Travel: City breaks

travelAutumn’s a great time for a city break. The summer heat and crowds are waning and travel and accommodation costs are lower than in peak season. I love exploring a new city – this year I’ve been on trips to Kraków, Berlin and Copenhagen for the first time, and now I want to go back to all of them! Here are some posts to inspire you to visit a new city – or to see a new side of a place where you’ve already been. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this round-up.


London, England

10 Ways to Keep Tweens Happy in London on a Budget

Debbie Sharratt of My Boys Club enjoyed a three-day family trip to London this summer. This post shares her trip highlights as well as helpful tips and advice on exploring London on a budget.


In this post Megan Morgan of Truly Madly Kids describes some of the shows and exhibitions which she’s seen in London – as well as recommending one of the city’s great firework shows.

Bath, England

7 Things To Do In Bath That Your Kids Will Love

Zena of Zena’s Suitcase enjoyed exploring the historic city of Bath with her five year-old daughter. It sounds like they had a great time, and Zena shares her trip highlights in this post.

Glasgow, Scotland

24 Hours in Glasgow

Claire Jessiman, Foodie Quine, went to Glasgow to explore vibrant Miller Street and the Merchant City area. The Sir Billy Connolly Murals look great!

Edinburgh, Scotland


This summer Candace of Buckets Of Tea needed time and space to think, and so spent seven days in Edinburgh. She explored beyond the city as well as visiting the main sights. 


Stockholm, Sweden

Family travel to Stockholm: a love affair

Jenny Elliott blogs at the little adventurer and she’s written a very thorough and informative post about why she’s fallen for Stockholm. I now want to go there and find Pippi Longstocking’s house!

Bouillon, Belgium

The Baby in Bouillon

Nicola Hatch blogs at All Things Spliced and has been exploring in Belgium. Read her post to discover things you probably didn’t know about ice-cream bikes and Belgian tapas.

Paris, France

Paris with kids. La vie en rose in 3.5 days

Zen Baby Travels enjoyed a sunny trip to Paris in May with her two young children – her post has some great insider tips for exploring the city with kids.

Dublin, Ireland


Italian expat Marta Correale lives in Ireland, and has published this very informative and helpful itinerary for exploring Dublin.

Copenhagen, Denmark


Nadia at Scandi Mummy reckons Copenhagen is an ideal place for a family Christmas trip, and this post explains why and shares some excellent insider tips for the city.

Venice, Italy

Venice 15 Must Do’s With Kids – Top Tips

If you’re thinking about a trip to Venice at any point, check out this very thorough and informative post by Suzy of Our Bucket List Lives. Suzy explains the in’s and out’s of how to get to the Italian city and what to do when you get there.

Venice Islands: Murano And Burano (With Children)

Louise Fairweather of A Strong Coffee To Go also went to Venice with her family this year, and this post describes their boat trip to visit the city’s beautiful islands of Burano and Murano, where they watched local glassblowers at work.

Hamburg, Germany

A day out in Hamburg at Miniatur Wunderland

Emma Chaplin of Our Fairytale Adventure describes how she and her family made the most of a stopover in Hamburg by exploring the largest model railway in the world.

Wuppertal, Germany


Jenni of The Bear & The Fox admits that she wasn’t too keen on Wuppertal when she lived there for eight years when she was younger. Now she’s seeing the city through her children’s eyes and her feelings have changed. Jenni shares the city’s highlights in this post.

Amsterdam, Holland

My top four things to do in Amsterdam

Clare, who blogs at My Tunbridge Wells, shares her favourite things to see and do in the Dutch capital in this post.

Oslo, Norway

14 fabulous, fun things to do in Oslo (and some of them are free!)

If you’re planning a trip to Oslo, check out this great post by Nell Heshram of the Pigeon Pair and Me. Nell stayed with friends in the city this year and here she shares some great insider tips which she gleaned on her trip.


18 family city break ideas in Europe

Lisa of Travel Loving Family put together a round-up of European family city breaks, including posts from 18 different bloggers (there’s even one of mine in there somewhere – thank you Lisa!)

Rest of the world

Kochi, India

Kochi with kids: top 5 things to do

The Lynn family currently live in Bangalore, India, and their blog is TraveLynn Family. Their post about exploring the city of Kochi is inspirational and includes some very cool photos.

Cape Town, South Africa

10 experiences to have in Cape Town

Chloe of Life Unexpected went to Cape Town this year for the first time and was amazed by the huge variety of experiences on offer there. In this post she shares 10 of her highlights, including swimming with penguins in the ocean.

Montreal, Canada

Three days in Montreal with kids

Sarah Ebner and her husband and kids blog at Family Travel Times about their travels together. This summer they went to Canada and their post about Montreal gives an interesting overview of the city as well as sharing some surprising things to do there: anyone for termite chocolate ice-cream?

Next month

The topic for the November travel round-up is winter sports, so please do send me links to your snowy outdoor travel posts from the last 12 months which you’d like to share. Please send me your links by 24th October either by email to [email protected] or via twitter to @grettaschifano. I’ll include the first 20 relevant links which I receive. Thank you!

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About Gretta Schifano

Gretta Schifano is an award-winning blogger, journalist and social media manager. Gretta writes about luxury, cultural and active family travel with teens, and trips when parents escape without their kids. Winner of the 2016 Women in Marketing Award for Best Social Media Campaign and the 2014 BritMums BiB Award for Best Travel Blog, she lives with her husband and teenage kids in the Surrey countryside, near to London. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer, has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and loves exploring new places, chocolate and kindness.


  1. 02 October 2017 / 23:01

    Thanks a lot Gretta for featuring our Paris post! Some great inspiration for so many city breaks, pinning for later!

  2. 08 October 2017 / 13:05

    This is fab, thank you so much for including us too! Such great suggestions.