9 funky statues in Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague is one of my favorite European cities. It’s beautiful, romantic, and filled with history and culture. But my favorite thing about Prague is that it is also filled with quirky, unique sculptures and statues. In fact, the capital city of Czech Republic is home to some of the strangest and most famous statues in Europe. Here’s a quick look at my nine favorite statues in Prague.

Weird crawling baby statues in Prague

Prague Crawling Baby Statues
The Prague baby statues can be found in a couple of places within the city.

I didn’t know what to think about these giant crawling baby statues in Prague. You can find them in Kampa Park just south of the Charles Bridge. This public art display called Babies was created by sculptor David Černy. While it is intriguing, weird, and kinda disturbing, it is also fun if visiting Prague with kids. Literally, kids were crawling up the butts and mounting these faceless babies as only innocent children and drunk people would.

It was actually kind of hard to get a good picture of the crawling baby statues because there were playful children all over them.

Hanging man statue in Prague

Statues in Prague - man hanging from building

The same mastermind who created the crawling babies statues also designed this work in Old Town. The statue, called Man Hanging Out, will make you do a double take. You’ll just  be walking down the street, having a Trndlo and then – Bam! – you glance up and see a guy hanging by one hand off the top of a building. The 7 foot statue of Sigmund Freud can be found at the intersection of Husova and Skorepka in a busy tourist district.

Hanging Man Prague statue
A closer look at the hanging man statue in Prague, officially named Man Hanging Out

What I love about this statue, beyond the fact that it is entirely unexpected and takes you off guard, is that at closer inspection, the statue isn’t as hopeless and tragic as it seems. While the man is dangling by one hand, seemingly seconds from falling to his death, his other hand is casually tucked in his pocket. He literally appears to just be hanging out, as the name of the work implies.

Creepy, cloaked faceless guy

Statues in Prague, Czech Republic - clocked ghost faceless statue
Another one of the faceless sculptures in Prague, known as Il Commendator

This is another statue that will creep out all who pass by. Positioned on the side of the street in a busy tourist area, you’ll find Il Commendatore, or as I call it, “the creepy, cloaked, faceless guy”. The statue sits outside Estates Theater, often referred to as Mozart’s Theater. It is a depiction of the ghost in the opera, Il Commendatore. But for the slightly less cultured, like myself, it’s just another one of Prague’s disturbingly amusing pieces of public art.

Turning head statue

Statues in Prague, Czech Republic - turning head
The Franz Kafka statue in Prague puts art in motion

The Franz Kafka monument is a sculpture in motion. The 42 pieces that make up the turning head statue in Prague are stacked on top of each other in layers. Each piece twists and turns, eventually aligning to form the face of the famous 20th Century Czech writer. The statue is kind of hard to find. It is located in a business district and is tucked back off of the main road, so as a tourist, you somewhat have to be looking for it to find it.

Statue of two guys peeing

Prague, Czech Republic peeing statue
The peeing fountain is another unique statue in Prague.

This sculpture was right outside of the hotel where we stayed. Also created by David Černy, the same artist who crafted the Franz Kafka Monument and Babies, this statue will definitely make you giggle. It is called Piss, and it’s easy to see how it got its name. The statue depicts two men peeing. Their hips move ever so slightly back and forth. It also doubles as a fountain. You can only guess where the water comes out. 🙂

Upside down horse statue in Prague

Upside down horse Prague statue
The upside down horse in Prague is indoors, so you won’t see it just walking down the street.

Another one of David Cerny’s strange art displays in Prague is housed in the Art Nouveau Lucerna Palace, or rather hangs from the palace’s ceiling. This unique Prague sculpture depicts King Wenceslas riding an upside-down horse. The horse’s tongue is hanging from its mouth, leading onlookers to discern that the horse is dead. the Lucerna Palace is located in Wenceslas Square in the center of Prague.

The Water Sprite Prague statue

The water sprite statue Prague
The Water Sprite statue is one of the more fun, and less creepy statues in Prague.

