Prague is steeped in legends but that of Jan Mydlář is Burton’s favorite. “He intended to be a doctor and ended up an executioner,” she says. “What little we know about him suggests he was anything but a killer by nature. We used to have access to the underground prison under the Old Town Hall where he spent his career, so I feel particularly close to his story.. and I do wonder sometimes if I have ever met him.”
However, her favorite tour stop is the window of the famous Czech artist, Josef Mánes. “I have a genuine piece of paranormal evidence that I love to share with our guests,” she teases. “The story itself is fascinating and the photographic evidence I have has left few skeptics still [feeling] totally skeptical.” Maneš has been known to make himself known on her tours. “I have heard things and have experienced members of the tour being touched on the back, with no one near them. And the reason for it all? A curse. Classic stuff.”
The Convent of St. Agnes is another reliable spot for meeting Prague’s undead, namely a girl accidentally killed by her father who now wanders the grounds, appearing to people with romantic problems. “I wasn't sure about this when I first heard it, but then strange things started to happen, from unusually warm moments in -12°C (10°F) conditions, to wet footsteps appearing out of nowhere and small [gusts] of wind.” And, one day, during a time of personal romantic strife, she found the whole gate vibrating with no explanation.