Top 10 Places To Visit with kids and family In Prague
You Think You’ve Seen Enough Of Europe? Here Are Top 20 Places To Visit With Kids In Prague.
Europe is usually divided into two zones or sub-regions, the West and the East. These zones are not merely geographical divisions of this great continent but more so based on cultural differences between the various parts of the continent. It is akin to the division of Asia in East, South, Central, and Middle-East.
While the West is characterized by democracy, freedom, modernism and Germanic and Latin cultures, the east is considered more Slavic-Baltic and formerly Soviet to be of its character. However, these divisions are not just cut and dry. We have to remember that there are always areas of cultural transitions which are an ever-interesting places of a mix of cultures and fusions of the East with the West.
The Czech Republic, along with Poland and Slovakia is one such country. Its capital Prague epitomizes what you would get when you mix the German/Germanic modernism with Slavic culture and people. Therefore, although the people are classified as ‘West Slavs,’ they seem to have a more cultural affinity with the Austrians and Eastern Germans rather than their Slavic brothers on East frontiers of Europe. Let us take a look at this culturally rich and amazing city located at the crossroads of European cultural transition.
Here are the top 20 places in Prague that you can visit with your kids.
- Charles Bridge:
This fourteenth-century bridge is one of the many medieval attractions in the city. The bridge is built on the Vltava river, and its construction ended in the fifteenth century. The bridge is made up of Bohemian Sandstone. 515.8 meters long and 9.5 meters wide, the bridge has endured centuries of upheaval and two world wars throughout its existence.
- Old Town Square:
Just like modern cities, even medieval cities had their central squares where public life bloomed. The Old Town Square of Prague is where you will be able to see the old city in its full architectural glory with Gothic style churches and statues dotting the scenery. This for sure is a truly European experience.
- The Karlstejn Castle:
Also known as the Karlstein Castle in German, this Gothic styled stronghold was built in the year 1348 AD by the Holy Roman Emperor and King Of Bohemia, Charles the IVth. The castle housed the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire’s Royal Family until 1421. The castle was built in Gothic style in the beginning, while some of it’s extra sections were completed in the Renaissance style in the late sixteenth century.
- Strahov Monastery:
Founded in the year 1143 by Jindrich Zdik, a Czech monk with the support of Duke Of Bohemia. The monastery had endured a lot of damage and gone through reconstruction, mainly in 1248 when a fire burned most of the monastery and during the Hussite wars of the fifteenth century when the almost entire monastery was destroyed and plundered. During the Thirty Years War period, the monastery experienced an expensive overhaul and addition of more sections to it. The monastery has two main halls of learning; Philosophical Hall and the Theological Hall.
- The John Lennon Wall:
Although not a traditional monument like the ones mentioned above, the John Lennon Wall gives us a glimpse in the life of mid-twentieth century Prague when the young people in the city used the wall as a means to vent their frustrations at the Communist-run regime. The wall is colorful, filled with many quotes, drawings, depictions, and symbolism of freedom, inspired by John Lennon.
Also known as the Josefstadt in German, this is the old Jewish quarters of the city like they have in every major European city. Although the Jews have been known to habit the city since the 10th century, the Jewish quarters has experienced its share of pogroms. The Jewish quarters was built over the centuries according to the architectural styles of the times. The Jewish quarters started to empty after 1721 after the Holy Roman Emperor created the Edict Of Toleration and allowed them to move outside the quarters.
- National Museum Of Prague:
The museum was established in the year 1818 with an intention to promote the various sciences as well as the rapidly changing socio-political values of the time. The origins of this museum stretch back to 1796 when the French Revolution had a profound impact on European social and political thought. Although it was founded by the noble Count Casper Sternberk-Manderscheid, an ethnic German noble, the museum became known for harboring ideas of Czech nationalism in the early to mid-nineteenth century.
- Prague Zoo:
The zoo was opened to the general public in 1931 and since then has been going wild with visitors from all over the world. The zoo was resurrected after the war. However, it has been taking strides in zoological research since the beginning. In 1938, they created the first artificially bred Andean Condor as well world’s first artificially bred Polar Bear. Today, the zoo houses animals that are mostly found in tropical and Southern Hemispheres of the planet, giving this zoo a unique characteristic.
- Museum Of Communism:
Very much similar to the Lennon Wall, this museum gives visitors a peek into the post World War-II communist rule in the Czech Republic. It has posters, busts, statues, propaganda pages, newspapers, periodicals and many such items that remind us of the bygone communist era in Eastern and Central Europe that ended with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990.
- Schwarzenberg Palace:
The Schwarzenberg Palace is one of the many early modern buildings in the city and has been converted into an art museum. Since the Czech Republic was one of the nations in the forefront of modern ideas and its subsequent artistic expressions, you must visit this palace if you are a connoisseur of arts.
- The Franz Kafka Museum:
Kafka is known as one of the ‘intellectual deities’, especially for the left. The Kafka Museum houses many books, letters, writings and objects of everyday use by the famous author Franz Kafka. If you have heard of this name several times in your life and even read some of his works, its time you honor this man by visiting this museum.
- Prague Astronomical Clock:
This clock is one of the prime examples of medieval astronomy and mechanical engineering in the Middle Ages. The clock was built more than six hundred years ago and consists of the Sun, the Moon, the Zodiac Ring, the Old Czech timescale that reflect the scientific understanding of astronomy and its study during the period.
- St. Nicholas Church:
Also known as the Mala Strana in the Czech language, this church dedicated to St. Nicholas was built in the eighteenth century in the Baroque architecture, the prevalent architectural style of the time. Interestingly, the church was built on the site of an old church dedicated to Saint Nicholas which was constructed in the thirteenth century in the Gothic style of architecture.
If you are a lover of music, especially classical European music, you cannot miss this one. The Rudolfinum was built in the year 1886 for conducting musical orchestras and was designed by architect Josef Zitek and his apprentice and student Josef Schulz. The Rudolfinum is considered as the home of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra since 1946.
- Grevin Wax Museum:
The Grevin Wax museum in Prague is the Czech Republic’s answer to England’s Madame Tussaud’s. The wax museum is no less than any other in the world and contains wax statues and imitations of prominent personalities across fields. The museum also has a refreshments section in it.
- Spanish Synagogue:
The name of this synagogue tells the reason why it is made in a rather Moorish architecture instead of the local Gothic or Baroque. The synagogue was completed in 1868 in the old Jewish quarters in the city and was built in the place of an older synagogue. The synagogue is dedicated to conservative Judaism.
- Zizkov Television Tower:
The tower is not only a functional structure but more of an architectural marvel. Unlike the many so-called post-modernist buildings dotting urban landscapes of Central and Western Europe, this tower is truly magnificent and reminds us that the old can co-exist with the new. It was designed and built by architect Vaclav Aulicky and engineer Ziri Kozak.
The Petrin is a hill located in the middle of the city and is covered with parks and green recreational places. However, the hill is not merely just a place but a place with historical significance. The hill was home to a medieval fortification named The Hunger Wall, built in the fourteenth century by the Czech king Charles IV.
The Clementium is not a monument but an area that is filled with many Baroque styled buildings housing several libraries. The area was named after the 12th-century saint, St. Clementine. If you find Baroque architecture fascinating, the Clementium is for you.
- Maisel Synagogue:
Built by a Czech Jew named Maisie Mordecai in the early 16th century, this synagogue is one of the many in Prague. The synagogue was built and rebuild after a few events of fire.