Prague, Czech Republic

Culture | Cuisine | Economy : Tourist Industry | Hradčany and Lesser Town (Malá Strana) | Old Town (Staré Město) and Josefov | New Town (Nové Město) | Vinohrady and Žižkov | Other places | Education | Public universities | Public arts academies | Private universities | Largest private colleges | International institutions | Science, research and hi-tech centres | Transport : Public : Metro : Road : Rail : Air : Cycling | Sport | International relations

🇨🇿 Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic and the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated on the Vltava river, the city has a temperate climate, with relatively warm summers and chilly winters.

Prague is a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe complete with a rich history. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and the Protestant Reformations, the Thirty Years' War and in 20th century history as the capital of Czechoslovakia between the World Wars and the post-war Communist era.

Prague is home to a number of well-known cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th century Europe. Main attractions include Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. The extensive historic centre of Prague is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The city has more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. An extensive modern public transportation system connects the city. It is home to a wide range of public and private schools, including Charles University in Prague, the oldest university in Central Europe.

The city was ranked as 69th most liveable city in the world by Mercer. The PICSA Index ranked the city as 13th most liveable city in the world. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination and the city receives more than 8.5 million international visitors annually. Prague was listed as the fifth most visited European city.

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Culture The city is traditionally one of the cultural centres of Europe, hosting many cultural events. Some of the significant cultural institutions include the National Theatre (Národní Divadlo) and the Estates Theatre (Stavovské or Tylovo or Nosticovo divadlo), where the premières of Mozart's Don Giovanni and La clemenza di Tito were held. Other major cultural institutions are the Rudolfinum which is home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Municipal House which is home to the Prague Symphony Orchestra. The Prague State Opera (Státní opera) performs at the Smetana Theatre.

The city has many world-class museums, including the National Museum (Národní muzeum), the Museum of the Capital City of Prague, the Jewish Museum in Prague, the Alfons Mucha Museum, the African-Prague Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Náprstek Museum (Náprstkovo Muzeum), the Josef Sudek Gallery and The Josef Sudek Studio, the National Library, the National Gallery, which manages the largest collection of art in the Czech Republic and the Kunsthalle Praha, the newest museum in the city.

There are hundreds of concert halls, galleries, cinemas and music clubs in the city. It hosts music festivals including the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Prague Autumn International Music Festival, the Prague International Organ Festival, the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival, and the Prague International Jazz Festival. Film festivals include the Febiofest, the One World Film Festival and Echoes of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The city also hosts the Prague Writers' Festival, the Prague Folklore Days, Prague Advent Choral Meeting the Summer Shakespeare Festival, the Prague Fringe Festival, the World Roma Festival, as well as the hundreds of Vernissages and fashion shows.

An early the 1912 silent drama film Pro peníze was filmed mostly in Prague. Many films have been made at Barrandov Studios and at Prague Studios. Hollywood films set in Prague include Mission Impossible, xXx, Blade II, Children of Dune, Alien vs. Predator, Doom, Chronicles of Narnia, Hellboy, EuroTrip, Van Helsing, Red Tails, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Other Czech films shot in Prague include Empties, Amadeus and The Fifth Horseman Is Fear. Also, the romantic music video "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS, "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" by Kanye West was shot in the city, and features shots of the Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock, among other landmarks. Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" video was filmed at Prague's Radost FX Club. The city was also the setting for the film Dungeons and Dragons in 2000. The music video "Silver and Cold" by AFI, an American rock band, was also filmed in Prague. Many Indian films have also been filmed in the city including Yuvvraaj, Drona and Rockstar. Early 2000s europop hit "Something" by "Lasgo" was filmed at the central train station in Prague.

Video games set in Prague include Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon, Still Life, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

With the growth of low-cost airlines in Europe, Prague has become a weekend city destination allowing tourists to visit its museums and cultural sites as well as try its Czech beers and cuisine.

The city has many buildings by renowned architects, including Adolf Loos (Villa Müller), Frank O. Gehry (Dancing House) and Jean Nouvel (Golden Angel).

Recent major events held in Prague: • International Monetary Fund and World Bank Summit 2000 • NATO Summit 2002 • International Olympic Committee Session 2004 • IAU General Assembly 2006 (Definition of planet) • EU & USA Summit 2009 • Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2009 • USA & Russia Summit 2010 (signing of the New START treaty)

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Cuisine In 2008, the Allegro restaurant received the first Michelin star in the whole of the post-Communist part of Central Europe. It retained its star until 2011. As of 2018, there were just two Michelin-starred restaurants in Prague: La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise and Field. Another six have been awarded Michelin's Bib Gourmand: Bistrøt 104, Divinis, Eska, Maso a Kobliha, Na Kopci and Sansho. However, as of 2022, there are 27 Michelin-starred restaurants in Prague which still include La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise and Field.

