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Long weekend in Prague - what would you do?

Our family (2 adults, 11/13 yo kids) are in Europe for an extended period with a home base, and heading to Prague for a long weekend in September/October. The adults have been there a few times (always in the summer - it's one of our favorite places), kids have never been.

We love history, food, music, unique experiences, weird sights (e.g. Atlas Obscura), wandering little streets, science and the arts, and scheduling in a little mellow downtime.

We are experienced travelers in Europe and beyond, and kids are intrepid and curious, but our trips have always been much longer (2-4 weeks).

We don't feel we need to see everything, because we know we will be back :) so we're looking for places that will be fun, eye opening, evocative and memorable given relatively narrow parameters. We'd like to see some kind of music performance, and generally soak in the Prague vibe rather than rush around trying to see the "checklist" sights.

We would ideally like to stay centrally where most is walkable (though we are very good on European public transit too) in a family room.

Please chime in with any recommendations for sights, experiences, and restaurants/cafes/food stalls and accommodations!

Thanks in advance :)

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We just got back to the States from a trip to beautiful Prague. In addition to sightseeing, we spent time looking for the David Cerny public artwork of which there are @10 pieces - some in easy to find locations like the babies climbing the TV Tower, but others were a bit more difficult to locate. It was a fun adventure and great way to see many parts of Prague.

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Just adding an addendum to my previous post. We stayed at the Hotel Hastal which has been recommended by others on this site and we loved it! A charming boutique hotel, located next door to Lokal restaurant and just a few blocks from Old Town Square.

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Hello MM,

I wanted to check in to see how your trip went, and if you have any particular reco’s for places to eat or visit that were a hit. Traveling there with similar age kids this weekend - mostly wandering around and eating.

Thanks to the poster who mentioned the outdoor art hunt - that looks fun!

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Sure, we had such a great time. We stayed at Little King Malvaze on the edge of old town, great location, good breakfast and nice big family room.

- Museum of Alchemy (way better than the beneath Prague Castle):
- Klementium Library and up the tower for an amazing view!
- Short classical music performance in an evocative location (seems they happen each night, get your ticket in the ticket distributor on the side of St Tyn off Stare Mesto)
- Library at the monastery above Prague Castle (and brewery for lunch)
- Museum of Miniatures - HUGE hit
- Tour of Municipal Hall (get tickets in advance) and dessert in the incredible art nouveau cafe
- Lokal was a great lunch/dinner spot
- Roasted meat on Stare Mesto
- Tredelnik (even though it's a tourist trap, its delicious)

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@mm - what was the “evocative location” of the concert??

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The baroque chapel right by the Charles Bridge on Staromestka side - it was our only option for our free night, and it turned out great. The ticket office inside St Tyn gives you all the options.