Family Holiday Destinations : Prague in the Czech Republic

By on May 18, 2014
Family Holiday Destinations : Prague in the Czech Republic
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A family holiday does not have to be stressful or boring—especially if you are going to Prague in the Czech Republic. Although this city might not be the first thing that comes up when people are talking about family-friendly destinations, you can be sure that there are a wide variety of attractions and activities that will appeal to kids of all ages and the young at heart.

Prague is best-known for its wonderful, fairytale-like cityscape and beers, two things that would definitely appeal to a family looking for a memorable holiday. Here are some of the things that make Prague one of the best family holiday destinations in the world.

A Tour of the Past

Teaching history, in many schools, often involve books and picture slides. If you wish to impart a bit of history with the young ones, go on a walking tour of Prague and relive the past with the well-preserved historical structures and landmarks. The Daily Walk of Prague offers guided tours of the historic city, pointing out the loveliest landmarks while recounting the stories behind them. Among the important city landmarks to watch out for are the Mala Strana quarter (with wonderfully preserved Baroque structures), the St. Nicholas Church, the Old Town (perfect for exploration—just make sure that younger children are always by your side as they can get lost in the maze-like streets), and the Vltava Riverside.

Sight-Seeing at Petrin Hill

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Aside from walking tours, you can enjoy breathtaking sceneries from the Observation Tower in Petrin Hill, which can be accessed through a funicular located in Mala Strana. Aside from the Observation Tower (which is a smaller replica of the famous Parisian landmark the Eiffel Tower), kids of all ages can also enjoy the Mirror Maze, an attraction built over 120 years ago for the Jubilee Exposition.

Museum-Hopping in Prague

While most of the Old Town is like an open-air museum, there are plenty of other museum attractions in Prague. Younger children will definitely enjoy the interactive exhibits of the National Technical Museum, the impressive natural history collection of the National Museum, and the many wonders of the Toy Museum (located in the Prague Castle area). One of the best parts of the Toy Museum is the exhibit of Anatoly Konyenko creations—Konyenko is a master of the micro-miniature technique, an impressive skill that allows him to create the smallest book in the world (less than 1x1mm in size). Another museum to visit is the Karel Zeman Museum, which is home to special effects exhibits and dedicated to the legendary Czech filmmaker.

Enjoying the Scenic Outdoors

Prague is beautiful and holiday-perfect all year round, but peak tourist season is around May to August when the weather is warmer. Should you visit around late spring to early summer, you should make sure to enjoy the Children’s Island in Vltava, Letna Park, or go boating on the Kampa Island pier. The Waldstein Garden is also the perfect place to admire the majestic peacocks and the brilliantly colored carp.

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