Originally built as a vineyard homestead on what was then the outskirts of Prague, the Bertramka Villa became the property of a singer named Jošefa Dušek and her pianist husband František Xaver Dušek in 1784. The couple struck-up a friendship with the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who visited them on multiple occasions. Mozart completed the score of Don Giovanni here and got help from the Duseks with the Prague productions of his operas Entführung aus dem Serail and the Marriage of Figaro. Today Bertramka is a Mozart museum displaying many of his personal possessions, including arias written in his own hand and a harpsichord on which he composed. They even have a glass cube encasing what is claimed to beRead more.

The Astronomical Clock is one of Prague’s greatest crowd-pleasers. Tourists pack in front of it at the top of each hour (from 8am to 8pm only) to watch a short parade of statuette Apostles bow to adoring camera-clickers below. While each of the twelve saints has his turn, eight politically incorrect allegorical figures perform a kind of medieval morality play: The statues on either side of the clock’s upper dial represent the four evils according to ancient society — death, vanity, corruption and greed — represented by a skeleton, a mirror, a Turk and a Jew. On either side of the lower dial are statues representing the gothic city’s four messiahs: reading, writing, arithmetic and religion. The timepiece, which wasRead more.

"Saint: A dead sinner revised and edited." Ambrose Bierce I was planning a meeting with the English Patient and a couple of Irish friends. We needed a place for a drinking session. Food was an afterthought. Location was an issue — Malá Strana was requested. Saint Nicholas Cafe was chosen. The exterior wasn’t much to look at, with beat-up, patchy, painted walls. After stepping through the first set of doors, the entrance to the cafe inside a passage is slightly more attractive. Inside, slightly below street level, is a dark, atmospheric, and even historic space. The owners say the building dates back to 1554. There are often expats seated at the bar. Saint Nicholas Cafe is not far from aRead more.