With Halloween nearly upon us, I’m feeling spooky. This has me thinking about Prague.
Prague is my favorite city in the world, and it's definitely one of the spookiest, thanks to its Gothic architecture, shadowy cobblestone streets, and medieval vibe. And Prague has the spine-chilling tales to back up its ghoulish atmosphere.
For instance, look at Charles Bridge. Charles Bridge is one of Prague’s most loved tourist spots. It’s a picturesque bridge spanning the Vltava River, full of street musicians, vendors, artists, and tourists. But did you know that during the Middle Ages the heads of ten executed lords were put up on posts on the bridge? Many believe these lords’ ghosts haunt the bridge to this day, and you can sometimes hear their sad singing if you walk across the bridge at midnight. Try it.
Then there’s under the Charles Bridge. That’s where the water goblin hangs out. The water goblin eats the souls of those who jump off the bridge or otherwise drown in the Vltava. Stay away from the water goblin.
Finally, there’s the tale of Prague’s wandering skeleton. As the story goes, one night a very jealous wife got angry at her husband and thrust a nail into his head. The man died instantly, and to this day his skeleton (with rusty nail in skull) wanders the city at night. If you see him, you should remove the nail from his skull—it will free his soul.
Wherever you go, Halloween or no Halloween, you cannot escape the ghosts...