Absinthe, Kafka, fairy-tale castles, an old statue of Stalin which has now been blown up, and so on. What to do in Prague? This is what we will discover so that your weekend in Prague is memorable.
1. Drink Absinthe at Café Slavia
Absinthe was invented in Switzerland and quickly became the favorite beverage of free-thinkers in Paris during the golden age of the Belle Epoque (think of the Moulin Rouge). But this drink is also associated with Bohemia and dissidents living in Prague. Café Slavia was their favorite landmark – in fact, it was the place where Franz Kafka was drunk, as well as the author and philosopher Václav Havel (who later became the first democratically elected Czechoslovak president). The cafe is located just opposite the National Theater and has been beautifully restored in the Art Deco atmosphere. It is the ideal place to go in the afternoon to watch the people spend while sipping a drink during your visit to Prague.
2. Go to the Museum of Communism
What to do in Prague? Visit the Museum of Communism of course. This small, original exhibition, located right next to Wenceslas Square, is home to something that most museums miss: a sense of humor. In the souvenir shop you can find postcards featuring classic images of communist workers under the slogan “Sometimes there was no toilet paper in the shops. Luckily there was not much food either “(sometimes there was no toilet paper in the shops. Luckily there was not much food either). My favorite card is that of Lenin under the words “Museum of Communism. We’re above McDonalds, across from Benetton. Viva the imperialism! (The Museum of Communism: We are above McDonalds, opposite Benetton, long live imperalism)!
3. Marvel at the Astronomical Clock
Visit Prague is to discover its astronomical clock. Tourists flock to admire this clock which – built in 1410 – is the oldest astronomical clock still operating in the world. Not only will this clock give you the time during your weekend in Prague, but also the position of the moon and the sun in the sky, the day of the year, and also the sign of the zodiac. When the bell rings, mechanical puppets representing the 12 apostles parade, but the most interesting remains the four figures that represent the (dramatic) stakes of society from Prague to the medieval era: Vanity, Cupidity, Death, Pagan invasion (which is incarnated by a Turk). You can also climb to the top of the bell tower which will allow you to admire the square of the old town. Built in the 12th century, this magnificent square seems straight out of a history book. With its two steeples and numerous turrets, the Church of Our Lady of Týn, a place of interest in Prague, will give you the impression that a prince on horseback can spring every moment and gallop before you …
4. Cross Charles Bridge
Crossing the Charles Bridge can be difficult at peak times when tourists flock to this picturesque bridge. As if that was not enough, hawkers and artists create animation, so that it is sometimes difficult to make their way to the other side of the bridge. Despite the crowds, this bridge is worth a detour if you plan to visit Prague: built in 1390, it has beautiful Gothic towers and is also home to many statues of saints that were added in the late 17th century / early 18th century Although most of the current statues are replicas – the original ones are in a museum).
5. Tour Prague Castle (and visit the Cathedral)
Prague Castle dominates the panorama as you climb the hill from the Charles Bridge. Built in the 9th century AD, the castle is 570 meters long and is considered to be “the largest ancient castle in the world”. Over time, the various monarchs have renovated and enlarged the castle, so that you can admire an assortment of almost all the architectural styles of the past 1000 years, from the Gothic to the Romanesque through the baroque style.
6. Look for Kafka
The author of “The Metamorphosis”, “The Trial” and “The Castle” was born near the Old Town Square in 1883. There is a commemorative plaque in Náměstí Franze Kafky, the place where Franz Kafka was born , Which you should see if you want to visit Prague. During his life – which was relatively brief, Kafka having died at the age of 40 – the famous author has moved a lot. Going to the many places where he lived and worked is a great way to discover Prague. This will make you discover many famous monuments such as the Golden Lane, Wenceslas Square or the Jewish Cemetery, places to note on your shelves if you do not know what to see in Prague. You can take part in a guided walking tour dedicated to Kafka or try to find yourself by yourself (the list of Prague Post monuments is a good way to start your visit).
7. Take a day trip to Český Krumlov
If Prague is often described as a fairytale town, it is “nothing” compared to Český Krumlov – another UNESCO World Heritage city and located three hours by bus from the Czech capital. The city served as a shooting location for several films, such as “The Adventures of Pinocchio” in 1996 or the horror film Hostel. The brightly colored houses surround an enormous bright pink castle and this city – which dates back to the 13th century – will give you the impression of being in a sort of real Disneyland.