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PHOTOS: 10 Most Family-Friendly Cities in Europe

From peerless parks to hands-on-museums and refreshingly affordable food, these major European cities all say "welcome!" to families with children.

  1. Amsterdam's coffee houses are popular meeting places and a delicious break on a busy day of sightseeing.

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  2. Amsterdam's newly reopened Rijksmuseum is the place to see Old Masters paintings and more.

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  3. Amsterdam's distinctive traditional houses have a charming, storybook appeal.

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  4. Spend some time on Amsterdam's canals—the Dutch city is known as the Venice of the North!

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  5. Fruit juices at La Boqueria Food Market in Barcelona are a sweet treat for the little ones—and the big ones!

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  6. Barcelona is not only a bustling metropolis, but home to relaxing beaches, too.

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  7. Barcelona's Park Güell is a municipal garden designed by Antoni Gaudí.

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  8. The traditional red tile roofs of Florence with the Duomo in the background.

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  9. Florence's streets are made for quiet strolls, day or night.

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  10. Florence's many outdoor restaurants are a great place to grab a cup of coffee and let the little ones munch on biscotti or gelato.

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  11. Greece's Halkidiki peninsula is home to welcoming resorts.

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  12. Kassandra is one of the areas in Halkidiki, Greece, where you'll find ample elbow room and a relaxed vibe.

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  13. The birthplace of Aristotle, at Stageira, is marked by a statue of the philosopher.

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  14. Dublin's River Liffey is a magnet for little ones. The city is an excellent starting point for young travelers.

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  15. The busy Temple Bar area of Dublin offers nightlife for the grownups in your brood.

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  16. Powerscourt House in County Wicklow, Ireland, one of the great day trips you might consider out of Dublin.

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  17. A classic London juxtaposition: Millennium Bridge with the enormous dome of Saint Paul's Cathedral in the background.

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  18. An iconic view of London's Big Ben clock tower.

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  19. A venerable denizen of London's Natural History Museum, popular with kids of all ages!

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  20. Munich's Karlstor Gate and Karlsplatz Square are just two of the sights in Munich, a city that appeals to kids for its fairy tale appearance.

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  21. Aerial view of Munich's Marienplatz, New Town Hall, and Frauenkirche.

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  22. Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the classic fairy tale sights outside Munich.

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  23. Paris' Eiffel Tower was originally planned as a temporary structure and derided by local artists as an eyesore.

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  24. Hungry? Paris offers cafés, bistros, and brasseries on every corner!

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  25. Jardin du Luxembourg is an appealing pubic park and garden in Paris.

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  26. Get your gladiator on with a visitor to Rome's imposing Colosseum.

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  27. Ruins of ancient Rome stand right within the city itself, sparking the imagination of the little ones along with their parents.

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  28. When in Rome… save room for gelato!

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  29. Vienna's House of Art is a must-see for, who else, art lovers.

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  30. Vienna remains Europe's musical capital.

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  31. Vienna's popular Naschmarkt has existed since the 16th century, and is a great spot not only for shopping but for tasting!

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