The capital city of the Czech Republic, or ‘Czechia’ as it is sometimes known, Prague is home to so many obscure things to see and do. Prague is often named “the city of a Hundred Spires”. It’s renowned for its Gothic architecture, low prices, and buzzing nightlife. I’m actually going to Prague myself this summer to visit a friend and watch The 1975 in concert, so I’m pretty bloody excited for that. I love finding weird, off-the-beaten-track things to do in new places, and I am definitely going to visit these top 3 Prague attractions. Here are some quirky things to do in Praha.
Top 3 Prague Attractions that are Off-The-Beaten-Track
Man Hanging Out
Dangling above Prague’s Old Town is a hanging statue of Sigmund Freud. It’s often mistaken for a real man about to plummet to his death. Czech sculptor David Cerny created the piece in 1996, as he wanted to highlight his uncertainty about 20th Century intellectualism. Man Hanging Out can be found at the intersection of Husova and Skorepka, and is definitely one of the top 3 Prague attractions worth a glimpse when exploring the city.
Dancing House of Prague
Locals know this building as ‘Tancici dum’, the Dancing House of Prague is a must-see. The co-architect originally dubbed the building ‘Fred and Ginger’. Locals even referred to it as ‘The Drunk House’. Dancing House of Prague was completed in 1996 by architects Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry. Interestingly, the original site was destroyed by a WWII bombing in 1945. The rubble was eventually cleared in 1960, but it took another 30 or so years before this stunning piece of architecture was created.
Now this one is very interesting. Speculum Alchemiae or the Museum of Alchemy is situated in the historical centre of Prague is a ground-floor studio of books, portraits and oddities. The 2002 flood enabled a room underneath this studio to be re-discovered, which is said to be an ‘alchemist’s lair’. It’s full of all sorts of strange equipment and represents a historical lab perfectly. Although it’s a re-creation, it’s still incredibly interesting. Find the small statue in the library, twist it, and a secret door leading to a narrow set of stairs will open. An underground laboratory will then be revealed.