11 Interesting Countries You Never Thought Kids want to visit before Age 16

 

 

It is interesting to note how our kids are reading around the world to determine the tourism destination to visit. Even though some of these tourism sites are not popular with the adult population, kids are preparing feverishly to visit the under listed site by the time they reach age 16. Most of the kids we interviewed were under age 12, meaning in 6 plus years, some of these children would get ready for a great international site visit. Get ready to support your kids when the time come for them to visit these interesting places around the world

  1. The Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of Europe’s most kid-friendly countries. The famous Dutch tolerance extends to children, and locals are exceptionally welcoming towards them (and their parents). Many attractions are tailored to or specifically designed for younger visitors, and enduring icons such as castles and windmills captivate all ages.

Interesting places for your kids visit in the Netherlands

  1. Amsterdam

One of Europe’s most kid-friendly cities, with an atmosphere that’s cheerfully accommodating to children. In fact, most areas – except the Red Light District, of course – are fair game.

 

 

 

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Cute old towns, lots of cows, some fun museums and the island of Texel, a huge sandy playground with plenty of cycling trails and easy walks.

Utrecht

Cool canals to explore, castles to bike to and the fantastic ‘Dom Under’ archaeological adventure trail that takes young trigger-happy explorers 5m underground, armed with a smart-torch audio-gun.

South Holland

The neatest Old Dutch cities, a fun amusement park in Den Haag, a lot of cool things to do in the increasingly happy city of Rotterdam, plus windmills and beaches in Zeeland.

Botanical garden in Lisse

Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in Lisse, South Holland, Netherlands. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares.

Address: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands

Opened: 1950

Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Sun

Province: South Holland

Phone: +31 252 465 555

Park in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Vondelpark is a public urban park of 47 hectares in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is part of the borough of Amsterdam-Zuid and situated west from the Leidseplein and the Museumplein. (Wikipedia)

  1. Brazil

Brazil, a vast South American country, stretches from the Amazon Basin in the north to vineyards and massive Iguaçu Falls in the south. Rio de Janeiro, symbolized by its 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, is famed for its busy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its enormous, raucous Carnival festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes, and samba music and dance.

Capital: Brasília Trending

Dialing code: +55

Currency: Brazilian real

President: Michel Temer

Population: 209.3 million (2017) according to the World Bank

Official languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

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3. Ukraine

 

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Country in Europe

Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains. Its capital, Kiev, features the gold-domed St. Sophia’s Cathedral, with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes. Overlooking the Dnieper River is the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery complex, a Christian pilgrimage site housing Scythian tomb relics and catacombs containing mummified Orthodox monks.

Capital: Kiev

Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia

President: Petro Poroshenko

Destinations: Kiev, Lviv, Odessa, Chernobyl, Kharkiv, Chernivtsi, MORE

Official language: Ukrainian

Interesting Places for kids visit

  1. Maidan Nezalezhnosti

Maidan Nezalezhnosti is the central square of Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. One of the city’s main squares, it is located on Khreshchatyk Street in the Shevchenko Raion. The square has been known under many different names, but often it is called simply Maidan.

Major cities: Kiev

  1. Sofiyivka Park

Sofiyivsky Park is an arboretum and a scientific-researching institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The park is located in the northern part of the City of Uman, Cherkasy Oblast, near the Kamianka River. Some areas of the park are reminiscent of an English garden. Wikipedia

Address: Kyivs’ka St, 12а, Uman’, Cherkas’ka oblast, Ukraine, 20300

Area: 443 acres

Open ⋅ Closes 8PM

Phone: +380 4744 36319

Germany

Country in Europe

Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. It has over 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.

 

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Minimum wage: 1,498.00 EUR per month (Jul 2018) Eurostat, Trending

Capital: Berlin

Dialing code: +49

President: Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Currency: Euro

Interesting Places for kids visit

  1. Linderhof Palace

Linderhof Palace is a Schloss in Germany, in southwest Bavaria near Ettal Abbey. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed. (Wikipedia)

Address: Linderhof 12, 82488 Ettal, Germany

Opened: 1886

Phone: +49 8822 92030

Architect: Georg von Dollmann

Function: Palace, Museum

Did you know: Linderhof is the smallest of the three royal castles, and the only one which was completely finished. castles.orgBrandenburg Gate

  1. The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument in Berlin, built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II after the successful restoration of order during the early Batavian Revolution. Wikipedia

Address: Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Height: 85′

Opened: August 6, 1791

Construction started: 1788

Architects: Carl Gotthard Langhans, Johann Gottfried Schadow

Did you know: The Brandenburg Gate was erected between 1788 and 1791 according to designs by Carl Gotthard Langhans whose vision was inspired by the Propylaea in Athens’ Acropolis. berlin.de

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. Wikipedia

Address: Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany

Height: 516′

Construction started: August 15, 1248

Opened: 1322

Architectural style: Gothic architecture

Phone: +49 221 17940555

Architects: Master Gerhard, Ernst Friedrich Zwirner,

5.Tonga

 

 

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Country in Oceania

Tonga is a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific islands, many uninhabited, most lined in white beaches and coral reefs and covered with tropical rainforest. The main island, Tongatapu, is protected by lagoons and limestone cliffs. It’s home to the rural capital of Nuku’alofa, as well as beach resorts, plantations and the Ha’amonga ʻa Maui, a monumental coral gate from the 1200s.

Capital: Nukuʻalofa

Continent: Oceania

Population: 108,020 (2017) according to the World Bank

Currency: Tongan paʻanga

Official languages: Tongan, English

Interesting places to visit with the kids

Uoleva

Uoleva is a sand-cay island in Lifuka district, in the Ha’apai islands of Tonga. Almost uninhabited, it is known for its five small resorts and clean, quiet beaches. Wikipedia

Island group: Geography of Tonga

  1. New Zealand

 

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Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films.

