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Prague is the "Jewel in the Crown" of Central Europe and tourism plays an important role. This Prague tourism guide presents useful information for visitors to the city.

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Prague Castle
Prague Castle
Prague Tourism Information
Prague (Praha in Czech) was the ancient capital of Charles IV's Bohemian Kingdom, and has played a pivotal role in the development of Central Europe since the Middle Ages.

Its epic history has produced a vibrant city of stunning buildings and lovely old squares, with the result that today, Prague is one of the world's most beautiful cities.

As visitors have increased to Prague, tourism has become of vital economic importance to the city.
The effects of tourism in Prague are mostly positive. Much of the post-communism reconstruction and regeneration of Prague has been driven by tourism, as ancient 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.
Layout of Prague's City Centre - map of Prague
The city centre of Prague is divided into five areas, spanning both banks of the Vltava River. Charles Bridge is the main pedestrian connection between the two.

On one side of the Vltava River is the Old Town (Staré Město), with the Old Town Square at its heart; the New Town (Nové Město), with Wenceslas Square at its heart; and the Jewish Quarter (Josefov).

On the other side of the river is the Lesser Town (Malá Strana), and the Castle District (Hradčany), with Prague Castle at its heart.
 Charles Bridge and Prague Castle
Charles Bridge and Prague Castle
The city centre is denoted by the postal district Prague 1.

Key Prague Tourism Fact: Prague is a compact city. From Prague Castle on one side of the city centre to Wenceslas Square on the other (walking down through the Lesser Town, across Charles Bridge and through the Old Town), is just a 25 minute stroll. Stay in a hotel or apartment in Prague 1 (or close by in Prague 2), on either side of the river, and you can easily walk around the whole city and see all the sights and attractions.

Just outside the city centre lie other areas, which are accessible by tram and the metro: Vinohrady, Holešovice, Smichov, Karlin and Vysehrad.
Old Town Square in Prague
Old Town Square in Prague
 
Prague's Most Beautiful Views
Prague Castle is the most prominent Prague tourist attraction. Set on a hill, it affords visitors fine views over the whole city.

There are also excellent views to be had from these sights and attractions in Prague: Old Town Hall Tower, Old Town Bridge Tower, Lesser Town Bridge Tower, Klementinum, Jindrisska Tower, Petrin and Vysehrad.

And tourism in Prague has encouraged several top floor restaurants to open, offering diners stunning views over the city. Enjoy a spot of lunch in the sunshine, or watch the city light up at night: restaurants with city views.
Prague Sights & Attractions
Prague tourist guide books often use English names for famous sights. This can be confusing for visitors, as maps and street signs are nearly always in Czech.
The following Czech translations will be useful:
Prague = Praha
Old Town = Staré Město
New Town = Nové Město
Charles Bridge = Karlův most
Prague Castle = Pražský Hrad
Wenceslas Square = Václavské náměstí
Old Town Square = Staroměstské náměstí
Lesser Town/Lesser Quarter = Malá Strana
National Theatre = Národní divadlo

More information: Prague sights & attractions
Wenceslas Square in Prague
Wenceslas Square in Prague
Estates Theatre in Prague
Estates Theatre in Prague
Discover the highlights of Prague
The dramatic history of Prague is reflected in the beauty of its buildings. Once the seat of a mighty medieval empire, Prague is an open air museum best explored on foot. Our Prague tours can help you to discover the city.

River cruises are also a popular and relaxing way to see the sights, as many Prague attractions border the river.

Opera and classical concerts are another highlight, with performances held in Prague's stunning opera houses, magnificent concert halls and historic churches. Prague also has unique theatre performances.
Finally, there is food and drink! Prague restaurants have a reputation for offering good, often excellent cuisine in lovely settings, ranging from candlelit cellars to rooftop eateries with fine views over the city. And of course, there is the world famous Czech beer.
More Prague Tourism Information
Our Prague tourist information section is a comprehensive guide for visitors to the city.
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 (434km), which runs through Prague.
St. Nicholas Church in Prague
St. Nicholas Church in Prague
Czech Republic in Central Europe
Czech Republic in Europe
The population of Prague is 1.2 million. The population of the Czech Republic is 10.3 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.

People from Central and Eastern European countries, and former Soviet Union states such as Ukraine, also migrate to Prague to work in tourism and construction.
 
For the best introduction to Prague, try one of our Prague city breaks: Prague Package.

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