The best destinations for trains and aircraft for children in Prague

Certainly all of us adults had a period in our childhood when we were interested in trains. Whether we loved family train trips, played with our grandfather and his childhood trains, or just watched the hustle and bustle of the train station. How many of uscouldn’t resist running and waving at the trains as they began their journey? How many of us were impatiently waiting for the driver to respond to our waving?
If any of you have missedthe classic visit to any Prague train station, we have for all you parents and grandparents of small train enthusiasts a few tips on where to go in the center of Prague for a pleasant walk with the possibility of observing moving trains.

Viewpoint at the Nusel steps
If you take the tram No. 11 or 6 to the Nuselskéschody stop, you can find it near the former railway station Praha - Královskévinohrady in Bělehradská street. The building is now used for renting offices, but on its front exterior you will see a winged railway wheel confirming its original purpose, which it served until 1944. Above the former railway station rises a steep Nusel-Vinohrady hillside, on which the Nusel stairs rise up. At around the first third of the staircase above the baroque chapel of the Holy Family,there is a branch leading to the park Grébovka, where we can take a turn. The walkway will take us directly above the trails, leading either to Vršovice or Smíchov. From this place, you can enjoy the view of the railway yard from a distance, after which the train will pass by to pick up passengers or freight transport. Directly below us is the beginning/entrance of three vineyard tunnels leading to Central Station, so it's fun to see the trains appear and disappear in the deep darkness. From our train observation tower, we can set off further down the Nusel steps to the aforementioned Grébovka park. Here, too, there is something to discover, which is the building itself Gröbeho villa, vineyard with vineyard gazebo, a perfectly mowed park with a lake and statues or Grott - an artificial cave.

View from the corner of Španělská and Mánesova streets
A spectacular view of the busiest and largest railway station, not only in Prague, but the whole Czech Republic, is at the corner of two Vinohrady streets - Španělská and Mánesova.
The best way to get there is from the Muzeum metro station or the homonymous tram stopinVinohradská street. Thanks to the well-known three vineyard tunnels (which we have already visited on the Nusel steps), which are below the street level, we get an excellent view of Prague Main Station from above. Arriving and departing domestic and international trains tracks are here. From our observation tower you can see not only the tracks,but also the historic buildings of the modern part of the Main Station, as well as the platform. It is worth mentioning that the historic building and hall above the yard are the largest Art Nouveau monuments in the Czech Republic.
Little enthusiasts will surely enjoy watching the traffic lights, as well as counting the wagons passing directly below us. And when just a short time of admiring the train goes by too fast and is not enough, we can have fun watching another very busy artery of the capital - the highway, which is parallel to the track. As soon as we’re donewith those train adventures, we can run to meet the city's other challenges, like randomly visiting the National Museum, Wenceslas Square or going up the Vinohrady Avenue to Rieger Park.

We have one more activity for you, although small in terms of train passages, but still serves as a very nice, tried and true one. In particular, another place like that in the heart of Prague is Výtoň and over the Vltava river is the arching railway bridge that connects the bank of the river below Vyšehrad with the opposite side in Smíchov. The bridge has been used for rail and pedestrian traffic for almost 120 years and it is a dominant feature of this part of the city.Unfortunately, due to its recent poor technical condition, it has become a much discussed subject in needof rescue and reconstruction. The passing and roaring trains can be seen both directly from the very popular playground at Výtoň and the river from Náplavka. During the warmer, summer months, we recommend visiting the nearby Italian ice cream parlor. And where to go further? How about walking up to Vyšehrad? Or along the embankment along the Vltava in the direction of Podolí? An unique experience would be totake your children for a ride with a seasonal ferry that can transport you to Císařskálouka or Smíchov, and it usually operates from March to November. It’s the best way to make sure you won’t miss such an unusual view of Vyšehrdská Rock from Císařskálouka.
And those who feel like it’s not enough to watch the trains from a distance and who wish to experience an atypical train ride, they should head to the famous Prague Semmering.

Trip to Prague Semmering
The track of the historic motor train number 122 runs from Prague Main Station to Prague Zličín and offers an unusual experience. Why? This track is nicknamed for its charming vibe, natural scenery and beautiful views of the Prague Semerring metropolis (Semerring is an Austrian historical mountain railway). This journey will be an interesting experience for your little onesas it will also take you through some already well-known places. During this less than 30 minutes ride, you will experience passing through the Vineyard tunnel and crossing the railway bridge below Vyšehrad, where you should not forget to enjoy the view of Prague Castle. Further behind Smíchov, we will take the train along two Hlubočepy stone viaducts up to the rock cuts in Žvahov, so that we can finally enjoy the natural scenery around the track in the Košíře-Motol nature park. Whoever has the time and desire to extend the train trip by walking in the fresh air, can stop at the stop Praha - Cibulka and go for a walk in the forest park Cibulka, which is named after a romantic Empire chateau, that now is sadly just dilapidated remains. Part of this former English park with are not only a number of different tree species is a Chinese pavilion, but also a lookout tower, a hermitage, lakes and several statues, which are remnants here, reminiscent of the former glory of the whole area. At the final station Zličín, you can use the return connection to go back or take the tram line of the city public transport. The motorbike of Prague Semerring runs all year round on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as public holidays.

From machines to airplanes - sightseeing mounds at the Václav Havel Airport Prague
If your children have become train experts and want another transport adventure, take them to the Prague airport for some of the best sightseeing ramparts. You will become part of the fan base right away, which consists of aviation enthusiasts, photographers and families with children. Near the Ruzyně airport there are two ramparts, one near the village of Kněževes and the other near Hostivice, both equipped with information boards that show the general public the different types of common transport aircraft and explain the layout of the airport area, using a map. For photographers, special visors are created in the fences around the airport to get the best shot.

The Kněževes Wall has recently been reopened and offers even better viewing conditions than the original wall, as it is generally larger and above all higher, ideal for observation. This popular viewing platform is located behind the runway directly opposite the airport buildings, so you can see not only takeoffs and landings, but also the movement of the aircrafts from and to the terminal stands. Be sure to not miss the landing or takeoff of the largest two-story airliner Airbus A380, which flies to Prague airport daily- just make sure to check the time of arrival and departure. The best way to get to the sightseeing ramp is by car from the third exit of the D7 motorway from Prague. Due to the increasing amount of visitors and popularity of the viewing platform, especially for families with children, the construction of play areas and activities is planned for all the young aviation enthusiasts.

Hostivický wal
is the second favorite observation point for air traffic and is accessible only on foot or by bike from nearby Hostivice. There is a comfortable asphalt road (suitable for strollers) about 3.5 km long, so keep in mind the extraone hour,or so, that it will take to cover this distance. Despite the bad availability, this prospect offers an amazing view of both runways, so you will not miss any aircrafts. The taxiway is located only 75 m from the rampart, so you will be able to see a plane land literally in front of you. Your little aircraft fans will be so close to the aircraft that they can smell aviation gasoline and see pilots in the cockpits as they work. Also, maybe try to wave at them, maybe you will be lucky and your pilots will respond by waving back through the window. There is no refreshment around the rampart, so fill your backpacks with drinks and snacks, as well as a lot of energy and good mood.

Lookout terrace right at the Václav Havel Airport Prague
For those who want to see the aircrafts parked in the stands at the terminal, as they get prepared for departure, a panoramic terrace is available at the airport. It is located in the departure hall of Terminal 2, before entering the connecting building to Terminal 1.

Marta Koucká