1. Largest castle area in the world
Prague’s famous castle has been the home to a Czech King, President and even Roman Emperor and is also able to boast the largest castle area in the world. It’s a whopping 18 acres in total with numerous courtyards and subsidiary buildings in its grounds.
2. Big beer drinkers.
You might already associate beer guzzling with the hoards of stag party groups that flock to the Czech capital every year, but the locals give as good as they get. The Czechs drink more beer per capita than other country in the world. Each head will sink about 43 gallons a year on average.
3. Good King Wenceslas.
Not to be confused with the one who “looked out on the feast of Stephen”. That one was actually more of a Saint than a King and was around in what was Bohemia around 935AD. He is thought to be a kind of Robin Hood figure, who gave alms to the poor around Christmas time. The actual King Wenceslas, who lies buried in Prague, was the King of Bohemia until 1253 and was a great and ambitious King of the region, finding many cities and fending off many invasions from the likes of the Mongolians.
4. Making gold
The ancient and magical pseudo science of alchemy – turning minerals into gold – was a hugely popular fashion amongst the elite in Prague during the Middle Ages. It became a mark of ones status if funding was given to these so-called magicians.
5. Tremors under foot
Many writers and academics have claimed to have felt strange and disturbing tremors coming from under the ground in Prague. Dark alleys and desolate squares have been known to produce many eerie sounds and have spooked many writers, including those such as Kafka and his friends, into thinking ghouls were beating drums underground.
Photo of Prague at night by christopher.woo