Also known as "The Mother of Cities", Prague is the vibrant capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the 15th largest city in the European Union. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River, the city is home to about 1.24 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, including the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The city offers more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 4.4 million international visitors annually, as of 2011. Prague ranked fifth in the Tripadvisor world list of best destinations in 2014.
1 Czech Crown (CZK) = about 0,037 EUR, or about 0,04 USD
Generally, Prague is a safe city where you are unlikely to have any problems. However, like in most cities, we ask you to stay alert: when visiting bars and restaurants, make sure you know the price before ordering; when being in crowded areas, keep an eye on your belongings, when carrying a hand-bag, keep it close to you, and so on.
Things to see/do in PRAGUE
To learn more about the below attractions as well as other cultural events, shopping, top gastronomic venues and sightseeing opportunities offered by the City of Prague, please visit the official web portal for Prague: http://www.prague.eu/en
Official tourist information centre of the City of Prague located in the historical Old Town Hall:
Address: Staroměstské náměstí 1, Prague 1 - Staré Město, 110 00
Tel: +420 221 714 714
Prague Castle has been an important symbol of the Czech state for more than a thousand years. It was founded in the 9th century and became the seat of Czech rulers and later presidents. The castle, one of the largest complexes in the world, is made up of historical palaces, offices, church and fortification buildings, gardens and picturesque spots. It covers an area of 45 hectares. The panoramic view of Prague Castle is one of the most spectacular in the world.
Address: Pražský hrad, Prague 1 - Hradčany, 119 08
Palace Gardens under Prague Castle
This complex of interconnected historical gardens (Ledeburg, Small and Large Palffy, Kolovrat and Small Fürstenberg Garden) is situated on the southern slopes below Prague Castle. All of these palatial terrace gardens have a rich architectural decoration, decorative staircases, balustrades, scenic terraces, garden-houses and pavilions carefully integrated into the vegetation to create a picturesque whole. Concerts and social events are often held here.
Address: Valdštejnská 12 – 14, Prague 1 - Malá Strana, 118 00
This Art Nouveau building, built from 1905 to 1911, is proof of unprecedented artistic and craft skills and quality. The café, the French and the Pilsner restaurants, the American bar, the Lord Mayor’s Salon and the Smetana Hall are all examples of perfectly executed Art Nouveau interiors, decorated by leading artists and sculptors such as Alfons Mucha, Jan Preisler, Ladislav Šaloun, and others. Lovers of Art Nouveau can take a guided tour of the whole building.
Address: náměstí Republiky 5, Prague 1 - Staré Město, 111 21
Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock
The Old Town Hall was established in 1338 as the seat of the Old Town administration. The oldest part of the complex consists of a beautiful Gothic tower with a bay chapel and a unique astronomical clock – known as the Orloj – where, every hour between 9 am and 11 pm, the twelve apostles appear. The Gothic Revival eastern wing of the Town Hall was destroyed during the Prague Uprising on May 8, 1945 and was never rebuilt. The guided tour includes the historical halls, the tower and the underground areas.
Address: Staroměstské náměstí 1/3, Prague 1 - Staré Město, 110 00
Free Walking Tours
The city offers many different guided tours in a variety of prices. If you wish to have a free guided tour and discover some of the city’s jewels, New Europe Prague organises them daily.
Pick-up: 10:30, 13:45 at Wenceslas Square
Start: 10:00, 10:45, 14:00 at Old Town Square
More information at: http://www.newpraguetours.com/daily-tours/new-prague-free-tour.html