Taking a family city break: why walled cities are the best!

City walls of York

Taking a family city break can be tricky. There are car-filled streets to contend with and there’s generally a lot of walking involved which not all children find appealing. However, I discovered last year on a visit to York that walled cities are perfect for young families. Europe has many impressive walled cities but the best ones for little children are those which feature walls that can be climbed upon. When you have little legs, it’s far more enjoyable to explore a city from an elevated position and where better than the battlements?

With assistance from other travel bloggers, I’ve put together a selection of the best family city breaks in walled cities across Europe. Of course, it’s ironic that what once kept the enemy at bay now attracts invaders in their millions. However, visit at the right time of year and you needn’t share these cities with hordes of fellow travellers.

York city break, England

Best for: budding Vikings and train fanatics
Of all the walled cities in England, there is no doubt that York is the most impressive. York’s walls, of Roman origins but mostly now dating from the 13th and 14th centuries, are a brilliant place to start your exploration of the city. There are excellent views of York Minster and the River Ouse plus some impressive gatehouses (or “bars”) to explore. Over the course of our three day visit, we managed to complete the whole circuit with our then five and three year old boys. There are plenty of places to climb down from the walls to visit some of the city’s family-friendly attractions such as the Railway Museum and the Jorvik Centre and there’s an impressive selection of cafes, bars and restaurants to keep the energy levels up. In my opinion, York is one of the best cities in the UK for a family city break.

  • Length of walls: 3.5 kilometres
  • York’s walls are free to visit, open daily 8am until dusk, expect for Christmas Day and during icy and slippery weather conditions.
  • Click here to visit the York city walls website, York city council also has some useful information.
City walls of Lucca, walled cities, family city break

Lucca city walls, copyright George Jansoon

Visit Lucca, Italy

Best for: pushchairs, bike rides and passeggiatas
Compact, with a central car-free piazza and walls wide enough to cycle along, I think Lucca is one of the best walled cities in Italy for a family city break with young children, Katy of Untold Morsels agrees:

“Tuscany is a region full of amazing cities but our favourite is pretty Lucca. This well preserved medieval city
has many treasures to explore within its city walls. There is a beautiful piazza built on the site of an ancient
Roman amphitheatre and several Romanesque churches with impressive art collections. But it is the city walls
built in the Renaissance era that define the city and it is here where you can have the most fun. Transformed into
a park, the walls form a 4 kilometre long green belt around Lucca. You can hire bikes and ride along the ramparts
or simply join the locals strolling with their gelato. Along the way there are a few playgrounds and wonderful views
of the city, surrounding countryside and Lucca’s famous Torre Guinigi (tower) with its tree topped roof.”

Lucca city walls, family city break

Perfect for a passeggiata: the walls of Lucca, copyright Bongo Vongo

  • Length of walls: 4 kilometres
  • Lucca’s city walls are free to enter and as they are so wide they do not “close” as some city walls do.
  • Click here for more information on Lucca’s city walls.
Derry city walls, family city break

Cannons atop Derry city walls, copyright Kenneth Allen

Explore Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Best for: gaining an understanding of Irish history
Northern Ireland is a brilliant destination for families: the Titanic Belfast and the Giants Causeway are obvious draws but Northern Ireland’s compact second city, Derry, is well worth a visit as a family city break. Combine it with a bit of time on the Antrim Coast and you’ll have the perfect city+beach break.

Derry has received an injection of interest since it won the inaugural City of Culture title in 2010 (and held the title in 2013). It is the best preserved walled city in Ireland and was the last city in Europe to be fortified in this way. Walking Derry’s walls is an easy stroll for children and it allows visitors to take in many of the city’s key attractions including 17th century St Columb’s cathedral. Our kids enjoyed exploring the walls’ seven gatehouses and the numerous canons which look out from the walls.

Ensure you hop off the walls at Shipquay Place where there are fountains for kids to jump through. Older children can gain an understanding of the complex history of the Troubles at the Museum of Free Derry. You’ll get a particularly scenic view of the city from the Peace Bridge which weaves its way across the River Foyle. There’s a good range of places to eat in Derry, Soda and Starch is located in a courtyard area and offers al fresco dining under a canopy.

