Although my husband and I had already been to Prague several times and our children had been twice, we decided it was time to re-introduce them to this charming city since the last time they had visited they had been in diapers and strollers. Memories came back of very bumpy stroller rides through the cobblestone streets of Prague surrounded by beautiful pastel colored buildings.
Prague is part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is divided into 3 historical regions, Bohemia, Moravia, and Czech Silesia. Prague is in the Bohemian region. You can do Prague over a 2-day or 3-day weekend if you live in Europe. Prague is less than a two-hour plane ride from London. Otherwise, if you are flying from the states you can include Prague as part of a longer eastern European itinerary.
What first came to my mind many years ago when I’d think of Prague was Nazi Invasion, Czechoslovakia, the USSR, communism, and the Tom Cruise movie Mission Impossible. Fast forward to 1989 when we witnessed the fall of communism across Eastern Europe. This opened up a whole new world for tourists to enjoy. Prague, Praha in Czech, is a city of architectural beauty, castles, the Vltava river, bridges, crystal, pilsner beer, marionettes, amber, red garnet, and classical music.
Prague is a city where the Old Town dates back to 900 A.D. and the New Town dates back to 1300 A.D. It was home to Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939), the famous Art Nouveau artist, to Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924), the distinguished german-language author, and to Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841 – 1904), renown composer of late Romantic music.
Prague is also a youthful city embracing modern art and architecture as well. There are plenty of activities for all age groups. For younger children there are many parks, a funicular, the Mirror Maze, the Prague zoo, the Toy Museum, boat trips, and puppet shows.
We entertained our teens with visits to castles, cathedrals, and famous bridges. They were happy to walk all day as long as they were fed good meals and snacks.
We generally headed back to our hotel room in the afternoon to relax before going out to dinner. And for others, entertainment includes museums, concerts, pubs, and nightclubs.
We stayed in the Hotel Praha Augustine which we absolutely loved. It was also running an excellent family deal, pay for one room and get a second adjoining room free.
We were very successful with Italian restaurants like Ristorante Carmelita and Pepenero. We also had a great lunch at Nostress. Another excellent restaurant choice was Artisan Restaurant. We pre-arranged our airport transfers with http://www.prague-airport-transfers.co.uk. We were cautioned against using taxis. The city is very walkable but if you wish to take public transportation it has a metro system, trams, and buses.