Rivaling the beauty of Paris, the history of Vienna and the food of Rome, Prague is a top contender when it comes to European cities. Nestled in the now thriving Czech Republic, it’s location in Eastern Europe is sometimes overlooked by those exploring the west. But with tons of attractions and hotels in Prague that cater to families, a wonderful vacation for all can be had there.
Modes of Transportation
The kids always seem most jazzed about a trip when they’re looking out a plane window, watching scenery rush by on a train, or singing along to the radio on a road trip. Luckily, Prague offers tons of ways to travel in the city that will delight little ones on the move. For instance, the historic Tram no. 91 runs on weekends from March through November and gives a great overlook of Prague. Some of the notable stops it makes include a swing by the Prague Castle, the National Theatre, and the Holesovice fairgrounds. You can catch the tram around noon at the Vozvna Stresovice. For a nautical adventure, there are ferries that run along the Vltava River, which the family can board between the Palackeho and Jiraskuv bridges.
A Little History
Prague has undergone significant transformation in recent decades. It’s important to show the kids how people used to overcome hardship under dictators and oppressive government in the past. By visiting the Museum of Communism, the little ones can see how other kids just like them lived. There is a wide array of artifacts and items, from clothing and propaganda posters to home goods and even toys. There is a special room showing how children went to school under Communist party rule with limited resources and heavy censorship.
Puppets on Parade
The people of the Czech Republic love their traditions, especially when it comes to children’s entertainment. This includes puppetry and love performances which happen often throughout Prague. These days, you might have to explain to kids what a puppet is! Or, you can simply have the family venture to the city’s Marionette Museum to catch a show. Everyone will love the Mozart adaptation of his famous operas, complete with 18th century period costumes worn by detailed puppets. Parents can also travel down memory lane with a performance based on the “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles.
A Break From Sightseeing
Many kids will be patient while visiting castles and churches (as well as letting their parents try some of Prague’s famous beers). But when it’s time to expel some energy and maybe meet the local kiddos, it can be fun to visit some of the city’s playgrounds. The children’s play center at the Franciscan Gardens is one of the most scenic and busy, with tons of swings, slides, and grassy areas. There’s also accommodations close by that are cozy, such as the Green Garden Hotel. Near the main train station of Praha Hlavni Nadrazi is a public playground with a sandpit and zipline too.
The Charles Bridge playground has scenic views and a family-friendly eatery nearby called the Kampa Park restaurant. This spot is a favorite of local and travelers alike, as the bridge is alive with street performers and buskers.
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