Posted: Sep 16, 2021 | Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Frequently near the top of the list for many a 'best man', Prague is often known more for stag trips than for it's architectural beauty which exists today due to Prague managing to escape the mass destruction suffered by many European cities during the 20th century. In fact much of the historic centre of Prague is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Positioned in the centre of Europe, Prague has a rich history. Being on the route of the great migrations at the end of the Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, the Slavs who settled around here constructed a fortified settlement on the top in the 8th century. Near the end of the 8th century a castle would be built whose stonework can be found in Prague Castle today.

Prague became the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and was a royal favourite of several Holy Roman Emperors, particularly Charles IV whose bridge which he personally started building in 1357 and has his name. Prague continued in importance to the Habsburg Monachy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Occupied by Nazi Germany in World War 2, the city escaped with minor damage and for that reason, the Prague we see today is the accumulated beauty of centuries of building and the funding associated with being the centre of administrative power.

The Highlights

  1. Cultural monuments surviving the destruction of the 20th century, Prague has the accumulated beauty of buildings constructed in the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras.
  2. Saints Cyril and Methodius Cathedral the bullet scarred hideout and last stand of the paratroopers who assassinated the Reinhard Heydrich, principal architect of the Holocaust in WW2.
  3. Scams and annoyances in this category are the touts who patrol the town at night trying to lure men into a den of ill repute. Other annoyances are overcharging taxi drivers, odd items added to the restaurant bill, and scammers posing as employees on the metro who ask to see your ticket.

Posted: Jun 24, 2011 | Updated: Mar 23, 2023

Blame it on the 'best' man

Many a reluctant stag has been dragged to destinations unwanted by an enthusiastic best man intent on pursuing his own interests. And so it was again, this time with me being led by the antlers to what is sometimes considered the Mecca of stag destinations.

As we all get older and geographically separated, gatherings like this are amazing trips down memory lane. We we all went to university together, but the fun and banter was just as fresh as when we were carefree 18 year olds tearing up the campus.

As with holidays I've been on with some of the party, the focus was very much on the evening entertainment. That's not to say we didn't see this charming city; in fact most of the day was spent walking around this cultural and architectural smorgasbord, encountering places of interest without actively seeking like them. The castle on the hill was one exception.

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