Prague is located in the heart of Europe, and the conveniently situated Four Seasons Hotel Prague is the perfect place to begin discovering the charms of the city’s Old Town and New Town as well as its historic Jewish Quarter. Whether you choose to visit during the flower-filled spring and summer months or during the festive Christmas Market period, Prague is a city with limitless offerings for families.
Photography Alan Copson City Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo
This complex of ornate buildings, courtyards and monuments features everything from the Old Royal Palace to St Vitus’ Cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic architecture. Be sure to visit the chapel of St Wenceslas, which is encrusted with semi-precious stones, as well as the Coronation Jewels and the Royal Crypt below. Younger children will love exploring the Royal Gardens, while teens will be fascinated by the White Tower’s history of torture and intrigue.
This picturesque span—featuring 30 saintly statues—is regularly packed with street vendors and musicians, and links sections of Prague on either side of the Vltava River. On the east side of the Vltava River is Prague’s historic Old Town district, marked by the Old Town Bridge Tower at the foot of the bridge. Kids will delight in climbing to the top of the structure for spectacular views of the viaduct in the distance. On the river’s west side is the Lesser Town district, and its centre is the magnificent St Nicholas Church (one of three in Prague). After a visit, be sure to catch a glimpse of the nearby Prague Castle.
Old Town Square
Photography Robert Garrigus / Alamy Stock Photo
This lively square is considered the heart of Prague, full of the excitement of street-sellers, horse-and-buggy rides, and bustling cafés. The square is surrounded by a pastel mix of Baroque buildings, but the 15th-century Astronomical Clock is the real draw for kids. Visit on the hour (9:00 am to 9:00 pm) to see the automated procession of the 12 apostles. Another St Nicholas Church also sits on the square, and even small children will be amazed by its soaring dome, colourful frescos, crystal candelabra and gold-leaf decorations.
Marionettes and more
Photography Alex Maddox / Alamy Stock Photo
Puppetry is a large part of Czech culture, and you will find wonderful marionette shops in Prague, some featuring Spejbl and Hurvínek (the Czech equivalents of Punch and Judy). Stock up on souvenirs at Marionettes Rici or Loutky Marionettes (multiple locations just below Prague Castle), both of which specialize in handcrafted characters ranging from Pinocchio to Harry Potter. For a fun-filled family evening, attend a puppet performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the National Marionette Theatre.
Playtime in Prague
Children in need of exploration on their own terms can burn off some energy climbing Petřín Tower, Prague’s version of the Eiffel Tower. The nearby Mirror Maze offers a distorting diversion, and everyone will enjoy a scenic tram ride (try Route 91) through the city. Other best bets include the Prague Planetarium, the Toy Museum and the Prague Zoo.