Essential Tips for Visiting Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle

Most kids want to visit Cinderella’s castle, but few know that Mad King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle was actually the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s creation. As king of Bavaria, Ludwig had a childlike imagination and a big budget, and Neuschwanstein — located in southern Germany near the Austrian border — is the ultimate fairytale castle. As…

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Tips From a Local: Best Things to Do in Madrid with Kids

This article was written by Dr. Almudena Cros of Across Madrid, an art historian educated in Britain who has extensive experience teaching art, history and culture to different age groups in Italy and Spain. With its blend of culture and beautiful places to relax and play outdoors, Madrid has plenty to offer those who want to…

Why Bavaria, Germany is a Dream Destination for Families

The archetypical things you picture when you think of Germany — lederhosen, castles, the Alps, beer, Maypoles, and folk festivals — are all found in the beautiful fairytale region of southern Bavaria, the largest and oldest federal-state in Germany. Historical buildings and stunning landscapes, friendly rural and city folk, make this a great family travel destination.

Let’s start with food, since many of us are challenged …

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AmaWaterways Review: A Logistics-Free Way to Explore Normandy with Kids

Although we’ve been all over France as a family, we never figured out how to easily integrate Normandy into an itinerary. So when we decided to experience river cruising with AmaWaterways, we jumped on the chance to see this coveted corner of northwest France using a logistics-free setup. It was a good call! Our multigenerational…

Thinking About a River Cruise with Kids? Say Hello to AmaWaterways

River cruising is one of the hottest travel trends right now and the brands that cater to this market are developing their offerings like crazy … making the fact that AmaWaterways just won Virtuoso’s 2017 award for the Cruise Line of the Year — across all categories — even more remarkable. My family had the…

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Top Tips for Visiting Italy’s Lake Como with Kids

In a country with more than its fair share of spectacular landscapes, Italy’s Lake Como is one of the most breathtaking. Even better, it’s a fabulous destination to explore with kids with tons to do and outstanding family-friendly accommodations. We asked Andrea Grisdale, the CEO of Lake Como-based Italy vacation specialists IC Bellagio, to share insider tips on…

Kid-Friendly Hiking on the Children’s Adventure Trail in Mürren, Switzerland

One of the best summer activities in Switzerland is hiking through the Alps. You see people of all ages and abilities enjoying the endless jaw-dropping mountain scenery on foot.

It’s easy to set off with babies and toddlers in carriers or backpacks — more challenging is motivating school-age kids to go for any consequential distance. Fortunately, our Swiss friends have thought through this …

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Want a Low-Cost Yet Enjoyable Flight to Europe? Book Norwegian Airlines

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience flying on Norwegian Airlines yet, you will soon. This fast-growing low cost airline has taken the industry by storm and has forced all the big carriers flying transatlantic routes to rethink the pricing and services that they’ve been offering consumers. Norwegian has more than 50 transatlantic routes and counting…

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Norway in Winter: An Incredible, Action-Packed Adventure at the Arctic Circle

When I told people that I was taking our ski week vacation in northern Norway, I got more than a few questionable stares … but those who followed our trip on social media could not believe all the amazing things we experienced in one action-packed visit to the Arctic Circle. We paired a few days in Oslo with…