In Malá Strana, Staré Město, Žižkov and Nusle there are hundreds of restaurants, bars and pubs, especially with Czech beer. Prague also hosts the Czech Beer Festival (Český pivní festival), which is the largest beer festival in the Czech Republic held for 17 days every year in May. At the festival, more than 70 brands of Czech beer can be tasted. There are several microbrewery festivals throughout the year as well.

Czech beer has a long history, with brewing taking place in Břevnov Monastery in 993. Prague is home to historical breweries Staropramen (Praha 5), U Fleků, U Medvídků, U Tří růží, Strahov Monastery Brewery (Praha 1) and Břevnov Monastery Brewery (Praha 6). Among many microbreweries are: Novoměstský, Pražský most u Valšů, Národní, Boršov, Loď pivovar, U Dobřenských, U Dvou koček, U Supa (Praha 1), Pivovarský dům (Praha 2), Sousedský pivovar Bašta (Praha 4), Suchdolský Jeník, Libocký pivovar (Praha 6), Marina (Praha 7), U Bulovky (Praha 8), Beznoska, Kolčavka (Praha 9), Vinohradský pivovar, Zubatý pes, Malešický mikropivovar (Praha 10), Jihoměstský pivovar (Praha 11), Lužiny (Praha 13), Počernický pivovar (Praha 14) and Hostivar (Praha 15).

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Economy Prague's economy accounts for 25% of the Czech GDP making it the highest performing regional economy of the country. Is GDP per capita in purchasing power standard is €63,900, making it the third best performing region in the EU. Prague employs almost a fifth of the entire Czech workforce, and its wages are significantly above average. The city's economic structure is service-oriented. Industry is present in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, printing, food processing, manufacture of transport equipment, computer technology and electrical engineering. In the service sector, financial and commercial services, trade, restaurants, hospitality and public administration are the most significant. Services account for around 80 per cent of employment. There are 800,000 employees in Prague, including 120,000 commuters. 148,035 foreign workers were reported to be living in the city making up about 18 per cent of the workforce. Approximately one-fifth of all investment in the Czech Republic takes place in the city.

Almost one-half of the national income from tourism is spent in Prague. The city offers approximately 73,000 beds in accommodation facilities, including almost 51,000 beds in hotels and boarding houses. The city is a common filming location for international productions such as Hollywood and Bollywood motion pictures. A combination of architecture, low costs and the existing motion picture infrastructure have proven attractive to international film production companies.

The modern economy of Prague is largely service and export-based and the city was named the best city in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for business. Prague was deemed among the three best cities in Central and Eastern Europe according to The Economist's liveability rankings. The city was named as a top-tier nexus city for innovation across multiple sectors of the global innovation economy, placing 29th globally in 2thinknow annual analysts Innovation Cities Index. Na příkopě is the most expensive street among all the states of the Visegrád Group and in 22nd place among the most expensive streets in the world. In Eurostat research, Prague ranked fifth among Europe's 271 regions in terms of gross domestic product per inhabitant.

Companies with highest turnover in the region include: ČEZ; Agrofert; RWE Supply & Trading CZ.

Prague is also the site of some of the most important offices and institutions of the Czech Republic • President of the Czech Republic • The Government and both houses of Parliament • Ministries and other national offices (Industrial Property Office, Czech Statistical Office, National Security Authority etc.) • Czech National Bank • Czech Television and other major broadcasters • Radio Free Europe – Radio Liberty • Galileo global navigation project • Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

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Economy: Tourist Industry Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague has become one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Prague suffered considerably less damage during World War II than some other major cities in the region, allowing most of its historic architecture to stay true to form. It contains one of the world's most pristine and varied collections of architecture, from Romanesque, to Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau, Cubist, Neo-Classical and ultra-modern.

Prague is classified as an "Alpha-" global city according to GaWC studies, comparable to Vienna, Manila and Washington, D.C. Prague ranked sixth in the Tripadvisor world list of best destinations in 2016. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 8.4 million international visitors annually, as of 2017. Furthermore, the city was ranked 7th in the world ICCA Destination Performance Index meauring performance of conference tourism in 2021.

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Hradčany and Lesser Town (Malá Strana) • Prague Castle with the St. Vitus Cathedral which stores the Czech Crown Jewels • The picturesque Charles Bridge (Karlův most) • The Baroque Saint Nicholas Church • Church of Our Lady Victorious and Infant Jesus of Prague • Písek Gate, one of the last preserved city gate of Baroque fortification • Petřín Hill with Petřín Lookout Tower, Mirror Maze and Petřín funicular • Lennon Wall • The Franz Kafka Museum • Kampa Island, an island with a view of the Charles Bridge • The Baroque Wallenstein Palace with its garden

