Can't say I ever considered Prague with kids, but after reading Lesley's post I am seriously considering tagging it on during our Europe trip. Why does this always happen?
With its palaces and Churches, majestic castle, and 100 spires, the enchanting city of Prague is a place well worth visiting in our lifetime, but should we wait for the kids to leave home or take them with us? Little Travellers visited this beautiful city with our kids to see if it is really family friendly.
Prague does offer a good selection of family friendly hotels, some excellent attractions such as the SeaWorld, and Prague Zoo, which is often missed out in the city guides and well worth a visit. We took a boat along the Vltava River to visit the Zoo and got to see the sights of Prague along the way. Prague is ideal for families with children who are able to happily walk, as not only navigating your way around cobbled streets with a pushchair could pose a problem, but you wouldn’t want to miss out of these fabulous sites:
The Old Town
Most visitors will start their visit in Prague’s Old Town Square, admiring its stunning architecture. When there look out for the guys wearing yellow tops, who will take you on a memorable walking tour of Prague pointing out the Famous Clock, Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge along with interesting facts and stories. Being free, you don’t mind bailing out of the tour when the kids spot the Chocolate Museum on Celetna 10, it’s not bad for us adults either!
The Astronomical clock
You cannot visit Prague without seeing the Astronomical Clock! You can’t miss it, 10 minutes to every hour a crowd will begin to gather below the clock, looking up in anticipation. It starts with Death ringing the bell to the main dial doors above, which open for the procession of 12 saints; St. Paul and eleven apostles. As the wood-carved figures slide past, they turn to look out of the window. Once finished, the doors close and the cock crows! Once the procession is over, why not clamber up the tower to take in the breathtaking views.
The famous Charles Bridge adorned with statues connects the Old Town to the Mala Strana. It is generally very busy, so a morning visit would be ideal especially with kids. Younger kids will enjoy the new Charles Bridge playground located directly under the bridge on the left bank of the Vltava River on the side of Mala Strana.
The Lesser Town (Mala Strana)
This is a lovely quiet part of town and a great place to have a picnic on Kampa Island, stroll around its quaint lanes with charming houses, and take pictures of the outdoor exhibits like a giant chair, babies without faces and a glowing colony of penguins at the Kampa Museum Take the cable car up Petrin Hill which is an adventure in itself for the kids, and have a giggle at the Mirror Maze, before climbing up the tower to take in more impressive views.
The magnificent Prague Castle sits high on top of the hill and is a MUST when in Prague! This is the residency of the Czech President, who is rarely at home, but you do get to enjoy the changing of the guards’ ceremony and getting involved in the tasks and missions set on the Prague Castles Children’s tour.
To summarise, Prague with its quaint cobbled alleys, amazing medieval architecture and fairytale castles was perfect for a family city break.