Another unmissable city escape is the historical city of Prague in the Czech Republic. We have chosen 5 nights in August to explore this wonderful city, and there is more than enough in and around your hotel to keep everyone busy for the duration of your stay.
Arrive at your leisure to Prague Airport on August 17th and private transfers will bring you directly to your hotel in the city centre. A modern, fully non-smoking, 4* hotel with newly renovated public areas. Located in the historic part of Prague, 5 minutes walk from the Wenceslas Square, National Museum, or Prague Convention Centre. Enjoy the bar and restaurant with international and local cuisine, relax and unwind in the gym, indoor swimming pool and sauna.
Your room is a standard double with additional sofa bed, sleeping up to four, but you might opt for a larger room with a living area if you really want to spread out. The Standard Room, measuring 24 m², mixes modern décor, comfort and high-end facilities: 1 Double Bed and sofa, flat screen TV, tea/coffee, Wi-Fi, safe and free access to the wellness centre. Or upgrade to a spacious Superior Room, measuring 34 m², with King Bed and sofa, and large living space.
The onsite restaurant boasts local and international specialties, and breakfast is included for all five mornings of your stay. If you decide to explore the eateries around the city, there’s a treat just outside your hotel at Vytopna Railway Restaurant. Good food and reasonable prices are attractive enough, but its unique attraction is a 400m miniature railway which runs around the entire restaurant, and even down the centre of the tables you sit at.
The trains reach speeds of 20km per hour, and they deliver drinks to your table sitting in their wagons! The railway tracks they travel on pass through tunnels, over drawbridges, through sculptured rock formations and woods, by ponds, and the trains pull into stations.
There of course is so much more to this city, so get out and discover it all! Many famous sights in Prague border the river, so river cruises are always popular with families. They offer a relaxing way to see the city, and to enjoy a meal at the same time. The lunch cruise and dinner cruise are both informal, and the food is buffet style – everyone should find dishes to their liking. The boats have inside and outside seating, which allows for space to move around. Make sure you go up on deck as the boat sails under Charles Bridge.
Black Light Theatre is a wild mix of ballet, animated film, illusions, puppets and mime artists. The shows are highly visual, and even very young children will enjoy the dancing and the lights and sounds. Puppet Theatre (Marionette Theatre) enjoys a long tradition in Prague. The puppet shows feature life-size puppets dressed in period costume from the time of Mozart.
The Funicular Railway runs from the Lesser Town to the top of Petrin Hill. On the side of Petrin Hill is a park and wooded areas. At its summit are landscaped gardens and several attractions to visit. Foremost is the Petrin Observation Tower, which visitors can climb to enjoy terrific views over the city. There is also a hall of mirrors, plus an observatory with a small museum where visitors can view the sun or planets through the telescope. The ride on the funicular is an excursion in itself, but add in the nature, the views and the attractions of Petrin, and it is a good trip at any time of the year.
And what is a city without towers! As well as the Petrin Observation Tower, there are other towers to climb. But these are no ordinary towers, the architecture alone will inspire any young adventurer – the Gothic towers could be from a Disney movie! Most impressive are the Great South Tower at St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle, which offers views over the whole city, and the Old Town Hall Tower at the Old Town Square, which looks out over the Old Town.
At the front gates of Prague Castle, visitors can observe a Substitution of the Guard ceremony, it takes place every day, every hour on the hour, from 07:00-20:00. More elaborate is the Changing of the Guard ceremony, which takes place every day at noon. This ceremony includes a fanfare and banner exchange.
Franciscan Garden (Františkánská zahrada) is a well-tended public park near Wenceslas Square, originally the private garden of the Church of
Our Lady of the Snows. Pathways lead through landscaped gardens of hedges, rose bushes, flowers and grass areas. Park benches dotted around are nice to sit on and eat a sandwich or ice-cream, or for adults, to simply enjoy the serenity. Franciscan Garden also has a children’s playground designed for kids up to 13 years. Modern equipment includes a climbing frame, swing, see-saw, roundabout, slide and a large sandpit.
There are as many as 5 playgrounds in and around the center of Prague, they have modern equipment with thick rubber mats or sand around the play areas, they are well maintained, and are free for the public to use. There is also the famous ‘Children’s Island’, just over a little bridge with playgrounds for children of all ages, and benches in the shade.
Just outside the city you’ll find some great days out too, take a boat to Prague Zoo, about 45 minutes from the city centre, or the biggest water park in the Czech Republic, Aquapalace. There is also a smaller water park slightly closer to the city, called Aquadream. Hop on a tram and get to the beach at Zlute lazne, a chance to relax on grass or sand, with activities for everyone including scooters, bikes, pedalos, and so much more.
There’s also the very popular Children’s Art Museum, which is both informative and interactive, spurring the creativity in your child. Or maybe you have a budding engineer in your family, in which case you should definitely check out the National Technical Museum, and explore Astronomy, Chemistry, Technology, and so much more. The Planetarium offers select shows in English, Sea World is the largest in the Czech Republic and is a must-see for their exhibits, and of course some lighter entertainment in the form of the Museum of Bricks & Lego Shop! This Lego Museum has collections of Lego you will not see anywhere else, and of course there’s time to build something for yourself before the day is over.
So join us on August 17th for a 5 night stay, breakfast included each morning along with airport transfers from Prague Airport, returning August 22nd, prices as follows:
1 adult & 1 child – €700
1 adult & 2 children – €750
1 adult & 3 children – €795
Upgrade to a larger room with living area for an additional €125 per family.