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.
Cobblestone streets of Prague
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.
The Prague Castle in the distance and the St. Vitus Cathedral
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.
The 13th Century Charles Bridge
Courtesy of Curt Petrucelli
Marionettes of all Kinds
Czech Crystal Beads
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.
Alphonse Mucha Artwork
- The Rudolfinum Concert Hall
Home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra since 1946
On 4 January 1896 Antonín Dvořák himself conducted the Czech Philharmonic in the hall in its first ever concert.
- The Astronomical Clock installed in 1410
Souvenirs of the Astronomical Clock
- City Hall at Old Town Square
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.
The Dancing House
Also called Fred and Ginger
Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry in co-operation with Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić
Yellow Penguins over the Vltava River in Kampa area of Prague.
They light up at night.
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.
Angelato Cafe for Delicious Gelato
Snacks for Mom and Dad Too
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.
Building in Old Town
Municipal House in Prague
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.
Crystal Vegetable Chandelier at Hotel Praha Augustine
Courtesy of Clara Petrucelli
Fun Russian Wooden Dolls
My daughter’s favorite: Justin Bieber Middle Row Left Hand Side
Courtesy of Clara Petrucelli
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.
Crystal Hearts from Prague
The Crystal of Kings and Queens
Founded in 1857