Prague is a wonderful travel destination, really, it is, but some people might be happier here than others. And to be frank and honest, we are also happier with some people coming to visit Prague than with others 😉
For example we, the people that live here in Prague, are very happy with visitors that appreciate the cultural and historic heritage of the “Golden City” that was 2000, one of the “European Cities/Capitals of Culture”. Prague is home to symphony orchestras, galleries, museums, architectural gems and more art than one can hope to cover and explore in two lifetimes! The Czech capital was the birthplace of writers like Franz Kafka and the historic center of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Prague, or Praha as it is known by Czech speakers, is a never ending journey of discovery and I feel very fortunate to live here! In case all this wandering around has made you hungry and thirsty, we have also great food and beer here! 😉 And if this is not enough, the city has also the largest castle in Europe, so enough good reasons to come and to visit the Golden City! So if you like all this, you will be a very happy Prague tourist!
On the other hand we are less happy with stag/hen parties falling like wild locusts swarms over us ;-( These ‘fun parties’ are dedicated to, no matter the consequences, enjoying yourself with the help of large amounts of booze and are often seen, and heard!, dancing “sparsely dressed” and singing loudly and out of tune, in the streets and on Charles Bridge. Typically they spend a long weekend in the city, from which it takes them, and us, days to recover. Praise God, they normally don’t stay longer! Stag party weekends, or sometimes also hen party weekends should, imho (in my humble opinion) stay at home, or go, for example to Edinburgh. Preferably in January 😉
For the lucky ones of you that have no idea what a stag party is, here some glimpses at this ugly reality:
A stag (male group) or hen (female group) party or weekend (UK, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand) is a passage rite also known as “bachelor party” to the US Americans and South Africans, known as a bull’s party (also South Africa) or even as a buck’s party/ night/ weekend in Australia. It consists of a several days long party that is held for a groom (or a bride) before his or her wedding. The main goals are to enjoy this last opportunity to engage in activities his new wife/ her new husband would certainly not approve of. Favorite activities include getting drunk, gambling, visiting a strip club or another “erotic” venue and a lot of silly jokes like tying the prospective groom naked to a lantern post. The last one, a favourite amongst English people! In general hen parties tend to be a bit more civilized than stag parties, I wonder why 😉 But I guess you can understand now why we don’t like them, especially not as Prague is a favourite destination for stag parties and you meet, in season, several of them every day when you go through the Golden City.
On the other hand you can also find more educated versions, often mixed male/female groups, that delight in visiting cultural events like concerts and/ or going on a sporting trip, renting a river boat and cruising the Vltava/ Moldau together. So there is hope!
Another point to discourage you to come for a stag/ hen weekend to Prague: You will encounter many signs in hotels, bars and restaurants that read “Strictly no stag parties” The people here are pretty much fed up with drunken foreigners that ruin Prague’s reputation as a cultural capital of Europe. In the same “class” of unwanted foreigners fall also those that mainly travel for the cheap beer/ booze. So please, if you only want to get drunk, stay at home!
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