Recently Prague became a very important touristic destination and more people ask google «where is Prague?». And I am sure that you are among these people searching for more information about the city of 100 spires. The questions of geographical location of Czechia and its capital is still open for some many travelers. Therefore I decided to sum up these questions and to give the answers to all of them:
- What county is Prague located in?
- Is Prague in EU?
- What time is in Prague and Czech Republic?
- What is the population of Czechia?
- Why Prague is the city of 100 spires?
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What country is Prague located in? It is located in the centre Czech Republic. Prague is the biggest and the most important city in the country. From ancient times it used to play a significant role in European life. It used to be a huge trade hub, later the capital of Holy Roman Empire of German Nations. For 600 years Bohemia and Moravia (the old two parts of modern Czechia) played a significant role in the life of Austro-Hungarian Empire.
- More information about history you can learn on EARLY BIRDS CITY TOUR
As you can see from the picture above, Prague stretches along the river Vltava. The city is split by the stream on 2 sides. With the red paint you can recognize the central part, which has the biggest interest among tourists. Though today’s new trends in traveling change the situation. More and more visitors search for places which are beloved by locals. And I am glad to say, that there are still some more left for your visit.
There are 22 districts in Prague. Each has its own number and in one district can include several areas. For example, Prague 1 is the central part of the city and unites Old Town, Josefov, Hradcany, Lesser Town, New Town.
|01||Old Town, Josefov, Hradcany, Lesser Town, New Town|
|02||Vinohrady, Vysehrad, New Town|
|04||Branik, Hodkovicky, Krc, Lhotka, Podoli, Michle, Nusle, Kunratice|
|05||Smichov, Hlubocepy, Radlice, Kosire, Motol, Jinonice, Slivenec, Holyne|
|06||Dejvice, Stresovice, Veleslavin, Vokovice, Ruzyne, Liboc, Brevnov, Bubenec, Sedlec, Suchdol, Lysolaje, Nebusice, Predni Kopanina|
|08||Liben, Karlin, Kobylisy, Bohnice, Cimice, Troja, Strizkov, Dablice, Brezineves, Dolni Chabry|
|09||Vysocany, Prosek, Strizkov, Hrdlorezi|
|10||Vrsovice, Vinohrady, Strasnice, Malesice, Zabehlice, Bohdalec|
|11||Chodov, Haje, Seberov, Ujezd u Pruhonic, Kreslice|
|12||Modrany, Komorany, Tocna, Cholupice, Kamyk, Libus, Pisnice|
|13||Stodulky, Trebonice, Reporyje, Zadni Kopanina|
|14||Kyje, Hostavice, Cerny Most, Hloubetin, Dolni Pocernice|
|15||Horni Mecholupy, Hostivar, Dolni Mecholupy, Sterboholy, Petrovice, Dubec|
|16||Radotin, Velka Chuchle, Mala Chuchle, Lochkov, Zbraslav, Lahovice, Lipence|
|17||Repy, Zlicin, Sobin, Trebonice|
|18||Letnany, Cakovice, Treboradice, Miskovice|
|19||Kbely, Vinor, Satalice,|
|21||Ujezd nad Lesy, Klanovice, Kolodeje, Bechovice|
|22||Uhrineves, Hajek u Uhrinevsi, Pitkovice, Kolovraty, Lipany, Kralovice, Nedvezi, Benice|
The city of Praha (the original name in Czech) is the heart and the busiest transport hub of the country. There is one airport named after Vaclav Havel. There are numerous railway an bus stations, linking the city with other European places. Since Czechia has borders with Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Germany, it is very easy to travel to Dresden, Vienna, Bratislava, Wroclaw from Prague.
- The territory of the country is hilly with chains of Czech mountains;
- The highest point of the country is Snezka mountain – 1603 meters;
- The country is divided into 13 regions and the capital – Hlavni Misto Praha;
- Prague is 14th largest city in European Union;
- Find on map 50°05″N and 14°27″E;
- It is almost at the same latitude as Frankfurt; Paris; Vancouver.
List of twin cities
- Berlin, Germany
- Bratislava, Slovakia
- Brussels, Belgium
- Budapest, Hungary
- Chicago, United States
- Frankfurt am Main, Germany
- Guangzhou, China
- Hamburg, Germany
- Jerusalem, Israel
- Kyoto, Japan
- Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Miami-Dade, United States
- Moscow, Russia
- Nuremberg, Germany
- Phoenix, United States
- Riga, Latvia
- Saint Petersburg, Russia
- Seoul, South Korea
- Shanghai, China
- Taipei, Taiwan
Being surrounded with hills, Prague has rather mild Oceanic climate. If we speak about temperatures, in winter it is between -/+5 Celsius, which make the city quite a comfortable destination for a winter break. It doesn’t snow often, which is a pity, because the Old Town in snow is something unique. Summers are also relatively nice, with +25 degrees, less rains and quite a number of sunny days.
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If you were asking about how many people live in Prague, I have an answer for you as well. Population of Prague in 2018 is 1 315 563 and grows constantly. The biggest source of new citizens is labour. Migration is common to all European countries and Czechia is not a exception. People from all over the world travel to the city of red roofs to find their job. The reasons for this are following: comfortable living and big potential of the market.
- People of various cultures live in the city. Biggest minorities are Ukrainians, Russians, Vietnamese, Slovaks, Germans and others.
Prague has always been the centre of the country not only political, but also cultural. A huge number of well-know names as Mozart, Kafka, Beethoven and others is closely linked with the city. There are numerous theaters, galleries and museums not only in the down town, but also in the hoods.
