Driving from Balestrand to Bergen over the Vikafjellet Mountains

5 Surprising Reasons to Visit Norway with Kids

Discovering new cultures and embracing differences is a big reason why many families choose to travel to new destinations. The sweetest experiences are often those that are unplanned and occur spontaneously: amazing street crepes in Paris, an unexpected kindness from a local or stumbling upon a mama sea lion and her pup in the Galapagos…

Christmas Getaways, Europe Christmas Markets, Strasbourg

Our 7 Favorite Christmas Getaways with Kids

Is a change of scenery tops on your list for Santa this year? Make it happen with an escape to one of these unforgettable holiday destinations, rich with unique traditions and a special sense of place. Away from the familiar comforts of home and hearth, it’s easy for the entire family to see the magic of the season with fresh eyes — and the memories will be…

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…