Prague tourism Guide
Prague is known as the "Jewel in the Crown" of Central Europe, and tourism has played an important role in the development of the city since the fall of communism.
This guide covers the highlights of Prague and explains the layout of the city.
|Welcome to Prague
Prague (Praha in Czech) 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.
The epic history of Prague
has produced a beautiful city, full of stunning buildings and majestic squares.
Tourism has driven the regeneration of Prague, 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.
|Black light theatre shows are also unique, and will appeal to both adults and children.|
Prague restaurants enjoy a reputation for serving good, often excellent cuisine. Czech pub style restaurants serve hearty food and well priced drinks, while at the top end there is fine dining to be enjoyed in a range of settings from intimate cellars to riverside restaurants, to rooftop restaurants with views over the whole city.
For refreshment at any time of the day, the world famous Czech beer is deeply embedded in the national physique and is enthusiastically consumed in cafés and bars all over Prague; the Czechs are the largest consumers of beer per capita in the world!
Another well-known export of the Czech Republic is Bohemia Crystal. The finest glass products can be found in shops in Prague. Visitors can also sign up for a tour to a glass factory, such as 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
Just outside the city centre there are other areas easily accessible by tram and metro: Vinohrady, Holešovice, Smichov, Karlin and Vysehrad
|Prague tours can help visitors to fully appreciate the city. While river cruises are also a popular way to see the sights, as many of the attractions in Prague border the river.|
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
St. Nicholas Church in Prague
Czech Republic in Europe
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, 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.
A significant number of people from Central and Eastern European countries, along with former Soviet Union states such as Ukraine, migrate to Prague to work in tourism and construction.
|The Prague Package|
A simple way to arrange your Prague city break is to book the Prague Package.
For more practical information, read our Prague tourist information guide.