10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Prague

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The charming Czech capital of Prague is what European travel dreams are made of. With cobblestone streets, beautiful castles, stunning architecture, delicious goulash, and more beer than you can handle, Prague will make you believe in love at first sight. Check out these fun facts about this quintessential European city.

  1. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest castle in the world is located right here in Prague. The Prague Castle, which dates back to the 9th century, covers over 18 acres and consists of palaces, cathedrals, and buildings of different architectural styles. It really is the stuff of fairytales.
  2. The “John Lennon Wall” is a famous wall in a quiet corner near the Charles Bridge which is covered in Lennon-inspired graffiti and The Beatles’ lyrics. What started off as a single image after his murder quickly grew into an entire wall of dedications. Even repeated coats of whitewash couldn’t stop this symbol of free speech. Though Lennon never visited Prague in his lifetime, he was a symbol of hope for many of Prague’s residents.
  3. With no dearth of pubs and watering holes, Prague is a beer lover’s dream. Many even call its beer the best in the world! In fact, the locals drink more beer per capita than anywhere else. Almost 150 litres of beer are consumed here every year and close to 97% of it is Pilsner. You can’t really blame them considering beer is more affordable than water at most places.
  4. Marathon runners would love to participate in the Prague International Marathon which takes place in April/May. The stunning route will take you from the medieval Old Town Square and along the Vltava River. You’ll forget your exhaustion as you pass through the entirety of this gorgeous city.
  5. Prague’s Dancing House was inspired by iconic dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This modern building is a departure from Prague’s ancient castles and cobblestones but is stunning nonetheless. Built as a collaboration between Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić and Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, it symbolizes yin and yang and the blending of communism into democracy. Foodies could also visit the “Ginger and Fred” restaurant on the top floor for food with a view.
  6. The narrowest street in Prague, the Vinárna Čertovka, is about 50 cm (20 inches) wide. Believe it or not, it actually has a traffic light to ensure that pedestrians from opposite sides don’t get stuck in the middle. That sounds like a tight fit!
  7. Apparently, the Rolling Stones are the reason why the Prague Castle is beautifully lit at night. The members fell in love with the building and thought that lights would add to its beauty at night. When they shared their idea with then-Czech president Václav Havel, they were told that the country had more serious problems to worry about. So, they paid for the night lighting themselves and lo and behold, it’s still in use today!
  8. Prague’s Astronomical Clock is the third oldest in the world of its kind. When the clock strikes the hour, you will be able to see the procession of Twelve Apostles, followed by the Angel of Death, and a crowing golden rooster.
  9. The first stone of the famous Charles Bridge was laid by Charles IV on July 9th, 1357 at 5:31 am. The king was extremely superstitious and believed in astrology and numerology to such an extent that he chose this date and time because it’s written as 1-3-5-7-9-5-3-1.
  10. While some find it creepy, others argue that the crawling babies of Prague’s TV tower are perfectly unique. Designed by David Cerny, who is known for his modern art and sense of humor, you can get a closer look at these babies on the castle side of the Vltava River. If you’re a fan of Cerny’s bizarre style, don’t forget to check out the upside-down horse inside Lucerna Palace and the statues of the two men peeing outside the Kafka Museum.

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