Museum of Medieval Torture
The view from the top made it all worth it. To further enhance our experience the next stop was the ” Museum of Torture “ . Yup, we have all read about the dark ages, Hollywood has put many a movie down our throats filled with blood and gore from the pre-renaissance era. A booklet with English descriptions let our imaginations run wild as to how each individual instrument was used and we said a small silent prayer thanking the powers that be, that we were not born in the dark ages. The room has a collection of torture chairs, brazen bull, torture cages, chastity belts, pear of anguish, boiling pot, Iron maiden, Witch cages, witch stools etc. The museum is housed in an old time dungeon, it also has prison cells with real nail marks on the walls, as if screaming for a release….
Jan Becher Museum
Karlovy Vary & Becherovka are synonymous. The world famous Becherovka is the native alcohol of Karlovy Vary. And the Jan Becker Museum effortlessly takes you on a journey of this brand, which is more than 200 years old. Right from the owners, the history, the journey, and the ascension to the current market position, everything is explained with the help of live sculptures, written material & a short film.What's awesome is that while watching the short doscumentary film, you get to taste the many flavors of Becherovka. Don't miss this wonderful museum during your visit to Karlovy Vary.6. The Orthodox Church of St. Peter & PaulEurope, in general as a continent, is famous for its churches & cathedrals. The orthodox church of St. Peter & St. Paul is quite different though! The style of the architecture is a mixture of Russian & Byzantine. Its blue & golden coloured combination is uniquely pleasant.Thanks to its golden dome, you can spot the church building even from the top of the Diana lookout tower!The interior of the church is awe-spiring. Sadly, you can't take pictures or videos inside. This church is quite strict with its rules.7. Market ColonnadeThis colonnade is a white wooden structure. During the daytime, the market makes this entire area very lively & fun especially if you are looking for souvenirs. During the nighttime, visit Market colonnade for the street musicians. If you are lucky, you might find amazing bands during the daytime as well.8. The Moser Glass Museum
Travelling all the way to the Prague Castle is pointless without first visiting the Strahov Monastery located right behind it. Founded by Prince Vladislav II in 1140, this magnificent structure is located on the Petrin Hill and therefore also offers brilliant views of Praha. The monastery was once shut down by the Communist Government and opened its doors yet again in 1990. It is home to the Church of St Roch, the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and the Strahov Library, the largest monastic library in Czech Republic. The Baroque Theological and Philosophical halls of the library are home to over a thousand valuable manuscripts and volumes. The Cabinet of Curiosities located in the lobby is an array of morbid yet mysterious remains. The Strahov Picture Gallery and Miniature Museum are also popular sights in the complex. Additionally, the most popular brewery in Prague, the Klasterni Pivovar Strahov, where monks brewed their own beer, is located right here. Exit the main courtyard of Strahov to come to the beautiful orchards and parks of Petrin and spend some time soaking in the glory of Praha. Getting There: The Strahov Library is open daily from 9am to noon and 1pm till 5pm. You’d have to shell out around 80CZK to enter. The Picture Gallery would cost you another 80CZK and it is open from 9am till noon and 12:30pm to 5pm. Tickets to the Miniature Museum come for 100CZK and it is open from 9am to 5pm. Tram no. 22 brings you to Pohorelec and from there you can walk around 300 metres to get to the monastery.
St. George's Basilica
St. George's Basilica is the oldest church building within the Prague Castle complex. It is also the best-preserved Romanesque church in Prague. Within the church lie several tombs of major historic importance. In the Gothic Chapel of St. Ludmila lies the tomb of St. Ludmila, the saint and widow of the 9th century ruler Prince Borivoj. Also buried in the basilica are Prince Vratislav and Boleslav II.