Prague Tourism Information & City Guide
Prague, capital of the Czech Republic (Czechia), is the 'Jewel in the Crown' of Central Europe, with tourism playing an important role in its development in recent years.
Read our guide to the highlights of Prague and the layout of the city.
Welcome to Prague
Prague (Praha) was once the seat of a mighty empire. It was the ancient capital of Charles IV's Bohemian Kingdom, and has played a pivotal role in Central Europe since the Middle Ages.
Prague's epic history has produced a city full of beauty, of stunning Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque era buildings, and of majestic squares.
Since the fall of communism, tourism has driven the city's regeneration, transforming run-down buildings into fine restaurants, vibrant bars and stylish hotels.
Prague Tourism Fact: In 1992 the historical centre of Prague, all 866 hectares, was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register.
Charles Bridge & Prague Castle
Highlights of Prague
Prague is best explored on foot, as the city centre is compact and the finest areas are pedestrianised.
From Wenceslas Square
on one side of the city to Prague Castle
on the other is just a 30-minute stroll (walking via the Old Town
, across the river and through the Lesser Town
Therefore, the first thing to do in Prague is simply to wander through the streets and magnificent squares
, and admire the stunning architecture all around.
Concert Hall at Municipal House
A unique aspect of the city are the black light theatres
. The shows they stage offer visitors a typically Czech experience, and as they are highly visual, appeal to all ages and nationalities.
On to food, Prague restaurants
enjoy a reputation for serving good, often excellent cuisine. Pub style restaurants offer hearty food and cheap drinks, while at the top end, enjoy fine dining in some beautiful settings, such as by the river or with a view over the city.
For refreshments at any time of the day, the world famous Czech beer
is deeply embedded in the national physique, and is enthusiastically consumed in pubs and beer halls
all over the city; the Czechs are the largest consumers of beer per capita in the world!
On sunny days, take a seat outside a bar/café, order a drink, and watch the world go by.
Prague also has elegant traditional cafés
where locals meet to enjoy coffee and cake.
In terms of goods produced in the Czech Republic, the country is well-known for Skoda cars and Bohemia Crystal
. The finest glass products can be found in shops in Prague
, or there are glass factory tours from Prague, for example to Moser Glass
The city centre is denoted by the postal district Prague 1.
If you stay in a hotel
anywhere in Prague 1 (or close by in Prague 2), on either side of the river, it is possible to walk around the whole city with ease, and explore all the sights and attractions on foot.
Outside the city centre, other areas easily accessible by tram and metro include Vinohrady, Holešovice, Smichov, Karlin and Vysehrad
Wenceslas Square in Prague
For the full list of sights, see sights & attractions
Czech, a consonant-rich Slavic language, is one of the most difficult European languages to learn.
Native English speakers can find certain sounds hard to pronounce.
Fortunately, tourism and global commerce mean many Czech's speak English, particularly in Prague.
Location of Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is located in central Bohemia, the largest region in the Czech Republic.
Czech Republic covers 78,864 square kilometres (30,449 square miles). It borders Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Poland. The highest mountain is Snezka (1604m). The longest river is the Vltava
The Czech People
The population of Prague is 1.26 million. The population of the Czech Republic is 10.5 million.
Czechs belong to the West Slavic group of peoples, with Poles, Slovaks and Lusatians.
Romanies (or Gypsies) form the most conspicuous minority - they are thought to descend from Indian migrants in the 15th century.
Czech Republic in Europe
St. Nicholas Church in Prague
People from other Central and Eastern European countries, including former Soviet Union states such as Ukraine, have migrated to Prague in recent years to work in tourism and construction.
Tourism is steadily rising, and 7 million tourists now visit Prague every year.
Religion in the Czech Republic
Christianity is the dominant religion in the Czech Republic. The Roman Catholic Church is by far the most prominent church, followed by various Protestant denominations such as the Evangelical and Hussite churches.
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A simple way to arrange your Prague city break is to book the Prague Experience Package.
For practical information, including weather and currency details, read our Prague tourist information guide.