Petrin Hill © Matthew Black
Petrin is a hill in the centre of Prague, perfectly located to offer all-round stunning views of the picturesque city. The hill rises 427 feet (130m) above the Vltava River and is almost entirely covered by recreational areas and parks. Petrin Hill offers many attractions for children and adults on holiday in Prague. To start, the funicular ride up the hill is fun for kids, and when they get there, a climb up the miniature TV tower is also exciting. The tower is a small version of Paris's Eiffel Tower, called the Petrin Observation Tower, and although it may not sound tall at 197 feet (60 metres) it is a vantage point from which to see the whole of Prague. With breathtaking views, it is well worth the climb of 299 steps and on a clear day it is possible to see Snezka, the highest peak in the Czech Republic. Kids love finding each other in the bludištì (mirror maze) hall, and pony rides on the hill are also a popular activity. The observatory is a fascinating attraction for older kids.
The parks are also just wonderful for a bit of time outdoors, away from the imposing buildings of the city which can get a bit daunting, especially in the crowded tourist season. Head to the hill for a walk or a run in beautiful surroundings, and take the children with, if you're travelling in Prague with kids, so that they can blow off some steam with all the fun activities and fresh air. There are also some impressive rose gardens to meander through.
Address: Lesser Town, Prague 1
Transport: Walk along a wooded path or take the funicular from Újezd Street.