Knock on Wood In Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a city of many images, such as romantic bridges, a magnificent waterway and elegant baroque buildings of old European allure.

A view along the Vltava River can be yours in Prague.

A view along the Vltava River can be yours in Prague.

In regards to the internal culture and tradition of Prague, the marionette is a favorite and admired among its residents. This is an age old craft that has been passed on by family members from generation to generation. The marionette was not only a way of making a living for many, but mainly the resource of pleasure and imagination even during the unhappy times in Prague. A visit to Prague would not be complete without a visit to one of the many craftsmen’s workshops and watch them develop a face out of wood.

Since the 18th century, Prague began its long history of marionettes and puppets. Between the smiles and tears of the past two centuries; the skill of puppetry captivated many to continue to survive and served as escapism during those troubled times.  Puppet-making and marionette shows developed into a well-regarded art form, with great care and detail being placed into the craft and still is today.

The worlds of adults and children are brought closer together in celebration at the Prague Theater during the month of October.  Each day, throughout the month, a variety of shows for the entire family, including the renown Marionette Theater, perform adorn in vibrant colorful costumes, special visual effects and classical music. These shows are a wonderful way to introduce younger children to classical music as they can relate to it with the movements of the puppets and entertainers. But even if you do not have any children, it is a perfect outing to be fanciful and child like yourself; so a visit to one these shows is a must!

Much of Prague retains its old world charm with the Vltava River running through the center, while the silkiness of the water illuminates the reflection of the bridges and skyline upon it. You need not imagine what it is like to be in a river view classic but instead part of it with a vacation apartment during your visit.

Totally modern in a 19th Century vacation home.

Totally modern in a 19th Century vacation home.

The best part, a holiday home such as this one, can accommodate the whole family by sleeping five comfortably. 19th Century charm is totally reformed with all the modern conveniences of home and less costly than a hotel.

If you can not get to the Prague Theater in October, stop by one of the many stores that sell marionettes and puppets made by the artisans of Prague. The variety of the marionette is immense ranging from super heroes, cinema stars and fairy tale favorites. Puppets are still being elaborately carved from wood but it is puppeteer’s job to infuse life, character and personality into the puppet in marionette shows throughout the world.

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2 Responses to “Knock on Wood In Prague, Czech Republic”


  1. 1 Elen Prague October 22, 2008 at 5:58 am

    Also, there are only two Acting schools in the world, which would teach puppeteering as a branch. One of them is in Prague, so if you have a chance, try to go to see some performance, it prolly be one of the best you have seen…


  1. 1 Knock on Wood In Prague, Czech Republic « TRAVEL-O-FOCUS Trackback on October 12, 2008 at 5:57 am

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