The unlikely European city which has been crowned the best place for a family holiday in 2022 – My London

Sometimes it can be difficult to pick a holiday destination which is fit for all the family, especially when taking into account safety, number of attractions, family-friendly accommodation and child-friendly restaurants – there’s a lot to consider. Thanks to research done by The Family Vacation Guide has revealed the best locations for a family holiday this year.

Taking into account each city’s safety, average yearly temperature, peace index score, as well as all the bells and whistles, the guide revealed an unlikely winner for the best place for a family getaway for 2022 was… Zurich. Yes, the Swiss city reigned supreme when it came to the safest of the 50 cities analysed.

Scoring a total of 7.81 out of ten on the Family Safety Score, it beat the likes of Heraklion, Greece (7.45), and Copenhagen, Denmark, and Vienna in Austria (tied with 7.02) to be the best holiday destination for families. European cities soared their way to victory by packing out the top ten family-friendly holiday spots, with Dubai, UAE (6.76), and Vancouver, Canada (6.58), sneaking in at seventh and ninth, respectively.

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Weave through the streets of the Old Town

So what makes Zurich the place to be in 2022? It has everything from the city vibe, magnificent natural landscapes, and some interesting (and delicious) museums to peruse around. But everyone needs to start out in the city’s old town, where Switzerland’s most famous shopping miles and clubs are set against medieval architecture.

Zurich Old Town is a cultural, social and historical melting pot. Roam between the medieval houses and town halls from the Renaissance period contorted around narrow lanes. You can’t miss the double towers of the Grossmunster, whose towers were built by Charlemagne where the graves of the city saints Felix and Regula were discovered, according to legend.



You’ll find Europe’s largest clockface at the Fraumunster

Buildings in the Old Town include St Peter’s Church which boasts the largest clockface in Europe with a total diameter of 8.7 metres. You’ll also find the Fraumunster Church, located on the bank of the Limmat, which was built back in the ninth century. Visitors flock from all over to see the five stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall back in the 1960s. Another significant glass window is “The Heavenly Paradise” (1945) by Augusto Giacometti, the uncle of the famous Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, in the north transept.

There’s also plenty of museums to visit in the city too, including the Kunsthaus Zurich, the National Museum, the FIFA Museum, and the Lindt Home of Chocolate. The Museum of Art displays an array of Western work dating as far back as the 1600s, as well as boasting an impressive collection of modern art.

To dive into Swiss history, the National Museum Zurich displays the country’s beginnings to the present day with their “Archaeology Switzerland”, “History Switzerland” and “Gallery Collections” exhibitions. But if you actually want a taste of Switzerland, you’ll have to head to the epicentre of European chocolate – Lindt Home of Chocolate.

There visitors will find the largest ever Lindt Chocolate Shop, the most spectacular chocolate fountain and an interactive chocolate tour all about the Swiss cultural asset chocolate. For those looking to try their hand at the art of chocolate-making, you can create the finest of cocoa goodness with Lindt’s own Maître Chocolatier.

For the football fans out there, the FIFA Museum tells the story of how world football’s governing body developed association football globally and made it the number one sport in the world, uniting nations and bringing continents together. Travel through their timeline, dipping and diving into football’s story, and wander around The Rainbow, where you can feast your eyes on all 211 shirts of the FIFA members.



Be sure to take to the waters of Lake Zurich

No trip to the city would be complete without a visit to Lake Zurich. In the past, the lake was used as a route for traffic and transportation. However, now it’s a popular location for a day trip, where you can find rocking waves, peace and quiet, relaxation and fine food.

To truly discover what Lake Zurich has to offer, taking a boat trip will get you right amongst it. From the “Gipfeli-Schiff” (early mornings) to the “Sonnenuntergangs-Schiff” (sunset sailings), there are all kinds of special excursions to enjoy.



Head for the heights of the Uetliberg

Once you’ve ventured onto the water, you also might want to head for the mountains. Not far from the city is the Uetli berg Mountain, with fantastic panoramic views of Zurich. Standing 2,850 feet above sea level, the Uetliberg is popular in both the summer and winter months. During November, its summit often sits above a blanket of fog which can cover the city – and you can expect the hiking trails to be converted into sledding runs. But if warm weather is more your thing, the mountain boasts both walking and mountain biking routes.

Zurich is also home to several top rated restaurants on Tripadvisor, with a significant proportion being child-friendly. Food is important in this Swiss city (and we’re not just talking about the chocolate), with several Michelin Guide-recommended eateries found all over. La Pasta won Tripadvisor’s Best of the Best at the Travellers’ Choice Awards 2021. Think gnocchi with a tomato and aubergine sauce, Roma-style pizza with tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and salami, and salmon risotto with leeks and brandy.

If you’re looking to treat yourself, Restaurant Weisses Rössli puts seasonal Swiss food at the forefront of their menu. Choose from four different menus (starting from two up to five courses), with dishes such as Swiss alps pike-perch with couscous, courgette and nectarine; Mathieu’s Bäggli (veal cheeks, cornichons, vegetables and mustard), and Bread and butter pudding with apricot, sour cream and lavender.

Zurich is a city for all seasons, and ticks every box you could need for a family-fun holiday this year. So for 2022, you might want to give the Swiss city a try.

How to get there

You can catch a flight from most major London airports to Zurich, including Gatwick Heathrow and Luton.

Or if you’d prefer an adventurous drive, it’ll take

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The 10 safest family-friendly holiday destinations in the world:

Rank

Country

City

Peace Index Score /5

% of Family-Friendly Hotels

% of Child-Friendly Restaurants

% of Child-Friendly Activities and Attractions

Family Safety Score /10

1

Switzerland

Zurich

1.32

18.59%

34.44%

27.03%

7.81

2

Greece

Heraklion

1.93

17.69%

35.88%

34.01%

7.45

3

Denmark

Copenhagen

1.26

14.64%

27.60%

19.81%

7.02

3

Austria

Vienna

1.32

16.98%

37.00%

18.15%

7.02

5

Portugal

Lisbon

1.27

11.51%

36.71%

24.38%

6.91

6

Spain

Madrid

1.62

22.04%

28.39%

23.90%

6.89

7

Belgium

Brussels

1.5

12.20%

37.48%

28.90%

6.76

7

UAE

Dubai

1.85

23.41%

18.18%

30.30%

6.76

9

Italy

Rome

1.65

28.34%

40.70%

21.87%

6.58

9

Canada

Vancouver

1.33

19.40%

25.75%

19.00%

6.58

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