At the end of the day, Prague is a city of magic. Prague isn’t sterile the way most Western European capitals are, but it’s not a post-communist wreck either—it’s caught in the middle, somewhere in between daily reality and the realm of legends. And we don’t just mean “legend” legends, like the one about the Golem of Prague. We mean the legends of people—these cobblestone streets were once walked upon by Franz Kafka, after all. There’s also the legend of Charles IV, the ambitious Czech king who dreamed up Prague the way it looks today (aside from the fast food restaurants, those came later). And then there’s the far more recent specter of communism, which left the entire country in a hangover that still hasn’t ended. Speaking of hang- overs, we haven’t even told you about the beer which is cheaper than water, about the cafés which teem with easy-going locals, and about the art, which creeps around in all forms, from the subtlest of jazz melodies to the heaviest of modern sculptures. There will be moments in between, when all you see are other tourists breathing at your neck, Western shops turning the city into just another European capital, and the Czechs either not speaking English or speaking it in an offensive way, but it’s the moments of magic for which you came here. For these, the entire trip is worth it.

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The Prague Top 5

  • Dancing House

    Its symbolic location—on a lot leveled after the Bombing of Prague—and deconstructivist architecture remind visitors of the horrors of the past century, while the charming playfulness of the angles and materials symbolize the hopeful future.

  • Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

    It houses Prague’s oldest organ but, more importantly, contains the remains of the astronomer Tycho Brahe, who revolutionized astronomy and allegedly peed himself to death.

  • Alfons Mucha Museum

    Sure, the famous Parisian posters (with Ms. Bernhardt) are here, but be sure to pay equal attention to the Czech posters, photos of Paul Gauguin playing the artist’s piano and of models dressed up as Greek Orthodox monks, and Mucha’s sketchbooks, along with his window design for the St. Vitus Cathedral.

  • John Lennon Wall

    Western songs were banned during the Communist years, so when someone painted John Lennon’s face on this wall after the iconic singer was shot in 1980, it was an act of defiance against the regime.

  • Prague Castle

    The Castle should be almost as crucial to your trip to Prague as the buildings have been to the city’s history (read: very important).


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Prague Blogs (or Prague Blagues?)

401, 2016
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Czech It Out: Holešovická Tržnice

By |January 4th, 2016|Categories: Food, Outdoors, Prague, Shopping, Tips|0 Comments

In its youth, Holešovická Tržnice served as a site for cattle slaughter – then it got married, had kids, bought mom jeans and now, lives a tamer life as a market for cheap goods, fresh produce and second-hand clothes. A little bit of everything, this marketplace probably looks something like your grandma’s attic, plus bushels of fruit and vegetables. For farmer’s market lovers, Holešovická Tržnice’s Hall 22 boasts a respectable range of [...]

112, 2015
  • Hilltop View from Vinohrady, Prague

Five Places to Ditch the Crowds in Vinohrady

By |December 1st, 2015|Categories: Art, Drinks, Food, Nightlife, Outdoors, Prague, Tips|0 Comments

1. Jiřího z Poděbrad Farmers Market         Mass production is for the masses – leave the packaged life behind for a day wandering rows and rows of a farmer’s market, picking your own damn avocadoes. Well, yes, not from actual trees, but from market stands, and that’s basically the same thing. Basic-ally. Open Wednesday & Friday 08:00-18:00, Saturday 08:00-14:00. 2. Baobab Why yes, baobab trees were referenced in The [...]

408, 2015
  • Skull in Sedlec Ossuary

A Farewell to Arms

By |August 4th, 2015|Categories: Prague|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

All these bones, baby, and you still haven’t noticed mine. For if you’re ever in need of a pick-up line at the Sedlec Ossuary. The Bone Church, Kutná Hora’s claim to fame isn’t even actually in Kutná Hora, but that’s the biggest town nearby. About an hour from Prague, Kutná Hora thrives on tourism, which is no surprise considering the main attraction. Decked out in over 40,000 skeletons, the Bone Church is [...]

1307, 2015
  • Feet of the baby sculptures by Czech artist David Cerny, found next to the Museum Kampa.

A Brave New (Hostel)World

By |July 13th, 2015|Categories: Prague, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Kraków, day one. I have heard so many butchered pronunciations of this city name that I tend to go as middle-of-the-road on it as my middle school hair part, and mumble Crack-Ohh(f) in a travesty of an accent. My pronunciations aren’t too popular with the locals. The middle part didn’t fare too well either. If you haven’t figured it out quite yet, let me save some time. Curly hair should not be [...]

407, 2015
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American Broads

By |July 4th, 2015|Categories: Prague|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

4th of July - the anniversary of our emancipation from British governance, the start of something new (High School Musical? No?), the birth of America - or specifically, of white America. I couldn’t find a bald eagle to make out with or a minority group to exploit, but I did my best to dress the part. High-waisted shorts because men apparently hate them, but my shorts are riding up, and my ass reports [...]

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