There are so many things to do in Prague, but why not go somewhere that most people don’t know about, somewhere different? Take a look at these unusual attractions in Prague…
I’m sure you all know already how beautiful and diverse this city is! If you ever have the opportunity to pay a visit to the Golden City, you just can’t afford to not visit the sights and bring back a whole album of photos with you. However if you’re looking to explore a couple of more unusual sights as well as the typical tourist hotspots, then you should definitely pay attention – unusual sights in Prague are on the agenda today! I’m going to present to you my top 5 things to do in Prague, and I guarantee you’ll never have expected any of these from this enchanting city!
The heading says it all – the wellness and spa experiences on offer in Prague have just reached a whole new level. There’s a reason I wanted to show you some extraordinary things to do in Prague today, and the Beer and Wine Spa in Lázně Pramen (rated 5/5 on TripAdvisor) has jumped straight ahead to first place.
Depending on your tastes you can relax in a barrel filled with water with beer or wine added to it. A so-called beer or wine bath lasts 20 minutes. While you’re relaxing in a comfortably warm whirlpool bath made from either oak or larch, you’ll not only be actively contributing to your well-being, but also indulging your body and skin.
If you’re a hard-core beer lover, you’ll definitely go for the beerbath, as with every bath you’ll have unlimited access to Kynspersky Zajic beer! While the essential oils contained in the hops demonstrate anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects on the skin, the brewer’s yeast has high levels of vitamin B which moisturise the skin and help cell regeneration. It’s no wonder that the Praguers always keep falling back on these recipes to relieve psoriasis, acne, back pain and other complaints.
If you’re someone who appreciates wine a little more, then you can look forward to a bath with water, red wine, vine leaf and grape extracts, wine yeast, honey, lavender and essential oils. Savour a bottle of red or white wine and enjoy your bath in peace as your body is pampered and benefiting from the wine bath’s nutrients. The treatments promise rejuvenating effects as well as better circulation, which means that the spa is also used by people who are overweight or suffer from lack of sleep or rheumatism. You can even book a treatment for up to 4 people. If you want an even closer look at the Beer and Wine Spa, take a look at my article about it.
Even if you’re not one to look around monasteries, you should still pay a visit to the Strahov Monastery, because it’s in this exact building where you’ll find the tradition-steeped Prague Library which keeps a multitude of manuscripts from the Middle Ages. The monastery was built in 140, but over the years it had to be restored several times due to damage sustained during the war. Believe it or not there are 50,000 scripts hidden away in two halls. There are 18,000 books and scripts dedicated to religion in the Theological Hall, whereas in the Philosophy Hall there are 42,000 volumes. Inside the Strahov Monastery there’s also a ‘Chamber of Marvels‘ which contains scientific and archaeological scripts. This is all thanks to the scriptorium, which has been constantly copying and translating antique scripts. A grand total of 200,000 scripts have been created in this collection, where roughly 3,000 hand-written books and 15,000 incunabula have been sealed away for safety.
But it’s not just the unbelievable amount of incredibly old books that make the Strahov Monastery into a special highlight in Prague. The building’s Baroque style from the 17th and 18th Centuries is also something to be admired. In the Theological Hall alone there are 25 frescoes to marvel at which revolve around knowledge and truth. However the ceiling fresco in the Philosophical Hall should be given special attention. On the premises of the monastery you’ll also find the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Strahov Gallery.
Street Art – graffiti culture at its best
Here’s something different to add to the list of things to do in Prague. Have you already seen the gorgeous and diverse graffiti which adorns the city’s walls? During the Communist era it was strictly forbidden to voice your own opinions, let alone broadcasting your ideals out into the world. But even back then there were rebels who wouldn’t be held back. ‘Lennonists’ would paint images of John Lennon everywhere and were the forerunners of the freedom of expression, which was reflected upon in their artwork. The most famous graffitied wall in Prague is by far the John Lennon Wall, which has been decorated with song lyrics and the artist’s inspiration.
Much to people’s amazement it was later the Communists who made special walls available to young artists where they could develop their street art. But that’s not all – they even asked for people to decorate chosen walls with motifs, because as we all know there are certain artists whose creativity is appreciated and those who simply use graffiti to vandalise walls and other objects. Nonetheless some artists have managed to make a name for themselves with their graffiti art. Pasta Oner is one of the most sought-after artists in Prague when it comes to prettying up a depressing and ugly building.
The Old Jewish Cemetery – dive into history
In order to explore Prague’s history in depth, you’ll naturally end up in the Old Town – in fact the curious ones amongst you will be making their way towards a cemetery. Not just any cemetery mind you, but rather the Old Jewish Cemetery. The name itself is already history in itself, as it’s actually one of the most famous Jewish cemeteries in the whole of Europe. This burial ground has been around since the 15th century, originally in the former Jewish quarter of Josejof in Prague’s Old Town. However if you’re expecting to come across an enormous graveyard, you’re sorely mistaken. And that’s exactly what makes this place so special: the Jewish cemetery covers an area of one hectare but there are over 12,000 gravestones and the corpses of an unbelievable 100,000 people.
You’re probably asking how on earth can so many people fit in such a small area! Unfortunately the answer is a little macabre – since there was no way to secure more space for the graves, it was decided to bury them in layers on top of each other. In turn the ground has swelled up over the years and you can sense the obvious elevations as well as depressions. A further graveyard, the New Jewish Cemetery, was built in 1891, in order to offer the dead a fitting burial.
Brewery tours – from creation to the final product
One of the most important things to do in Prague, of course, is to do a tour around a brewery! Even today one of the most popular beers is still brewed according to family tradition in the Strahov Monastic Brewery. A crowning finish to your city break could be a visit to this brewery which includes a tasting session! Delve into the history of beer brewing, as the methods that are still used here to create the St. Norbert wheat beer originate from the year 1505. You’ll be lead into the small brewing rooms and learn how beer is created from hops, malt water and yeast. At the end you’ll of course be able to enjoy a good tasting session. Tip: if you do want to go on a brewery tour, it’s best to reserve the tickets online in advance. That way you’ll be saved from standing in long queues and you won’t have any hassle trying to arrange a time. You can choose between different offers so there’s something for everyone!
Unusual things to do in Prague
Beer spa, wine baths, street art and an exclusive wine tasting – that sounds like an exciting time in Prague, don’t you think? Give yourself a few extra days in Prague so that you have enough time to make the most of these unusual things to do in Prague as well as the more typical sightseeing. I guarantee you it’ll be an unforgettable holiday!