There are few cities in the world that can compete with the fairy tale beauty of Prague. With its majestic castle, Bohemian architecture and absorbing history, Prague is a fantastic location for a family vacation. Whether you visit Prague in the height of summer or the depths of winter, you will discover a city that will inspire and thrill the entire family. You will also be able to find great places to stay. From the quirky to the traditional, lodging in Prague is effortlessly easy as you will see on booking websites such as Venere.com.
Perhaps the most iconic location to visit is Prague Castle. Dating back to the ninth century this ancient castle looms large overlooking the Czech capital. With its enchanting buildings, whimsical gardens and, of course, the castle itself, you could easily be mistaken for believing you have wondered into the set of a Disney movie. Yet this staggeringly beautiful location is the residence and office of the Czech President. You can also attend various exhibitions, concerts and special events at the Castle.
At the front gates of the castle complex, on the hour from 7am to 8pm in the summer and from 7am to 6pm in the winter, you will be able to witness the changing of the guard. These blue cladded soldiers add to the fairy tale vibe of the castle. Aside from the castle itself, the complex boasts museums such as the brilliantly fun Toy Museum and beautiful gardens which offer up stunning panoramic views of Prague and the Vltava River.
As you survey Prague from the castle’s various gardens you will see several bridges crossing the Vltava River. One of these, however, is sure to stand out from the rest. The famed Charles Bridge buzzes with tourists who come to marvel at this wonderful feat of gothic engineering. Dating back to 1402, this historic bridge is home to 30 religious statues as well street artists and vendors which are sure to entertain your whole family.
Until 1841, Charles Bridge was the only bridge connecting Prague Castle to the city’s Old Town and other areas. Just like the Prague Castle complex, it wouldn’t feel out of place to see a fairy tale prince and princess emerge from one of the many stunning buildings that the Old Town and Old Town square have to offer. The Old Town boasts the Astronomical Clock which is an astonishing medieval structure. First built way back in 1410, Prague’s much loved astronomical clock is the oldest one in the world that’s still in working condition. Situated just around the corner from the Astronomical Clock, is the Old Town square. This charming square, that is always full of life, offers many family friendly activities but perhaps the best one is to take a horse and carriage ride through Prague’s cobbled streets.
One great place to take a horse and carriage ride to is Petrin Hill or to its base where you can use the funicular railway to climb to the top. Upon reaching the summit you and your family will be treated to not only stunning views of Prague but also a great recreational area full of parks, woodland and mazes. You will also be able to indulge in stargazing at the Stefanik Observatory whilst a trip to the top of Petrin Tower, a mini Eiffel Tower, is well worth it.
Other great locations for an ideal family vacation include the Prague Zoo which is situated outside the city centre. Prague also has a mini Sea World whilst the National Marionette Theatre is great family fun. Puppetry has been popular throughout Prague’s history and the before mentioned theatre offers performances suitable for all ages.