ABOUT PRAGUE

Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it's known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show.

Have a look at this website which summarizes nicely what Prague is all about: https://www.pragueconvention.cz/why-prague/

VISITING PRAGUE

Prague, also called Praha, Prag and Praga) is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, the 13th largest city in the European Union and the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated on the Vltava river, Prague is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of 2.6 million. The city has a temperate oceanic climate, with relatively warm summers and chilly winters.

Prague is a political, cultural and economic centre of central Europe complete with a rich history. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV (r. 1346–1378). It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War and in 20th-century history as the capital of Czechoslovakia between the World Wars and the post-war Communist era.

Prague is home to a number of well-known cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The city has more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas and other historical exhibits. An extensive modern public transportation system connects the city. It is home to a wide range of public and private schools, including Charles University in Prague, the oldest university in Central Europe.

Prague ranked sixth in the Tripadvisor world list of best destinations in 2016. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination and as of 2017, the city receives more than 8.5 million international visitors annually. In 2017 Prague was listed as the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Rome and Istanbul.

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TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

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Location: Staroměstská radnice (Old Town Hall)
Staroměstské nám. 1
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FOOD & DRINK

These days, dining in Prague means much more than Brazil-sized slabs of pork, layers of dumplings and mountains of sauerkraut. Thanks to the latest gastro revolution sweeping the city, the range and quality of food have finally reached levels worthy of Prague’s legendary beauty.

Over the last few years, new restaurants have burst onto the scene, particularly in the fast-changing neighbourhoods surrounding the historical centre.

In addition, organic produce is easy to find, including at farmers markets, which attract a huge following, and Prague has plenty to offer vegetarian and vegan visitors, raw food fans and those looking for gluten-free options.

Here are seven tips to help you make the most of the latest developments and eat well in Prague.

https://www.prague.eu/en/articles/7-ways-to-eat-well-in-prague-13856

There are about 35 breweries adorning the beer map of Prague these days. Some have roots stretching far back into history, others were established only quite recently. Alongside the mainstays of the Prague beer scene, a growing number of establishments are serving their own beer brewed on the premises, or Czech and imported specials.

https://www.prague.eu/en/articles/where-to-go-for-a-beer-in-prague-13622

SHOPPING

Shopping in Prague is very pleasant not only thanks to the many shopping centers where you can find shops of different brands offering various types of goods in one place, but also thanks to many specialized shops, such as fashion boutiques, design shops, specialty food and drink shops, streetwear shops, and more. While shopping in Prague you can easily opt to buy everything organic, from organic food to organic cosmetics not only in specialized organic products shops, but also in the ever-more-popular farmers' markets. The real treasures are hidden in antiques stores, small shops selling homemade goods, as well as in the flea markets that are also becoming increasingly popular in Prague. Recently there has also been an increase in the number of young fashion designers and jewelry designers who create first-class pieces in which you will feel original and inventive. These fresh creative forces are putting Prague design back on the map. If you would like to buy something in Prague as a souvenir from the Czech Republic then choose from famous Czech glassware and crystal jewelry or decor, liquors (such as Becherovka, Fernet, Slivovice), Garnet and Moldavite jewelry, antiques, Czech spa wafers, traditional ceramics, or wooden toys. All of these can be easily bought in Prague.

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