Weekend getaway with the kids
By travelling by train, your weekend getaway will be a party for the whole family from start to finish. Children can play a game, move around a bit or eat something while you relax. Ask them later what they liked most about your city break. Can you guess what they'll say? The train!
Belgium: special rate for children
If you go to Belgium for a weekend, children under the age of 11 travel for free with Intercity Brussels. Children under the age of 3 can travel with you for free on Thalys. On this train, there is a special child rate for children 11 years and younger.
For your weekend getaway with children, there are all kinds of fun destinations about 2 hours away from Utrecht:
Mechelen is a great city to visit with children. In Technopolis, children can take part in the most exciting experiments. In Planckendael, they can goof around and spot animals, and when climbing the 97-metre-high Sint Romboutstoren they can release some energy.
You can travel directly to Mechelen with Intercity Brussels or with the high-speed Thalys train, changing trains in Antwerp.
Antwerp is not only very close, it is also a very child-friendly city. Have you ever been to ZOO? Elephants, bears, (seas) lions, okapis, gorillas: children won't know where to look first! Or visit Comics Station Antwerp and step into the crazy world of Belgian cartoon characters.
From the Randstad, you can travel quickly to Antwerp by train. You can travel with Thalys or Intercity Brussels.
Germany: children younger than 14 travel for free
Have you considered Germany? With ICE International and Intercity Berlin you pay nothing for children 14 years and younger who travel with a parent or grandparent .... nothing at all! For longer trips to Germany with ICE International, use a children's compartment (up to 3 years old) or stay in the Family Zone (from 4 years old). In German cities, there is also plenty to do during a weekend getaway with children. You can be there in less than 4 hours by train.
Do you Oberhausen is all about shopping? Then you do not know enough about this beautiful German city. There is also plenty to do for families. Visit, for example, Sea Life or Oberhausen Castle. Or go to the ultimate family fun at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre.
With the international train ICE International, you can travel directly from Amsterdam Central Station to Oberhausen.
The red thread (Roter Faden) is a 4,200-metre route that takes you past all the highlights of Hanover. Fun for the children to follow! In Herrenhäuser Garten, one of the best preserved baroque gardens in Europe, they can have fun playing. Or spend an afternoon at the zoo and Sea Life Aquarium.
With Intercity Berlin, you can travel directly from Amsterdam Central Station to Hanover.