All visitors to Prague wind up in Old Town Square to see the dancing carillon on the astronomical clock, and most climb to the top of the Old Town Hall to view the Staré Město laid out in its Gothic and Baroque splendor below. Until recently, however, few have had the chance to explore Prague underground.
Prague was invaded by the Nazis in early 1939 during the escalation of World War II and remained under occupation until the end of the war in 1945; subsequently the Soviet Union took over the Czechoslovakia in 1948 following the controversial Yalta Agreement three years earlier. Tours of WWII and communist history in Prague are increasingly in demand as a new generation of visitors learn of the horrors of the 20th century at war.
Prague might be a city of cobbled streets – rough on pushchairs – and hills that are hard on little legs but dig around and the city has plenty of options for entertaining a growing brood. Here are ten family-friendly activities in Prague to enjoy on family holidays.
The untouched swathes of countryside around Prague in Bohemia are some of the wildest in Europe. And Bohemia has untamed national parks, romantic old towns, fine palaces and Gothic monasteries; there are plenty of surprises on day trips into the Czech countryside.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756 and very early on in his childhood exhibited precocious signs of musical genius; he left Salzburg for the bright lights of Vienna in 1767 and subsequently visited Prague four times in the late 18th century. Following in the footsteps of Mozart in Prague leads across the city from the Staré Město (Old Town) right up to Hradcany and the castle.