As the capital city of the Alps, Innsbruck, Austria, is an ideal destination for culture-seeking families and outdoor adventurers. Located in the Austrian state of Tyrol, Innsbruck is famously celebrated as a top winter sport destination. With two Winter Olympics under its belt and the newly completed Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck is a winter sport enthusiast’s dream.
The new jump provides unbeatable views of the wintery town below from atop the historic Bergisel Hill. In a town bursting with picture-perfect scenery and destinations, the Bergisel Ski Jump is a perfect location to take it all in. Fuel up for a day of sightseeing and exploring with family breakfast — and a view — at the on-site restaurant, Bergisel SKY.
Enjoy the city’s impressive display of both modern and Imperial architecture from Ambras Castle, a palace museum located high in the hills overlooking Innsbruck, to the Gothic stylings of Court Church. Built in 1553, the Court Church is home to Imperial tombs and a 450-year old organ.
Your family may have been to its fair share of zoos, but chances are you haven’t visited one like the Alpenzoo Innsbruck – Tirol. Open November–March and April–October, this Alp-region zoo offers diverse animal life, landscape and stunning mountain vistas. Built in the 1960s, Alpenzoo sits on a mountainside and is one of the highest located zoos in Europe. Check out unique animal life and tours through the conservation-focused zoo while taking in the incredible view of the city below.
From the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum and Tyrol Panorama Museum to the Golden Roof Museum and pristine Hofgarten grounds, you’ll be busy exploring the city’s beauty, culture and impeccably preserved history.
Built in the 1300s, Hasegg Castle is home to the famous Mint Tower and the only one of its kind. Left over from salt-mining history and coin minting, the Hasegg Castle is a must–visit destination while in Innsbruck.
Ski families and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy a visit to Nordkette Cable Car, a ski area in the Karwendel Mountains. Take a few runs down the mountain or just stick with a cable car ride and enjoy the scenery.
Another landmark your family will enjoy is the Stadtturm Tower. Built in the 1400s, the observation deck and copper finishes will draw your family in and keep your attention as you tour the funky gift shop or climb the spiral staircase for some exercise and a better view.
Like most holidays calling into memory those who have given a great sacrifice, Veterans Day can be a hard day to explain to young kids. Through the parades, fireworks and days off school, the meaning of the day can become lost unless parents force the point home.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Eastern Europe has come a long way in the last 25 years, and Belgrade is emblematic of the youthful optimism and energy that helped completely transform the formerly industrial and war-torn Eastern Bloc city into a colorful destination guaranteed to appeal to children and teens, from landmarks restored to their past historic glories to impressive museums, and a host of welcoming shops and restaurants with an emphasis on local products.
Foodie families and travelers know there’s no better way to explore a new city than by letting your taste buds be your guide. Eat your way through San Diego’s culinary scene with your teens, adult children and a few like-minded travelers on your next visit with these family-friendly tours.
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Who doesn't love a Disney vacation? While it may be the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Disneyland and its counterparts around the world can pose a host of overwhelming challenges for visitors with special needs. Large crowds, long lines and loud noises all have the potential to ruin a well-planned vacation for children easily affected by these overwhelming stimuli.