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Petrin Hora
Petrin Gardens
#About the Building the Reminds of the Eiffel Tower

Petrin Gardens (Petřínské Sady, or Petrin Hora) is a hill whose height is 327 meters, located in the center of Prague, on the western banks of the Vltava River.

The hill provides a loved vacation space for the residents of Prague. This garden goes between being calm during the day hours, and a family entertainment area that children love to play at.

Most of the visitors to the gardens come here from the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) district in Prague, with the funicular, a cable car, first operated in 1891 and connects the city to the top of the hill.

Legend says that once the princess Libushe stood here, and predicted that Prague will flourish, will be big and win international recognition. Recognition? - Maybe, but it can be said for certain that there are many children attractions here.

Petrin Tower - a viewpoint tower that looks a lot like the French Eiffel Tower.

Mirror Maze - a place where you will continuously run into mirrors, because it's hard to understand what is reality and what is a reflection. So fun!

Walking and biking trails - many come here to exercise.

The Observatory - a place to see stars in Prague.

Horse Stables - a place to rent horses and go for a ride around the hill.

The Hunger Wall - the historic wall, that was built under Karl IV, when hunger in Prague grew deep. The Emperor assisted the poor, by providing work in wall building, he gave workers food.




#Tips

You can climb to the top of the hill by either walking or taking the funicular - the cable car. A pass for the public transportation in the city includes rides on the cable car.

Notice that the line to the cable car can be long, especially on weekends and during the summer months.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/dOCPig8Oyg4


Another Look at the Petrin Gardens:

https://youtu.be/E-8_9Z0mHrg


The Funicular Ascending to the Top of the Petrin Gardens:

https://youtu.be/WinrvSbhIoA
Narrowest Street of Prague
The Narrowest Street of Prague
#About the Alley With the Street Light

In the Lesser Quarter is the Vinarna Certovka, the alley that claims to be the narrowest in the world, and in the Czech Republic, but might only be the narrowest in Prague.

It is hard to be entirely accurate, but the street is less than 20 inches in width (about 50 centimeters), and really is a narrow alley. The alley is so narrow in fact, that no more than one adult can walk through it at once. This is why the city of Prague has put in pedestrian stop lights, and has turned this street into a tourist destination - the stop light is meant to alleviate the traffic when people come to the alley from both directions - you can only walk through when you have a green light.


A Closer Look at the Narrowest Street in Prague:

https://youtu.be/zbm07QFn64M
Mosk Svt
Sea World
#About Prague's Aquarium

Sea World (Mořský Svět) is the biggest aquarium in the Czech Republic. Since it opened in 2002, over 80,000 visitors come here each year, coming to see the wide variety of underwater creatures. There are marine animals of all kind, type, color or size - fish of all kinds and colors, not to mention the sizes, ranging from the tiniest to the exciting giant sharks. The main attraction here is considered the giant sharks, and don't let us forget to mention the entire coral colonies that exist here, which create a spectacularly diverse marine world.

Of course, the entire aquarium is equipped with illustrations and different experiences, including huge wall paintings and sound and lighting effects, giving visitors a sense of entry into the underwater world.

A few numbers- This mini-world, covering an area of ​​one square kilometer, contains more than 50 tanks of various fish, including over 250 thousand liters of saltwater. There are more than 4,500 different species of marine organisms in these waters, including 350 species of fish.



#Tips

During the week the place is not too busy, and on weekends the aquarium becomes crowded.

Try not to miss the shark feeding.

If you like guided tours - the nighttime tour is really fun.



A Closer Look at Sea World:

https://youtu.be/w70ty9Z8xaw
Black Theatre
Black Theatre
#The Black Theatre

The Black Theatre is its own unique genre in Prague, performing a variety of shows with black light illusions. The hands of the operators create a wonderful effect, combined with the content of an entertaining and fun show.

The art in this special technique, that takes light, shade, and darkness, has gathered up popularity to such extent in Prague, that the Black Theatre has a few new competitors around the city. At the Black Theatre you can enjoy a show of the highest quality.

For those interested, there is also the Black Theatre in the old city, named Ta Fantastika. Enjoy!



A Closer Look at the Black Theatre:

https://youtu.be/HAqarCIIIVo

Attractions for Children in Prague

LEGO Museum
LEGO Museum
#About Prague's LEGO Museum

The LEGO Museum in Prague is one of the very few modest museums of their kind around the world. This is actually a private museum, it's all a one-man initiative, a real LEGO nut, who decided to build a museum of all the LEGO models he had built. The museum is located under the LEGO store, in the basement. There are thousands of models, of all different shapes and sizes, all impressive and fascinating, and extremely well organized.