  • Length of walls: 1.5 kilometres
  • Derry’s city walls are free to enter from dawn to dusk.
  • Click here for more information on Derry’s city walls.
view of Dubrovnik family city break

Dubrovnik, copyright Ivan Bagic

Dubrovnik city break, Croatia

Best for: sparkling views of the Adriatic (sorry, I’ve not watched Game of Thrones…)
Perhaps one of the most popular walled cities in Europe, thanks in recent years to a certain television series, Dubrovnik has the added appeal of a seaside location meaning families can explore the city in the morning and then skip off to the beach in the afternoon. Megan from Truly Madly Kids explored Dubrovnik’s 16th century city walls with her family just as the sun was setting. Don’t have your credit card to hand when you’re looking through Megan’s photos, they are seriously wanderlust-inducing.

Dubrovnik’s stone walls are punctuated with imposing gates and forts, the two kilometre walk takes in views of both the old town with its impressive Baroque architecture and the shimmering Mediterranean. As Megan mentions, Dubrovnik is the kind of city which leaves you with a sense of awe: so much history, both recent and ancient, is contained within the stone walls. The Maritime Museum and the Rectors Palace are essential for budding historians interested in Dubrovnik’s history while the aquarium and the cable car are perfect for younger visitors.

One note of warning, Dubrovnik is packed with tourists in the summer months so consider a family city break in the late spring or early autumn when the weather will still be mild but the crowds should have thinned somewhat. There are various websites (such as Croatian Traveller) which publish the days when cruise ships will be docking allowing visitors to plan their trip around these busy periods.

  • Length of walls: 2 kilometres
  • Click here to visit Dubrovnik city walls website.
  • Entrance to the walls costs 150 / 50 kuna per adult / child (approx. £18 / £6)
St Malo city walls, family city break

The walls of St Malo overlooking the beach, copyright Phoebe Thomas @ Lou Messugo

Visit St Malo, France

Best for: having a quick dip in the sea
Having not visited St Malo since I was a child, I must confess that my knowledge of this French walled city ended at the ferry port, until I read Phoebe’s blog post about St Malo on the Lou Messugo website, it sounds like the perfect destination for a family city break:

“St Malo is a beautiful walled city on the north coast of Brittany, France, with a rich maritime history. Inside the imposing granite ramparts the city dates back to the 12th century though it has been rebuilt several times, most recently after being destroyed in the Second World War. The walls, or ramparts, circle the town completely and make a wonderful way to visit especially with children as there’s plenty to see and a goal to achieve… get back to where you started! There are canons and a fort to enthral history lovers, a magical carousel for little kids, and steps down off the walls to tempting ice-cream shops every so often. I believe the whole tour takes around 45 minutes without dallying but if you take your time, popping into cafés along the way, ducking down on to the enormous and very picturesque beach (dotted with little rocky islands at low tide) and stopping for photos, you can make a day of it easily.”

castle of Carcassonne, family city break

Looking towards the castle at Carcassonne, copyright David @ Travelsewhere

City break in Carcassonne, France

Best for: board game fans…! 
From one end of France to the other, Carcassonne is somewhere I would love to visit with my children. Although visitors can only walk along certain sections of the city walls, the views of the medieval citadel, new town and mountains are sure to slow your pace. Often billed as the most popular French tourist destination after Paris, I’d be keen to visit Carcassonne in winter when I’m sure the city would feel particularly atmospheric and the streets would be quieter. And after reading about David’s trip to Carcassonne on Travelsewhere, I have finally got round to purchasing the board game of the same name. Here are David’s thoughts on this romantic French city:

“In the south of France lies a historical marvel that is sure to delight adults and children alike – the citadel of Carcassonne. While a wonderful sight from afar, it’s hard not to be rapt up in the medieval spirit that has been captured and preserved here in the Languedoc region. Its history stretches back over a 1000 years and its sheer size is hard to comprehend. With an inner and outer set of walls around the citadel and its castle, a visit to the castle includes access to the high, inner walls. You should have no problem walking the walls with children, as they’re protected by a guard rail on their inward side. From the walls you can admire both everything inside Carcassonne, as well as the more modern city below. There’s also ample history to learn about through its exhibits, perfect for young, aspiring historians.”

Views from Carcassonne city walls

Views from the city walls of Carcassonne, copyright David @ Travelsewhere

  • Length of walls: 3 kilometres
  • Click here for more information on Carcassonne.
  • Entrance to the walls is free but there is a charge to enter the castle.
Avila city walls, walled cities, family city break

Puerta del Alcazar, Avila, copyright Micki @the Barefoot Nomad

Avila city break, Spain

Best for: escaping the Spanish heat
Like Italy and France, Spain is blessed with many incredible walled cities. Just 100 kilometres north west of Madrid in the mountainous region of Castile and Leon, the fortress town of Avila is famed for its 12th century walls which are some of the best preserved in the world. Although sections of the city walls cannot be climbed, there are still two decent stretches to explore. The walls are lit up at night and given Avila’s elevated position (1,132 metres above sea level), this creates quite a spectacle as the sun sets.

