Prague Travel Guide

Prague has become one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations. Its traditional pubs and eateries have been augmented by a wave of gourmet restaurants, cocktail bars and trendy cafes, though you can still feast on pork and dumplings washed down with a beer.

The city was largely undamaged by WWII, and the cityscape is stunning. Its compact medieval centre, watched over by an 1100-year-old castle, remains an evocative maze of cobbled lanes, ancient courtyards, dark passages and churches beyond number .

Prague's social life is incredibly youthful, in counterpoint to the city's venerable past, mixing young Czechs in search of urban adventure with hordes of 20-something expats in search of the romanticism of Golden Prague. Though veteran travellers complain that their secret treasure has been discovered by the world, the evening sun still shimmers across the city's domes and spires, the clatter and chatter of Czechs enjoying an after-work drink spills from the window of the public recreation centre, and from the open doors of back street pubs, Dvorák's folksy symphonies are played on an out-of-tune piano.

Facts at a glance

Area: 496 sq km
Population: 1.21 million
Country: Czech Republic
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 (Central European Time)
Telephone Area Code: All Czech phone numbers have nine digits – you have to dial all nine for any call, local or long distance.

See Also

Events in Prague

Hotels in Prague

Nightlife in Prague

Attractions in Prague

Maps of Prague

Weather in Prague


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