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5 unusual things to do in Czech Republic

I’ve been in Czech for a few months now and had time to check out many things. If you are looking for an off-the-beaten track experience, here are some unusual experiences you can try:

  1. Walk along the largest walking “slide” in the world

This slide which is also known as “the trail in the sky” is 55 meters high located near the village of Dolni Morava. It is made of wood and steel. The spiral walkways to the top is 750 meters long. If one wishes to descend, the person can either walk downwards or use a 92-meter-long metal slide. One can lie down on a net strategically placed in the slide’s centre to look towards the ground or use a thick net sleeve to climb from one level to another. This structure is an attraction for many visitors.

  1. Sleep in a nuclear bunker

A former nuclear fallout shelter by the name of 10-Z in Czechia was built to house approximately 500 people if an attack occurs. Day tours are provided by the bunker which allows visitors to explore the command room, bathroom, watch special exhibitions, audio visual equipment and have extended night stays by “checking in”. Sleeping rooms have original furniture that resembles the ones from the 1950s. Certain rooms have bunker beds while others have single ones. Visitors can bring along their own sleeping bag or borrow a blanket and a retro military bag. The bunker has its own microclimate with temperatures up to 14⁰C with high humidity. The Milk Bar also serves authentic “war specials” for breakfast.

  1. Visit an ossuary to scare yourself

Czechia has several ossuaries like Kutna Hora and the biggest one in Czech Republic is inside the Church of St. James in Brno which is the second largest in Europe. Kutna Hora contains the bones the bones of more than 40,000 people who died in the Hussite Wars due to the Black Plague in the 1300s.

  1. Visit the toilet museum

The Museum of Hygiene in Prague contains various types of vessels used to dispose excreted human waste like chamber pots, wooden portable toilets and tiny ceramic options use by people like Lincoln, Napoleon and the people on the Titanic.

  1. Pay a visit to the Sex Machines Museum

This museum offers visitors a historical variety of sex devices like mechanical erotic appliances, masks and scary chastity belts from the 1500s. The museum also has specially designed chairs and stools with dummies to illustrate the machine functions. Shoes worn by Greek prostitutes and 1920s pornographic films are also inside the museum for people to see.