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Where is Prague?

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and lies on the north-west side of the country, located in Eastern Europe. The Czech Republic shares its borders with some other important countries such as Germany, Poland, and Slovakia. Prague itself lies close to the basin of Bohemia and is on the bank of the 430 kilometers long Vitava River. It is the largest and most important city of the Czech Republic, with a population of over 1.2 million people. With a storied history of more than 1100 years, Prague has always enjoyed a very important place in Eastern European history and is considered to be among the most well developed cities of the world. It remains a city of great importance – culturally, socially, geographically, and politically. It is a very popular site for tourists due to the numerous attractions that are located here.

With the Vitava River flowing in between the city, Prague is divided into 4 main areas. The East Bank area contains attractions like Staré město, Old Town Square, Nové město, the Jewish Quarter, and the Wenceslas Square. Charles Bridge connects the two banks, and is an important cultural heritage site. On the Western Bank one would find Hradčany, where the world famous Prague Castle is located, and Malá Strana. Aside from these three areas is the industrial and residential area of Prague, where the majority of the urban population lives. The weather of Prague is extreme, with both scorching summers and very cold winters.

Currently, the city is divided into 10 districts; however, over the course of history, this number, and the method of running the city, has changed many times. Prague is a popular tourist destination due to historical sites like the Old Town, the Charles Bridge, The Powder Tower, the Church of Our Lady Victorious, the Old Town Bridge Tower, and the Tyn Church. Other important tourist destinations are the Jewish Quarter, Vyšehrad, the Prague Astronomical Clock, and Petřín hill.

The centre of Prague is included in UNESCO world heritage sites, since it is preserved beautifully. It is also home to some great festivals and events like the Prague Spring Music festival, the Bohemian Carnevale, the Prague Easter festival, the annual Prague Food Festival, Prague Folklore Days, and the Prague Museum night. Other places of note includes the Old Jewish Cemetery, the St. Agnes Convent, Bethlehem Chapel, and the Church of St. George.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge is a beautiful bridge in Prague that consists of 30 statutes of different religious figures and 16 arches. The bridge is 1,700 feet long and offers beautiful views of the Vltava River. It was initially commissioned in 1937 by ...

Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock

A lot of people in Prague gather under the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall, every hour to watch it work its magic. The Astronomical Clock is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Europe, and the performance here takes place goes on ...

Josefov

Josefov

Josefov is home to Prague’s Jewish community and the area consists of a town hall, a cemetery, several synagogues, and a ceremonial hall. The area is surrounded by Old Town, and will give you a feel of the old Jewish legacy. The place is ...

Old Jewish Cemetery

Old Jewish Cemetery

A famous Jewish attraction in Prague is the Old Jewish cemetery that is located in the Josefov area. The cemetery is hardly a block away from the Old-New Synagogue and one can see almost 12,000 tombstones in the yard. There are thousands of Jews ...

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

One of the most attractive things about Prague’s Old Town Square is that it has remained untouched since the 10th century. The place receives several visitors every year who love to admire the beautiful architecture, which consists of the Gothic ...

Petrin

Petrin

Petrin is said to be the miniature version of the Eifel Tower and was built for the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891. The tower is located on the Petrin Hill, and its total height is 1043 feet. In order to reach to the top of the tower, people have to ...