Prague might be best known for its bridges and castles, but this ancient city also has many modern wonders to offer it’s visitors. Here are six very unique things you can do, see and try in Prague if you need a break from the traditional sights.
Sex Machines Museum
The first museum in the world dedicated exclusively to sexual gadgets, this isn’t a place for the prude or the weak of heart. Aside from a huge collection of whips, vibrators, masks and bondage equipment, you’ll also find more intricate, and somewhat dubious, items, including an 1869 steam vibrator and a 19th-century French voyeuristic chamber pot (complete with a mirror). The museum also includes larger machines, chastity belts and a small cinema where you can watch old porn movies from the early 1900s.
The Nuclear Bunker Exposition
An interactive exhibition tour through an authentic decommissioned nuclear bunker, this experience showcases the eclectic items, such as military gear, used during WWII and the many battles, revolutions and revolts that have hit the country since then. Gas masks designed to protect citizens in case of a chemical attack, uniforms, helmets, measuring and medical equipment and an extensive collection of photographs and newspapers complete the exhibition. Visitors can also explore the tunnel system built in case of an attack, as well as machine rooms housing the equipment needed to run the bunker.
For access to the ticket office where the tours start (not the bunker itself), go to the address below, which is near to the Old Town Square.
In a country where a bottle of beer is cheaper than bottled water, it makes sense you should have a chance to bathe in beer if you want. Beer spas are very popular in Prague and offer just what you would imagine: a number of treatments using beer as the main potion. The most popular option in beer spas is the beer bath, where you can soak inside a large oak tub full of beer. Even better, most beer spas have a beer tap right next to the tub so you can drink as much as you want while you’re soaking.
Czech sculptor David Černý is famous for his unusual and sometimes downright weird sculptures which include a hanging statue of St. Wenceslaus riding an upside down horse and the famous peeing statues outside the Kafka museum. Černý’s most famous work, however, consists of a few giant crawling babies. On the sides of the Žižkov TV Tower, 10 of the faceless babies are permanently mounted, with three others sitting in a park near Museum Kampa.
Golden Lane is a medieval street located within the grounds of the Prague Castle. What makes it unique is that the 16th-century tiny houses and buildings were named in honor of the King’s alchemists. Part magicians, part scientists, the alchemists’ goal was to try to convert other metals into gold. The alchemists actually worked somewhere else in the castle, but the kingdom’s goldsmiths did live and work here. Centuries later, Kafka briefly lived in House Number 22 on this lane.
The site of the world’s first defenestration
The Czechs invented the word ‘defenestration’, which, in case you didn’t know, means “throwing someone or something out of a window.” Although there were three Defenestrations of Prague, with the first one in 1419 and an smaller event in 1483, the term is used most commonly to describe an incident in 1618, which was the result of a fight that erupted during a meeting between Protestant and Catholic Lords at the Prague Castle. As a result, three Catholic representatives were pushed out of the window. Although they survived the three-story fall, the event caused a huge rift in the country and started the Thirty Years’ War.