Prague is a lure for architecture and history geeks. Even though it’s easy to fall into the trap of buying magnets and keychains to take home from your holiday, the capital city of Czech Republic can offer many other delights to those interested in finely-made and tasteful things.
In Prague, puppetry is no child’s game. With a long history, marionettes in Prague are handcrafted and high in quality. Prague puppets can be found in just about every souvenir store in the city, and they come in all sorts of sizes and themes. Find everything from witches and demons to literary and cartoon characters and political figures. If you’re willing to splurge, get yourself a custom-made marionette!
Prague is where renowned author Franz Kafka was born and lived most of his life, and it’s also the birthplace of his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. The Museum of Franz Kafka is a must-visit attraction in Prague. At the museums, visitors will be able to get a glimpse of the first editions of his works, diaries, letters and many more. Stop by at the gift shop to bring back exclusive Kafka-inspired collectibles and souvenirs like postcards and tote bags.
Oplatky, or Spa Wafer is a special type of giant wafer cookie that has been around since the 1800s. What makes spa wafers special is that they are huge! A regular spa wafer is in the size of a small vinyl disc, and often lined with layers of cocoa, hazelnut or vanilla. These spa wafers are widely available in supermarkets and stores all over Prague.
Glassmaking is the pride of the Czech Republic and dates back to the 1200s. Bohemian glass, or locally referred to crystal, is a traditional type of fine, high quality glass that is hand-cut and engraved in small factories. Many different Bohemian crystal brands can be found in souvenir stores all over Prague, but for high-end ones, head over to the official Moser store to shop.