Get Inspired / Czech Republic Insiders guide to Prague Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Czech Republic Insiders guide to Prague story by: Tom Ricketts 1. SEE THE DANCING HOUSE One of the biggest controversies of recent times in Prague has been the building of the Dancing House. It was seen by many to become a hideous blight on Prague’s skyline, but like the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House and La Sagrada Familia, it has now become one of the city’s most treasured and iconic buildings. HOT Tip: There’s a restaurant on the top floor with excellent views over the city. 2. TAKE IN THE VIEW FROM PRAGUE’S EIFFEL TOWER In 1889 a group of Czech tourists visited Paris where they were so inspired by the Eiffel Tower that they decided Prague needed one. Two years later construction kicked off on the 63 metre Petrin Tower, located in a lush urban park which shares its name. Although it’s no way near as tall as the Eiffel Tower, it’s location atop a hill means you are at a higher level when climbing it. But the most important thing, is the amazing views of Prague. HOT Tip: There’s several other great attractions in Petrin Park including the ancient Church of St Michael, and a pretty awesome mirror maze! 3. SEARCH FOR DAVID CERNY’S SCULPTURES Perhaps the Czech Republic’s most famous artist, and certainly one of the most controversial, is David Cerny. An array of his sculptures are scattered across Prague and can be described as anything from amusing, to down right baffling. Either way, you’ll most likely stumble across a few whether you mean to or not. HOT Tip: Some famous sculptures include babies climbing up the Zizkov TV Tower, King Wenceslas riding an upside down horse, and two large statue figures bent over, giving you a view up their… rear ends! 4. EXPERIENCE LIFE BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN Prague fell behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ when a communist government took over in 1948, and stayed there for 41 years until the peaceful Velvet Revolution of 1989. At the Communism Museum you can read the very propaganda, visit a notorious ‘interrogation room’, and learn all about this terrifying time in Czech history. HOT Tip: The exhibits have English translations, but there is a lot to read! Consider hiring a guide for an easier experience. 5. GO BOHEMIAN IN BOHEMIA For all things drinking and nightlife, head to the former industrial suburb of Zizkov. Over 300 pubs can be found here in what’s thought to be the highest concentration of pubs per capita in Europe! HOT Tip: Dress down for Zizkov. Although exceptions to rule will be found, the pubs here are usually dark, grungy, and… well just Bohemian really. 6. HERE FOR THE BEER? The lush Czech’s have a highest consumption of beer per capita in the world! Even the Prague Beer Museum is actually a pub! And it certainly has a history in the country, thought to date as far back as 993. Today Czech beers are renowned for being some of the most potent in the world, something you’ll need to remember as you tuck into a few. HOT Tip: The best traditional beer bars are found in the Old Town. U Parliamentu and U Medvidku have retained their giant kegs and old school charm, and the latter even has hotel rooms should you not be able to make it back to yours. 7. IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE The city squares of the Old Town and Castle districts are very well patronised by tourists to Prague, and certainly are must visit destinations. But Prague has a huge number of other city squares to be explored. Try Lyckovo Square surrounded by grand old mansions, or Jiriho z Podebrad Square for its unusual church and uncomfortably sterile metro station. 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