Last week, I launched my “weird and wonderful” series where I feature photos showing a side of a destination that might not ever appear on a postcard or be included in a guide book. I started by surprising, delighting and even horrifying some readers with the weird and wonderful Milan and this week, I’ll do the same with Prague, Czech Republic.
As I was sorting through my photos, I found it so hard to narrow down my choices (there are *that* many weird and wonderful things) that I decided to break it into two different posts.
So let’s have at it … weird and wonderful Prague.
A Mystery Man.
This statue of a rather gaunt looking, bare foot man resting on a bench resides outside of a small hotel in Prague’s Old Town, just across from Estates Theater.
I spent a good 30 minutes scouring the Internet to find out more information about this mysterious gentleman only to come up with … absolutely nothing.
Well, I did learn that tourists are known to pose for rather inappropriate pictures with him which is not surprising in the very least. You should see the one I took! Just kidding, I left him with his dignity intact figuring he already suffers enough each and every day.
Address: Estates Theater – Ovocný trh 579/6, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město.
A Torture Museum.
Prague has a couple of really offbeat museums, such as the Sex Machines Museum. While I haven’t had the chance to get schooled in sex machines just yet, I visited the Museum of Torture last December where I had a very interesting, not to mention disturbing experience viewing over 60 devices used to torture humans during medieval times.
Unfortunately for those who Google the phrase “how to sexually torture yourself” and arrive at my site, my previous write-up doesn’t offer them any instruction or guidance on the matter.
Address: Sex Machines Museum – Melantrichova 476/18, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha-Prag. Museum of Torture – Křižovnické náměstí 194/1 Old Town, 11100 Prague-Praga.
Tram Turned Restaurant.
Two trams have been converted into a little dining establishment called Cafe Tramvaj 11. Located in the heart of Wenceslas Square, it’s a bit of a tourist trap but really cute nonetheless.
If you’re a transportation nut, you should definitely check out Výtopna Railway Restaurant (also located in Wenceslas Square) where small trains circulate a 400 meter miniature railway system, passing by every single table.
Address: Cafe Tramvaj 11 – Václavské náměstí 32, 110 00 Praha-Praga. Výtopna Railway Restaurant – Václavské nám. 56 (Palác Fénix) Praha 1.
A Cow Statue Decorated With Women’s Asses.
This incredibly odd statue is what inspired me to start this “weird and wonderful” series in the first place.
I remember leaving my hotel, taking a shortcut to Wenceslas Square to check out a Christmas market when I stumbled across this eyesore. In complete disbelief and utter shock, I entered a state of deep belly laughing which didn’t stop for about 5 minutes.
I’m quite sure that people passing by me during those moments thought I was completely insane but really … one needs to question the sanity of the statue’s creator.
Address: Head out through the back exit of Hotel Yasmine and follow the path towards Wenceslas Square. The hotel is located at Politických vězňů 913/12 110 00 Prague 1-Nové Město.
A Guard At Prague Castle.
As I walked closer to this sentry at Prague Castle, I wondered if he was a wax figure or even a robot. There was no way that he was a living and breathing man who didn’t break character even when surrounded by a whole bunch of wild photo snapping tourists.
I found myself wanting to poke or tickle him. You know, to prove that he was real? Fortunately for both of us (mostly me), I managed to keep my behavior in check and left this man to remain standing proudly in his stoic position.
Crazy Looking Candy.
After getting over my bull statue encounter, I finally ended up at the Christmas market. I promptly bought my first cup of hot mulled wine (which I had every day throughout the rest of the trip) and some of the red string candy pictured below. Wine and candy pair well together, right?
Unfortunately, the candy wasn’t really that good. Too sweet for my taste and it sent me into a sugar high that made me feel like I’d just had a Red Bull.
A Restaurant’s Rather Prehistoric Decor.
If you go to any restaurant in Prague, eat at Restaurace U Lípy. Stepping inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time to an old world, even a prehistoric one as no one’s quite sure about why dinosaur paintings are displayed on the wall.
You’ll be served traditional Czech food by adorable old men (3 or 4 who work there share the exact same name) who will even treat you to live entertainment, performing songs like Rock Around The Clock. Watch this hilarious rendition.
Can’t get enough? Check out my Weird and Wonderful Prague – Part 2 post!
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