Prague With Kids

Prague with kids

Prague, the Capital of Czech Republic, is such a beautiful and charming city. Millions of tourists come here all year round. It is also one of the cheapest capitals in Europe you can visit with your family.

I visited Prague with my three kids in Summer 2015, and we were lucky enough to stay with my good friend Magdalena who was born and bred in this gorgeous city.

We spend three days in this gorgeous city and enjoyed every minute of it.

We didn’t have to worry about accommodation or an experienced tour guide at all which felt so luxurious.

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Prague with kids is worth a visit, that’s for sure.


How To Get To Prague

We took the train from Berlin and arrived at the central train station in the middle of the city. From there it is easy to catch the bus, metro or tram.

If you arrive at the airport, I would recommend taking a Taxi since the public transport from the airport to the city center can be a bit complicated with catching the bus and then changing to hop on the metro. With kids and a whole lot of luggage, that’s a nightmare.


How To Get Around

public transport prague

Otherwise, the public transport in Prague is efficient, complex and reliable. And affordable! A three-day pass for an adult and children over six years costs $13 each. Children under six years travel free.

Prague’s city center is quite compact, so it is easy to walk around. If you use a stroller for your child, just be aware there are lots of cobblestones. You probably would need a sturdy stroller.


Best Time To Visit

Prague is a tourist magnet all year round.

My general advice is to visit from May until the end of June and again in September and October. July and August are traditionally the months of the Summer school holidays in Europe and it can get very crowded.

If you don’t mind cold days filled with rain or snow then, of course, you could also go to Prague in Winter time.


What To Pack

Even in Summertime, you need to be prepared for all kind of weather. It can be rainy but also very hot.

Here are my suggested must-haves

  • Comfortable walking shoes (be prepared to walk a lot on cobblestone)
  • A raincoat
  • A travel adapter for Europe
  • Either a sturdy stroller or baby carrier (for your baby or toddler)
  • A travel crib (depends on the accommodation)

Things To Do In Prague With Kids

Well, I have to tell you, my friend Magda loves walking, and we walked a lot. Amazingly enough, my children didn’t complain much. We bribed them with yummy ice cream and palacinka, a thin crepe-like version of a pancake. Delicious!palacinka

We had three full days to explore what Prague has to offer. And I know we will go back for more.


The First Day

Prague Zoo

We started off with the world-famous Prague Zoo and spent the whole day there.  The Prague Zoo is set on nearly 60 hectares and is rated Top 4 of the world’s best Zoos.  Be prepared to walk a lot.

There is such much to see and do. Some of the attractions besides the animals is a miniature cable car, a huge playground, and a little train that will take you all around the Zoo. Hop on and off as you like.

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Prague Zoo
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Prague Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ticket prices are affordable. For a family of four, you will pay $25.

If you use public transport you need to take the metro to “Nadrazi Holesovice” and from there the bus 112 to “Botanicka Zahrada” or take the Zoo bus which is free to use.

But you could even go on a steamboat ride. I think that is such a cool thing to do. Cruise on the river Vltava for an hour, watch the historical sites along the way and then off to explore the Zoo. Pure Bliss.  For a family pass one way you will pay $16.

Prague Zoo Admission(High Season April – September)
Adults:
150 CZK (US$7); Kids (3-15 years): 100 CZK (US$4.50); Family Pass (2 Adults +2 Children): 450CZK (US$20)
Opening Hours: Daily 9 am – 6 pm
Getting There: Metro Station Nadrazi Holesovice (Line C); from there take the Zoo Bus – it’s free; leaves every 10 minutes.


The Second Day

Exploring The Old Town Square And Prague Castle

Our second day was all about exploring Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Old Town Square with the famous medieval Astronomical Clock.

As mentioned before, most of the historical sites are within walking distance. Of course, with children, you have to take your time. So we stopped at cafe’s, breweries and a playground on the way. Otherwise, it would have been too tiring for all of us.

I love to sit down and watch the world go by. It’s a fantastic way to take in the atmosphere of a place. Prague has a magical atmosphere in my opinion.

