Architecture: Art Nouveau
Prague is one of the centres of the Art Nouveau style, here called 'Prague Secession'. It came up around 1898, leading architects and artists were Jan Kotera, Osvald Polivka and, internationally most renowned Alfons Mucha.
Outstanding examples for that architectural style are Obecni Dum and Hlavni nadrazi. But you just need to walk around the streets and you'll see plenty of very beautiful townhouses in that style. Like on the main picture of this tip. Hlavni Nadrazi is undergoing reconstruction right now and I hope they restore the beautiful Art Nouveau elements. At the moment the rooms in that style lack any function and travellers rarely see them. Go upstairs from the modern arrival hall, see the Kavarna (Cafe).
Movie Director on the Vltava River
We were walking along the riverside admiring the river, buildings and activity when we saw a small rowboat laden with 3 people and a load of photographic equipment. We watched the action for 10 minutes, feeling sorry for the person responsible for the rowing as the director continually changed direction. We had heard Prague was in demand as a location for many movies, however we presumed that this must be a very low budget movie as they could not afford a small boat with an outboard motor.
Yes, it has to be that horrible green liquid that does strange things to your eyes. So, it was (and still is) illegal in some parts of the world.
Essentially, if you have one or two (and once you get past the overwhelming urge to gag) you're night will be fantastic and your head will be a beautiful place.
Drink it properly. Dip in a spoonful of sugar, light the spoon and allow the sugar to drip into the glass to set the Absynth alight. Stir... blow out the fire and down it in one... you should be able to feel it travel along the journey to your stomach.
Take a good backpack incase you have to walk around for a long time like us to find accommodation. ;) Take good walking shoes...the best way to see Prague is by walking around the city. Take a tripod!!! If you have a half decent camera you will get some amazing photos in Prague...it really is a beautiful city!!!
Second John Lennon graffiti wall - Kampa Island
Graffitis of John Lennon and other calls for peace and freedom have been the symbol of resistance to communism in Prague. There are two famous walls - this one is on Kampa Island, just south-west of Charles Bridge.
It's worth the detour as the area is quiet and out of the main tourist path (old town square - Charles bridge - Prague castle).