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While we were in the Czech Republic, we had a wonderful dessert concoction known as Tredlnik. It's a doughnut-like pastry wrapped around a rotating spit, fired over charcoal, then dipped in a sugary glaze and covered with cinnamon. The inside is coated with chocolate, and you can choose a variety of fillings. Ice cream is popular, but I really liked the strawberries and whipped cream.
It's one of the least healthy but most delightful snacks I've had. If you've never seen or had it, I would best describe it as an ice cream cone, but it's softer, there's a hole in the bottom, and it's served warm (even hot) - so while ice cream works in it, you'd better eat it fast.
The lines at Prague's Tredlnik stands were always long, particularly after 11pm when the drinking crowd started showing up in force. Lines often included young men on their bachelor party, forced to wear dresses, and often being held up by their buddies. When I woke up early to visit the Charles Bridge (you really do have to wake up early if you want pictures of it without crowds), I was stunned to see the same women I'd seen the night before around midnight, firing up their Tredlnik fires and making the dough. I wasn't sure if they were just finishing up from the night before and about to be replaced by the next shift, or if they were really hardcore workers.
Yup, I destroyed my diet (not low carb) there. Tredlnik is amazing. As AVI mentions, Tredlnik IS Hungarian, though with a different name. From what I can tell (having been to Hungary) Tredlnik is more popular (or at least better marketed) in Prague and the Czech Republic.
If you'd like some advice about Prague - happy to share. I recommend the opera at the Estates Theater.
Also, sign up for a free Sandeman's tour. You tip what you think the guide deserves (ours was a local named Karel Wichterle and he was AMAZING). It's 3 hours, and Karel is quite interesting and animated. We each tipped him 500 crowns ($20) - which I firmly believe was worth it.
You tip on the paid tours, too, so it was a savings. Other Sandeman tours are paid (like the Castle).
I recommend rising early and getting to the Charles Bridge by 6 or 630 if you want to get pictures without the crowds.
Thanks for the tips. Any other must see favorites you'd recommend? Restaurants? We have 3 days in Prague. I'll probably wish it was more, but we also want to see Bavaria and a bit of Austria. The Sandeman tour sounds wonderful.