Festivals have become an indispensable part of annual calendar. The most popular and important event are there following:
- Spring International Music Festival;
- Autumn International Music Festival;
- International Organ Festival;
- International Jazz Festival;
- the Febiofest;
- the One World Film Festival;
- the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (not in Prague, but very important);
- Writers’ Festival;
- Folklore Days;
- Advent Choral Meeting;
- Summer Shakespeare Festival;
- Fringe Festival;
- the World Roma Festival.
Movies made in Prague
Another quite important side of daily life in Prague is cinema. Locals do go to the cinemas regularly. There are modern ones like IMAX or quite hipster old school like BIO OKO in Letna. But also there number of movies, which can reveal the atmosphere of old and new Prague, since the production traditions go back to the previous century, when Barrandov studio was launched by two brothers Vaclav and Milos Havel.
- Mission Impossible;
- Blade II;
- Alien vs. Predator,;
- Genius about Albert Einstein;
- full list of movies made in Prague
Food is one of the reasons why you should ever want to visit Czechia and its capital. Believe me, there are a lot of amazing restaurants, cafes and bars, which serve delicious dishes, drinks and cocktails. Of course number of association for most of visitors is beer. Czech beer is fantastic: it is tasty and cheap.
Imagine having a pilsner in bar for less than 2 Euros!
But of course there are quite many hidden dangers for first time visitors. And one of them is the choice of a proper place to eat. Here I can give you two helping hands. One of them is super reliable and is called a FOOD TOUR in Prague where you learn how to pick up a proper place for delicious meal, how to avoid tourists’ traps and not to waste money.
- The second option is to study carefully my post about where to eat in Prague to build your own food map.
Where to drink beer?
If we speak about cuisine, the most popular question my tourists ask is: “where to drink beer in Prague?” There thousands of places and options. My favorite one is a beer garden. There are also breweries and craft beer bars. It all depends on what you are looking for, because beer is not just about drinking, it is more about communication with your friends or some strangers in a bar.
Sightseeing in Prague. I don’t even know what to start with, because the Old Town and New Town as well as Prague Castle and Mala Strana are super packed with sights and attractions. But for ancient building, towers, churches and monasteries, there are gardens, parks, bridges and modern art installations. To get in touch with our city, have a look at the video.
And when you are done with the top 10 places to see in Prague, you have to plan several day trips to castles and natural resorts, which will help you better understand the country and its people. My top of destinations where to go from Prague for one day is the following:
Is Prague and the Czech Republic in EU?
The Czech Republic has been a member of EU (European Union) since the 1st of May 2004. So, yes, Prague is in EU. It shares the common market with other members, but still has its own currency. It means you can’t pay Euros in Prague and other cities. You need to exchange currency in Prague or to take cash Czech Crowns from ATM.
Czechia is also a member of Schengen Zone and agreement. It has no visual boarder with neighboring countries. Therefore if you have any Schengen visa, you can travel to and from Czechia.
Speaking about local money we should mention, that Czech Crown is quite a stable currency. During the recent years the currency exchange has been on the same level of 27 CZK for Euro and 25 CZK for 1 American Dollar. Getting ready for a trip to Czechia, mind that there can issues with money exchange issues.
What time is in Prague?
Prague is located in CET Central European Time Zone. It has the same time as almost in all European countries: Austria, Germany, Poland, Italy, France and others. CET goes one hour forward to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
They change time 2 times per year in Czechia. Calendar of daylight saving time changes in Prague:
- time change in 2019:
- 26 of March
- 29 of October
- time change in 2019:
- 25 of March
- 28 of October
- time change in 2020
- 31 of March
- 27 of October
City of 100 spires
One of the nick names of the Czech capital is the city of 100 spires. What does it mean and why people call this city like this? To get the reply you need either to climb one of numerous towers (for example the Powder Tower) or at least look at the picture below.
Central part of the city – Old Town – is full of buildings with spires. They were built in different epochs and preserve history of different times. That’s why people call Prague the city of hundred spires.
Original name of the city comes from ancient times. There are several versions of the routes, but to my mind the one to believe, that Praha means either “ford” or “rapid”. When you visit Charles Bridge you will understand why it is called so.
Is Prague in Czechslovakia?
Prague used to be the capital of Czechoslovakia, but since 1991 these two countries live there own lives being separated after the Velvet revolution. Hence, there is such a country as Czechoslovakia and that is why Prague can’t be in it.
What does Prague mean?
The word Prague is an ancient Slavik noun. Since the city was built on the river (its name is Vltava) there were a lot of fords (crossings). And the original name of the Praha stands for such a ford. Let’s continue search for the reply to the question “where is Prague”.
Prague river — Vltava
The river in Prague is called Vltava. It begins with little springs in the southern part of Czechia on the boarder with Austria. Vltava goes through Czech Krumlov, where you can cross it bear foot.
But with some 300 kilometers of its way to Prague Vltava brings a lot of water from hills and mountains. Therefore floods do happen. The last big water and flood in Prague was in 2013. The level of the river exceeded normal level on several meters. But the biggest flood in Prague was in 2002. That was a real disaster. The flood ruined a lot of buildings. Terrible things happened in Prague Zoo.
But Vltava brings also joy and fun to people. Locals and tourists like to raft and go for day boat trips. The river brings its water to Elbe. This river goes from Czechia to Germany.
Where is Prague located on map of Europe?
If you still have the question where is Prague, look at the map above. The capital of the Czech Republic is situated in central Europe. As I have already mentioned, the transport system very comfortable.
Below I will give the distance and travel time between the biggest European cities and Prague:
- Vienna 292 km;
- Berlin 349 km;
- Munich 386 km;
- Warsaw 677 km;
- Amsterdam 876 km;
- Budapest 527 km;
- Paris 1035 km;
- Rome 1303 km;
- Venice 775 km.
I do hope that this article gives you a reply to question of where is Prague on the map of Europe. Would appreciate any comments and further question you have about the city of 100 spires.
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