Shopping in Prague: Garnet, Crystal, Marionettes and Liquor
11 April 2014
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Souvenirs to buy in Prague
Right, you’ve seen all the major sights in Prague, gotten lost in the ancient winding streets and downed a couple of Czech beers or maybe more all the while enjoying the feeling of not having to be anywhere in particular and at no particular time. The only date you have in the near future is with the airplane to take you home, which is when you start thinking souvenirs. So here are a few typical souvenirs from Prague.
Marionettes and Wooden Toys- Just wandering around Prague you would have no doubt seen shops full to overflowing with marionettes and wooden toys. The Czech Republic has a long history of marionette making and one of the most typical is the Good Soldier Svejk but there are many others in teh form of witches, farmers, demons and princesses. A fantastic souvenir of your time in Prague for your mother-in-law.
Bohemian Crystal- Of all the souvenirs available in Prague Bohemian Crystal is the most typical. Originating in this region during the XIII century it is famous for its quality and design. Finding a shop selling Bohemian crystal shouldn’t be too difficult but if you want the best here are our recommendations Celetná Crystal, Blue Praha, Karlový Vary Celetná.
Czech Garnet- The deep red of Bohemian Garnet as it is also known, has for centuries been highly sought after and much appreciated. According to local legend it even has curative powers. You can find jewellers selling loose stones or jewellery encrusted with this semi-precious stone in Wenceslas Square and other zones of the city.
Czech Beer- Not all of Prague’s typical souvenirs are exquisite pieces of craftsmanship, some are for the palate like Czech beer. Which is in its own way the result of exquiste craftsmanship but not the take home and put on the shelf kind like a marionette or piece of crystal. Some of the best and world renowned Czech beer includes Pilsner Urquell, Radegast, Staropramen Gambrinus and Budweisser.
Becherovka Liquor- Continuing with the alcohol them, the characteristic green bottle of Becherovka and the liquor it contains is a popular souvenir. Made with a varied selection of herbs it is said to have medicinal properties and is a popular digestive which is why it is known as the 13th fountain of the Karlový Vary health spa.
Other souvenirs and typical products from Prague you can fill your luggage with are Alfons Mucha prints, painted wooden eggs, absinthe, classical music and ceramic houses...
Laura - Marketing Team