A long weekend in Prague with children

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Prague is a great location for a long weekend with children. From admiring the gothic architecture to a spot of a shopping, there is lots to keep the whole family entertained.

Nadia is a mum of 2 and lists Prague as one of her favourite cities to visit. She has shared with My Family Travel Diary her tops tips for a long weekend there with children.

Where to stay

MH Apartments in central Prague are very clean, spacious and have everything you need for a comfortable stay.  We can recommend the Nove Mesto location.  Its on a quiet road on a bit of a hill close to the Vltava River and the Botanical Gardens which are worth a visit.

What to do

  • The Kingdom of Railways museum in Andel not only has lots of models of moving trains to check out but the kids can drive a train simulator which is great fun. It’s also not that busy when we have visited. Over the road is a huge mall so I got a bit of shopping in while the kids looked at trains with their dad!
  • We get the funicular railway to the top of Petrín Hill. There is a lookout tower at the top for beautiful views of Prague. It’s 299 steps to the top so probably not for little legs but I’ve done it with the little one in the carrier. There is also a very nice, but pricy restaurant, a maze, playgrounds and rose gardens
  • Parukářka Park, Zizkov is one my favourite places in Prague. There is a great playground for the children, lots of space, hills, a restaurant/pub and great views. Good for sitting on the grass and watching the sunset in summer
  • The Astronomical Clock is in the old town. On the hour it chimes, a skeleton rings the bells and 12 Apostles pop out from the small windows as well as other moving characters. There is a lot of history to it. Lots of people congregate around the clock to witness it
  • Eat at the Výtopna Railway Restaurant – Václavské náměstí: a restaurant where a model train brings your drinks to the tables! We all loved this and ordered a lot of drinks to keep the train coming!
  • Walk over Charles Bridge and touch the statues for good luck
  • If you like zoos, Prague zoo is great for a day out with lots to keep the kids busy. It’s very hilly and lots of walking is required
  • Prague has the largest Lego museum.   We haven’t managed to get to it yet but it’s on the list for when we visit again.

Top tips

  • Although part of the EU the currency is us Czech Koruna, not euros
  • If you are taking a buggy, one with small wheels isn’t ideal on the cobbled stone floors so a buggy with larger wheels would be a smoother ride for your child and your wrists!
  • Tram and metro are a great way to get around, we get a travel card
  • Be careful crossing the roads, cars go fast and are less likely to stop for you
  • Be careful with taxi fares, figure out acceptable current rates so you don’t get ripped off
  • In most restaurants people still smoke indoors, most have a no smoking area but the smell can be quite strong if you are not used to it.
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