Just what is inside Prague’s Sex Machines Museum?

By Alex Leadbetter, Sophie Sandberg and Alice Warner

Of all the weird and wonderful places in Prague, the Sex Machine Museum really stands out as one that captures your attention.

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Three floors showcased a collection of eccentric sexual aids from the Victorian era onwards, featuring phallic teddy bears, swings and an erotic cinema.

The sexual instruments are accompanied by graphic diagrams that illustrates how they would have been used.

It was intriguing to see a completely different side to historical periods.

All of the exhibits were presented tastefully despite the subject matter.

For just 250CZK, this is definitely a sight to be seen – if you are 18 or over!

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WW1 heroism remembered in grand style

by Ollie Heppenstall

Not far from the cathedral of Saints Cyril and Methodius, in the heart of Prague’s new town, stands a granite column.

Surround21192731_1267979743329782_1351181598341660147_ned by bronze figures of soldiers, it stands on Namesti Pod Emauzy as a memorial to the Czech contribution to the Allied effort in the First World War.

In addition to serving alongside the Army of Imperial Russia, Czechoslovaks served in the armies of France and Italy with distinction with many eventually returning home to form the army of the newly independent Czechoslovakia.

Their service in Russia is the most famous, though. Cut off from a route to their homeland because of the Russian Revolution, they fought across Russia following the route of the Trans-Siberian railway in order to return home by sea.

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Their effectiveness in battle was such that by September of 1919, the entirety of the railway was clear of anti-Czech forces and all of Siberia’s major cities were under Czech control.

Their legend continued with the capture of part of the Russian royal family’s gold reserve and the capture of the most effective anti-Bolshevik leader of the entire war, Admiral Alexander Kolchak. While they were forced to hand over both the admiral and the gold in order to reach Vladivostok and return to their newly-independent home, their place in history is assured.

A daredevil dash through a country in turmoil, stolen royal gold and captured generals – the stuff of legend.

The sweet shop a cutlass above the rest

By Matthew Earth

Prague may be more famous for its beers and meat dishes, but those with a sweet tooth are definitely catered for.

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Dotted around the city are numerous confectionary stores, including multiple branches of Captain Candy, which allow customers to fill up bags with a huge range of different sweets from literal barrels – yes, it’s a pirate-themed sweet shop.

If you arrgghh fond of cola bottles, chocolate fudge or if a flying saucer tickles your fancy, there’s some delicious delights available to plunder. It might be the nicest tasting pick-and-mix you ever go to.

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These may look delicious, but be warned – they will cost you precious loot

For 160 Kzc, I came out with a varied selection of the treats on offer, and they were all sickly sweet. However, I felt I had been charged slightly too much. The sweets were nice, don’t get me wrong, but the total cost equated to more than £5 for a barely full bag. Shiver me timbers.

Scouting for Prague’s best hidden café

By Olly Sullivan

It seems impossible to escape the hustle and bustle of Prague’s Old Town Square during the day, but in the manic centre lies a hidden oasis.

Behind an old brass door, and up a winding flight of stairs is Skautsky Institut – a small café run solely by members of local scout and guide groups.

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Look out for this quirky feature from outside

Offering a range of hot and cold snacks, juices and coffees, the quirky café is the perfect place to unwind after watching the nearby Astronomical Clock strike the hour.

Also on offer are two local beers, as well as a small selection of wines, all without the high city centre price tag.

Jakub Ambrozek, 24, who works for the Skautsky Instut’s public relations department said he loves his job here.

“I’ve been involved with the scouts my whole life, starting when I was around nine-years-old,” he said.

“We were originally only volunteers, but now we have a small group of full-time and part-time staff, all of whom have been involved with the scouts or the guides for most of their lives.”

Although the cafe has mostly been funded by the Skautsky Insitut, a scouts organisation that was founded to preserve the national scout archives, they have also received EU funding.

“We’ve received 100,000 Euro funding from the EU, which has really helped us out,” Jakub explained.

Although the cafe is well tucked away, a series of YouTube videos by the ‘Prague Guide’ has seen the cafe gain lots of attention from tourists.

“Janek [the ‘Prague Guide’] has become a good friend of ours, he’s a regular in here and sometimes helps out behind the bar. It’s nice that it’s brought attention to us.” Jakub said.

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of Old Town Square

Once you’ve got your drink, take a seat by the windows and look out onto the historic square with its packed out bars, and for once in Prague – enjoy the peace and quiet.

 

 

 

 

Provaznice: the cursed pub

By Harry Rogers

A haunted pub sits inside Prague’s old town offering fine food and beer for an affordable price.

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The famous portrait of the rope maker’s wife that will heal your suffering for love

Provaznice tells the story of a fair maiden who was lusted over by all the men in Prague, but her heart belonged to her husband, the rope-maker.

Her husband spent many days away crafting rope and promised his wife her very own pub to look after whilst he was away.

As soon as her pub was open, it quickly became a popular spot for all the men in the area to drink.

Rumours spread that, tired of always longing after her husband’s return, the rope-maker’s wife began offering other services as well as food and beer to cure her loneliness

When the rope-maker learned of his wife’s unfaithfulness, he was furious and came home straight away to confront her about the rumours he had heard.

When she confessed, in a moment of rage he strangled his wife with rope, to punish her for her actions.

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It is said that her spirit still dwells in the pub as a curse, and will not rest until she has healed all the souls suffering for love.

At the back of the pub sits a portrait of the rope-maker’s wife and it is said that anyone who is suffering for love should touch the portrait and their problems will be sorted.

The place has such a rustic feel that can rarely be found elsewhere in Prague so if you’re suffering for love, the cursed pub of Provaznice may cure all of your dilemmas.

You can visit Provaznice by taking the metro to Můstek, then a short walk just off of Wenceslas Square.