5 European countries that you need to visit with children

French style

Our expert is a journalist, writer, Ekaterina Semina-Mac Farlan.

Ekaterina Semina has been living in Europe for many years with her French husband and two daughters. And recently, her book was published, dedicated to the peculiarities of raising children in France.

Who is in charge?

Russian parents are used to adapting to their baby, while the French have a child to adapt to the rhythm of adult life. The kid is seated at the table with everyone, even if he has his own regime and he has already eaten: nothing, he will pommel a crust - the main thing is that he is a member of the family meal, which means the life of the family. Or another example. In Russia, parents often refuse to rest, fearing to take the baby to distant countries. Before the child grows up, mother sits with him in the country, torn between cooking and washing. It's also good if your grandmother or nanny is around. French women do things differently. If Mom deserves a vacation trip, then she's going on vacation. And the baby goes with her and will steadfastly endure the change of climate and a long flight. French doctors approve of this position. They are confident that a child can travel anywhere even at the age of several weeks - the main thing is that he has his mother with him.

Rights and obligations

Another important part of French parenting: children are taught early on that they have rights. It is very funny to hear from a three-year-old kid who turns to the nanny: “You cannot forbid me to eat cake. Mom says that if I ate an apple for dessert, then I have the right to sweets. " For most French children, the words "freedom", "equality" and "brotherhood" and "I have the right" are not empty phrases, but a guide to action.

But since rights always come with responsibilities, even tiny French people have them. In many French families, there is such a rule: each of the children performs some simple assignment - cleans up the dishes, makes the bed, puts dirty linen in a basket, and puts the clean one on the shelves, helps to set the table. The French believe that if the baby does not do this, he will grow up to be selfish.

It's okay!

Many of our compatriots, while traveling abroad, notice that European children are more liberated, uninhibited than ours. And their parents are calmer, without the eternal "no", "where did you go?", "Oh, be careful!" This is also often the style of the European education system. The motto of French parents is: "It's okay!" The child scratched his knee or pricked his finger - not scary, next time he will be more attentive. At school, the chickenpox epidemic is great, it’s better to get sick now than in twenty years. Anything that does not threaten a child's life contributes to the formation and development of his personality. And the best mother for a baby is the one who is happy and calm.

Another difference in the French parenting model is that at a very early age, children are taught to live by the rules. For kids, they are temporary and spatial: dinner should be at a clearly defined time, toys can only be in the nursery. As the child grows, the rules become more complicated. But there are exceptions to every rule. So, if a child goes to bed all week at eight in the evening, it means that on Saturday he can sit longer.

In addition, within the established framework, the child has complete freedom. For example, before going to bed, the baby must read a book, but he can choose which one. As a result, some restrictions become part of the life of little French people and are not perceived by them as an infringement of freedom. Therefore, parents do not need to curb their children - they already know what is allowed for them and how far they can go.

French style

Have you thought about having a rest with kids in Europe, but haven't decided where exactly? And naturally, you want to have fun yourself. In every European capital, you will find a couple of amusement parks where you can have fun with the whole family. And if you want more, something new - read our article and choose one of five countries where a vacation with a child will turn into an unforgettable trip!

Denmark

The Viking village of Ribe is located 265 km from Copenhagen. The theme park is full of fun for kids. From April to October, workshops are open here, where they will show and teach how to bake bread, make pots, and shoot a crossbow. The entrance to the village is paid: for adults - 13.79 euros, for children - 6.9 euros.

If your child doesn't like Vikings with folk crafts, go to the town of Billund. It is strongly associated with Legoland - a country built from a designer. The ticket price is 47 euros.

Perhaps older children will be interested in an excursion to the house-museum of the famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. It is located in the writer's hometown - Odense.

The undisputed leader among children's centers is the BonBon Land amusement park in Holme-Olstrup (100 km from Copenhagen). There are air slides, water slides, roundabouts on long chains, playgrounds, and a cinema - there are more than 50 entertainments. The entrance ticket costs 27 euros. The park is open from late April to October.

And do not forget that in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, children will definitely not be bored! A zoo, an aquarium, an amusement park "Bakken", toy stores "Lego" and "Disney" are waiting for them ...

