In November 2018, the ESN (Erasmus Student Network) took us to the beautiful capital cito of Česká Republika: Prague! Today, Murphy takes you to this incredible city where History, night life and typical food are best friends and amaze people from all around the world…
Day 1 ~ ‘History’ rhymes with ‘party’
One of the most famous attractions of Prague is this huge square in the centre of the city. There, you can find a very famous clock…
This huge clock you can see on the last picture is highly impressive! Indeed, it is one of the most famous monuments/attractions in Prague. What’s so nice about it? The answer to that question is easy: it has been officially awarded the “MDAOP”. The Most Disappointing Attraction Of Prague. Actually, an incredible amount of tourists pile up under the clock every hour to see the city’s famous “clock show“. ***Spoiler***: it lasts about 10 seconds and consists of a little character going out of the clock, turning around and going back inside. I can still remember how shocked I was realizing that hundreds of people go there well in advance to get the best spot to watch the show, hold their cameras in the air for minutes when it’s about time so they don’t miss a second of it, then go away, completely jaded by the banality of the show. You better come here in between, and admire the beauty of the place when it’s not overcrowded!
On your way to the castle
As Murphy and I take you to an amazing part of the city, let’s make a first stop around Vltava, the longest river in Czeh Republic, which is on our way between the centre and this retired place.
Up the hill
Cross the Vltava, take a nice walk, climb a hill and here you are. First, enjoy the view…
St Norbert’s Abbey
All this climbing! After a little stop at St Norbert’s Abbey to get your energy back with a nice, non-filtered, local fresh beer, you are almost ready to finally reach the castle.
Fun fact: St Norbert was not a nice monk, he liked drinking a lot of beer and seeing women. One day, as he was riding his horse, he fell to the ground and hit it so hard he broke his neck. Surprisingly, he did not die! Seeing a sign from the Big Guy in what he called a holy miracle, St Norbert decided to be irreproachable from now on and became the best monk of all times. Later, the Abbey, willing to honour his memory, started brewing its own beer and named it after him. (If you think that story is creepy, don’t stop reading this article…)
Here is the best part. No words are relevant here. If you’ve ever been to Strasbourg, you might have a feeling of déjà-vu…
Back to Vltava: fiat nox!
Now that you fell in love with that amazing hidden place, enjoy the evening lights while you walk back to the city centre…
Did I hear “night”?! I hope your feet aren’t too tired from our little walk Murphy, because I have something to show you!
Bless you. Ready to have the best night of your international student life? Enter Karlovy Lazne, the biggest night club of all Central Europe (yes, they are very proud of it).
The nightclub is composed of many rooms like this, distributed over five floors. Five huge floors of music. Each floor plays one specific type of music. When climbing the stairs from the lowest floor to the highest, you can hear sounds of Mainstream, Dance, Oldies, Hip Hop & R’N’B or Chill out music. The club is really impressive and the different styles of music ensure you to enjoy the whole night dancing to the music you love, and not to get tired of any kind of music at any moment.
Just like in the Netherlands, laws regarding soft drugs and prostitution are most permissive in Czeh Republic than in many countries in Europe, so the professional dancers are always staying in a closed space like the one you see here, to make clear they are only dancers.
Phew! I don’t know about you, Murphy, but I’m tired. Let’s sleep a tiny bit before we continue exploring the country, shall we?
Day 2 ~ Exploring the streets of Prague + a little bit of magic
You cannot leave Prague without visiting a museum, now can you? I think not. Let’s choose one randomly, shall we?
Founded in 1818, the National Czeh Museum houses about 14 millions items from the areas of natural history, arts, music and librarianship.
Day 3 ~ A bony ending
Let’s end our nice trip with a quite uncommon church… because we love them, don’t we?
Welcome to The Sedlec Ossuary, most famously known as the Bone Church (in Czech: Kostnice v Sedlci). Located in the super small town of Kutna Hora, this chapel has a little something which makes it special… but what is it? Shall we ask someone? Hi, sir?
Well… let’s find out ourselves, then. Ready, murphy?
Apparently yes! Wait… what are you doing? What’s that thing behind you…?
Raise your head to find the answer…
What the…? Where have you taken us, Murphy?!
The church was constructed in the centre of a cemetery. At some point, inhabitants needed room for new corpses, so they put them all together inside the church. One day, a weird artist arrived and thought “Hmmmmm, what a great way to express myself!”. He was probably lacking material to exert his art, or… who knows? The point is, he decided to put order in the cluster of skeletons and created this creepy masterpiece.
The bone church contains the skeletons of approximately 60,000 people! More than 200,000 people visit it every year, making it one of the most famous attractions of the Czeh Republic. That’s the reason I wonder why Kutna Hora looks like a creepy, ghost town. I really don’t understand why people won’t live there, next to this splendid monument. Strange thing, don’t you think?
Thanks for reading
What a trip! See you soon for other adventures with your favourite little pengouin 🐱