Are you planning to visit Prague? Have you made your itineraries already? Either way, you can never go wrong with the Czech Republic’s capital city. The City of Hundred Spires is located in the very heart of Europe, making it an interesting metro to visit. A city shaped by artists, authors, and emperors, Prague is truly a place like no other.
There are lots of things to see and experience in the city. From graffiti walls to shocking beer facts, you will appreciate this glorious European capital in all its bits and wonders. So, without further ado, here are some interesting facts you need to know about Prague. Make sure to keep them all in mind!
1. The Largest Castle
We are not just talking about the largest castle – it is the largest by far in the world, and it is located in Prague. Dating back to the 9th century, the Prague Castle offers an impressive 18 acres and is even home to eye-catching infrastructures. From chapels to cathedrals to royal palaces, it is like you are walking in a gorgeous ornamental setting, one that is truly captivating.
2. John Lennon’s Portrait
The titular singer-songwriter was, unfortunately, murdered back in 1980. After his demise, a portrait of him was embedded on the wall opposite the French Embassy in the capital. It holds true that the wall was repainted for the umpteenth time, it is still known today as the ever-famous John Lennon wall. It is where you can see images, quotes, and even lyrics from the rock star’s collection of songs. So if you are planning to visit Prague, remember to have a look-see at Lennon’s wall, which is located in Mata Strana.
3. Sports Betting
Yes, that is right – Prague is also a city that offers one of the most successful betting markets in the world. From horse races to basketball to rugby, the capital has become a home for betting enthusiasts. In fact, it is a place packed with bookies that accept and/or pay off bets on sporting and other events. If you want to keep in touch with your betting sprees, the city will never let you down.
Prague’s betting market is a brainchild of the new gambling laws adopted in the Czech Republic. Ever since then, it has become a city where many racegoers love to go to bet on horse races. Apparently, bettors – be it local or international – are all pleased with the regulations implemented. This only goes to show how successful its own betting market is. If you are an enthusiast, you will definitely call it home.
4. The Prague Astronomical Clock
This one right here is definitely a must-see in Prague. As you may already know, the Prague Astronomical Clock strikes at every hour. But the catch is that it does so in a much-unexpected way. Basically, an entire procession tends to set off, which already includes the Death and the Twelve Apostles. It then finishes the process with a golden rooster crowing. It is really a surreal feeling, especially when you see the whole procession from the start. Even more so, the popular clock gives accurate information about the day of the year, the medieval perception of the Earth when it comes to the Universe, and the zodiac signs.
It is worth noting, though, that the city is not the only place where you can find the Astronomical Clock. That is because there is a replica of the building, which is located thousands of miles to the east. In other words, it is in South Korea’s Seoul. The Korean twin, however, serves both as an expo center and restaurant.
5. Charles Bridge
Like the Astronomical Clock, the Charles Bridge has its own wonders to offer. It is more on its scientific significance, though. It was Charles IV, the former King of Czech, who lain the bridge’s first stone. And mind you, he did so on July 9, 1357, at the precise time of 5:31 AM. According to a superstitious man, the king loved astrology and numerology so much that he decided to choose the date and time in particular. Why? That is because, in the written form, it is 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1. It is basically the year, date, month, and time!
6. Hitler’s Plan
Hitler was known for his extreme behavior and not-so-kind perspective to the world. But believe it or not, legend says that the infamous dictator wanted to preserve Prague’s Jewish quarter. And do you know why he planned on doing so? Well, he was hoping to use it as his own retirement plan. As strange as it may sound, the notorious Nazi leader was trying to settle in the city. Above all else, he wanted to make the entire metro a museum that could preserve the memory of the unfortunate, extinguished race.
7. Addicted To Drinking
Oh, yes – in Prague, the locals are into drinking beer. And mind you, they drink more beer in capita than compared to any country across the world. It is quite understandable, though, especially if you live in the home of Pilsner. But this is not the only drinking fact the locals are known for. According to recent statistics, a local in Prague is capable of drinking at least 155 liters of beers in a year.