Tourism has played an important role in the development of Prague in recent years; the city is known as the "Jewel in the Crown" of Central Europe.
On this page we explain the layout of Prague, the main sights, and the Czech language.
|Prague Tourism Guide
Prague (Praha in Czech) was the ancient capital of Charles IV's Bohemian Kingdom, and the city 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.
As visitors to Prague have increased, tourism has become of vital economic importance.
Much of the post-communism regeneration of Prague has been driven by tourism, as run down 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 easily accessible by tram and the metro: Vinohrady, Holešovice, Smichov, Karlin and Vysehrad
Estates Theatre in Prague
|Discover the highlights of Prague|
Once the seat of a mighty medieval empire, Prague is an open air museum best explored on foot (some of the city's finest areas are pedestrianised). Our Prague tours
can help you discover the city.River cruises
are also a popular way to see the sights, as many Prague attractions border the river.
classical concerts are another highlight, with performances held in Prague's fine opera houses
, magnificent concert halls
and historic churches
. And Prague has some unique theatre performances
Then there is food and drink. Prague restaurants
enjoy a reputation for serving good, often excellent cuisine, and many offer the opportunity to dine in lovely settings; these range from intimate cellar restaurants to rooftop restaurants with views over the city.
And there is the world famous Czech beer
, drunk enthusiastically in pubs and restaurants all over the city; the Czechs are the largest consumers of beer per capita in the world!
Finally, if you are looking for souvenirs. Bohemian Crystal is a well-known export of the Czech Republic. Visitors can purchase glass products in shops in Prague
or go on a glass factory tour
to see it being made.
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For more useful practical information, read our Prague tourist information guide.
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.
|An easy way to arrange your Prague trip is to book a Prague city break: Prague Package.|