The monumental statue in the center of Old Town Square is one of the most popular meeting places in the city. On sunny days, the benches surrounding the monument’s steps are filled with Italians in expensive sunglasses, American biftads in fraternity shirts, and travelers from all over the globe, eating, drinking, smoking and sending text messages home. Few realize that the bronze man above them, standing defiantly against hurricane-force winds, was deemed a heretic by the Catholic Church, tethered to a stake and roasted alive in 1415 — an event that touched off decades of warfare between reform-minded nationalist Hussites and the country’s German-oriented Roman Catholic leaders. To Czechs, Hus has come to represent national pride and triumph against foreignRead more.

This enigmatic bronze memorial by sculptor Jaroslav Rona is one of the city’s most unusual attractions. Prague’s most famous literary son, depicted in a three-piece suit and his trademark Homburg hat, sits astride the shoulders of an enormous empty suit; an image that appears in an early short story by Kafka, Description of a Struggle: “And now — with a flourish, as though it were not the first time — I leapt onto the shoulders of my acquaintance, and by digging my fists into his back I urged him into a trot. But since he stumped forward rather reluctantly and sometimes even stopped, I kicked him in the belly several times with my boots, to make him more lively. ItRead more.

The Estates Theater is one of the most beautiful and historic playhouses in Europe. A product of the Enlightenment, this small performing arts hall was built at the end of the 18th century, when national theaters were constructed in major cities throughout Europe. The Estates will be forever linked with the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who chose this stage to premiere not one, but two of his best-known operas: La Clemenza di Tito, in 1791; and a thrilling performance of Don Giovanni, on October 29, 1787, which was conducted by Mozart himself. The interior is usually accessible only to theater-goers but, if the doors are open, try to sneak a peek at the opulent blue-velvet interior which was featuredRead more.