Charles and Micki of the Barefoot Nomad sum up Avila perfectly: “The city of stones and saints has everything a newcomer to Spain could want to see. A plethora of Roman architecture, grand palaces, old lumbering convents and Gothic cathedrals all encircled by the formidably giant walls of Avila.” Their photos really do give a sense of just how huge Avila’s walls are. Unusually, Avila’s cathedral, constructed mostly between the 12th and 14th centuries, is part defensive structure, built into the walls with the apse acting as one of the wall’s turrets. The cathedral’s dramatic Romanesque and Gothic interior cannot fail to impress even the most reluctant mini-tourist.

  • Length of walls: 2.5km
  • Click here to visit Avila’s walls website.
  • Entrance to the walls is €5 adult / €3.5 child (free on Tuesdays after 2pm), hours vary, see website for more details.
Walking along Girona city walls, family city break

Perfect for a stroll: Girona city walls, copyright Along Dusty Roads

Explore Girona, Spain

Best for: a city break from the Costa Brava
Just a short drive inland from the Costa Brava, Girona is perfect for a day trip away from the seaside or as a family city break in its own right. Although Barcelona is the favoured city break destination on Spain’s east coast, I think Girona is worth considering if you’d prefer fewer crowds and a more compact city. There are narrow shaded streets, inviting eateries and great shopping. On our visit, after finding a particularly satisfying restaurant, we spent rather a lot of time eating and didn’t make it on to the city walls but I’m keen to return after reading Andrew and Emily’s account from Along Dusty Roads. Girona’s walls will take you past hidden gardens and peaceful cloisters but also offer incredible views over the city and its Gothic cathedral and, on a clear day, towards the Pyrenees.

Views from Girona city walls copyright Zorro2212

Girona city walls, copyright Zorro2212

As well as the city’s 14th century walls, I’d also like to take in more of Girona’s bridges including Gustav Eiffel’s Pont de les Peixateries Velles which leads conveniently to Rocambolesc Gelateria. If your children are tiring of humdrum flavours and boring ice cream cones, they can feast on a lolly fashioned on the proprietor’s nose or perhaps a blueberry Darth Vada. I’ve heard that this ice cream shop vies with Girona’s cathedral as the city’s top tourist attraction. As with Dubrovnik, scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in Girona, in case that’s a selling point for you.

  • Length of walls: around 2 kilometres over two sections
  • Click here to visit the Girona tourism website.
  • Entrance to the walls is free, they are usually open from 10am until sunset.
rothenburg ob der tauer copyright California Globetrotter, family city break

The city walls of Rothenburg ob der Tauer, copyright Lorelei @ California Globetrotter

City break in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Best for: romantics
I love reading about Germany’s beautiful walled cities courtesy of Lorelei at California Globetrotter and Rothenburg definitely sounds like the country’s number one destination for a family city break:

“Nothing screams childhood fairy tale fantasy more than the picturesque half-timbered town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This is what childhood dreams are made of and if ever any little girl wanted to feel like Belle from Beauty & the Beast, then visiting Germany’s most beautiful town will truly make her feel like a Disney princess!

Not only can children feel like they’re walking through a pop-up fairy-tale book, but they can explore the town by walking Rothenburg ob der Tauber’s medieval walls! What a wonderful way to encourage children to explore than by bringing medieval history alive by walking the entire circuit which completely encircles the 12th century town! Along the medieval city walls, you can also explore several of the town’s towers and climb the Rödertor Gate for a bird’s eye view over the town and truly see how the growth of this medieval town was stunted after the 30 Years’ War and the Black Plague, forever preserving history for us to be transported back to a time long gone!

Rothenburg ob der Tauer, copyright Lorelei @ California Globetrotter, family city break

The blacksmith’s house, Rothenburg ob der Tauer, copyright Lorelei @ California Globetrotter

Little boys will be intrigued along the walls when they catch a glimpse of the Gerlauchschmiede, a house named after the town’s blacksmith. Children will be intrigued to learn that Germany’s most romantic town was once destroyed and was completely rebuilt to perfection as if the Second World War had never happened. Only for the plaques of names and dates scattered throughout the walls teaches a valuable lesson that though something can be destroyed, it cannot be lost with the hope and endurance of people from around the world!”

