Our biggest regret is not buying a marionette from Prague. The city has several marionette shops with wicked carved characters dangling from their ceilings. They were so creepy, but there was also something charming about this ancient tradecraft of theatrical woodwork in this unique city.
2. Astronomical Clock
Probably one of the most iconic landmarks of Prague, the Astronomical Clock is an intricate wonder. With crowing golden roosters, rotating disciples, and a number of other moving parts, it can be easy to miss some sinister symbols including the skeleton representing Death. There are several legends about the true symbolism of the skeleton, but our tour guide stated that it basically came down to yet another religious message to keep the people on the up and up.
3. Gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral lies within the walls of Prague Castle and is a gorgeous and mysterious relic. Elaborately adorned with jutting spires and delicate arches, the structure is truly medieval in every sense. The roofline is dotted with ornate gargoyles that are also fully functional water spouts. There are gargoyles of every breed; demons, disturbed human figures, and every type of animal you can think of (even a lobster!). It was fun to turn each corner to see what twisted presence would be next.
4. Memorial to the Victims of Communism
This haunting sculpture can be found in the lush, green grounds of the Petrin Hill park area. Unveiled in 2002, this sculpture is a tribute to the many victims of communism represented by a ghostly figure that slowly disappears as it fades into the background. A bronze strip runs up the middle of the piece giving estimated numbers of the people violently affected by communism. A plaque nearby reads, “The memorial to the victims of communism is dedicated to all victims not only those who were jailed or executed but also those whose lives were ruined by totalitarian despotism.”