Favorite Things To Do in Prague with Kids
Known as the Golden City of 100 Spires, Prague certainly didn’t disappoint with its grand architecture, culture and charm. Set in the heart of Europe, it’s a well-preserved city and so photogenic that it almost felt like setting foot in fairytale land. There was also no shortage of family-friendly things to do in Prague that were close to our hotel, Hilton Prague. Here are some highlights from our visit to Prague with kids.
Explore Prague Castle
Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral dominate Prague’s skyline. It is the world’s largest castle complex that includes museums, churches, courtyards, gardens and is the President’s seat. There’s something for everyone here. We climbed the 287 steps to the top of St . Vitus Cathedral for magnificent panoramic views. Be sure to go inside St. Vitus and St. George churches to see its stunning architecture and lavish interior.
Don’t miss the Changing of the Guards at noon which includes the band. My kids enjoyed posing with the guards at their posts. We loved strolling through Golden Lane’s small and colorful houses that looked like they were built for kids. Some houses were turned into “as-they-lived” exhibits of former residents, which were great history lessons.
Visit the Old Town Square
The Old Town square is a must-visit for its historic, grand buildings and lively activities. Visitors flock here to see the 600-year-old astronomical clock on the Old Town Hall. The procession of the 12 apostles from behind two windows draws the crowd here at the top of the hour. My kids were a bit disappointed it didn’t last very long but still enjoyed it. This city center is a wonderful place to shop, eat and be entertained. Be sure to go into one of the marionette shops to see the variety of puppets including some familiar figures.
Explore the Green Spaces
Prague was quite busy so we welcomed the green spaces to relax and unwind and for the kids to run around. Luckily, it has over 200 parks and gardens of varying sizes. The funicular to Petrin Hill Park is quite popular where kids can climb Petrin Tower, Prague’s mini-Eiffel tower version, for more scenic views. Petrin also has a mirror maze, rose garden and horseback riding.
We enjoyed our visit to Vysehrad which was once a castle and fort. There was so much history here but also lovely river views from the fortress wall. Other popular parks were Stromovka, Kampa Island Park and Franciscan Garden.
My kids also loved Wallenstein Gardens with its topiaries, fountains, statues, aviary and artificial stalactites wall with hidden figures. Peacocks roam the grounds and the beautiful Sala Terrena building takes center stage.
Go on River Cruises
We love seeing cities from the water and did a two-hour sightseeing cruise on the Vltava River as an orientation. We crossed a few bridges, saw ornate buildings and close-ups of the river’s navigation channels. We were rewarded with a unique perspective and the best part for my kids – going on the canal locks. It was a great lesson in the mechanics of how a canal works. Lunch, live music or dinner cruises were also available.
Walk the Charles Bridge
We couldn’t leave Prague without crossing this 14th century, stone, pedestrian bridge that connects the Old Town to Lesser Town. Thirty sandstone religious statues line the bridge that’s perfect for a scavenger hunt activity. Many artists, vendors and musicians were also here for the tourists.
My kids’ favorite part was following the rituals to touch some statues for good luck or making wishes. We visited both during the day and at night for two different experiences.
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