  • Length of walls: 4 kilometres
  • Click here to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber’s website.
  • Entrance to the walls is free and the walls do not close.
The city walls of Kotor, copyright Falco

Kotor city walls, copyright Falco

Kotor city break, Montenegro

Best for: hikers
If Rothenburg wasn’t sufficiently enchanting for you, Kotor is sure to steal your heart. Montenegro’s perfectly preserved medieval town, surrounded by fjord-like waters and towering limestone cliffs, is one of those places which social media increasingly insists you must visit. Like its Croatian neighbour 100 kilometres to the north, it has become a popular cruise ship destination so you do need to check your timings. Spring sounds like a beautiful time to visit when the hillsides surrounding the town are dotted with wildflowers.

The view from Kotor's city walls, copyright On the Luce, family city break

The view from Kotor’s city walls, copyright Lucy @ On the Luce

Although my children have an incredible ability to clamber up hundreds of stone steps in minutes I think they’d have to pace themselves in Kotor. Lucy from On the Luce has written an excellent article on her experience walking Kotor’s city walls.  The climb is some 1,350 steps through the hillside above the town with rewarding views from the hilltop fortress of Sveti Ivan: Kotor’s maze of medieval streets and the city’s red rooftops are laid out below while across the bay, mountains rise up steeply from the water.

If you don’t fancy dragging small children to the top, the view from across the bay, when the walls are lit up at night, looks equally dramatic. Kotor is compact so if you like your family city breaks small,  it’s perfect.

  • Length of walls: 4 kilometres
  • Click here for more information on Kotor.
  • Entrance to the walls is between 8am and 8pm and costs around €8 or it appears to be free after dark…

Have you visited any of Europe’s walled cities with children? Have you taken a family city break? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. 24th August 2018 / 11:04 am

    Walled cities are just so mysterious. I loved visiting the walled town of Lucca , Italy too. 🙂

  2. 24th August 2018 / 12:12 pm

    gorgeous destinations!

  3. 24th August 2018 / 1:04 pm

    Great collection of medieval walled cities you’ve collected! So glad I was able to contribute Rothenburg ob der Tauber!

    • smudgedpostcard
      25th August 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Thanks for your addition, it looks and sounds fantastic!

  4. Mama Travels Earth
    28th August 2018 / 9:05 pm

    Love this! Such a great post – I’ve been umming and arring about whether a city break is worth it with the age my kids are at the moment, but this has just given me a whole new perspective on my trip planning!

    • smudgedpostcard
      29th August 2018 / 9:36 am

      Ha ha, that’s good! It’s important to maintain the type of hols you did pre-kids, just with a few modifications.

  5. 30th August 2018 / 12:02 pm

    I love this list!! An I couldn’t agree more on Dubrovnik, that’s one great wall-walk. I am putting Girona on my list, looks amazing.

  6. 30th August 2018 / 10:13 pm

    Nice list! Very glad to see Avila on here – I don’t see that one mentioned in too many other guides and we were very impressed when we visited a few years ago. Rothenburg is another of our favourites (outside of the main tourist season…) but… isn’t Belle French? ;o) #FarawayFiles

    • smudgedpostcard
      31st August 2018 / 7:20 am

      Avila looks incredible, I’m really keen to visit. My Disney knowledge is limited but yes Belle does sound a bit French!

  7. 31st August 2018 / 1:53 am

    I would visit any of these walled cities — and my kids are grown! I love walking walls. We took a tour of the wall in York, led by a local history teacher. Such fun! And we plan to go to Rothenburg next month. My priority is walking the wall!

    • smudgedpostcard
      31st August 2018 / 7:57 am

      Rothenburg sounds amazing, I’d love to walk the walls there!

  8. 31st August 2018 / 1:53 pm

    I’m amazed I’ve actually been to 7/10 here, just need to visit Londonderry, Rothenburg and Avila. Kotor’s walls are my favourite though probably the least child-friendly as they are absurdly steep. Thanks for inviting me to join in with this fun post.

    • smudgedpostcard
      31st August 2018 / 2:00 pm

      That’s impressive! Kotor does look lovely. My kids love a challenge so I’d really like to take them there!

  9. 2nd September 2018 / 4:57 am

    I knew the cities I love had something in common and you’ve just nailed it. Walls! I started thinking of so many others after reading the post – like Carcassonne in France. Thanks for having me in this wonderful post. Next stop for me – Londonderry!

