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Travel with Kids: Storybook Tour of Europe

Storybook Tour of EuropeTraveling Europe with children and their favorite storybooks is a great way to get them involved in the trip and excited about what they are seeing and doing. With so many children's authors coming from European countries there are a lot of opportunities for incorporating their favorite stories or the inspiration for them into your trip. It is easiest to either plan a trip around a favorite character, or plan stops in an already planned trip that will take you to some of your child's favorite places.

These are some ideas to help you get started on planning your next trip to Europe with children and their storybooks.

Travel with Kids: Storybook Tour of Europe

PARIS France WITH MADAME PAMPLEMOUSSE

PARIS WITH MADAME PAMPLEMOUSSE

Kingfisher's stories of a girl coming up with her own adventures of fun in Paris are based on his own travels through Paris. The Latin Quarter served as the inspiration for the books, and a lot of the places that you can visit right in that area of Paris have been the inspiration for scenes, places and events that took place. Head to the   Museum of Natural History where there are all sorts of curios and odd things to capture the attention of children. The museum of the Middle Ages also led to some of the more fantastic creatures that found their way into adventures, and of course, you need to seek out a cafe that serves hot chocolate to help kids get through the rest of their day.

Stockholm, Sweden with Pippi Longstocking

STOCKHOLM WITH PIPPI LONGSTOCKING

Pippi Longstocking is one of the most beloved children's book characters, and the product of Astrid Lindgren. Scandinavia is the place where Pippi is celebrated and adored, with theme parks, festivals and theatre all being devoted to this popular image. Junibacken is the place to head with children if you are going to be in Stockholm and want to introduce them to Pippi, or let fans immerse themselves in her world. A children's train takes you through popular scenes from the book, there are special activities planned out daily and a library for kids to browse from.

Venice Italy with Olivia

VENICE WITH OLIVIA

In Olivia goes to Venice, we are given a very funny, very engaging tour of the city that is easy enough to recreate with children of all ages. Gelato, palazzo visiting, bridges, masks and quick canal trips are all in store for Olivia. Read through the book one more time before heading out to find your own adventures just like Olivia did with her family in the maze that is Venice.

London England Storybook Tour with Miroslav Sasek

LONDON WITH MIROSLAV SASEK

The This is London book by Sasek is iconic after so many years and generations of giving the book to children as gifts. The entire set introduces children to cities all over the world, but the London edition is the most popular by far. Every site, sound and characteristic attraction of the city is caught I the pages of this book, and so many of them include the favorites of tourists of any age. Head to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard, cross London Bridge and listen to ghost stories at London Tower.

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  1. Nicole

    I would love to tour Europe for real one day! This place is so beautiful! SO much to see, love these pictures.

  2. What a great idea for an amazing experience for the kids. This would be a great learning experience for my youngest homeschooled daughter. And I wouldn’t mind a trip to Europe

  3. That is such an amazing travel idea! I would love to do this with the kids the next time we go to Europe.

  4. It is a log time dream of mine to take my family to Europe. This is a great way for the kids to learn and appreciate such an amazing place. 

  5. Okay that is a really cute way to tour Europe with kids. I think someday I would love to go but for now I will just follow these adorable travel posts from everyone else. I love the idea of making travel fun for kids in anyway you can!

  6. This is a clever way to link their favorite storybooks with the memorable locations within them. I’d be pretty excited to go back to Europe.

  7. Pam

    I loved Pippi Longstocking. I remember reading the Pippi books to my kids.

  8. Using storybooks to connect the travel experience for children is an awesome idea to get them excited about the vacation. Heck, I’d be excited to read the stories as an adult then travel Europe!

  9. That is a great idea! What better way to get a child interested in traveling than to tie the places you are visiting into their favorite storybooks? If you could point out some key locations from their books for them, that would be awesome!

  10. Tracey

    What a fun way to travel! I love this idea so much. This is a great way to make travelling more relatable and exciting for kids.

  11. Jeanine

    Wow Pippi Longstocking. I haven’t heard that name in such a long time. This is awesome, my girls especially would love this!

  12. brianne

    These photos are stunning. We are dying to get to Europe for the kids! 

  13. Wow, you really are something to travel with kids abroad. I would think it would be difficult enough traveling domestically with any children!

  14. Amy Desrosiers

    I have always wanted to travel to Europe! There are so many places in England ad Scotland Jared and I would love to explore.

  15. This book sounds like it would make you long for Paris. It truly makes it sound like a magical experience.

  16. What a wonderful little story. Plus, what a fun way to make things come alive for the kids.

  17. My Teen Guide

    Having to read the books before the actual vacation would be a good idea if you will be taking kids with you. I saw Pippi Longstocking and so many childhood memories surfaced! Loved that book.

  18. Katrina gehman

    i have never been but would love to! your pics look amazing. would be an awesome adventure.

  19. Pippy longstocking was my favorite growing up! OMG you just brought back so many memories!

  20. Annemarie LeBlanc

    This is a good idea to introduce the children to a country or city through reading a book about it before actually embarking on the trip. It would make the trip more fun and exciting for them, and maybe they’d want to go to the places they’ve read about.

  21. Rosey

    Olivia is very lucky. I would love to go to Venice. 😉 Putting your books together with places to intrigue the kids is a good idea.

  22. Stories will definitely spark a child’s interest in a place or a person and I think it’s a great idea to give them this book. I’m sure they’re going to enjoy reading more about Europe!

  23. Such a good idea and I really love this I bet my kids would be Interested travelling to Europe.

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