The city of Prague

Prague, city of a hundred spires

Overview of the basic information about the Czech capital city... Read the article "Things to see in Prague" for more detailed information.

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Prague overview...

Area: 496 km2 (191 sq. mi).

Population: 1 188 126 inhabitants according to the latest census report (31st of December 2006), ie. is one tenth of the country's total population.

Capital city of the Czech Republic: As such, Prague houses the Czech President's office (at the Prague castle), the Senate (in the Wallenstein's palace), the Chamber of Deputies (in the Auersper's palace), various ministries and foreign Embassies.

In the heart of Europe: Prague is located at approximately 600 km (373 miles) from the Baltic sea, 700 km (435 miles) from the North Sea and at the same distance from the Adriatic Sea.
It is close to the other Central European large cities: Vienna at 300 km (190 miles), Bratislava at 320 km (200 miles), Berlin at 350 km (220 miles), Budapest at 550 km (340 miles) and Warsaw at 630 km (390 miles).

Administrative division: 22 districts.
The current administrative division (Prague 1, Prague 2...) does not necessarily correspond to the historic quarters and the old villages that were progressively incorporated to the city, and which names are still used by Prague inhabitants: for example the Prague Castle District (Hradčany), the Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana), the Old Town (Staré Město), the New Town (Nové Město), the districts of  Vyšehrad, Žižkov, Vinohrady, Smichov, Letna, Holešovice, Bubeneč...

Main River: the Vltava, which runs through Prague over 31 km (19 miles).
Its German name, Moldau, is also used.
The river is crossed by 18 bridges. Downstream from South to North the bridges are: Závodu míru, Branický, Barrandovský, Železniční, Palackého, Jiráskův, Legií, Karlův, Mánesův, Čechův, Štefánikův, Hlávkův, Negrelliho viadukt, Libeňský, Holešovický železniční, Barikádníků, Holešovický tramvajový, Trojská lávka.

UNESCO site: in 1992, the historic center of Prague was added on the UNESCO Natural and Cultural World Heritage List. Almost 2000 buildings are inscribed on the National Register of Prague Intangible Cultural Monuments, among which 1440 are located within the conservation area. The major ones were classified as National Cultural Monuments.

Chief monuments: the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square... discover the must-see monuments during your stay in the Czech capital city.

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Parks and gardens: 870 ha (2150 acres). In the historic center make sure not to miss: the Petřin Park, the Castle gardens, the Vrtba garden, the Wallenstein garden, the Kampa Park, the Letna Park, the Stromovka Park, the Franciscan garden near Wenceslas Square.
Note that many parks and gardens are closed during winter time (early November to late March).

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A city of museums: museums of Fine Arts, of History, of Music... discover Prague's most interesting museums on our website.

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