Discover Prague
The city of a hundred spires, delicious beer, and extraordinary monuments

If you want to abstract yourself from the fuss and just relax with enthusiasm, then Prague is a perfect fit for you

Districts of Prague

The new division of Prague consists of several tiers. The city is divided into ten municipality districts, which include 22 administrative districts, 57 self-governing municipal districts, and 112 cadastral areas. Since 2001, the municipality districts have the same titles as the administrative districts and are numbered. The sign with street name depicts the cadastral area (as a rule, that's the title of the residential area that is included in Prague). The local citizens mostly use the names of the cadastral areas.

Such districts as Staré Město, Hradčany, Malá Strana, Nové Město, and Josefov are the most exciting neighborhoods for the tourists. The majority of the city's attractions are concentrated here - palaces, squares, towers, beautiful parks, museums, galleries, synagogues, and Roman-Catholic churches.

Map Prague

Population of Prague

In the last couple of years, the community has been growing driven by a significant flow of immigrants and the high living standards of the seniors. Even though the majority of the population are the Czechs, there are still many immigrants from the ex-USSR countries (especially Ukrainians and Russians), many Slovaks, and Vietnamese. Most people skep Czech; however, everybody understands Slovak. German, English, and Russian are also quite widespread.

A brief history of the city

According to one of the versions, the name of the Czech Republic's capital means "a place where a citizen hews a threshold of his house". The Slavonic people used to live here, and the first permanent fortified settlements appeared here in the IX-X centuries.

Modern Prague is a large European city. However, according to history, several towns (Vyšehrad, Staroměst, and other) were situated on its territory. Their titles still name the ancient districts. Prague’s cities were united in 1784. In 1922, several suburbs adjoined Prague within the framework of the project called "Great Prague".

Throughout its existence, Prague was large trading, religious, and political center. The municipal government developed here rapidly.

The city survived the period of rises and falls under the reign of various rulers (Charles IV, Ferdinand I, Rudolf II, Maria Theresa), went through invasions and fires; however, all these events only case-hardened its spirit and secured its significance.

Prague is known as an architectural pearl of Europe as it has constructions from various epochs and styles - Gothic, Baroque, Romanticism, Classicism, Modern, etc. The most famous sights include Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, Vyšehrad Castle, the Old Town Hall.

Prague is famous for its spirit of liberty (both in the Middle Ages and in the XX century, the city saw frequent rebellions and protests), theatres, museums, a historical center (the UNESCO World Heritage Site), delicious beer, and hospitality of the local citizens!

Trip budget

Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:

The best time to visit Prague

Summer in Prague is quite warm. The average temperature is around +22-25 °C. However, there may be frequent precipitations, especially in June. So, don't forget to pack an umbrella and a raincoat. When the weather is good, a walking tour around cozy Prague is an excellent choice. Autumn is comparatively warm in September with the mean temperature of +13-15 °С; sometimes, it can reach +19°C. September is also the rainiest autumn month (it can be up to 40 mm of rain). It gradually becomes colder in the next autumn months.

October is considered to be the best month for visiting Prague. There is almost no rain, open museums, a decrease in the tourist boom, and beautiful trees with yellow leaves. You can explore the parks, walk along the Vltava's waterfront, and take lots of bright pictures.

Winter in Prague is also quite warm. The average temperature is from -5 °С to 0 °С, and it rarely gets colder. However, strong wind and proximity to the river do their job, so you should better put on some warm clothes. It's especially important to plan your trip to Prague in winter. So, consider purchasing a pass ticket for public transport in advance.

Spring is quite sunny, but you should wear some windproof clothes. In March, you should bring some waterproof footwear as there is still plenty of snow. In spring, everything is in blossom, and you can't miss a chance to ascend various observation decks or visit numerous parks and gardens in Prague.

Before you start planning your trip, you can check out the events and festivals that happen in Prague in this period. For example, Book World Festival took place in May, Bohemia Jazz Fest is waiting for its guests at the end of July, and Mozart Prague Symphony happens in September. In general, summer is full of concerts and events.

Prague Christmas Markets sell their festive goods from the end of November till the end of December. Many fairs and markets are timed for different holidays. The neighboring cities (Brno, Karlovy Vary, Tabor, etc.) also offer a wide range of festivals.

Useful notes

What should a tourist do in Prague?

  • Watch the most iconic symbols of Prague - Charles Bridge (it has been functioning since the XIV century!), Old Town Square and City Hall, St. Vitus Cathedral (it had been built for several centuries and was finished only in 1929).
  • Enjoy the foamy beer that Prague is so proud of. Head to a beer tour around all drinking establishments in the Czech Republic's capital. Every tourist should definitely visit Prague Beer Museum, a brewery with an ancient tradition called "U Fleků" (it has been working from the XV century!), and the beer shop "Výtopna Railway Restaurant" where a beer will be delivered to your table in a tiny train.
  • Attend the luxuriant palaces and castles that belonged to kings and the Medieval aristocracy. One can't miss Queen Anne's Summer Palace, Prague Castle, Visegrád Citadel, Troja Palace, the Czernin, and Wallenstein Palaces.
  • Walk along Golden Lane in Prague Castle, where every tiny house is a museum. According to a legend, alchemists used to live on this street. Besides, there also was a Treasure here. These are two reasons why the road bears such a name. We highly recommend you not to miss the most extraordinary street in Prague - Vinarna Certovka. It's only 70 cm in width and even has a particular traffic light so that people won't run into each other.
  • Take photos with the oddest monuments in the city. Prague is literally filled with them! Besides the famous monuments to Saint Wenceslas and Jan Hus, every tourist should pay attention to the creations of the renowned Czech sculptor David Černý. His most famous works include the statue of Sigmund Freud hanging by one hand, "Piss" outside the Franz Kafka Museum, a statue of St. Wenceslas riding a dead horse (a parody of the famous statue by Josef Václav Myslbek), "The Head of Franz Kafka", "Babies", "Brownnosing", and others. We also recommend you to attend the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art.
  • See and capture the city from a height. You can achieve this from the Petřín Lookout Tower (60 m), Žižkov Television Tower (the observation deck is located at the height of 93 m), or the Powder Tower (from the observation deck at 44-meter height). There is also an observation deck at Petřín hill.
  • Visit some Prague museums. The most renowned include the National Museum, National Technical Museum, the Army Museum Žižkov, and Franz Kafka Museum. If you are looking for some extraordinary museums, don't hesitate to check out Magic Garnet Museum, Museum of Thimbles, Torture Museum, and Sex Machines Museum. In case you are traveling with children, they will appreciate a visit to the Lego Museum, Choco-Story Chocolate Museum, the Toy Museum, and Museum of Prague Ghosts and Legends. Fascinating modern displays are offered in Apple Museum, Film Legends Museum, and National Film Museum (opened in January 2019).
  • Watch a puppet show in Spejbl and Hurvínek Theatre, a play in Marionette Theatre, or listen to an opera in National Theatre. If you want something more contemporary, attend a performance at Image Black Light Theatre.
  • Shop till you drop at Havelské Market (it's been open since the XIII century), or in shops and boutiques on the Old Town and Wenceslas Squares. An enormous shopping mall Palladium is located on Náměstí Republiky; boutiques can be found in Pařížská Street, nearby Flora, Chodov, and Černý metro stations. Flea markets work on Tylovo Square (till noon on Saturdays), and by Kolbenova metro station (till 1 PM on weekends). The high-quality leather footwear, make-up, Bohemian glass, porcelain and garnet, puppets, and more - you can purchase all of this as souvenirs either for yourself or your dear ones.

Hotels in Prague

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