Prague tourism information
Prague is the "Jewel in the Crown" of Central Europe, and in recent years tourism has played an important role in the development of the city.
On this page we introduce you to Prague, explaining the city's layout, the important sights, and the Czech language.
Prague Tourism Information
Prague (Praha in Czech) was the ancient capital of Charles IV's Bohemian Kingdom, and has played a pivotal role in the development of Central Europe since the Middle Ages.
Its epic history
has produced a vibrant city of stunning buildings and lovely old squares, with the result that today Prague is one of the world's most beautiful cities.
As visitors to Prague have increased, tourism has become of vital economic importance to the city.
The effects of tourism in Prague are mostly positive. Much of the post-communism reconstruction and regeneration of Prague has been driven by tourism, as ancient buildings have been transformed into fine restaurants and stylish hotels.
Key Prague Tourism Fact: In 1992 the historical centre of Prague, all 866 hectares, was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register.
The city centre is denoted by the postal district Prague 1.Key Prague Tourism Fact:
Prague has a compact city centre. From Prague Castle
on one side of the city centre to Wenceslas Square
on the other is just a 25 minute stroll (walking through the Lesser Town
, across Charles Bridge
and through the Old Town
Stay in a hotel
anywhere in Prague 1 (or close by in Prague 2), on either side of the river, and it is possible to walk around the whole city with ease, exploring all the sights and attractions
Just outside the city centre there are other areas accessible by tram and the metro: Vinohrady, Holešovice, Smichov, Karlin and Vysehrad
Finally, there is food and drink! Prague restaurants
enjoy a well deserved reputation for good, often excellent cuisine, and often in lovely settings; these range from intimate candlelit cellar restaurants to rooftop restaurants with views over the city. And of course, there is the world famous Czech beer
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Our Prague tourist information section is also a useful guide to read, it offers plenty more useful advice for visitors to the city.
The Czech Language
Czech, a consonant-rich Slavic language, is one of the most difficult European languages to learn. English speakers find certain sounds very hard to pronounce.
Fortunately, tourism and global commerce mean many Czech's speak English, particularly in Prague.Prague in the Czech Republic, and its People
The 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
(434km), which runs through Prague.
St. Nicholas Church in Prague
Czech Republic in Europe
The population of Prague is 1.2 million. The population of the Czech Republic is 10.3 million.
Czechs belong to the West Slavic group of peoples, along with Poles, Slovaks and Luatians.
Romanies (or Gypsies) form the most conspicuous minority - they are thought to descend from Indian migrants in the 15th century.
People from Central and Eastern European countries, and former Soviet Union states such as Ukraine, also migrate to Prague to work in tourism and construction.
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