Prague Where You Drink Beer Like Water

Prague Beer

Prague Beer

The first thing that surprised us when we arrived at the train station in Prague was the size of the station: it was massive and felt more like an airport than simply a train station. Who would have thought that you could learn so much about a city by just looking at the train station? This place was very different compared to many other Eastern European stations we had seen with its many shops, cafes, several floors, and of course – hundreds of backpackers …

Prague Where You Drink Beer Like Water – Cheap Beer And Tall People

I knew that Prague was a place many travelers visit on their Europe trips, but I never expected there to be such a difference from any other beautiful neighboring city like Vienna, or Budapest. Both cities seemed empty from tourists compared to Prague, but since most travelers in Prague seemed to go closely together in groups following the ”free” guided tours, the city managed not to feel too overcrowded. Perhaps all the people were there for the promises of great cheap beer and beautiful girls. And to answer the question, yes, the beer is great and it’s almost ridiculously cheap. In Prague you can buy a beer for the same price as a juice or coke, so why not?

Prague Where You Drink Beer Like Water

Prague Where You Drink Beer Like Water

People drink beer like water here, and if you don’t specifically ask for a small one, you’re guaranteed a liter on the table at any time of the day.

Food is also cheap, especially if you seek out the local hideouts a bit further away from the Old Town.

The second thing we noticed was how tall everyone was.

Both me and Nathan are usually considered tall, but with my 5.8 and Nathan with his 6.3 we ended up somewhere on the average scale in this place, which made me wonder what they had put in the beer…!

Beautiful Views And Peeing Men

One of our favorite moments after having explored the medieval squares, gothic architecture and beer, was to cross the river to the park which you can walk through to get up to the Castle District. Walking among the fruit trees you get a great view over the Castle district and river, and you feel like you’re miles away from the city. Another highlight had to be the peeing fountain, or rather, watching other tourists reactions by the fountain.

While people were busy touching the statue of  St. John Nepomuk for luck on Charles Bridge, many missed the really weird statues of two men peeing on each other.

Those who happened to see it hidden in one of the squares outside Kafka Museum, however, found it hard to pose next to it in the photo. As you know, all tourists insist on posing in front of every statue they see – but how would you possibly pose in front of two moving…”things”? Smiling? Laughing? Playing along or looking disgusted? The older women had a bit of difficulty getting over their embarrassment, but the photo HAD to be taken..!

Top 4 Places To Visit In The Czech Republic

Home to some of the most beautiful Baroque and Cubist architecture to be found in Europe as well as some of the finest pale beers, the Czech Republic has seen a boom in tourism since the ‘Velvet Revolution’ of the late 80s saw the country cut its ties with Communist Russia. Recently, it’s been struggling against Prague’s blossoming reputation as a venue for stag parties – cheap, sleazy nightlife, coupled with frequent instances of petty crime and raising prices, have put families and culture-tourists off from going there. But even though travel insurance claims from tourists who have been pick-pocketed by bogus policemen and streetwalkers are common, it’s easy to stay safe, and even though some prices have risen – if you are willing to dig a little deeper you will still find a great rate of travel money exchange, cheap accommodation and a cultural experience in the Czech Republic that is truly unique!

Visit In The Czech Republic

Visit In The Czech Republic

Here are four of the top cultural places to visit in the Czech Republic:

1. Moravia for Vineyards

This large region in the East of the Czech Republic is home to 94% of the country’s thriving wine industry. It’s said that the tradition of grape-growing stems from 200 AD, when the fertile soil and limestone reminded Roman soldiers of home and inspired them to try planting their native fruit. The lush and relatively flat countryside makes it a great place to cycle – bike through thousands of hectares of vineyards, stopping at cellars and co-operative wine shops to try local produce. Best time to visit is in September, when competitions and festivals are held in the region’s larger towns.