Capital: Wellington

Dialing code: +64

Continent: Oceania

Prime minister: Jacinda Ardern

Population: 4.794 million (2017) World Bank

Interesting places to visit with the kids

  1. Milford Sound

Milford Sound is a fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins. Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory offers views of rare black coral and other marine life. Boat tours are a popular way to explore.

  1. Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park

Fiordland National Park is in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for the glacier-carved fiords of Doubtful and Milford sounds. A beech forest trail on the sandy Milford shore offers views of towering Mitre Peak. Nearby, the craggy Earl Mountains are reflected in the glassy surface of Mirror Lakes. On the Cleddau River, the Chasm Walk passes over bridges with views of powerful waterfalls.

Area: 12,607 km²

Location: Southland, New Zealand

Established: 1952

Weather: 9°C, Wind NW at 13 km/h, 80% Humidity

Local time: Sunday 8:48 PM

Nearest town: Te Anau

Governing body: Department of Conservation

  1. China

 

 

 

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Country in East Asia

China is a populous nation in East Asia, whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline. Capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial center. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east-west across the country’s north.

Capital: Beijing Trending

Dialing code: +86

President: Xi Jinping

Population: 1.386 billion (2017) World Bank

Currency: Renminbi

  1. The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. Wikipedia

          Address: Lintong, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

           Hours:

           Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Mon

 

 

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of (Wikipedia)

Address: Huairou, China

Length: 69.541273 million′

Opened: 1644

Diameter: 69.541273 million′

Hours:

Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM

Designated as world heritage site: 1987 (11th session)

Phone: +86 10 6162 6022

  1. Australia

 

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Country in Oceania

Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

Capital: Canberra

Dialing code: +61

Capital: Canberra

Currency: Australian dollar

Prime minister: Scott Morrison

Interesting historical site to visit with your kids

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings.

Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Construction started: March 2, 1959

Capacity: 5,738

Founded: 1973

Phone: +61 2 9250 7111

Architect: Jørn Utzon

The name of the architect who won the design competition of the Opera House is Jorn Utzon. (ibtimes.com.au)

b.Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It’s home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.

Area: 348,700 km²

UNESCO Site Id: 154

Predictably, The Great Barrier Reef is often included as one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. (australianlandmarks.com.au)

  1. Egypt

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Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities.

Capital: Cairo

Dialing code: +20

Currency: Egyptian pound

Population: 97.55 million (2017) World Bank

President: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Some Monument in Egypt to visit with the kids

  1. The Great Sphinx of Giza, commonly referred to as the Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx, is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. Facing directly from West to East, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. Wikipedia

Address: Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

Dimensions: 66′ 0″ x 62′ 0″ x 240′ 0″

Height: 66′

Hours:

Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Mon

A user suggested these hours

Mon-Sun 8AM–7:30PM

Location: Giza Plateau

Medium: Limestone

 It is thought to have been carved from a limestone outcropping left behind in a U-shaped pit where stone was quarried for the pyramids. (factsanddetails.com)

  1. Giza pyramid complex. This is Archaeological site to visit with the kids

The Giza pyramid complex is an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. It includes the three Great Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, several cemeteries, a workers’ village and an industrial complex. (Wikipedia)

Address: Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

Hours:

Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

A user suggested these hours

Mon-Sun 8AM–10PM

Region: Middle EgypHeritage designation: World Heritage site

UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription: 1979

Burials: Khamerernebty II

10.South Africa

 

 

 

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Country in Southern Africa

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table

Capitals: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein

Dialing code: +27

Currency: South African rand

President: Cyril Ramaphosa

Interesting Places to visit with kids to South Africa

Durban

City in South Africa

Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Durban Botanical Gardens showcases African plant

  1. Kruger National Park

South Africa’s first National Park containing significant numbers of all of the big 5 game species.

 

 

  1. France

 

 

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11. France

Country in Europe

France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman Theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.

President: Emmanuel Macron

Capital: Paris

Dialing code: +33

Population: 67.12 million (2017) according to the World Bank Report

Prime minister: Édouard Philippe

Currencies: Euro, CFP

Some Interesting Places to visit in France with kids

  1. The Louvre or the Louvre Museum

The Louvre, or the Louvre Museum, is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement. (Wikipedia)

Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Established: August 10, 1793

Hours:

Closes soon: 6PM ⋅ Opens 9AM Mon

Date completed: 2015

Director: Jean-Luc Martinez

Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50

Architects: Pierre Lescot, Claude Perrault, Louis Le Vau

Did you know: The Louvre is owned by the French government; however, since the 1990s it has become more independent. justfunfacts.com

Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Wikipedia

Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

Construction started: 1163

Height: 226′

Opened: 1345

Architectural style: French Gothic architecture

Phone: +33 1 42 34 56 10

Architects: Pierre de Montreuil, Jean de Chelles, MORE

 The cathedral’s renowned Cavaillé-Coll organ is one of the largest and most powerful in France, with 8,500 pipes, offering truly sensational sound quality. (planetware.com)

We have been able to identify 11 amazing countries kids want to visit by the time the reach age 16. It is interesting to note that most of the countries the children want to visit are not the popular countries we know of. What this means is that our kids are reading and are eager to explore the world around them.

If our young kids can dream big like this, then we have no excuse to stop dreaming to fulfill our goals in life. If your kids can, you can to.

Watch out for my 20 keys for a successful and long lasting relationship. You can’t afford to miss this.

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