to check out the ancient city of Varazdin and sampled a traditional Hungarian thermal spa in Heviz, Hungary. Both aren’t on-the-radar spots of Americans, and we would have missed them if we didn’t take the driving route.
Why The 2 Idiots recommend visiting Slovenia’s Postojna Caves?
We discovered the Postojna Caves simply because we were visiting Croatia and rented a car to drive between PorecandZagreb, Croatia. There are two paths to get there: one that drove through Croatia and the other that took a little longer but went through Slovenia. We took that path because we wanted to visit another country. We had no idea what was out there and luckily discovered these cool caves in the town of Postojna, Slovenia.
Florence is a historic and charming city, with some of the best markets for shopping. However, we found the city was similar to Venice: You’ll walk along the streets and it’s buzzing and exciting but 90 percent of people there are tourists. The only Florentine people were taxi drivers, tour guides and people servicing the tourists. Everyone lives outside of Florence, in the Tuscan countryside.
That said, if you are a history or art lover, you’ll be fascinated by the history and art found at every turn. This is where the Italian Renaissance began, and museums and churches are filled with the works of the Italian Masters: Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt. The Medici family, one of the most power rulers of Italian history, owned this city, and the imprint they left is everywhere.
Venice is one of those must-visit cities in the world, and certainly one of the most unique cities we visited. Venice is a series of tiny islands that were once inhabited. When refugees escaping persecution from Rome began hide here, they began building the city from the marshes using wooden poles dug deep into the bottom of the lagoon to create foundations that have now stood solid since 421 AD. While it’s a cool city that you should see, it is definitely more touristy than we prefer. It doesn’t feel as if anyone actually lives on the island; it feels like one giant tourist trap. Plus, Natasha found it the water stinky in some places.