Travelling With Children in Prague

Taking children to Prague and the Czech Republic presents no unusual problems. However, baby listening services are not widely available in hotels. Baby care items such as nappies, creams, tinned foods, etc, are readily available in department stores such as Kotva and there is a clothes store at Detsklj Dian, Na prikope 15, Praha 1.

Of the Prague sights, young children in particular will love the Old Town Hall with its performing clock as well as the view from the top. Horse-drawn carriages, known as fiacres, are available for hire in the Staromestske namesti (Old Town Square.) Prague Castle can be heavy going for youngsters, so it’s a good idea to pause for the changing of the guard or to put your feet up for a few minutes in Zlata uliaka (Golden Lane). Not far from the Castle is the Petrin Park which has a maze, a hall of mirrors, a funicular railway and a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower (now a television tower) which offers excellent views from its upper gallery.

You may like to try a boat trip on the Vltava. The landing-stage is at the Raainovo nabf, Praha 2

Prague Zoo is in the northern suburb of Troja, Praha 7. (Take the metro to Nadraai Holeaovice, then bus no. 112.) The natural woodland setting, overlooking the Vltava, makes for a pleasant and relaxed day out. Look out for the Przewalski horses, bred successfully here but now extinct in the wild. Open: daily

The Observatory and Planetarium are at Perrin 205, Praha 1. Open: daily throughout the year, performance times vary. Closed: Monday but it is open in the evenings.

Younger children will love a visit to the theatre. There are several to choose from, including the following:

Spejbl and Hurvinek Puppet Theatre, Rimska 45, Praha 2

Ride loutek Puppet Theatre, Zatecka 1, Praha 1

Magic Lantern Theatre Show, Narodni tfida 40, Praha 1

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