Friday, 20 October 2017

My Top Travel Picks For Prague

I can't believe we've been back from Prague an entire week by the time that this post goes live; it's gone so quickly and it seems like weeks ago that we were wandering the Charles Bridge and eating traditional gingerbread (okay, I brought some home so that definitely wasn't weeks ago). We crammed so much into four and a bit days in Prague and there are bits I've already forgotten off the top of my head; but it's such a fascinating city that I definitely came away from our adventure there with some firm favourite things out of everything that we did. If you're heading to Prague, buckle in and get a list ready, because you're definitely going to want to see most of these things.


1: Sex Machines Museum
This was a weird thing to do on holiday, mostly because if you've never sat in a room with seven strangers watching turn of the century porn, it's definitely an experience that you won't forget. Having said that - there's a lot to be said about what can be learned within the Sex Machines Museum. Far from just having a lot of sex toys to marvel at (though there really are a lot of them) there is a lot to be done here, from reading about women's hysteria and it's treatments, to watching tiny dolls houses that work via crank to show pornographic scenes. 

This is a strange little museum right next to a Starbucks that has everything sex related that you can even begin to think of; but it's definitely worth a visit. It's pretty expensive and 200czk (around £7 per person) for a museum that'll maybe take 2 hours depending on how long you stay in the erotic cinema, but it's definitely worth splashing out on to spend an hour. You do, of course, need to be over 18, but with valid ID students can get in for 150czk (£5, give or take. No pun intended).


2: Prague Nightmare Horror Bar
If you plan on heading to see Fred and Ginger (more commonly known as the dancing houses) then this is a stop that you should definitely take. In fact, even if you're not visiting the nearby attraction, this is worth a trip in itself. This is a tiny little bar with the doors and windows completely blacked out and when you step inside, it's a wonderland full of horror memorabilia that will have even the bigger horror enthusiast marvelling. Sit in between dummies of famous horror villains, grab a drink and enjoy the music - they even have horror scenes replaying on the TV screen by the bar.

With drinks that'll cost you around 140czk (just around £5, though some are cheaper) these aren't to be sniffed at; and we all know I love a gimmick so the fact you can order a drink that relates specifically to a film (The Re-Animator, The Leprachaun's Revenge...) and have it come in a glass that has a vinyl sticker of the films scenes on the side it just something I can definitely get on board with. Be aware when going into the toilet that the red lighting relies on motion sensors and so it looks for all the world like you're walking into the pitch black surrounded by life sized models of fictional murderers. It's definitely worth visiting for the photographs alone.


3: The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague
Make no mistake that this museum is kind of crap, but you can get a joint ticket for this and the Ghosts of Prague Museum (hilarious, also kind of crap) that I think works out about £8, and this is worth it for one reason alone. In an unassuming courtyard there's a room full of stories of alchemy and when you finish these stories, one of the staff will lead you up the steepest, scariest and most dangerous steps you've ever been up; and what lies at the top is the true magical experience that makes the ticket worth it's price based on this alone.

At the top of this stairs lies a loft with a fake dragon egg and multiple scenes set up to show you about the alchemists that cam before that once called this loft home and the stories that they had to tell. The one story I think makes this worth the money? This is supposedly where Shakespeare found his inspiration for A Midsummer Night's Dream - and you can definitely feel his presence there - mostly because there's a huge dummy version of him towering above you. This place also has a really cool bar, and if you do the toy, as they'll consistently tell you, you get 10% off the cocktails which they call 'elixirs' to fit with their theming.


4: Sedlec Ossuary 'Bone Church'
This is by far one of the most amazing things that I've ever seen. I've cheated a little here because this is actually outside of Prague, but you can get an express train to Kutne Hora, where this is based, for around £16 return and it takes just an hour (worth the time and money, trust me). Whereas Kutne Hore's city centre is tiny, idyllic and filled with nice cafes, restaurants and bars - there is a part of the town that's a little more interesting in my humble opinion and that's definitely the Ossuary. This is an absolutely beautiful church with a basement completely decorated with human bones; think skull chandeliers and radius tombs. 

You can take photos here, but it seems very inappropriate when you see people taking selfies with skulls and so that's definitely worth thinking about if you're that way inclined, but this is amazing and I've really never seen anything like it. You have to pay 90czk to get in here (around £3) but all money goes to the upkeep of the church, which still has a functioning chapel upstairs that you can also visit should you wish. There are some more cathedrals and cool things to see in Kutne Hora and you can get conjoined tickets that will save you a little bit, so if you want to see them all and plan on spending the day there


5: Grotta
This is one of the most beautiful places that we visited in Prague and we were so lucky that it was literally on our doorstep due to the Airbnb location we had picked. If you're staying in the centre of Prague, this is a little further out than most other tourist attractions as it's in Prague 10 - but a taxi here will cost you around £3 and there is plenty of public transport options to get you here too. This is basically a fairytale grotto in the centre of a park in the middle of a thriving district in Prague 10 and it's truly worth seeing.

From the outside, this essentially looks like an abandoned mansion with a fountain too, but head inside and up the stairs and you can find links of interconnected caves that look like a mix between an abandoned crumbling mansion's bedrooms and something out of Star Wars. This is something fun to explore, nice to do on a beautiful day and is great for photo opportunities. Whatever I say won't do it justice, but a single visit there definitely will; there's also gorgeous ponds and bits and pieces in the park to visit, so definitely take a picnic and soak in the surroundings.

So there are my top favourite things that we did in Prague, though there is so much to do that I really did struggle to cut it down to just 5. If you've been, I'd love to know what you'd recommend (I might just have to go again in order to make sure I see everything...)

Sammy xo.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think I could bring myself to go to the Nighttime Horror Bar! I'm an absolute scardy-cat so I wouldn't last long in there if it's remotely creepy. The memorabilia sounds awesome though and the cocktails too! Maybe I'd have to have a few drinks before going in!

    I meant to visit the Sex Museum in Amsterdam whilst I was there but never got the chance, but I'm hoping to go to Prague in the future so maybe this will have to be one of my pitstops! And that's a pretty big wooden penis...

    The Ossuary and the Grotta look incredible, both look worth the trip.

    You managed to fit so much into 4 days, what a great trip!

    Issy | MissIsGoode
    xx

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