If you thought Prague’s Old Town is all buildings and architecture, you have got it all wrong. Check out these seven unexpected things you see and can do in the beautiful, Czech capital.
To really get to know a city you must break away from the beaten path and wander without a predetermined destination. Here are some great tips on how to get to know Prague’s Old Town like a local, with Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague as the perfect base.
1. The tragic story of Jan Hus
You are most definitely going to end up at the Old Town square at some point, and what meets the eye is a fantastic statue. This might seem like just another artwork, but the monument does in fact have an unexpected story. It was erected in 1915 as a symbol of his strength and sacrifice. Jan Hus was a Catholic Priest who was alive during the 1400s and was one of the very few who dared rebel against the church and the crusades. He was found guilty of heresy and burnt at the stake after being condemned by the Vatican.
2. A deep-dive into a dark past
If you’re intrigued by the more gruesome parts of medieval history, tag along one of the Haunted Prague tours. Learn more about the conflicts, wars, plague and epidemics that once were and listen to cool new stories that are not part of the good old tourist brochures. Choose from ghosts, legends, underground, torture or an after dark visit to the famous Vysehrad Fortress or Charles Bridge. This might be the most thrilling sightseeing trip of your life!
3. The alternative route to the Old Town
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If a regular walking tour sounds boring, try Prague Alternative Tours. The tour guides are local enthusiasts who want to show you the city and Old Town area from their perspective. You get to see the best of street art and local galleries while you learn about how the culture has changed since the fall of communism. The tour lasts for about three hours and includes a tour through the Old Town area and other popular spots. Join in on one of their cool workshops to make some art of your own, which may end up being the best souvenir you bring back from Prague.
4. Keep your head up
Prague is known for beautiful buildings and statues, and it’s easy to keep a steady gaze at the horizon to try and spot the next mapped-out attraction. Never mind that, you know where you’re going, you might as well enjoy the trip as well, right? Make sure you catch a glimpse of the truly special Man Hanging Out, which is promptly enough a statue portraying psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud hanging by one hand pondering on whether to keep holding on or to let go. Several tourists have understandably mistaken the statue for a real suicide attempt.
5. It’s all about the food
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If architecture is not your thing and you are more of a foodie traveler, Eating Prague Tours is where you want to go. Opt for a gastronomic adventure that will make your taste buds ecstatic. Not only will you get to eat at some of the most historic and spectacular restaurants and cafés of the city, but you will also get to taste the delicious local cuisine. Whether it be soup, sandwiches or dumplings you are sure to have a great time and a full belly to prove it afterwards.
6. A sweet taste of Prague
Many locals have claimed that one of the musts when in Prague, and the Old Town for that matter, is a visit to Choco Café. This family business is making it big on selling delicious chocolates in their charming café. Choose from more than 50 mouth-watering flavors that will have you coming back for more. If you are feeling adventurous, try the traditional hořické trubičky, you won’t regret it!
7. A piece of history
If you get tired of the crowds, take a walk into the Old Jewish Cemetery, which lies in the Old Town. This large area is said to hold as many as 100,000 bodies, and is the oldest of its kind in Europe. A special sight meets the eye, with crocked gravestones placed tightly together, time clearly taken its toll on the old rocks. Walk among the stones, read the old inscriptions and take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the cobblestoned streets.
There are plenty of things to see and do when you visit Prague, as you now know. So start planning your trip to explore these unexpected attractions of the wonderful Old Town.