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Europe’s most family friendly cities

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Whilst City breaks are commonly seen as the preserve of couples, HouseTrip conducted research to help parents find the city that is most welcoming to families, so that they too can enjoy the city break experience and for a little while at least credibly say “Ich bin ein Berliner”.

The research examined a number of factors important to families both living in a city and visiting for a holiday in 15 different locations across Europe. Areas analysed included pollution and greenery, safety and crime levels, cultural attractions and prices, in order to crown an overall winner which scored the highest across all of the categories.

And the winner is…

Drumroll please! Berlin emerged as the victor, boasting low pollution levels, a large number of museums, galleries and theatres and a relatively low level of crime. The top 5 family friendliest cities are:

1. Berlin


2. Valencia


3. Budapest


4. Lisbon


5. Madrid


The research revealed a number of interesting findings to help aid families looking for a break make the right decision for them. Stockholm took the top spot as the greenest city, with the lowest pollution level and 55% of the city made up of green space, followed by Berlin and Dublin. Paris was found to be the most cultural overall, with on average the highest number of attractions including art galleries, museums and theatres (with London coming a close second).

When travelling as a family, safety is always a major concern to parents. Valencia was found to have the lowest crime levels, followed by Berlin and Amsterdam.  Savvy family travellers may also like to know that Budapest was recorded as the cheapest city to visit, with the average cost of a meal at a budget restaurant coming in at only £3.84.

Which cities do you think offer the most for families?

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  • Cathy says:

    Missed the most important kid friendly aspect of Berlin – the interesting, creative, amazing playgrounds that are EVERYWHERE. Berlin has more playgrounds within any randomly selected 4 blocks than most cities have in their whole city. No exaggeration. I travel a lot and have never seen a city that comes even close to it. Easy to take play breaks as one wanders around exploring the city.

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