Prague, in Czech – Praha, is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic and fourteenth-largest city in the European Union. It is also historical capital of Bohemia proper. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people.
The City of Prague
“The Mother of Towns”, “The Golden City”, or “The City of a Hundred Spires”, these are just a few of the many attributes that the Czech metropolis nestling above the river Vltava has earned for itself. Prague as a major destination of visitors arriving in the Czech Republic, with its appeal of architectural monuments of all styles, the traditional hospitality of its people and the excellent beer served by Czech pubs, as well as the remarkable mix of Czech, German and Jewish cultures, is considered one of the most beautiful cities, and not just in Europe.
The dominant feature of the city is Prague Castle, which houses the gothic St. Vitus's Cathedral. The castle had been the seat of Czech kings since 1087, until 1918 when it became the seat of presidents of Czechoslovakia, and since 1993 it has been the seat of the president of the Czech Republic.
Features of Prague
- Prague has a designated UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage area of more than 8 sq. km
- More than 100 personalities famous world-wide have lived in Prague (e.g. King Charles IV, Rudolph II, J. A. Comenius, W. A. Mozart, Franz Kafka, A. Einstein, A. Pick, M. Curie-Sklodowski, etc.)
- Over 100 theatres, concert halls, galleries, etc.
- Over 10,000 local and international artists
- All hotels are situated within 5 to 30 minutes from the city centre
- Prague is a destination serviced by many airlines, with good ground connections
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