    • smudgedpostcard
      2nd September 2018 / 8:08 am

      I think Londonderry is next for us too!

  10. pigeonpairandme
    3rd September 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I’m a sucker for a walled city, but the only ones on this list I’ve visited are St Malo and Carcasonne. I migh try and sneak in a trip to Dubrovnik this Autumn, while it’s quiet. You have me scheming!

    • smudgedpostcard
      3rd September 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Good idea! I quite fancy Kotor.

  11. 5th September 2018 / 11:16 am

    Great list – so wish we’d done Lucca and skipped Pisa when in Italy with the fam. I love Rothenburg too – so redonkulously charming. (That’s a word.) Dubrovnik was my least favorite because it was just swamped with tourists and we were even there in October. Next time – we’ll go a little further south to Kotor – looks so nice. I agree that anything kids can climb is great to get them active and engaged in the history! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles

    • smudgedpostcard
      5th September 2018 / 12:08 pm

      What a shame Dubrovnik was still so busy in October, maybe I’ll have to visit in midwinter.

      • 5th September 2018 / 5:51 pm

        Maybe? The suggestion to look at when the cruiseships come in is a definite must. And Then I would use it as a hop off point to much more lovely areas of Croatia that are a little less on the beaten path. Korčula Town on the island of Korčula has a Dubrovnik feel with its classic old town, but fewer Game of Thrones tourists!

  12. 5th September 2018 / 2:08 pm

    I have lots of happy memories of St Malo as a child. And, of course, of lovely York. The Jorvik Museum is always one I will remember. But now you have me plotting to see Rothenburg ob der Tauber – it looks beautiful!

  13. Rachel
    6th September 2018 / 8:09 am

    We love a walled city walk! Dubrovnik is pretty special, but I love the look of the wall at Girona – which makes an excellent excuse to plan another tip to Spain, right? #fearlessfamtrav

    • smudgedpostcard
      6th September 2018 / 9:19 am

      There’s so many amazing cities in Spain. I think Avila is next on my list closely followed by Segovia thanks to the Go Jetters…

  14. 8th September 2018 / 5:32 pm

    What a unique idea for a post! I love it! A walk along the wall is the perfect place to take the little ones on their scooters (cobbles withstanding). I’m actually off to York tomorrow!
    Thanks for linking up to #fearlessfamtrav

    • smudgedpostcard
      8th September 2018 / 5:58 pm

      We took the 3 yr old on his scooter along the walls of York, it got a bit hairy along the unfenced part but that was good for teaching him to slow down..!

  15. 9th September 2018 / 4:27 am

    Great list but york is my all time fave #fearlessfamtrav

  16. Beth
    13th September 2018 / 9:49 pm

    Great list and certainly appealing theme for kids! We stopped at the small medieval walled town of Monteriggioni in Tuscany, which is nice and compact, with great views of the surrounding area. Worth a stop if near San Gimigiano or Siena. I hope to make it to York in the next year, it always ranks high for a UK city break. Cheers! #FarawayFiles

    • smudgedpostcard
      14th September 2018 / 6:58 am

      Italy has such brilliant walled cities doesn’t it? Definitely go to York, it’s such a great city.

  17. 15th September 2018 / 8:43 am

    I visited them all, except for the one in Germany; I even named my oldest son after Lucca because I fell in love with this cosy town. Thanks for sharing. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • smudgedpostcard
      15th September 2018 / 11:54 am

      Wow, that’s impressive! Lucca is indeed a lovely place.

  18. 15th September 2018 / 5:02 pm

    Great list – I love walking the walls of old cities, but I’ve done hardly any on this list. Most recently I walked the walls of Chester in England and that’s worth adding to the list!

    • smudgedpostcard
      15th September 2018 / 6:37 pm

      I did consider adding Chester, I think I crossed it off the list as I already had York and Derry but on reflection I probably should have left it in!

  19. smudgedpostcard
    15th September 2018 / 6:37 pm

    Same here. I’m definitely going to cross off a few more next year.

  20. Anisa
    16th September 2018 / 9:26 am

    Great list! I have only been to York. The one I would add to this list is Obidos in Portugal. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • smudgedpostcard
      17th September 2018 / 9:23 am

      Ah yes, I looked at Obidos but decided there wasn’t enough wall to walk along but maybe I should go and find out for myself!

  21. 16th September 2018 / 5:53 pm

    All those cities seem really beautiful. I’ve only been to Girona (next to my hometown), Saint Malo and Carcassonne. Nice post. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • smudgedpostcard
      17th September 2018 / 9:24 am

      Thanks. Am very envious of you living near Girona, such a great city!

