Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz room

A Hip and Fun Hotel for Families Visiting Germany: Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Less than a mile from the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall is a delightful haven for families: the Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz. The city is packed with days’ worth of wonderful activities, and after hours out on the town, having a comfortable home base to unwind is a must. The kids, being kids, will probably still have…

Aachen Cathedral

Postcard from Germany: In the Footsteps of Charlemagne at Aachen Cathedral

As I was planning the route from Amsterdam to Munich during my family’s vacation in Europe last summer, I noticed that Aachen, Germany, was right on the way—and pounced on the chance to check a major item off my bucket list. Built in the 8th century during Charlemagne’s reign and expanded in the Middle Ages, Aachen Cathedral was the…

Copenhagen Denmark

Best Itineraries for a Week in Europe with Kids: Part 2

We recently shared five of our top itineraries for a weeklong trip to Europe with kids … and we’re back with five more! In our decade-plus of planning trips for families, we’ve discovered which cities pair well for a one-week vacation. Instead of running your family ragged by racing across the continent, these itineraries combine destinations that…

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Best Itineraries for a Week in Europe with Kids: Part 1

Most of us have a finite amount of vacation time, so it’s no wonder that many families try to pack a lot into a short window. Europe, in particular, tempts parents to bite off too much — with so many small countries close together, it looks deceptively easy to cover a lot of ground. And if you’re going to cross an…