The place without a doubt a worth a visit for all LEGO lovers, including "Star Wars" fans, who will have a whole floor dedicated to the series. Don't let the modesty of the museum bother you, and not the high-priced ticket either, especially for adults...children will enjoy this museum immensely.




A Closer Look at Prague's LEGO Museum:

http://youtu.be/EeOgvVkfMic



Another Look at the LEGO Museum:

http://youtu.be/h4fb4wnMP1w
Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments
Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments
#About the Museum with the Torture Tools from the Middle Ages

The Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments is located in the middle of the Old City of Prague and displays a variety of torture tools, mostly used by the royal house and the catholic church of the Middle Ages. Those who love horror movies, will probably love this place.

In the museum, located in a dark and mysterious basement, what empowers the reluctant experience, the museum displays about 100 torture tools, used by Catholic examiners to identify traitors and criminals and those who had sinned against the Church or committed heresy.

For everything to be clear, there are dozens of photos, of the different kinds of torture practiced, and of the cruel methods of executions. They explain in detail how the equipment shown here was used to inflict suffering on interrogees and defendants, until they confessed or passed away.

There are also almost-human wax figures, which illustrate the torture in a pathetic and horrifying way. The sound effects that resonate throughout the basement do not make it difficult to imagine the suffering that the people here knew. Sad, and filling us with joy that this age has passed.



#What Can Be Seen at the Museum?

Among the terrible torture tools displayed in the two-floor museum, are items like body stretching, head pressing tools, equipment for cutting off organs, equipment that stings and stabs nails, scratches and removes the skin and more. The amount of imagination required to invent such cruel instruments and the morbid head of their planners evokes sad thoughts about faith and religion and what is between them.



#Tips

There is a combine ticket for both museums - the wax and the torture, located very close to one another.

There are also family tickets available for a discount, and cheaper tickets for children, students, and retirees.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/99wTqayY8-I
Maze Bludiste Na Petrne
Mirror Maze in Petrin Park
#About the Confusing Maze with Mirrors

At the heart of the Petrin Hill that sits over Prague, near the Petrin Tower, is the Mirror Maze (Maze Bludiste Na Petríne, or Zrcadlové bludiště na Petříně), built at the end of the 19th century, for the World Convention. This is a building that reminds of a fairytale castle, but inside is a maze of mirrors, and entertains many children.

Inside the Mirror Maze it's not clear which of the many corridors ahead are realistic and which are reflections. Hint: Most of them are reflections. Trust us!

Either way, whenever you walk into the glass instead of continuing straight, you will realize how the reflection works great.

If you manage to cross the maze (everyone succeeds eventually...) you will arrive at the "Hall of Laughter," the second mirror room. Here you will see distortions reflections of your characters. One minute you're fatter, and next you have a blurry vision. You go from being tall, to being really low, big, and small, then completely distorted and then just look strange and so it goes on...

In the end you will come across a huge three-dimensional picture depicting a battle from the past that took place on the Charles Bridge. It's not clear what the connection is between the mirrors and the picture, but hey-you enjoyed it, didn't you?

Have Fun!!



The Mirror Maze on Top of the Hill:

https://youtu.be/ikCfTm5nMys



How you Will Experience it With Children:

https://youtu.be/AmNghMP33I0
Cukr Kva Limonda
‪Cukrkavalimonada‬
#Prague's Winning Hot Chocolate

‪Cukrkavalimonada (Cukrkávalimonáda)‬ is a wonderful cafe, located in Mala Strana in Prague. Here you will drink one of the best cups of hot chocolate that you have ever tried.

The hot chocolate in Cukrkavalimonada is made from excellent dark chocolate (70% cocoa), which lets you experience the basic chocolate flavor. The hot chocolate is offered in different wonderful flavors, like Swiss, Mexican, and more. There are also delicious pastas, and other really good dishes.

The place itself is nice. Notice the modern design of the cafe, and the styling ceiling that contrasts it, reminding a little of the Middle Ages.

Address: Lazenska 7, Mala Strana
Phone Number: +420-257-530-628


Vytopna
Vytopna
#About Prague's Electric Train Restaurant

The restaurant is loved by Prague's locals, this is the Vytopna restaurant.

The specialty here, beyond the delicious inexpensive simple food, are the drinks that come to the table by electric trains. Children especially enjoy seeing the trains carrying cups of drinks and empty bottles, all built around the train tracks.

It is sweet and worth a visit. The restaurant is located on the second floor on the hill of the central square - Wenceslas Square, not far from the National Musuem, which in the past was the Parliament of Prague.



A Closer Look at the Train Restaurant Vytopna:

http://youtu.be/vqlGjnexvWg
Wallenstein Garden
#About Prague's Magical Garden

Wallenstein Garden (Valdštejnská Zahrada) is part of Wallenstein Palace, the Czech Senate Palace of our time and once a grand palace of noblemen. This garden is a beautiful Baroque souvenir and the pleasant and beautiful gardens of Prague.