  22. 17th September 2018 / 4:26 pm

    That’s a really great idea for a post. I’m sure my girls would enjoy one of these routes more that just going round the crowed streets. I have to admit the only one we’ve been to is York!

    • smudgedpostcard
      17th September 2018 / 6:46 pm

      Yes, I discovered my boys much preferred York’s walls to its streets, they behaved a lot better up there too!

  23. katerinaemalina
    17th September 2018 / 5:19 pm

    What a great idea when you have kids! I’d love to try Dubrovnik. Thanks for the inspo x

    • smudgedpostcard
      17th September 2018 / 6:45 pm

      I’d love to try Dubrovnik too!

  24. 17th September 2018 / 9:11 pm

    I’m feeling really disappointed with myself to have only been to York on this list! I must try harder!! 😜 Seriously though, they all look absolutely beautiful and definitely ones to add to the “to do” list! My son would especially love finding out about the history of the cities too and dreaming of knights of olde whilst wandering and exploring! #MondayEscapes

    • smudgedpostcard
      17th September 2018 / 9:30 pm

      I’ve only been to three but I’m hoping to change that next year. It’s good to have something to aim for!

  25. 18th September 2018 / 10:20 am

    What a great round up of family friendly walled cities. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I have only been to one of these!! I definitely have to change that as so many of these sound truly wonderful. Dubrovnik is high on my bucket list for sure.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #MondayEscapes

    • smudgedpostcard
      18th September 2018 / 11:01 am

      It looks amazing even with the crowds doesn’t it?

  26. 18th September 2018 / 6:46 pm

    I love a good walled city! Some of these I hadn’t heard of before, so will definitely be doing some further research! 😉 #MondayEscapes

  27. 24th September 2018 / 11:11 am

    I had no idea there were so many walled cities that could be enjoyed with kids. I’d love to visit them all and will be adding these to our forever expanding family travel bucket list! Thanks for linking up to #wanderlustkids x

    • smudgedpostcard
      24th September 2018 / 11:30 am

      Thanks for hosting!

  28. 24th September 2018 / 9:07 pm

    Love this post, We visited York last year and it is beautiful! This year we visited St Malo, so where can we travel to next year? I am thinking Montenegro!! #MondayEscapes

    • smudgedpostcard
      24th September 2018 / 9:33 pm

      Good choice, I quite fancy Montenegro myself!

  29. 5th October 2018 / 2:22 pm

    What a great idea for a post! I love a walled city and I’ve never watched Game of Thrones either! #CulturedKids

    • smudgedpostcard
      5th October 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one!

  30. 5th October 2018 / 2:41 pm

    Love walled cities. Have only been to Dubrovnik on your list – hoping to visit Europe with my family in the next couple of years. #culturedkids

  31. 5th October 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Loving the theme and have not been to the most cities in there – great inspiration and perfect for our young kids! Pinning for European minibreaks! Thanks so much for linking in #CulturedKids!

    • smudgedpostcard
      5th October 2018 / 6:50 pm

      I’m hoping to work my way round them all!

  32. 6th October 2018 / 11:39 am

    What a fantastic guide. I was pleased to see Avila on your list. Everyone always talks about Salamanca, and Avila is often overlooked. Carcassonne really is the stuff of fairy tales. #CULTUREDKIDS

    • smudgedpostcard
      6th October 2018 / 1:18 pm

      There’s so many amazing cities in the Spanish interior, I can feel a road trip coming on!

  33. bavariansojourn
    7th October 2018 / 9:28 pm

    I have been to a good few of these, most recently York, but I think my favourite so far has to be Rothenburg – so beautiful! Fabulous list. Thanks for joining in with #culturedkids

    • smudgedpostcard
      7th October 2018 / 10:02 pm

      I’d love to visit Rothenburg, although Lorelei does make everywhere look pretty amazing!

  34. Allison
    8th October 2018 / 12:11 pm

    I’d love to visit so many of the cities on this list. Walled cities are always so intriguing. #CulturedKids

  35. smudgedpostcard
    8th October 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Am mindful that I haven’t been writing about many cultural experiences lately. I must improve on that!

  36. Go Live Young
    8th October 2018 / 5:23 pm

    What a unique idea for a post! Done a few of them, but many more to visit #CulturedKids

    • smudgedpostcard
      8th October 2018 / 7:28 pm

      I was so surprised and impressed by the distance my 3 yr old walked, it inspired the post!

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