When we travel with our kids, we love to explore the great cities of Europe on foot. It is a wonderful way to experience all that makes a city great. By walking you can smell the food, hear the locals chatting in a sidewalk café, enjoy the architecture and the beautiful green spaces.
The Bohemian Paradise (also known as Czech Paradise) is a beautiful protected area in the Czech Republic just a few hours east of Prague. It’s known for its sandstone rock formations and the twin towers of the Trosky Castle, perched dramatically up high on two basalt volcanic plugs. It’s a reasonably small area, but is filled with activities for the family and some of the best hiking in the Czech Republic.
If you love impressive natural monuments, looming cliffs, sweeping vistas, deep forests and lazy boat rides through beautiful gorges, then we have the hike for you. A loop starting and ending in Hrensko, this 12.5 mile (20km) hike provides some of the best scenery the Czech Republic has to offer, including a visit to the largest natural stone bridge in Europe. Including the short boat rides, we hiked the full loop in just over 6 hours.
We love hiking and sharing our appreciation of nature with our kids. At 2 & 4 years old respectively, they are at a tricky age – they are old enough to walk reasonable distances, but they are not able to do any epic mountain trails yet. We were so excited when we discovered Bohemian Switzerland National Park (České Švýcarsko), the Czech Republic’s newest national park.
The primary reason we decided to visit Karlovy Vary wasn’t its famous colonnades or hot springs, it was to do the hike from Karlovy Vary to Loket. There wasn’t a ton of information about this hike online, but what we did see looked awesome. A riverside hike between two of the most beautiful Czech Republic towns? Yes, please!
Karlovy Vary is a popular spa town found in western Czech Republic. Also known as Karlowe Wary or Karlsbad, this scenic town is home to many thermal spas and mineral springs. Despite this being a resort town known for relaxation, an active family can still find plenty of things to do in Karlovy Vary.
Hrad Divci Kamen (also known as Maiden Stone) was a mighty castle back in the 14-16th centuries, but now lays in ruins. These ruins are a short 20 minute drive north of Cesky Krumlov and are well worth a day trip out to explore.
Český Krumlov is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town, which remains in pristine condition after being left unharmed through the two World Wars. There is so much culture and history here; they have an amazing castle, a charming town square and great museums. But is it a good place to bring kids? We had a great time in Cesky Krumlov with our children, aged 2 & 4, by finding a good balance of activities that everyone could enjoy.
Prague’s charm and beauty grabs you from the moment you arrive. It’s a city blessed with a long interesting history with many attractions which help tell the story. Is all this history going to be boring for small kids? It doesn’t have to be… Prague is a very family friendly city and there are many ways to tailor your itinerary to ensure everyone in your family has a great time.
Budapest is a very child-friendly city. We had the good fortune to visit Budapest for four days with our 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter. Budapest had everything we hope for in a city; beautiful outdoor spaces, excellent food, good playgrounds and amazing culture.