Moravia Vineyards

Moravia Vineyards

2. The Sedlec Ossuary: for a spooky experience

Just over an hour from Prague, this small Roman Catholic Church Sedlec Ossuary houses the bones of between 40,000 and 70,000 people – artfully arranged to create grisly, intricate décor. See chandeliers, altar decorations, family crests: all rendered in incredible detail out of every human part, from spines and skulls to the smallest finger bones. It’s creepy, but beautiful at the same time..!

3. Prague Castle for ancient and recent history

See the hourly changing of the guard or wander across the Charles Bridge at night to see this ancient building gorgeously lit up. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Prague Castle is the largest in the world and has been renovated and updated over the years – resulting in an eclectic but beautiful mix of Gothic, Renaissance and 20th century styles. Large portions of the grounds are open to the public, with a network of museums and galleries. Historically the home of Bohemian kings, currently it houses Lithuania’s heads of state and the country’s crown jewels. Reinhard Heydrich occupied the palace during World War II – it’s said he succumbed to the temptation of trying on the Bohemian crown, which, according to legend, unleashes a curse on unworthy wearers. He died within a year of coming to Prague.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

4. Olomouc for the Pivní Festival

Visit this quaintly cobbled city in May to experience the country’s largest beer festival. A hundred breweries converge for ‘Beerfest’, along with bands, paraphernalia collectors and thirsty tourists. Don’t forget to take some time out from drinking to take in the large cathedrals and beautiful buildings that are spotted around the 1000-year-old streets.

Olomouc: for the Pivní Festival

Olomouc: for the Pivní Festival

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To read more about Prague and our time in Czech Republic, check out our:

13 things to do in Prague Travel Guide
Prague Czech Republic Travel Video
Prague The Old Town Vs. The New

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14 Responses to Prague Where You Drink Beer Like Water

  1. Dean Wickham October 22, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Prague is high up on my list of cities that I want to visit. And beer at the same price as coke? That could be dangerous!

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 26, 2011 at 7:13 am #

      Prague definitely deserves its spot as one of the top destinations to visit in Europe, and yes, with beer that cheap it was dangerous 😛

  2. Amy and Jarrad October 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Beer the same price as a soft drink?  That could be very dangerous!  Love the description of the statues.

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

      haha yes very dangerous! since the beers also taste so good :p

  3. Thetravellingfool October 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I spent about a month in Prague. After seeing the city I used it as a base for some trips. I have to say beer is great, the food good the people I met were nice. Pilzen is a good day trip to take, not far by train.

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

      Thanks for the tip, will remember to check out Pilzen next time we’re around.

  4. Steve October 23, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    Prague??? Everybody I met in Europe always mentioned they were going to “Praha”. I was like, ummm well, I wana go to Prague. Little did I know. Loved Prague. Beautiful city. Saw a “black light theatre” presentation, which apparently is a big thing there. Great stuff. Very inspiring. Kinda like Canada’s Cirque Du Soile under black lights… I hope you get the reference 😛

    • Steve October 23, 2011 at 5:36 am #

      Oh, I mostly drank coffee in Praha/Prague, not beer. Maybe I didn’t know what I was doing.

      • Sofia - As We Travel October 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

        I SO wanted to see one of those shows but we didn’t have time. Glad to hear it was a great experience, will make sure we go to one next time.

  5. On A Junket October 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    My pose was quite disturbing. Knelt in front with mouth wide open. Yumm! I wish I could find that Pic…Also did you happen to write your name out with the pee? You could send a SMS message to a number that’s by the statue and it’ll write the word you sent with its pee. David Cerny is a pretty cool artist.

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 26, 2011 at 7:05 am #

      Haha what?! I had no idea it could write your name out with pee, that’s awesome!!

  6. Jessica October 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    I just recently went for the first time and found it the most beautiful and charming of cities. I’m excited to go back sometime soon!

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 26, 2011 at 7:09 am #

      It is indeed very charming, great to hear you loved it as well!

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