Switzerland’s Vaud canton encompasses some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and beautiful towns and villages, including Lausanne, Nyon, Villars-sur-Ollon and Montreux. Spread between the shores of Lake Geneva and the edge of France, and replete with castles, terraced vineyards and world-class hotels, it’s the ideal setting for a romantic break. We’ve got a few suggestions to help you with your planning:
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Although they may not know who wrote them, nearly every child is familiar with at least some of the fairy tales spun by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. He was born in Odense, a small city on Denmark’s “Garden Island” of Funen. Families can visit several places in Odense associated with the author as well as a castle that seems right out of one of his fairy tales.
Skiing in the Alps or Dolomites may sound like the adventure of a lifetime, but it can be more than a dream vacation for your family. Begin with the lift prices, which can be half of prices at equivalent ski resorts in the United States or Canada. And the difference between adult and youth tickets is far greater, so the savings can be significant for a family.
Oct. 14–20, Scotland’s capital city plays host to Edinburgh Cocktail Week. The fun takes place in Festival Square, the location of Cocktail Village and adjacent Cocktail Forest. Along with plenty of live musical acts, the Cocktail Village features 19 pop-up bars and a stretch of covered outdoor area devoted to street food from local purveyors such as Mac Man, The Butcher Boy, Norelli and The Garden Hatch.
Zermatt’s colorful ski boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse, stylish apartment-style lodgings of every description and views of the Matterhorn from every angle make up one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations — and it certainly does not hurt that it is proclaimed the “world’s best ski resort” by organizations like SnowOnline.com year after year. During the warmer months, meanwhile, you will see many family groups with kids strolling the shopping streets (sometimes alongside a herd of about 50 free-range Valais Blackneck goats around 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), enjoying fondue and pizza at nearby cafés, and taking advantage of the many hiking and bike trails.