Arguably the most beautiful city in Europe – certainly at least an equal with Paris – Prague is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, picturesque town squares, secluded courtyards, castles, towers, and jaw-dropping views. A place where even a non-beer drinker like me has to acknowledge that here is the best brew in the world.
Prague escaped World War II with minimal damage to its historic buildings, making the city’s architecture some of the world’s most pristinely preserved, including exquisite examples of Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Neo-Classical and über modern.
Ranked sixth in the TripAdvisor list of best destinations in the world, Prague’s iconic sights should certainly be explored. But the fun doesn’t stop there…Prague is also host to some unusual activities that should be not be missed.
1. Visit the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments
Located in the arcade next to Charles Bridge, the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments will be of interest to those who are fascinated with the history of macabre and gruesome infliction of pain. Three floors include familiar instruments like the Iron Maiden and the Rack, as well as numerous other ingenious ways designed to exsanguinate, garrote, tear limbs, or for the lucky ones just inflict public shame.
2. Party at the Dancing House
Designed by my favorite architect, Frank Gehry, in collaboration with Vlado Milunić, the Dancing House, as it is known, is considered noveau baroque architecture, but it reminds me more of the deconstruction style of Gehry’s “Building 32” on the campus of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The fluid curves of the Dancing House give the illusion of a couple dancing… well, maybe after an amount of absinthe. The best time to photograph the exterior is at twilight, then go to the top floor for a drink on the rooftop with panoramic views of Prague Castle.
Read more of the 12 Quirky Things to Do in Prague in the Huffington Post.