Netherlands

Did you know that the largest marine mammal park in Europe is the Dolphinarium in Harderwijk? The latter, in turn, is located in the Netherlands. The dolphinarium is home to walruses, sea lions, seals, porpoises, sharks, and of course, dolphins. Various shows are staged here, akin to those in Ukrainian dolphinariums, but of incomparable scope. And the animals seem to be comfortable. In addition to show programs, there are many playgrounds with attractions for children in the park. You can also sign up for an individual meeting with a dolphin: feed the animal, pet it and even swim with it. The entrance ticket to the park costs 16.5 euros.

In Amsterdam, take your child to the Nemo Museum. Families who have visited it are advised to set aside a whole day for the hike. There are a lot of installations, interactivity, shows ... And everything is allowed to touch, you can conduct your own experiment. Near each exhibit there is a plaque in English and Dutch. A ticket to the miracle museum costs only 15 euros.

Moscow. April 11th. INTERFAX. U - International tourism actually stopped by the beginning of April due to widespread quarantines, bans of many countries on the entry of tourists and air travel. But no matter how dire the situation looks now, historical experience shows that the travel industry is able to recover very quickly from crises.

So far, experts are very careful in predicting the time of tourism's exit from the collapse, since it directly depends on the lifting of restrictions, and now quarantines are not canceled, but only introduced or tightened. But they are all unanimous that after being forced to sit at home for a long time, people will want to travel even more than before.

Historical experience

One of the deadliest conflicts in the history of mankind, the First World War, oddly enough, gave impetus to the rapid development of tourism in the interwar era. Even before 1914, the popularity of beach recreation, water sports and skiing in the mountains gradually began to grow. And during the war, which became a time of forced displacement of huge masses of people, millions sent postcards and photographs to their families. After seeing the magical views, people wanted to see new places with their own eyes. All this led to a surge in travel, a passion for which was reinforced by the gradual introduction of paid holidays in European countries.

After another 10 years, tourism received a new impetus for development, when, due to the economic crisis in 1929, European luxury hotels began to go bankrupt, which could not adapt to changing demand. And even the wealthy public began to use cheap campgrounds for recreation. In addition, after the crisis, seaside resorts began to invite tourists in the summer season to compensate for the losses from the outflow of their traditional wealthy clientele, accustomed to spending winters in warm climates.

Each subsequent crisis has created new opportunities for tourism. For example, during the 2008 financial crisis, sales of traditional tour packages fell, but real estate sharing and other services such as Airbnb, BlaBlaCar and others began to explode, allowing consumers to travel economically.

The king of all crises

The coronavirus tourism crisis is one of the toughest challenges for the global travel industry in decades. Here, expert opinions differ. Someone finds analogies in the events after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York, and someone even says that nothing comparable in scale in international tourism has happened since the end of World War II. Obviously, this is a matter of perception, and it is obvious that the real losses from what is happening now simply cannot be estimated, since it is not known when everything will end.

While the World Tourism and Excursion Council (WTTC) claims that the loss of the global tourism industry will amount to more than $ 2 trillion. At the same time, the crisis could lead to the loss of up to 75 million jobs in the tourism sector in the world and more than a million in Russia. The head of Rostourism Zarina Doguzova estimated the number of people employed in the Russian hospitality industry at 2.5 million, which, given the virtually complete stop of tourism and related industries (hotels, restaurants, entertainment) in the country, may mean that the WTTC estimate is too conservative.

Now the situation looks terrible: three billion people around the world are sitting at home and are afraid of infection, borders are closed, visa-free regimes are canceled, planes do not fly, hotels are empty and staff are laid off. But sooner or later the pandemic will end. The world will begin to emerge from quarantines, restore ties and lift travel restrictions. What will tourism be like after that?

Visa-free has started, and more and more parents are thinking about more frequent trips to Europe with their children. We will tell you about the rules, documents and the most wonderful places where you can spend your holidays with children the best.

In order to experience all the joys of a visa-free regime, you and your child need a biometric passport. How to get it, read our material on children's documents. What else? We offer you to read what you may need at the border, and immediately get ready for the journey - for now, according to our text, in order to be inspired and find a place for yourself to relax. Where you and the children will feel good.