When you enter the garden, turn left to the "Sale Terrene," pay attention to the line of statues depicting figures and events from Greek mythology. The nobleman who built the castle, General Albrecht Wallenstein, used to collect them at the sites he conquered in his wars and bring them to Prague. When he created the palace and gardens, the ancient Greek statues received their proper place and became a symbol of this garden.

After the monumental boulevard you will reach the Sale Terrene, the Baroque architecture area of ​​the garden. If you look up, look at the long fresco ceiling of Mount Olympus, in the "mountain of the gods" of Greek mythology. Pay attention to the painstaking work of the painters here and try to figure out how rich Wallenstein should have been so that artists of this level would paint him the garden.

To the left we turn and look at the "mysterious wall" or "wall of stalactites." The artificial drips here were made with master craftsmanship. A look at them will reveal demons, monsters, snakes, and so on. The legend tells us that in this wall Wallenstein built an entry button into a secret tunnel maze that leads to hiding places, hidden and especially dim. That's how it is when you are a powerful man in ancient Europe. You have to think of sufficient protection for a rainy day.

If we return to the center and continue to the other side of the garden, we will reach the fountain and the beautiful fish pond beneath it. Some of the magic here is winged, especially peacocks and swans, who walk freely among the visitors in the garden. The management of the Czech Parliament is careful to nurture and feed them, as if they were civil servants employed here by the visitors.



#The Palace's History

Wallenstein Palace, now used by the Czech Senate, was built in 1623 by Albrecht Wallenstein. Wallenstein , one of the richest and most powerful nobles in Prague politics in the 17th century, built the magnificent castle at the height of his career. He was then chief general of the Holy Roman Empire after a series of successful wars that made him a powerful and influential man in Prague and the empire, one of the strongest aristocrats of his time.

During the Thirty Years War, Wallenstein decided to build a castle that would be even more impressive than Prague Castle. He dreamed of a magnificent building that would give a clear expression to his lofty status and next to it were magnificent and special gardens. Architects, builders, artists and gardeners from all over Europe were recruited for the establishment of the palace and its gardens. In the 14-year work they built one of the most impressive palaces in the Czech Republic. No less than the palace stood out its impressive gardens, where you stand now.



#Tips

Wallenstein Garden is open October - April 10:00 am- 16:00 pm.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/kD5hm0xxSMM
Krizik Fountain
#About the Singing Fountain

The singing fountain (Krizikova Fontana) is a loved area in Prague, where in the spring and summer, every evening, 4 spectacular shows take place, where lighting, music, and sometimes dance is combined with the water show. During the half hour show, the water fountain creates colorful splashes in different shapes and structures in the air. Everything is done in total synchronization with music that plays in the background, and dancers on the stage.

Every so often, above the water, videos are screened and are a part of the multimedia experience, a truly magical and hypnotizing performance. Certain shows include live music, and sometimes ballet dancers as well.


#Tips

From 20:00 pm the fountain area fills with people. Try to get here earlier to find a good place to watch the show, especially short people who would miss some of the show otherwise.

The show starts once an hour, on the hour, and each time the show is different than the one before.

The show is about half an hour long, and is performed daily from 7 pm to 11 pm.

There is no need to book places in advance.

You can check the schedule of the performance beforehand online to see what is in store each day.



#A Look at the Working Fountain:

https://youtu.be/UcTAR6QFhNs



#A Whole Michael Jackson Song in the Fountain:

https://youtu.be/8daNvtbHjPI



#Combination with Video:

https://youtu.be/d-prNwAfLFI
Praha Zoo
#About Prague's Zoo

About 5,000 animals from 650 different species are at the zoo. It is located outside town, but it is definitely worth the visit, and is considered one of the best zoos in the world.

It is not only the animals who attract the tourists, the zoo itself is impressive, and is considered one of the prettiest zoos in Europe. It is located on the foot of a hill in Prague, that used to belong to Troja Palace. The zoo first opened in 1931, and can be walked around by foot, or by riding small trains that tour around the park. The vegetation is varied, the hills, slopes and views are spectacular.

If you take a map from the zoo entrance, you can see the animal eating hours, and you can go to the right spot and see these throughout the day. Try to make it to that "Indonesian Jungle," and the "Island of Monkeys," and the petting areas.



#Tips

Some dedicate about 4-5 hours for this meeting, and some find 3 hours long enough.



A Closer Look at Prague's Zoo:

https://youtu.be/V8J6WW6GD70
Toy Museum
#About the Museum of Toys from All Periods

The Toy Museum (Muzeum hraček) in Prague is a museum that was established in the Golden Lane by an enthusiastic collector of toys named Ivan Steiger. The man is a German caricaturist that decided to share his giant collection between two museums he started, one in Germany and one in Prague.

