A totally overlooked Art Nouveau masterpiece, secrets of the castle alchemists, the message in the hidden palindrome on Charles Bridge, the Kabbalistic mysteries of the Jewish ghetto, a thief’s shrivelled forearm hanging in a church, a statue revealing its intestines, the largest wind tunnel in the Czech Republic, a fragment of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in a pet cemetery, a clock that runs backwards, a house/museum painted blue to meet the needs of the partially blind musician owner ...
Unmissable for lovers of architecture, from Baroque to Art Nouveau via Cubism, and the European capital of alchemy and esotericism in the 17th century, Prague offers a myriad of little-known marvels.
Martin Stejskal, historian, philosopher, artist and internationally recognised specialist on the city where he has spent his life, opens the doors to one of the most secret and captivating capitals in the world.
An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Prague well, or who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.
A priest who blesses animals, wine-producing firemen, a tree in a church, an inverted phallus at a famous entrance, an atomic bomb shelter under the Gare de l’Est, a real Breton lighthouse near Montparnasse, unsuspected traces of former brothels, a patron saint of motorists, royal monograms hidden in the Louvre courtyard, the presentation of Christ’s crown of thorns, a prehistoric merry-go-round, a sundial designed by Dalí, war-wounded palm trees, bullet holes at the ministry, biblical plants in a priest’s garden, a mysterious monument to freemasonry at the Champ-de-Mars, a solid gold sphere in parliament, a Chinese temple in a parking lot, the effect of the Bièvre river on Parisian geography, a blockhouse in the Bois de Boulogne … For those who thought they know Paris well, the city is still teeming with unusual and secret places that are easily accessible.
Secret Dublin : An Unusual Guide
Discover the inner sanctum of Freemason’s Hall, see Napoleon’s toothbrush, marvel at a hoax plaque hidden in plain sight on O’Connell Bridge, try George IV’s footprints for size, venture into a Georgian time capsule on Henrietta Street, cross the bridge beneath which William Rowan Hamilton had his ‘Eureka’ moment, explore a ‘museum’ flat preserved exactly as it was almost 100 years ago, tune into the world of vintage radio in a Martello Tower, spot Dublin’s subterranean river, or post your thoughts in a mystery letterbox.
Dublin offers endless opportunities for getting off the tourist grid - for peering into the city’s fascinating past and present. All you need to know is where to look… and who to ask for. Secret Dublin - An Unusual Guide is an indispensable resource for those who thought they knew everything about the city, or who want to discover its hidden treasures.
Skip the crowds and clichés, and really get beneath the city’s skin…
Unusual hotels of the world
Take your diving gear along to reach an underwater hotel; stay in a disused US Air Force radar tower in the heart of the equatorial rainforest; slide back the roof of your bedroom to gaze at the stars; sleep in the cabin of a dockside crane that you can rotate, or in chalets hidden in the forest, a survival pod from an oil rig platform, a giant shoe, a coffin, lighthouse, tree, plane, train, chapel, prison, igloo, or even a red cube lost in the countryside …
So that you’ll never get bored and spoil your holiday, we’ve taken great pleasure in tracking down and testing in 60 different countries more than 200 hotels that are really out of the ordinary. From 20 euros per night.