Prague is a city with an array of interest and that won’t leave you disappointed. It’s so easy and convenient to get around, getting a lot done in a whole day is undoubtedly not out of the question
From admiring the striking gothic and medieval architecture, to tasting their juicy meat and original pastries that’s a staple in their local cuisine and going on a museum binge. Prague seems to have something for every kind of traveller!
But what are 5 interesting things I recommend you start with to get a good enough Prague experience? Let’s see
1. Get Photogenic At The John Lennon Wall
First point of attraction that should be well hot on your travel agenda when in Prague is the mesurising John Lennon Wall, named after Beatles member John Lennon.
Many visitors come to this wall today to pay tribute to the legendary musician, write their own inspirational messages in graffiti,on their daily and weekly commutes or to get some instagrammable shots for vanity and social media purposes.
What’s interesting is that Lennon himself never had any personal connections with Prague or the Czech Republic. Yet a random wall in Prague became a part of his legacy.
Since his death is 1980, the wall has been a political symbol for the country to free itself of communism. The police have previously attempted to rid the wall of its colour and creativity but gave into public pressure and left the wall to become what it is today.
A gift shop featuring Beatles and Lennon inspired memorabilia, gifts and souvenirs is located behind the wall, opening between
2. Take A Look At The Crawling Babies
Yeah – a very good look! Outside the Prague Kampa museum you’ll face a few faceless babies crawling around
There are a lot of strange and creepy statues and sculptures around in the city. The crawling babies, which were created by well-known Czech artist David Cerny, is one of them. To me it rivals that of the quantum-locked statues of the Weeping Angels from Dr Who (There’s my inner-nerd coming out!)
Although I really love statues that are distinct and aesthetically eye-catching. For example the Manneken Pis with the naked boy taking a pee and the Crawling Babies. They give a place a sense of cultural individuality and expression that makes capitals/touristy cities less “bland” than they may appear.
The crawling babies can also be seen on the Zizkov TV tower. Just like the Angels they’re all over the city! Invasion is defo pending!
3. Stroll through Charles Bridge
If you fancy walk through a landmark while taking in some great views from close up or in the distance then Charles Bridge shouldn’t be dismissed.
The bridge was essential for trading between countries in Western Europe and Eastern Europe. It also served for many many years as the one and only connection between the old town and “lesser town” as they referred the other end of Prague to.
It also was the location of many executions of prisoners and criminals in the city.
Fun Fact: They say there’s a golden sword buried within the bridge itself
4. Visit Old Town Hall & Take in The Prague Skyline
You can admire a lot of the gothic and medieval architecture that Prague is renowned for as well as the astronomical tower itself. The Old Town Hall definitely deserves a shout and look in. mention.
Many exhibition halls, royal treasures and statues can also be found in the 780+ year old historical building.
The coolest part for wanderlusters of course is the elevator that takes you up the top of the town hall that gives you a beautiful panoramic view of Prague.
Be a bit cautious when walking around at the top as the walkpaths are quite narrow, especially when you’re battling with a lot of other tourists and locals to capture the same scenery.
5. Munch On Some Trdelnìk
Got a sweet tooth? Give yourself a treat and experience something from Prague’s very own dessert menu, starting with their pastry known as Trdelnik.
Trdelnìk is referred to as a spit take. It takes the form of a solid dough that’s burnt and rolled up. A cup or cone full of Ice Cream also comes in the spit take too!
You can pick your toppings: usually between sugar, cinammon or walnuts – or you can have em all! The same goes with sauces and chopped fruit too (strawberry and chocolate = winning combo for me!). The best time to enjoy a Trdelník would obviously be in the warmer seasons.
Fun Fact: “Trdelnìk” is not actually unique to Czech cuisine. Only in its name. The practice of cooking twisted spit cake in open fire has been done in many other European countries before Czech Republic. In Hungary it’s referred to as “kürtőskalacs”, Lithuanians call it “Šakotis”.
Special mention to visiting the Prague Beer Museum, Dancing House Prague Castle and trying out some beer at a local bar or pub!
Those are my personal 5 interesting activities to make sure you get a taste of the ultimate local’s experience.
Are there any intriguing things I’ve left out on this list?
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