About the size, the Prague Toy Museum is considered the second largest in the world. In the seven exhibit halls are displayed toys from around the Czech and Moravia, and the rest of the world.

The toys located in this big museum, between the two floors, start from the ancient Greek period, and up to ultra-modern toys from the 21st century. The collection here includes different folding wooden dolls, nostalgic toys, robots, army soldiers, Barbies, Lego, teddy bears, toy cars, old tin toys, airplane models, and more.

The museum is recommended for young children, and those who are forever children, meaning parents that still remember the charm in all these toys.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/yzMdRcYziOE



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/EHc2qYwmZGc
Prague Astronomical Clock
#About Prague's Famous Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock (Pražský orloj) is the oldest working clock in the world. This is a mechanical miracle of late medieval engineering. It is an astronomical clock that has been operating since the Middle Ages, and at every hour attracts crowds of excited tourists waiting to watch the wonder.

The clock on the tall municipality building at Stormska Square in the city was installed in 1410. It indicates the time in central Europe and the exact date of the month and year. The zodiac signs beneath the clock reveal the location of the stars and symbol that is currently dominating the zodiac. The outer ring of the clock calculates the time, according to the sunset.

Every hour, from 8 am to 8 pm, Jesus and his twelve messengers appear from the clock. It has various figures visible from the window, once an hour. Among them you can see the skeleton symbolizing the Angel of Death with his hourglass, a Turkish symbol of the Church's enemy, the miser merchant with the bag of coins in his hands, an angel, an astronomer, a rooster reading aloud and more.

If you go up to the clock inside the tower, you will enjoy a close look at the show of the 12 apostles of Jesus, who come out of the clock every hour, moving in a circle and peering out of the watch. And by the way, in the town hall you can also go up to the panoramic view of all of Prague.



#History of the Prague Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock is considered to be the world's best-kept watch of ancient astronomical clocks. The amazing thing is that the original mechanical mechanism still operates there, from 1410 until today.

The original mechanism of the clock was installed in 1410, by a clockmaker Mikulash Makadan. He created it with Jan Schindel, professor of astronomy at the University of Karl. In 1490 they added the calendar and dolls, made by a master in the name of Hanos. Legend has it that city councilors were so enthusiastic about Hanos's work, they feared that he would build a similar clock in another European city, and this lead them to make him blind. So there would be no other clock like this anywhere in the world.

The clock has worked continuously since then, except when in 1886 it underwent a major renovation. It was then that a Cronometer was added, built by Romuald Buzek. In the middle of the 19th century, Joseph Manes, a Czech national revivalist, added the calendar to the clock, with the natural paintings depicting the four seasons.

Another renovation took place after World War II. This is because the city hall was burned down and the clock was badly damaged.



#A Tour of the Town Hall in Prague

A tour inside the town hall takes place several times a day. On the tour, you can go first to the top of the tower above the town hall and view the historical center of Prague.

Later on you can stroll through the beautiful city halls and see the chapel of the town tower. You can look at the statues of the astronomical clock's apostles closely and then descend into the subterranean rooms beneath the building. Here you can visit the ruins of the Gothic and Romanesque periods, where there is a maze of streets, shops and old houses.



#How Many Municipalities Does One City Need?

You may have already noticed that there is a town hall across the Marianske Square, and another one next to the Powder Tower, and they are not the only ones. So what the hell is going on here?

The story is that until the 18th century Prague was a collection of four cities, each with its own town hall. Once they were united into one big city, the separate townhouses remained in each quarter. In Prague, as in other ancient cities, there was also a new town hall, so this city contains, in any case, a rather impressive collection of town halls.




A Closer Look at the Prague Astronomical Clock:

https://youtu.be/BeXLoHoVZmk



This is How it Looks Behind the Scenes:

https://youtu.be/Ef_WCsJGThM



A Further Look Back:

https://youtu.be/QAq_0y4uhi4
Prague Planetarium
#About the Planetarium that Shows Space to the Children of Prague

If you enjoy planetariums and star gazing, or space and science in general, then in Prague's new planetarium (Planetarium Praha) you can see a new exhibit on the solar system, galaxies and stars using modern technology.

The big dome is decorated as a fake sky, and underneath is a fascinating intergalactic performance that uses laser tricks and space visualization.

The planetarium has many exhibits and activities for children, a laser show during the evening hours, and different exhibits. Most of the activities, sadly, are all in Czech, though during the summer months there are also shows and performances in English.



A Closer Look at Prague's Planetarium:

https://youtu.be/Ydbj7uAQ-90


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