This guest post is written by Geoff, who runs Wandertooth, a travel website for the ‘cautiously adventurous’, together with his wife Katie. They lived in Prague for a year and a half, and now live in Budapest spending most of their time keeping up with their 8 month old daughter.
Prague is one of the most beautiful European cities with fairytale-esque imagery around every corner. The city is small and the historical center is compact. Its walkability makes it easy to reach most of the main sites on foot.
Prague is also one of the safest cities in Europe, with accessible and nice neighborhoods, making it a great destination for families with children as well. During school season it’s not uncommon to see kids as young as 10 or 12 riding public transportation alone to and from school and after school activities!
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Prague with kids
Yes, Prague is an amazing city, but, will it be fun for the kids, or will it be fun with the kids? Of course there are the obvious main attractions like Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square, etc. However, in this post you will find a couple of ideas to keep ‘in your back pocket’ if you’re looking for things to do in Prague with your kids.
Prague with Kids Pro Tip: time your Prague Castle visit for noon, and you’ll be able to see the changing of the guards in the main courtyard!
In Old Town Square, keep some spare change in your pocket, as there are plenty of street entertainers about. You’ll find everything from street magicians to musicians, to the classic monster bubble making hippies.
There are food stalls, ice cream vendors, and restaurants lining the square, and a gorgeous Christmas Market in the winter. Horse and carriage tours are available from here as well.
Getting around Prague with Kids
The public transportation system in Prague is very good and inexpensive. It’s free for children up to age 6, and from age 6 to 15 children pay a discounted price.
For families with very little ones, transportation can be a little challenging but not impossible. Not every metro station is accessible for strollers. On all transport maps, metro stations with elevators are marked with a wheelchair icon.
Another common sight is parents navigating the escalators with their strollers. That being said, most stations in the city center will have a lift. You may want to bring a carrier though.
Tram schedules will display which scheduled trams have low decks, for easy loading, with the time in bold print. Otherwise the space at the back of each normal tram car is reserved for strollers. You’ll see a black button by the door which will alert the driver that you need extra time to unload.
Prague with Kids Pro Tip: during the summer months there are public transport boats along the Vltava that will give you a unique, and amazing, view of the city from the water for the mere price of your transport ticket.
Also, I would suggest looking into the Prague Card which includes entry to most of the attractions. Buying tickets, especially for the castle complex, can be confusing and not something you’ll likely want to deal with when travelling with kids.
The best things to do in Prague with kids
The Prague Zoo
No family guide to Prague would be complete without the Prague Zoo. Not necessarily the first thing you’d think to do when visiting Prague, but it is routinely selected as one of the best zoos in the world.
The Prague Zoo has over 700 species to view in well-designed enclosures and world-class environments. The Hippo House is a perennial favorite attraction.
The discounted family pricing and impressive size and variety of the zoo make it popular with families. On weekends during the summer it will be packed with families from all over. Entrance is included with the Prague Card.
Visit one of Prague’s amazing parks
Most notably, Stromovka Park, a 250 acre park near the zoo is a great one for families to check out. During the summer Praguers take advantage of the city’s largest park for all kinds of recreation, from in-line skating to jogging, grilling and picnicking, or just relaxing. At the east end, you find Lunapark amusement park with rides and excitement for the kids.
Go up Petrin Hill
Petrin Hill is a large hillside park in the center of Prague recognizable for the oddly Eiffel tower looking Petřín Lookout Tower (Petřínská rozhledna) at the top. It offers a wonderfully expansive view of the entire city. Close to the tower, is an observatory and a mirror maze.
If you’d rather not walk to the top the, Petřín Funicular, built in 1891, will get you there for the price of a public transport ticket; it’s actually part of the public transit system.
If you’re lucky enough to be in the park on May 1 you will see Czech couples kissing under the many cherry trees. This tradition supposedly ensures that the couple’s love will last for the rest of the year, and also keeps women young and beautiful! Entrance to the Petrin Tower viewing platform is included with the Prague Card.
Kid-friendly museums in Prague
There are a number of different museums operated by the National Museum and they all offer something a little different. The Ethnographic Museum offers a unique look at the traditional folk history of Czechs and has some unique hands-on displays where little ones can even milk an artificial cow!
The National Technical Museum offers exhibits for everything from clocks to trains to cars to printing machinery, and also has a handful of interactive exhibits. Reduced rates are available for families.
For kids and families who love airplanes, the Aviation Museum (Letecké muzeum) is a treat. While it’s a bit complicated to reach via public transportation, the free admission makes up for the journey.
Here you can learn about the history of Czech aviation and view a large selection of Soviet military aircraft. The attendants are passionate aviators and volunteers who are happy to share their knowledge, albeit mainly in Czech.
Take an antique car tour
If you’re looking for a unique way to view the city and don’t feel much like walking, Prague Old Car Tours might be fun for the family. Get driven around Prague in a classic open-topped car and see the center in style. It’s relatively affordable and five people can ride in each car.
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Where to eat in Prague with kids
For a sweet treat, make sure you sample Třdelník, sometimes called chimney cake in other parts of Europe. It’s like a donut, but…different. It’s rolled and cooked over a fire, and then cinnamon, sugar, chocolate and other toppings and flavors are available. You’ll see stands all over the city, but the most famous spot is Creperie U Kajetána at Nerudova 248/17 – the main street leading up to the castle.
Most restaurants in Prague are perfectly happy to have children around but some might be a little more entertaining for the little ones.
Does your kid love trains? Let’s start with a restaurant where small electric trains deliver your drinks while you eat! The classic Czech restaurant Vytopna has two locations, both centrally located, one on Wenceslas Square and another in the Palladium shopping mall at Namesti Republiky.
The Belgian-themed restaurant Bruxx at Namesti Miru has an excellent children’s play area and a decent selection of beers to keep adults happy too.
La Casa Argentina on Dlouha St. claims to have the best steaks in the city and prides itself on having an excellent children’s corner with a ball pit and other attractions.
The Kafárna Na Kus řeči restaurant in Prague’s Vinohrady district may not have a play area but it is most definitely family friendly. Any night of the week you will see local families enjoying a traditional Czech meal, and they have best fried cheese around. There are frequently tables reserved for groups of children playing Minecraft together as well as adults playing Magic The Gathering. Bonus if you’re a dog lover as there will almost always be a pup or two around.
For something lighter, everyone will love Angelato for a cool treat while touring the often hot city center. They have the best gelato in town, as evidenced by the long lines, and three locations around the center.
The Koala Cafe in Holesovice is dedicated to superb coffee and making sure children have something to do while the grown-ups enjoy a cup of brew.
Family friendly accommodation in Prague
While AirBnB is always a great choice for families who want to stay together in a home-like environment there are a few more traditional options that are perfect for families too.
Accommodation discount: if you have never traveled with Airbnb before you can get €30 of your first Airbnb stay with this link!
Anyday Apartments is located in New Town and a great choice for families who want to be close to the action, but might not want a traditional hotel-room experience. They offer large studio and multi-room apartments that are perfect for traveling families.
Hotel Monastery is just a stone’s throw from the Prague castle offering amazing views of the city and special rooms designed for families.
Apartcity Hotel in the Smichov district has apartments families will love and is perfectly located near the Andel metro station and a modern shopping center. Everything you need is nearby and the city center is a short walk or ride on public transport away. This is just a couple blocks from where we used to live and quite liked the area.
I hope you have enjoyed this comprehensive local guide to Prague with kids! Looking for more posts about family travel? Also read which kid-friendly cities to visit in East Europe, West-Europe, Scandinavia and the U.K.