There is no better way to forget about the week than indulging in some gossip. As another week has passed, we’re here to share some more of Prague’s secrets. Whether you were born and raised in Prague, or you are just on vacation, there is always something quirky that you did not know. Take a look at some of our favorite tales!
If you are a beer fan (and who isn’t?), then you have probably heard of U Medvídků, one of the oldest beer halls in the Czech Republic serving quality traditional food and their special, brews. Popular amongst both locals and travelers, the brewery and its delicious beer is no secret. But, do you know how the acclaimed brewery earned its name?
The brewery was founded in 1466 by Jan Neddydek. However, as the legend goes, drunken patrons kept mistakingly calling Neddydek, Medvídek, which means “Little Bear” in English. The owner could not escape his patrons’ fond wordplay, and the name stuck. So, there were no bears at U Medvídků, just drunks.
Fun fact: With over 550 years of brewing experience, now U Medvídků will let you brew your own beer. A seasoned brewer will walk you and your friends through the brewing process. In all, the experience takes 9 hours.
Kafka’s Lost Love
Kafka is everywhere in Prague. You can see his house, visit the museum, and drink coffee at any of the many cafes claiming to have had his loyal patronage. But, do you know about Kafka’s lost love?
Kafka was meeting his friend, and fellow author, Max Brod. They were meeting at Brod’s house on Skořepka Street. There, Kafka met a mysterious woman. After flirting together for some time, she invited Kafka to visit her in Munich. Together, they sent over 200 letters back and forth, sharing their lives together. However, Kafka never proposed, and after some time, the woman married another man, who she had a family with. As you might know, Kafka never married.
Church of St. Martin in the Wall
The Church of St. Martin is another beautiful example of gothic architecture, contrasted by surrounding, decadent houses. Built from 1178-1187, the church seems so out of place in its surroundings. After all, the church’s grounds were not even in Prague when it was built, it was just a village named Újezd.
Did you know that this was not always a house? During the Josephine Reforms (1780-90), the church was converted into a house and lived in. The dismantling and repurposing of churches were common during the Josephine Reforms. The Church of St. Martin in the Wall was not bought back by the church until 1904!