Czech Republic travel

9 quirky things to see in Prague

March 26, 2019
Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is an incredibly beautiful city, filled with a myriad of historical sites and eye-catching architecture. But some of its attractions and sights are in the side of amusing, unique and odd. Here’s my recommendations of fun, quirky, and unusual things to see in Prague:

Dancing House

Among Prague’s many spires, pretty pastel buildings, and hundreds of years of architectural styles is this modern bit of quirky architecture. The dancing house is also known as Fred and Ginger, as a nod to old Hollywood. Twisting and curving upward, it’s a fun one to see.

The narrowest street in Prague

Waiting my turn to head back up the street

This quirky little street leads to a restaurant at the bottom of the steps and only one person can pass through at a time. The street even features a little traffic light so you don’t get stuck at the bottom.

The Lennon Wall

This wall is located in Malá Strana and is the only legal place to graffiti in Prague. The Lennon Wall sprung up shortly after John Lennon’s death in 1980 featuring Beatles lyric. It is now covered in decades of multicoloured paint and scribbles from passerby’s over the years.

The Piss Sculpture

The Piss statue is a moving sculpture, which depicts two men having a wee in a pond shaped like the Czech Republic. It’s odd modern art on the surface but has undertones of Czech humour, in part representing the invasions of the country over the years. Apparently, you can send a text that makes the sculptures write letters in the water.

The world’s second ugliest building

Zizkov Tower stands out in the background of Prague’s more traditional architecture

The Czechs seem to have a self-deprecating sense of humour, after all, they boost their capital is home to the world’s second ugliest building, Zizkov Tower. The TV tower sticks out among the rest of Prague’s stunning buildings, especially as it’s one of the tallest buildings in the city. The tower has a viewing platform and restaurants towards the top, which one Prague resident recommended to me because “you get all the nice pictures without the ugly building in it.”

King Wenceslas riding a dead horse statue

I didn’t personally have time to track this one down, but it’s a statue of King Wenceslas on top of an upside horse suspended from the ceiling of the Art Nouveau Lucerna Palace. As you might have guessed by its oddness, it’s a creation from David Cerny, meant as a mocking tribute to the past and present leadership of the Czech Republic.

Crawling Babies Statues

Another one from the mind of David Cerny is the unnerving crawling babies statues. I saw these and had a lot of questions, like “what exactly is it supposed to represent?” And “where are their faces and what is that in its place?” I can’t tell you that, but I can tell you that you can see them for yourself at Kampa Park and Garden in Mala Strana or crawling up the Zizkov Tower.

The second most disappointing tourist attraction

Tourists starting to flock towards the Astronomical Clock for the show

In the official ranking of tourist attractions that you walk away from thinking “why did I waste my time and fight the crowds for that?”, the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris tops the list. But one of Prague’s attractions comes second: the Astronomical Clock show.

The clock itself is an incredible piece of art that I kept staring at every time I passed it. But just before the chiming of every hour a crowd forms to watch the show. Five minutes later you can see them walking away with bemused “was that it?” expressions. I skipped seeing it myself, steering clear if it was five minutes to the hour, mainly as I found a YouTube video of it before. Yeah, I can see why. But don’t skip seeing the clock itself, the intricate design is stunning! Or stick around to see how it measures up to your expectations!

Odd Museums

My thought on many of the museums in Prague was “what could possibly be in there and why is there a whole museum dedicated to it?” Curiosity got the better of you? Feel free to check out the likes of the Apple Museum (as in iPhone not fruit), Sex Machines Museum, Museum of Alchemy, Museum of Historical Chamber Pots and Toilets, and Lego Museum, amongst others.

 

  • Reply
    Anaïs N.
    March 26, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Everytime you post something about Pragues on here or Insta, you make me want to go back to Pragues!!!
    I haven’t seen everything on that list so defo need to go back!!!! Thanks for sharing x

    • Reply
      Off a Small Island
      March 26, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      I know I just can’t stop writing about it and loved so many pictures I got from there! Such an amazing place! You should go again! Thanks for reading x

  • Reply
    thisiscarlyanne
    March 26, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    This makes me want to visit Prague, somewhere I’ve never really considered before. Although that narrow street makes me weirdly uneasy!

    • Reply
      Off a Small Island
      March 26, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      It’s a really cool city! Yeah I felt slightly claustrophobic going down that street! Luckily it’s really open at the bottom but it’s still a bit freaky!

  • Reply
    onemillionphotographs
    March 27, 2019 at 3:49 am

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    bookmarksandink
    March 28, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I really want to go to Prague! I love the beautiful architecture and really want to see the Astronomical Clock. I’ll keep an eye out for these quirky tourist attractions when I go there! Thanks for sharing these tips 😊 x

    Shannen | https://bookmarksandink.com

  • Reply
    mischievouswordsbymartaazra
    March 31, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I love Prague ever since we visited it on my high school graduation trip. Very fun and vibrant city with lots of history. Love the post

  • Reply
    Tori
    March 31, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Prague looks amazing, the dancing house looks so interesting!

    Tori | JustTheBeginning-x.com
    Latest Post: Vidcon 2019 & My New Youtube Channel!

  • Reply
    FindingTheFearlessLife
    March 31, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I know I’ll never get there myself, so I appreciate the highlights via your blog.

  • Reply
    Under Flowery Sky
    April 1, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Great post. I noticed some weird or unusual things to see in
    Prague. It’s such a lovely city, I adore it.

  • Reply
    6 Tips for Visiting Prague – Off a Small Island
    April 4, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    […] the Czech capital is perfect for a mini break exploring, including sights both beautiful and quirky, and some great beer and desserts to indulge […]

  • Reply
    traveldoneclever
    May 10, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Visiting Prague is like stepping into a fairy tale, but you are right.. Some of the things to see are actually weird. Or unusual?

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: