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Prague (Praha)

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Prague is a beautifully preserved city, rich in mystery, ghosts and legends, a center of science and alchemy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (home to Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe). Children will be fascinated by legends of the golem, the giant brought to life by Rabbi Loew, or Duke Bruncvik's miraculous sword buried in the Charles Bridge, alchemists conjuring gold in their melting pots, water goblins in the Vltava River. Traveling with kids in Prague, allow time to explore the city on foot, especially the medieval Old Town.
Prague Photo Album
  Prague Castle
    Little Town (Mala Strana)
    Old Town (Stare Mesto)
    Jewish Quarter (Josefov)
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  Go pedal boating – The Vltava River is the perfect place to spend an hour or two pedal boating with the family, if the weather is nice. We had a great time, pedaling under each bridge, and exploring the river. You can rent pedal boats at the Charles Bridge, Manesuv Bridge and Zoffin Island (on the Stare Mesto side).
    Ride the trams – Riding the trams around Prague is a wonderful way to see the city, and it's easy and inexpensive. Many of the trams were built in the 19th century, and riding around through some neighborhoods, it feels like another century. You can pick up a one day, or 3 day pass for all the trams (plus the metro and buses) at the tourist office in Old Town Square.
      On weekends, take Tram 91, a historic tram with wooden seats and the original cars. It goes from Prague Castle (near the Powder Bridge), through the Old Town, crossing the river twice.
  Prague coat of arms – As kids are exploring the city, look for the Prague coat of arms – three towers on a red shield. We saw the coat of arms on sewer covers, the Astromonical Clock, on the side of Rathaus, in a stained glass window in the Powder Tower.
  Puppet shows – Prague has a whole tradition of puppet shows, but some shows aren't fantastic for kids (such as the plot of Don Giovanni). We saw a delightful puppet show outdoors (in summer), south of the Charles Bridge, at Na Kampa Plaza. The show was performed in Czech and English, with a cast of kings, dragons, devils and clowns.
    Go to a concert – In summer, the churches and concert halls are filled with classical music concerts. Hear glorious productions of Czech composers Dvorak and Smetana, plus Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart (Mozart lived in Prague for some time). Look for concerts in the beautiful Smetana Hall in The Municipal House, St. Martin in the Wall Church, St. Michael Church, and at Prague Castle.
   

Shopping

     

Bring an extra duffel bag to bring back all your souvenirs from Prague. The shops are filled with fabulous marionettes, beautifully crafted with painted ceramic heads, hands and feet, colorful costumes, and a whole array of kinds, queens, scary witches, and the traditional Czech "joker." Also look for wooden toys and painted wooden eggs, wooden dolls in traditional Czech costumes, and fun jewelry, such as inexpensive crystal necklaces in rainbow colors.

childrens books prague czech republic
     
a rabbits guide to prague  
A Rabbit's Guide to Prague
Sara Mihalik, Sarah Sucha

Take a charming trip through the city, Prague Castle and Golden Lane, Bohemian crown jewels stored under St. Vitus Cathedral, picnic on island in the Vltava River, a Dancing House, landmarks and gardens, plus legends, history, food, seasonal celebrations, insider secrets. Delightfully illustrated, with two adorable rabbits as your guides. (Picture book)

 

     

An enchanting journey through Prague, where Peter Sis grew up. Follow the maze-like streets to find the keys that unlock three Czech legends. Fabulous illustrations capture the magic and mystery of Prague. (Picture book)

 

 
The Three Golden Keys kids books prague
     
Golem legend kids prague  
Golem
David Wisniewski

Spellbinding retelling of the golem legend, Rabbi Loew chants spells from the Cabala that breathe life into the clay giant, the golem. After the emperor guarantees safety for the Jews, Rabbi Loew returns the golem to clay – perhaps one day it will come to life again. Dazzling cut-paper illustrations. (Picture book)

 

     
Built by Angels
Mark Podwal

Legends and history of the Old-New Synagogue – this remarkable place of prayer in Prague has survived wars, floods and fire over the centuries. It's said that the angels built the synagogue stone by stone, the golem rests in the dusty attic, and white doves saved it from destruction. Gorgeously illustrated, with lyrical descriptions. (Picture book)

 

 
history kids prague jewish Built by Angels
     
kids books fiction prague The Cabinet of Wonders
 
The Cabinet of Wonders
Marie Rutkoski

A magical astronomical clock that controls the weather, an evil minded prince of Bohemia, Petra Kronos leaves her village to find the Cabinet of Wonders in Prague castle, and steal back her father's eyes. A luminous fantasy adventure, set in Prague, by Czech author Marie Rutkoski. (Chapter book)

 

(More children's books on other Czech Republic pages)
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