The Old Town Square is an incredibly busy place with masses of tourists. So be aware when you go there with your kids. It gets really busy just before the hour when everyone is gathering in front of the Astronomical Clock.

It is the oldest one in the world still operating. On the hour you will see statues of all 12 Apostles at the doorway above the clock.

Place by Prague Castle
Place by Prague Castle
Getting ready to watch the 12 Apostels
Magda and my kids are getting ready to watch the 12 Apostles
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Astronomical Clock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Third Day

Our third and last day in Prague was all about relaxing. Two days of walking, exploring and taking in new sights made us tired.  So we decided to head off to the public outdoor pool just a few minutes away from Magda’s place.  Here is a website, that lists more public pools and lakes in and around Prague.

And it was fabulous, perfect for adults and children alike with a big pool, a paddling pool, an awesome water slide, a playground, and food stands. We could relax on the huge grassy area next to the pools. What a beautiful way to end these three days in Prague.

Oh wait, I am not quite finished yet. 🙂

A visit to Prague is not complete without visiting one of the many breweries in the city. Prague is famous for its beer. You deserve it!


Other Things You Can Do With Your Kids

Visit A Puppet Show

puppet show prague

The best place to visit a puppet show is the National Marionette Theatre. The most popular show is ‘Don Giovanni’. The show features life-size puppets dressed in period costumes.

The show is ideal for all ages and nationalities since there are little or no spoken words.

Marionette theatres have a long tradition in the Czech Republik and appeal to young and old.

Address: National Marionette Theatre, Zatecka 1, Old Town, Prague
Getting There: one minute walk from Old Town Square; Metro: Staromestska (Line A)
www.mozart.cz


Prague Toy Museum

old doll house

 

The Prague Toy Museum is worth a visit for families. With seven exhibition rooms stretched out over two floors, it is the second largest toy museum in the world.

You can admire toys from the Greek ancient era right up to the modern Barbie dolls.

On display are also traditional toys from Czech and Bohemia. A visit would be especially great on a rainy day.

Admission: Adults: 60 CZK (US$3); Children under 15 years are free
Opening Hours: Daily; 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
Getting There: Prague Castle; Jirska 4
Website: Toy Museum


Petrin Hill And Observation Tower petrin hill and observation tower

To enjoy a splendid view of Prague and surroundings, a visit to the Observation Tower is a must. People also call it Prague’s Mini Eiffel Tower and it really looks a lot like the Eiffel Tower.

The Observation Tower opened in 1891. To get to the top you’ll have to climb 299 stairs! That is a good exercise.

After your visit, you can stop at the nearby restaurant “Nebozizek” for lunch or dinner. And your kids will love the playground at the base of Petrin Hill.

Admission: Adults 60CZK; Children (3-15): 40CZK; Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Children) 60 CZK
Opening Hours: Daily; May – September: 10 am – 10 pm
Getting There: from Tram Stop Ujezd Street (9,12,15,20,22) take the Funicular Railway – it is part of the Public Transport
Website: pragueexperience.com.


Eating Out In Prague

restaurant in prague

It is so affordable to eat out in Prague, even for a family. And, there are so many places to choose from that offer international or rustic Czech cuisine.

Here are some of our recommended eateries that offer delicious food and are child-friendly too.

U Zavesenyho Kafe (The Hanging Cafe)

We visited this unique and cozy cafe at lunchtime when it was very quiet. In the evening it is filled with locals that enjoy a tasty beer and some local cuisine.

The ‘Hanging Cafe’ is an institution and is worth a visit, only a few hundred meters away from Prague Castle. I loved the artwork on the walls which created such a quaint atmosphere.

You can have lunch outside on the terrace with an amazing view of the city.

Address: Uvoz 169/6, Prague
Opening Hours: Daily, 11 am – midnight
Website:Hanging Cafe


Vegetarian Restaurant ‘Maitrea’

Maitrea is not your usual Czech restaurant. Instead, it is a calming place with two fountains, a Buddha, a fireplace; everything is placed according to Feng Shui. It’s the ideal place to have dinner after a busy day of walking and sightseeing.

