5 quirky things everyone should know about Prague

This article was created for The Travel Project by Kayla Wratten, a journalism student passionate about scrolling through Contiki's instagram, baking brownies and photographing pretty places.

The Czech Republic is the kind of country you read about in fairy tales. From enjoying a sunset over the city's Castle to eating traditional spreads on a river cruise along the Vltava, Prague has proved itself to be one of my favourite cities in Europe. Here's 5 quirky reasons why...

 The Easter Celebrations: Velikonoce

Every Easter, the people of Czech Republic participate in a unique tradition in which boys walk door to door with a braided rod of willow, whipping girls on the thighs. In return, the girls give them a hand-painted egg. If a girl isn’t whipped on Easter Day, the legend suggests that they will lose their beauty and grow ugly over the year… OK Prague, you do you!

Prague sunset kayla wrattan

You get 2 birthdays: Svátek

The same Czech man taught us that everybody in the country has two birthdays: one on the day they were born, and the second on their svátek, or in English, their ‘name day.’ Apparently all Kayla’s in Prage celebrate their second birthday on November 4th, so I am definitely expecting a second cake come November!

The yummy street food: Trdleník

What is a Trdleník, you ask? Only the most delicious food in all of Europe! The sugary cone is dipped in cinnamon, crunchy on the outside with a surprisingly soft texture in the middle. The cones can be filled with your choice of apple strudel, strawberries, nutella, whipped cream… there were so many options to choose from that I may or may not have had two. When in Prague!

Trdleník ice cream

Medieval clocks: Astronomical Clock

Striking 12, the Astronomical Clock in the middle of Old Town Square springs to life, with doors opening and figurines rotating in the windows as a bell rings across the city. The 600-year-old dial shows a Medieval perspective of the Universe with Earth in the center of the planetary system. Every sculpture on the corners of the clock is jammed with symbolism, if you only look closely enough…

Gothic Bridges: Charles Bridge

The most famous bridge in Prague is lined with 30 Gothic and Baroque statues overlooking the Vltava river, depicting saints from the 17th and 18th centuries. A statue of Saint John of Nepomuk stands in the middle of the bridge, holding a secret legend that guarantees your return to Prague – if you touch the gold plate at his feet!

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