Prague: AutoVenture takes you off the beaten path
In addition to its legendary coffee houses, cuisine and some of the finest beer you’ll never quaff, Prague offers an enchanting wonderland of history, culture and quirkiness. Thankfully, with an AutoVenture private, expert guide, you’ll get closer to the culture and enjoy some of the Czech capital’s more unorthodox charms.
To get a full view of this glorious city, you’ll be shuttled up to Petrin Hill Park where you can climb its familiar observation tower. The 60-meter structure is a mini version of the Eiffel Tower and offers view of the Czech Republic’s highest peak, Snezka. If you don’t want to hike the 299 steps, you can enjoy its landscaped gardens, an observatory with a telescope open to the public, a hall of mirrors maze, a glorious rose garden, and a delicious drink in the Bella Vista Café.
A short drive away is the Lennon Wall, which serves as a memorial to the slain Beatle artist and is an enduring monument against totalitarianism. Before 1989, western pop songs were banned by the Communist authorities and John Lennon held a particular appeal among Czechs because his songs touted peace and freedom. When Lennon was murdered, his image and anti-government, pro-freedom slogans appeared on the wall. No matter how many times it was painted over, a new image and slogans reappeared. Today the wall remains filled with messages of love and peace.
One of Prague’s more endearing works is the Tower Babies on Žižkov Television Tower. Czech artist David Černý, known for painting a Soviet tank at a war memorial pink (a move that got him arrested for hooliganism), adorned the transmitter with baby sculptures, crawling up and down the tower’s sides.
Shoppers will have a field day at the Kolbenova Flea Market, and your AutoVenture guide will definitely pay off here. Whether you’re a collector of antiques or want some communist artifacts, Kolbenova offers 50,000 square meters of shopping. Here you’ll find gifts, religious icons, jewelry, art and knick-knacks that will remind you of a well-spent journey in Prague.
Prague is home to one of the largest castles in the world, spanning a stunning 18 acres overlooking the city.
The Prague International Marathon is ranked as one of the most prestigious marathon races in the world.