Where to go with kids this summer?

Where is the best place to go so that your children don't get bored even for a minute of the trip? To swim safely, have fun, have fun, learn joyfully, well, and do not torment mom and dad with thin plaintive voices: "We are bored!" We have selected the most interesting places in five countries, especially popular with Ukrainians.

Greece: a beautiful story

The insular part of this country is one of the best places for families with children in Europe. All because of the local healing air, in which the sea, the aroma of medicinal herbs and phytoncides of pine needles are mixed. Add to this the warm Mediterranean sun and you get a unique healing "cocktail" that cannot be replaced by any pharmacy vitamins.

There is also something to do here. There are many beaches on the Greek islands with a gentle entrance to the sea and many attractions for children on the shore.

Of the 50 best European beaches in 2017, according to the British Sunday Times, 11 are located in Greece.

The hit list includes, for example, the Gulf of Agni in Corfu, the beach of Porto Katsiki in Lefkada, Vutumi in Antipaxos, Gidakina Ithaki, Navagio in Zakynthos, Marata in Skiathos, Ambeli in Folegandros, Zeichelles on the island of Ikaria.

One beach is not enough, do you need slides and pools? Then you definitely need to get to the largest water park in Europe WaterPark in Rhodes or the most "multimedia" water park in Greece - AquaPlus in Crete.

Looking for something else and educational? Head to the Labyrinth Boardwalk Park in Crete, a huge 25-pool aquarium complex in Rhodes or the Askos Stone Park with a wonderful zoo in Zakynthos.

Cyprus: Island of Inspiration

The climate on the Island of the Sun (Cyprus has 340 sunny days a year!) is as healing as on the Greek islands. There are also enough good beaches and entertainment. Families with children will love primarily the Coral Bay near Paphos, the shallow beaches of Protaras and Makronissos near Ayia Napa. It doesn't even make sense to list water parks - there are a lot of them on the island, and all are not bad.

Have you thought about having a rest with kids in Europe, but haven't decided where exactly? And naturally, you want to have fun yourself. In every European capital, you will find a couple of amusement parks where you can have fun with the whole family. And if you want more, something new - read our article and choose one of five countries where a vacation with a child will turn into an unforgettable trip!

Denmark

The Viking village of Ribe is located 265 km from Copenhagen. The theme park is full of fun for kids. From April to October, workshops are open here, where they will show and teach how to bake bread, make pots, and shoot a crossbow. The entrance to the village is paid: for adults - 13.79 euros, for children - 6.9 euros.

If your child doesn't like Vikings with folk crafts, go to the town of Billund. It is strongly associated with Legoland - a country built from a designer. The ticket price is 47 euros.

Perhaps older children will be interested in an excursion to the house-museum of the famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. It is located in the writer's hometown - Odense.

The undisputed leader among children's centers is the BonBon Land amusement park in Holme-Olstrup (100 km from Copenhagen). There are air slides, water slides, roundabouts on long chains, playgrounds, and a cinema - there are more than 50 entertainments. The entrance ticket costs 27 euros. The park is open from late April to October.

And do not forget that in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, children will definitely not be bored! A zoo, an aquarium, an amusement park "Bakken", toy stores "Lego" and "Disney" are waiting for them ...

Netherlands

Did you know that the largest marine mammal park in Europe is the Dolphinarium in Harderwijk? The latter, in turn, is located in the Netherlands. The dolphinarium is home to walruses, sea lions, seals, porpoises, sharks, and of course, dolphins. Various shows are staged here, akin to those in Ukrainian dolphinariums, but of incomparable scope. And the animals seem to be comfortable. In addition to show programs, there are many playgrounds with attractions for children in the park. You can also sign up for an individual meeting with a dolphin: feed the animal, pet it and even swim with it. The entrance ticket to the park costs 16.5 euros.

In Amsterdam, take your child to the Nemo Museum. Families who have visited it are advised to set aside a whole day for the hike. There are a lot of installations, interactivity, shows ... And everything is allowed to touch, you can conduct your own experiment. Near each exhibit there is a plaque in English and Dutch. A ticket to the miracle museum costs only 15 euros.

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