Berlin named most family-friendly city in Europe

The German capital boasts low pollution and crime levels, and a large number of museums, galleries and theatres

Ben Tufft
Wednesday 27 August 2014 17:28 BST

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Berlin has been named as Europe’s best city for families. The survey, commissioned by holiday home rental site HouseTrip, assessed European cities on factors such as the number of family-friendly galleries and museums, safety, pollution and crime.

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The Iberian Peninsula scored particularly highly, with Valencia, Lisbon and Madrid filling spots two, four and five respectively. Budapest, famous for its castle and parliament building, came third.

Valencia was found to have the lowest crime levels, Berlin had the second lowest pollution level, and Budapest came in as the cheapest to visit, with the average cost of a meal at a budget restaurant coming in at only £3.84.

City breaks, normally associated with couples, are becoming more popular as they can offer something for all ages. Parents can take the kids on a trip to a gallery and then head to a park, with plenty of local restaurants and theatres to choose from for the evenings.

Cost can be a big consideration when taking the kids, so it's no surprise that many families are choosing more cost effective ways to stay abroad. The rise of sites such as Airbnb and HouseTrip has made it easy - and cheap - for families to decamp to a new flat or house in cities across the globe.

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