I don’t know if the Fitbit craze has reached your part of the world, but everyone I know here in the States is wearing one. My husband, son and I all got Fitbits for Christmas and routinely challenge each other. My goal is 10,000 steps a day which isn’t easy when you have a desk job. But 10,000 steps is a piece of cake when I’m in Europe. Or I should say, a spiral of Tredlnik, because I had those steps knocked out before noon as I wandered around Prague.
On my last day there I ended up amassing 30,454 steps (12.9 miles) before I went to the airport at 4:00pm. I didn’t have any plans that day; just wanted to soak up as many sights as I could on my last day in Prague. I saw sights, indeed. Some beautiful, some strange. Here are some out-of-the-way spots I found as I wandered.
The John Lennon Wall
It was only fitting that there was a guy with a guitar singing Beatles tunes when I went. Maybe there always is? I don’t know, but I was glad I saw a tiny handwritten sign and arrow leading me to this out-of-the-way alley.
Je Suis Charlie
Across from the John Lennon wall was the French Embassy, where hundreds of candles and other messages were left in honor of the Je Suis Charlie movement.
David Černý Sculptures
This Czech artist is known for his controversial “hooliganism” for which he’s been briefly arrested. The local visitor’s center circled a few of his sculptures on the map for me. There were only a few I could walk to, but the next time I go to Prague, I’ll make an effort to explore beyond walkable Prague to find them all.
Statue of St. Wenceslas riding a dead horse. It’s upside down and hanging in a shopping center. It took me about 2,000 steps up and down the street before I found it. Gotta remember: look up!
Statue of Sigmund Freud hanging by one hand. Luckily someone pointed this out to me, or I would have missed it. Must. Look. Up.
“Tower Babies,” a series of crawling infants attached to Žižkov Television Tower. I didn’t walk to this one. I saw it during my Nuclear Bunker Tour.
I also saw this Franz Kafka statue, which isn’t a David Cerny piece, but may as well be.
The Hunger Wall?
Across the river, I saw this set of stairs/wall that reminded me so much of the Great Wall of China. A quick glance at my map said it was called the Hunger Wall, but I don’t know what that means, or why it’s there. Weird.
And of course, I saw all those magnificent rooftops, spires, architecture, and Charles Bridge sculptures as I walked my legs off through Prague. If only I had such beautiful sights back here in Ohio. It would make it a lot easier to get my 10,000 steps in and with sights like these, I’d shoot for 30,000 every day!
Are you a walker?