Puppetry is a long and still vibrant tradition in the Czech Republic, and whimsical handcrafted puppets are among its most popular souvenirs.

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A beloved local art form makes a prized memento.

The artisanal tradition of handcarved wooden marionettes and the theatre performances that feature them are both still quite popular not just in Prague but elsewhere in the Czech Republic, and that, plus the charisma of these delightful characters, makes these one of the top choices of many of the more than six million visitors to the capital when it comes time to buying mementos of their trips. As you make your way through the city, you will pass by more than a few shop windows filled with these whimsical figures; one particularly special one is called Truhlář Marionety (U lužického Semináře 5, Malá Strana), which sells a mix of popularly priced models, limited editions, antique reproductions, and one-of-a-kind pieces.

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