After only a few months since my last trip to see Tereza, I’ve made my return to Prague.
This time, we went to a few of the same places, such as Charles Bridge and Cafe Louvre for Brunch, alongside some new places we missed last time.
During this second Prague adventure, there were also a few new things I learnt.
Number 1: There’s a historic reason I found the toilet paper pretty rough…
During the times of Communism basic supplies such as toilet paper were often hard to obtain.
Controlled by the state, many people would have to resort to using newspaper to wipe their bits.
Inside the Museum of Communism (which I recommend heading to for some amazing insight about the regime), there was a quote on the wall along the lines of:
“It doesn’t matter if we have no toilet paper, because we have no food anyway!”
This information put in to context, for me, why I always find the toilet paper particularly harsh when I’ve been to Prague. In more recent years than you realise, they were using either nothing or newspaper, making the 3ply coconut oil saturated stuff we use in the UK seem extremely luxe in comparison.
Number 2: There’s Restaurant where the staff are encouraged to be rude!
During this visit, we went for our evening meal at a Medieval Restaurant close to Prague Castle.
“Brabantský král” is the oldest, almost nonstop opened tavern in Prague and with a rich history behind it, it’s clear to see why.
From 1375, when it was opened, kings and smugglers and coming here. It is said that czech kings used secret passages to get drunk and forget their problems about Czech land. Magister Kelly and Arcimboldo, Jaroslav Hašek and Karel Čapek, Mozart and Ondřej Soukup were drinking here.
To keep the experience authentic, the staff are encouraged to be a little bit ‘blunt’.
Slamming drinks down, being abrupt and telling us to ‘use our hands’ when we asked for a side plate…
The only issue we had was whether or not we should tip, as despite not being the ‘best’ service, they certainly provided the experience expected of them.
Number three: The Charles Bridge is not only beautiful, but also has mathematical significance.
Last time we went to Prague we avoided the Charles Bridge as much as possible. Every time we went near it, there were swarms of people and to be frank, you couldn’t enjoy the experience, or even attempt to look in detail at the statues across the bridge.
Stopping over the bridge and also during less touristy months allowed us to actually enjoy Charles Bridge this time though! Upon researching more detail about it, we also found the following information:
Charles IV laid the first stone of this famous monument at 5.31 am on July 9, 1357. The notoriously superstitious king was into astrology and numerology, and chose this date because of its written form: 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1 (year, day, month, time). Add this information to the stunning views and saintly statues, and Charles Bridge is clearly a required item on any list of what to see in Prague.
The full list of places we visited this time (and would recommend):
- Museum of Communism
- National Monument at Vítkov
- Cafe Louvre
- Prague Medieval Tavern
- Torture Museum (Křižovnické nám. 1,) it’s worth noting that there are three torture museums, and we went
inthe other main one which wasn’t as good as this. So definitely choose this one amongst the others. It’s cheaper and has more stuff.