Prague’s Honest Guide creates new tourist attraction – four ‘selfie poles’ at city’s outer limits

To encourage social distancing, Honest Guide has located and mapped the city’s outer-most compass points, constructing ‘selfie poles’ to mark them.

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston Published on 07.12.2020 12:16 (updated on 07.12.2020) Reading time: 2 minutes

Prague’s Honest Guide has built a new tourist attraction — four concrete poles marking the furthest compass points in the Czech capital.

Janek Rubeš, known as the Honest Guide in a series of YouTube videos, points out scams and traps that tourists face such as unfair exchange outlets, dishonest taxi drivers and those overpriced candy shops. He also points out hidden attractions, such as doorless elevators that don’t stop and affordable eateries.

But the huge drop in tourism, especially in the city center, has caused him to have to be more creative to find topics.

In his most recent video, he makes four concrete pillars marked with the initial letters for the Czech words for the compass points: S for north (sever), J for south (jih), Z for west (západ) and V for east (východ), plus the text “pól prahy", meaning “Prague pole.”

“To make these places a real tourist attraction, there has to be something to take your picture with, right? Because otherwise you have no idea your at the north pole. But we didn’t want to put up just a sign that says you’re at the north pole, so we actually bought these huge concrete blocks, concrete poles, that we painted so you know at which pole you are,” Rubeš said in the video, adding that each pole weighs about 180 kilograms.

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The text below the video includes a link to a Google map showing the approximate locations of the poles. The idea behind the poles is to encourage people to keep social distancing.

“I believe they are great tourist destinations for you to for to, walk to, bike to. I think the south pole will be the most visited because there is a bike path right next to it,” he said. The north pole, which is rather hard to reach, likely will be least visited.

Rubeš was also recently behind a project to take the metal from the so-called love locks that people put on fences or railings near tourist attractions downtown and melt it into a bell for the Church of St. Gallen (Kostel sv. Havla). Money to cast the bell in Austria was raised via crowdsourcing. The finished bell arrived in Prague in September.

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