5 family adventures in Prague
Prague is all kinds of magic. Pure, wonderful, magic. There are creepy stories and legends, medieval castles and bridges, ancient clocks, delicious food, masterful puppetry and Gothic churches awaiting you in the city of 1000 spires. Prague was everything I hoped it would be and more, (which is really saying something considering that I have general delusions about every place we go...I blame books).
We had so far enjoyed a sneaky couple's date in Prague, a day full of mishap with some friends, and a few adventurous Mummy/Daddy dates. Before we left the Czech Republic, I was determined to experience a perfect family day in one of my favourite European cities!
Were my expectations too high? Yes, but that's nothing new.
Did we have an extremely tight budget because all our finances recently collapsed? Unfortunately, yes.
Did we indeed experience a perfect mishap-free day as a family?
Is that even possible for us??
Here are 5 budget family adventures for a perfect day in Prague.
Eat food delivered by train.
On our previous day of mishaps we had failed to book ahead at the famous Vytopna restaurant, so second time lucky we were much wiser and made a reservation. Maybe not the most cultural experience to be had in Czech cuisine, but it was new and exciting for us. My kids absolutely loved that our drinks were delivered a-la-train right onto our table on tiny little train tracks. I absolutely loved the gigantic pizzas. Happy food = happy Gilberts.
2. Spend a pocketful of coins for a ride up Petrin Hill
The funicular is a fun way to get to the summit of Petrin Hill and get a great lookout of the city. Petrin Hill is in the centre of the city and is almost entirely covered with parks, it's a great recreational spot for families. We had tried to accomplish this activity on a previous visit and had been thwarted by a lack of coins. This time, we came prepared!
We arrived on time and with the right change - miracles never cease!
3. Ride a pretty pony.
Directly on the top of Petrin Hill was a lovely little pony riding ensemble. I had 5 little kids with me and a horse-ride around the top of Prague was what their dreams seemed to be made of. Thankfully the Czech Republic is incredibly affordable and at just over $2 a ride, we could make their dreams come true.
I am all about creepy stories and the delicious food of Prague, and after my last attempt to ride a horse in the Czech Republic when I had almost been bucked off a giant mutant horse...I was happy to leave the riding adventure for my kids. The ponies were small and gentle and the smiles on the faces of my kids made my heart so happy.