It felt like an oasis in the middle of a busy city and even my children seemed more relaxed.

The prices for the meals are a bit higher but it is worth it. The food is delicious!

Note: I would recommend booking in advance. I am not too sure if this restaurant is suitable for babies and toddlers. My youngest was five years old when we visited.

Address: Týnská ulička 1064/6, Praha 1 – Old Town
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11.30 am – 11.30 pm; Saturday/Sunday: noon – 11.30 pm
Website:restaurace-maitrea.cz


U Medvidku

U Medvidku is a great place to get some refreshing home brewed beer and a rustic Czech dish at the same time. This place has been a Prague institution for years and years.

The founding of U Medvidku restaurant dates back to 1466! Today it is a large beerhall that is occupied by locals and tourists alike.

When it gets too busy, you can sit outside in the large beer garden.

Address: Na Perštýně 7, 100 01 Praha 1 (Old Town)
Opening Hours: Monday -Friday: 11 am – 11 pm; Saturday: 11.30 – 11 pm; Sunday: 11.30 am – 10 pm
Website:umedvidku.cz


Wrapping It Up

I do hope my guide Prague with kids has given you ideas on what to do in this amazing metropolis. It is still one of the most affordable cities in Europe to visit.

I am sure you’ll love this city as much as we do.

 

The Little Mole - Krtek' Czech cartoon character
The Little Mole – Krtek

By the way, this is the little Mole; the Czech name is Krtek. Krtek first appeared at the Venice Film Festival in 1957. He is such a lovable, cuddly character.

Growing up in East Germany, Krtek was very popular on German TV and loved by all children.

You can get all sorts of toys, stamps, calendars, cups, books and more with Krtek on it.

It is a beautiful souvenir to take home.


Have fun visiting Prague with your family! I hope you will enjoy and have a fantastic time. If you have any tips or feedback, please leave it in the comment box below.

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Have Fun and Safe Travels!

Anke


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4 Comments

  • Hi Anke!
    I really loved your post.
    I have never been to Prague, but I have some friends who have, and I have almost only heard positive things about it. I have three kids of my own, and I am interested in places that are suitable for travelling with children.
    You have so much info in your post, should I choose to visit Prague I wouldn’t hesitate to print it out and carry it with me.

    I would however like to hear some more about your experience with the Astronomical Clock, as all my friends who have been there tell me that it was a huge disappointment. I don’t know what they expected to see, but it wasn’t what they got.

    Anyway, I like your post, and your writing is good and captivating.
    Thank you
    Ossur

    • Hi Ossur, thanks so much for your feedback. In regards to the astronomical clock, I can understand why your friends might have been disappointed. At every full hour a huge crowd assembles in front of the clock and there is a lot of excitement in the air. But the whole procedure of seeing the moving figures etc. just takes less than a few minutes and it is really hard to see everything and taking it all in in this short time frame .I do however think it is a must-see when you visit Prague. The clock is over 600 years old and the oldest functioning astronomical clock in the world. This impressive historical background alone is worth visiting this medieval clock.

      Cheers, Anke

  • Hi Anke, wow! I take my hat off to you for giving your 3 children these magical holidays. What wonderful memories they will have of their childhood! I was amazed at how much of Prague you managed to take in during your 3 day stay, and also impressed that you made your whole trip about fun and play, adding a day to relax at the pool at the end of the sightseeing. To spend a whole day in one of the world’s top zoos must have been a real treat for them! I would love to hear which was their favourite part of the trip?

    • Thank you, Lauren, for your lovely comment. My friend Magda, who was born and bred in Prague, was responsible for our quite busy schedule. 🙂 It is so awesome to have a personal local guide. My oldest son says, the food was his favorite part, my six year old daughter loved the Universal Studios in Singapore (I will talk about it n my next post) and Karl, who is ten years old now, loved the pools. It will probably change again when I ask them in a few weeks. 🙂

      All the best from Anke

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