It’s no secret that spring can be a wonderful time to enjoy a European city break. The days grow longer and warmer, flowers bloom and terraces reopen, bringing a burst of life to Europe’s great cities.

What’s more, for those travelling as a family, the return of the warmer weather brings with it a whole host of benefits to a potential city break.  In this article, we will take a look at the top 3 European city breaks for families this spring.

From Mediterranean weekend getaways to eastern European explorations, the cities on our list truly come into their own with the arrival of spring.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the first European destination on our list of springtime cities…

Barcelona, Spain

The vibrant Catalan capital is one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe. With first class culture, bags of history and delicious local cuisine, Barcelona has been firmly on the map of weekend getaways for quite some time.

With that said, most flock to Spain’s second city during the summer months, when crowds can be unbearable and temperatures uncomfortably high. Much better to visit Barcelona during spring, which sees this coastal city at its very best as businesses and attractions begin to reopen after the winter break.

Barcelona offers myriad options to visiting families, with the city beach a real draw for small children in particular. Alternatively, head to the enormous Camp Nou stadium to see the city’s beloved football team in action. Slightly further afield, PortAventura is a major theme park with rollercoasters and rides that is just over an hour’s drive from the city centre.

Where to stay: The 4 star modernist style Catalonia Ramblas is super central with indoor and outdoor pools. Plus the family rooms sleep up to 5. Family rooms start from around £215 a night.

Budapest, Hungary

The capital and largest city in Hungary has long been adored by the city break crowd. Packed with history and vibrant nightlife, Budapest has gone from strength to strength in recent years and now competes with some of Europe’s biggest cities in terms of visitor numbers.

For families, springtime in Budapest can be a dream. A visit to one of the city’s many outdoor baths is a great way to experience a unique cultural attraction with the entire family. Szechenyi Baths is by far the largest of these, with dozens of pools offering alternating water temperatures, many of which are suitable for children. In the warming springtime sun, you can find yourself spending hours dipping in and out of the baths at Szechenyi.

Alternatively, pay a visit to the state of the art Andrassy Centre, where children are encouraged to engage with interactive displays that foster creativity and communication.

Where to stay: The 4 star Aquaworld Resort has something for everyone with one of Europe’s biggest indoor waterparks alongside a spa and wellness centre. Rates from just £68 pp per night, with family rooms starting at around £190 per night.

Entrance to Budapest Zoo
Entrance to Budapest Zoo

London, England

Although the weather in London can be notoriously drizzly during the spring months, this is still one of the best times to visit the British capital. As one of the most family friendly cities in the world, London is a great place to fetch children of all ages. The sheer number of attractions to visit here make the city a veritable playground for families, with teenagers and toddlers alike well provided for in London.

Older children will love the rich and sometimes gory history of the Tower of London, whilst the opportunity to visit world class museums such as the British Museum and the Natural History Museum is not to be missed. Then there is the Harry Potter Studio Tour, which takes visitors on a journey through the making of the super popular film franchise and is sure to thrill kids of all ages. And be sure not to miss the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Where to Stay: Stay at the ultra child friendly Melia White House, with family rooms and lovely touches like ice cream vouchers, plus it’s close to London Zoo too. Rates from £91 per night, with family rooms starting at around £250 per night.

family holiday in london with london bus