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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In your list of top cities in Europe to visit with your family, Berlin should definitely be included. Every corner is packed with incredible stories to tell. with some of the most important moments of history having taken place here, you can only expect to be left wanting to know and discover now. Besides it’s incredible cultural and historical richness, Berlin is an incredibly modern city with vibrant architecture, sumptuous dining, and wonderful activities to do with the family. Visiting Berlin with kids is definitely one of our favourite destinations we’ve done.
Being one of the busiest multicultural metropolises in Europe, you can be absolutely sure that fun will never be missing during your time there. You’ll never run out of things to do, and will even find it challenging to fit them all in! Luckily, we’re here to help. This is the ultimate travel guide for Berlin with kids! We’ve covered from the best time to travel, to the best areas to stay in for families, and of course, the best things to do with the family.
Let us begin by saying that Natasha will be the first one to tell you that she is not into nature—she is a city girl through and through. But even in light of that admission, she will also be quick to inform you that Iceland is the single most beautiful country she has ever seen. It is true that we believe that the country used to be a bit of a “Hidden Gem” and wasn’t on the radar of many tourists. However, the influx of people to the country has not stifled its mystique—and if anything, the outside interest has allowed the country to become tourist friendly. It truly welcomes explorers like us—and like you. Its scenic, remote beauty is easily accessible, even with a child in tow. If we were to make a list of our top 3 scenic spots in the world, Iceland would be at the top—even before a heralded spot like Patagonia.
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 exploring Livorno and Pisa
When we visited Pisa, it was through a Mediterranean cruise – the best of the three cruises we took when we went around the world with our son. Having wanted to see the Tower of Pisa since she was a child, Natasha was especially excited about the visit, but we discovered the port is actually in the city of Livorno and that you’ll need to travel inland to find Pisa. It’s a place everyone should see and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but we were surprised to discover Pisa isn’t much a city to visit; it’s truly just a square for tourists. However, we still enjoyed our day in Pisa, with some extra time to wander in Livorno, a very pretty town. Where Pisa is touristy, Livorno is not. Just as we like it!