Czech Puppets and Marionettes

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The art of Czech marionette and puppet making goes back to the 18th century. They are traditionally handcarved from wood or made from plaster. They represent all kinds of characters from devils, witches and wizards to clowns, kings and princesses, and even Czech "celebrities" such as Spejbl, Hurvínek, or the Czech literary character of Švejk. Many of these beautiful, elaborately carved Czech marionettes are works of art.

You will find many stores in Prague that sell Czech marionettes and puppets made by Czech artisans. Below are some of Prague's best puppet shops.

Obchod loutkami (The Puppet Shop)

Prague Puppet ShopA puppet shop on the top of Nerudova Street in Lesser Town. Two other locations are at Jilská 7 and Jilská 22 in the Old Town, not far from the Old Town Square.

Address: Nerudova 51, Prague 1
Getting there: Tram 12, 20 or 22 to Malostranské náměstí

Truhlář Marionety and Galerie Marionette

These two marionette shops at the U lužického semináře Street near Charles Bridge present a large selection of high quality puppets and marionettes made by some of the best professional Czech artisans. The Galerie Marionette offers some exquisite, pricey pieces that would be best appreciated by collectors and art lovers.

Address: U lužického semináře 5 and 7, Prague 1
Getting there: Metro A or tram 12, 17, 18, 20 or 22 to Malostranská

Marionette Shop on Golden Lane

This is a cute little puppet and marionette shop located in one of the little houses on Golden Lane. Original Czech wooden toys are sold in the other room. This is a great stop to make with your kids when visiting the Prague Castle.