The water sprite is not only a weird statue in Prague, it is a folk legend. The legend describes the water sprite as a friendly, kind-hearted ghost. He lives in the stream near the Charles Bridge and can be found coming up from the water to beg passersby for a mug of beer. Those who show him kindness, he rewards with fresh fish. This statue, sculpted by Josef Nalepa, is found on the dock next to the mill wheel at Grand Priory Mill in Mala Strana.

Small man riding on the shoulders of a headless, handless man

Prague statues - Franz Kafka
Another strange Prague statue is the Memorial to Franz Kafka.

Yet another one of the weird Prague statues dedicated to Franz Kafka is the Memorial to Franz Kafka by Jaroslav Rona. You can find this strange statue at the intersection of Dušní and Vězeňská streets. The Prague sculpture depicts a large headless, handless man carrying a smaller man on his shoulders. Apparently the smaller man represents Kafka, and the image of a man carrying another man on his shoulders appears in ones of the famous author’s stories called “Description of a Struggle”.

Broken people walking down stairs statue in Prague

prague monument - memorial for victims of communism
This Prague statue is more sad than it is odd once you understand its meaning.

This particular public art display in Prague is a bit different than the others on the list, which is why I have saved it for last. While the statue appears odd, it’s meaning and message is powerful, moving, and heavy. The monument, created by sculptor Olbram Zoubek, is a memorial for the victims of communism. It depicts frail, broken, sorrowful men walking down a set of stairs. Those near the top of the stairs, who presumably endured the most pain and torment from a life lived under communist control, are the most broken and severed. While those closest to the bottom of the stairs, and freedom as one might perceive, are more in tact. Still, I have it on this list, because like the others, when you see it, you may initially raise an eyebrow.

Prague: Home of the peculiar and photo-worthy

These are just a few of the unique and quirky statues in Prague. There are numerous more that we didn’t get around to visiting. Prague is a wonderful place where art doesn’t have to be understood to be beautiful. Beyond these spectacular statues, there are also so many other Instagram-worthy photography spots in Prague.  During a trip to Prague, you’ll find yourself constantly taking photos of colorful streets, gorgeous castles, and historical landmarks. The beauty of this city is just one of the reasons I fell in love with Prague.

Have you seen any of Prague’s famous statues? What is your favorite statue in Prague or anywhere else in the world?

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11 comments on “9 funky statues in Prague, Czech Republic”

I haven’t been to Prague in 10 years and most of these art installations weren’t even around when I was there! So jealous! But I do LOVE Prague and hope to go back in the near future. Great post!

I’ve never been to Prague but I have heard so many people saying that they loved visiting this city. I like this unusual fountain where two life-sized bronze men are peeing 🙂 I have the impression that the bronze shape of the basin below is the shape of the Czech Republic ? I also love the head of the famous Czech writer, Franz Kafka…I imagine that this piece brilliantly reveals Kafka’s tortured personality and would make sense to anyone who has read the stories from the great Czech writer.

What a great interpretation of the Kafka monument! So very true… And yes, the fountain the men are peeing in is the shape of Czech Republic and the two men are actually writing letters with their pee, although I don’t know what the letters spell out.

Love this! I did a bike tour in Prague a few years ago and saw most of these, plus a few more. They’re seriously out-of-this-world, especially the babies and the hanging man. But who could ever forget the peeing dudes?

I was just in Prague recently! I loved the creepy faceless cloaked guy haha. And the one of the guy hanging off the building! I didn’t get a chance to see the others, but I wish I had!

I wished I would have gotten a better picture of all the statues but especially the guy hanging off the building. At the time I didn’t know or think I would be blogging about it.

I visited Prague 10 years ago and really loved it! My best is the 2 guys peeing. i dont remember seeing any of those statues. Most probably i was focusing to hot dogs ?

Super cool and unique post. I’ve seen a few before such as the huge turning head. I think there might be one more statue that is in the Old Town Square as well, but can’t remember what it’s like. i may be wrong though, it’s been a while since I’ve been there.

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