Take the whole family to the historic city of Prague for an unforgettable adventure that older children and teens will love.
A fun-packed itinerary leaves no room for boredom in Prague. Start at the intriguing medieval Astronomical Clock, which chimes on the hour, before climbing the clock tower with your intrepid explorers. Then head to the nearby Wax Museum to spot models of Harry Potter and Albert Einstein alongside famous Czech names. Alternatively, the Alphonse Mucha Museum is a short walk away; marvel at the work of the Art Nouveau painter – the kids will probably recognise his vibrant posters.
From either museum, walk along to the Jewish Quarter, the Josefov, to find the Old New Synagogue. This is said to be the resting place of the legendary Golem of Prague, a mysterious figure created in the 16th century by Rabbi Loew. Also in the Josefov is the Speculum Alchemiae, an alchemist’s workshop, dating back hundreds of years. Step into the cellars to see where the alchemists worked.
Crossing over the Charles Bridge, you’ll see the imposing Prague Castle, with postcard-worthy views from its battlements across to Petrin Hill and all the way to the Zizkov Tower. Stop off at the Toy Museum, in the castle grounds, where exhibits range from Barbie dolls to robots.
While teenagers can appreciate the history of Prague, they don’t want to feel as if they’re on a school trip. Balance important sights, like the poignant Museum of Communism, with more niche attractions, like the Fashion Museum, which also doubles up as a vintage shop – perfect for fashion enthusiasts. Both are easily reached in the Old Town.
Most teens won’t want to miss the iconic John Lennon Wall, covered with graffiti advocating peace, or even a visit to a jazz club, should you have any budding performers in your family. The famous Reduta Jazz Club, close to the Vltava River, stages child-friendly black light theatre performances during the day. After the show, stroll along the riverside before heading to one of the city’s many tea houses, where locals can spend hours. Dobra Cajovna, just off Wenceslas Square, has countless types of tea to choose from, many boasting colourful names like Precious Eyebrow.
Need something more daring? Just an hour’s train ride away is the famous Sedlec Ossuary, a ghoulish but incredible collection of carefully arranged bones that will leave your teenagers speechless.
Getting there: Prague is served by several budget airlines and is a two hour flight from the UK; lowcostholidays offers flight and hotel combinations.
Where to stay: Aim for the Old Town or the New Town as your base. Affordable and convenient family hotels include the Residence Leon D’Oro, just a few streets away from the Old Town Square, or the boutique Yasmin Hotel, which has an entrance on Wenceslas Square.
Best time to go: Prague is really an all-year-round destination for a family break, but you have the added appeal of Christmas markets throughout December. Otherwise, spring or autumn are both very agreeable times for short breaks with the kids; summer trips in July and August are best avoided if you want to beat the crowds and the heat.