Prague is one of the most famous historical cities in Europe. The capital of the Czech Republic stretches back at least a millennium and has many stories to tell. Here is the first half of our list of some lesser known facts about the city.
Number Fifteen: First European City to Publish a Book About Mozart
This happened in 1798, a few short years after the renowned musical artist’s death. The book’s author was named Johann Herrl.
Number Fourteen: Prague Has the Best Preserved Historic District
Known to be one of the best preserved old towns in all of Europe, Prague’s “Stare Mesto” is a must see for visitors. The place is always busy, crowded with onlookers admiring its cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings.
Number Thirteen: Elephant Urine
At the Prague Zoo, you can buy an herbal liquor called Elephant Urine, which is sold as an aperitif. It does not actually contain elephant pee.
Number Twelve: The John Lennon Wall
The city has a tribute to Lennon, which is filled with ever-changing paintings, portraits, and lyrics of Beatles songs. This wall is near the Charles Bridge and is a popular tourist attraction.
Number Eleven: Strange Sculptures
David Cerny is a modern artist who has decorated much of the city. He’s known for creating art with a rebellious sense of humor and has made babies crawling up buildings, statues with bar codes on their faces, as well as statues of two men peeing outside of a famous museum in the city.
Number Ten: Prague Residents Love Their Beer
This could be because it’s cheaper than water on a lot of restaurant’s menus. It’s said that the average beer consumption amount is a record-breaking half-liter per person, per day.
Number Nine: They Wanted to Donate Their President to Russia
A group of artistic Czech citizens decided to try to donate President Milos Zeman to Putin as a way to show how much they disagreed with Zeman’s positions in regards to the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. We hope you enjoyed part one of our list. Check back soon for part two, coming soon!