It may happen that it rains during your Prague stay. Such is travel life, such is nature. But stay positive. Surprisingly, on rainy days you can discover more than you had expected. There are quite a few things to do in Prague when a rainy days hits.
My name is Dana and I am a local tour guide who tries to present Prague in a less touristy way – either on my tours or here on my blog. This is what I recommend to do on rainy days.
1. EXPERIENCE THE BIGGEST VIRTUAL REALITY IN EUROPE
Forget about rain and travel back in time to the 16th century. You still will be in Prague. But in Prague without tourists, cars and fancy restaurants. During this special visual experience you will find yourself in a mysterious Prague, capital of Bohemian Kingdom. Place where the legendary Golem used to live.
In Prague we now have the biggest virtual reality zone in whole Europe (invented and designed in the Czech Republic, wow!!). This experience called Golem VR will take you 500 years back. You will be equipped with the VR headset and special backpack. With all this you are teleported to the 16th century to explore ancient Prague and find Golem.
This experience is actually a game so along the way you will also need to solve puzzles and do various tricks (nothing difficult, no worries). My very personal experience was that my senses were completely confused (that´s positive!!!) for approx. 30 minutes while walking through different parts of this game. I nearly forgot to “play” as I was so impressed by the visual side. You are standing by the river, see Charles bridge without crowds, then you enter historical library and laboratory, Jewish cemetery, Old New synagogue, you fight with Golem…You feel breeze, jump when rats are running under your legs, sense different temperatures, touch the real handrail where you see it, everything is extremely realistic.
Golem VR is suitable for kids as well so the whole family can enjoy this fun teleportation to Prague history.
My tip: If you come and tell the staff password “AVIV”, each person will get 15 % discount!
2. GO TO A LIBRARY
Sounds boring? Believe me, it won´t be at all. Right by the entrance to Prague Municipal library (Mariánské nám. 98/1, 110 00 Staré Město) you can see a cool instalation called Idiom. It´s a high tunnel made of books. The best thing about the tunnel is that when you take a look inside, you will see a neverending hole. Why? Because there are mirrors on each side which make the space incredibely deep and high at the same time. It is little bit difficult to describe it as the best way how to understand the whole priciple is to see it on your very eyes. Opening hours here.
Update: closed until August 25, 2019 due to implementation of RFID system.
3. EXPLORE PRAGUE PASSAGEWAYS
Learn about a significant and important part of Prague’s architecture that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Passages, passageways and arcades – you will fall in love with them regardless of the weather.
Network of these mini-mazes, built into the ground floors of grandiose Prague building is endless and absolutely stunning. Pretty architecture, boutiques, craft shops, hidden cafés, restaurants and variety of design and music shops. That´s what you can explore in every Prague passage. One of the prettiest passageways is located in Lucerna Palace. Here you can also find a controversial sculpture designed by David Černý, called St. Wenceslas riding a dead horse.
By the entrance to the passage (from Štěpánská street) you can check so-called “Paternoster”. Old, traditional doorless loop elevator dating back to the beginning of 20th century. There are only 25 preserved paternosters in Prague.
For food lovers, find your way to Gurmet passage Dlouhá. If you enjoy well-selected international and local food and beverages this will be a paradise for you. Gurmet passage is also one of our stops on the Prague Behind The Scenes Tour.
4. WARM UP IN A HUDRED-YEAR-OLD CELLAR
After wandering all day, you deserve a nice, warm treatment. Try a local sauna or a private bath Infinit. The wellness place is situated underground, in a 100 year-old cellar, which evokes a unique atmosphere. The rustic Finnish sauna is made of wood from a century-old barn. This oasis of relaxation is located in the Holešovice district which is easy to reach by metro C line (red). Open every day.