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Old Town (Staré Město) and Josefov • The Astronomical Clock (Orloj) on Old Town City Hall • The Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn (Kostel Matky Boží před Týnem) from the 14th century with 80 m high towers • Stone Bell House • The vaulted Gothic Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga) of 1270 • Old Jewish Cemetery • Powder Tower (Prašná brána), a Gothic tower of the old city gates • Spanish Synagogue with its elaborate interior decoration • Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) with gothic and baroque architectural styles • The art nouveau Municipal House, a major civic landmark and concert hall known for its Art Nouveau architectural style and political history in the Czech Republic. • Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, with an extensive collections including glass, furniture, textile, toys, Art Nouveau, Cubism and Art Deco • Clam-Gallas Palace, a baroque palace from 1713 • Church of St. Martin in the Wall • Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, with elements of High Baroque and the later Rococo and Second-Rococo adaptations. Known today for its well-preserved dance hall • St. Clement's Cathedral, Prague

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New Town (Nové Město) • Busy and historic Wenceslas Square • The neo-renaissance National Museum with large scientific and historical collections at the head of Wenceslas Square. It is the largest museum in the Czech Republic, covering disciplines from the natural sciences to specialized areas of the social sciences. The staircase of the building offers a nice view of the New Town. • The National Theatre, a neo-Renaissance building with golden roof, alongside the banks of the Vltava river • The deconstructivist Dancing House (Fred and Ginger Building) • Charles Square, the largest medieval square in Europe (now turned into a park) • The Emmaus monastery and WW I Memorial "Prague to Its Victorious Sons" at Palacky Square (Palackého náměstí) • The museum of the Heydrich assassination in the crypt of the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius • Stiassny's Jubilee Synagogue is the largest in Prague • The Mucha Museum, showcasing the Art Nouveau works of Alphonse Mucha • Church of St. Apollinaire, Prague • Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Prague • Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Charles the Great, Prague • Church of Our Lady on the Lawn • St. Wenceslas Church (Zderaz) • St. Stephen's Church

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Vinohrady and Žižkov • National Monument in Vitkov with a large bronze equestrian statue of Jan Žižka in Vítkov Park, Žižkov – Prague 3 • The neo-Gothic Church of St. Ludmila at Míru Square in Vinohrady • Žižkov Television Tower • New Jewish Cemetery in Olšany, location of Franz Kafka's grave – Prague 3 • The Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church at Jiřího z Poděbrad Square • The Vinohrady grand Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Pseudo Baroque, and Neo-Gothic buildings in the area between Míru Square, Jiřího z Poděbrad Square and Havlíčkovy sady park

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Other places • Vyšehrad Castle with Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, Vyšehrad cemetery and Prague oldest Rotunda of St. Martin • The Prague Metronome at Letná Park, a giant, functional metronome that looms over the city • Prague Zoo in Troja, selected as the 7th best zoo in the world by Forbes magazine in 2007 and the 4th best by TripAdvisor in 2015 • Industrial Palace (Průmyslový palác), Křižík's Light fountain, funfair Lunapark and Sea World Aquarium in Výstaviště compound in Holešovice • Letohrádek Hvězda (Star Villa) in Liboc, a renaissance villa in the shape of a six-pointed star surrounded by a game reserve • National Gallery in Prague with large collection of Czech and international paintings and sculptures by artists such as Mucha, Kupka, Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh • Opera performances in National Theatre – unlike drama, all opera performances run with English subtitles. • Anděl, a busy part of the city with modern architecture and a shopping mall • The large Nusle Bridge, spans the Nusle Valley, linking New Town to Pankrác, with the Metro running underneath the road • Strahov Monastery, an old Czech premonstratensian abbey founded in 1149 and monastic library • Hotel International Prague, a four-star hotel and Czech cultural monument.

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Education Nine public universities and thirty six private universities are located in the city, including:

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Public universities • Charles University (UK) founded in 1348, the oldest university in Central Europe • Czech Technical University (ČVUT) founded in 1707 • University of Chemistry and Technology (VŠCHT) founded in 1920 • University of Economics (VŠE) founded in 1953 • Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (ČZU) founded in 1906/1952 • Czech Police Academy (PA ČR) founded in 1993

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Public arts academies • Academy of Fine Arts (AVU) founded in 1800 • Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (VŠUP) founded in 1885 • Academy of Performing Arts (AMU) founded in 1945

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Private universities • Jan Amos Komenský University [cs] (UJAK) founded in 2001 • Metropolitan University Prague (MUP) founded in 2001 • The University of Finance and Administration (VSFS) founded in 1999

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Largest private colleges • University College of Business in Prague (VŠO) founded in 2000 • University of Economics and Management [cs] (VŠEM) founded in 2001 • College of Entrepreneurship and Law [cs] (VŠPP) founded in 2000 • Institute of Hospitality Management [cs] (VŠH) founded in 1999 • College of International and Public Relations Prague (VŠMVV) founded in 2001 • CEVRO Institute (CEVRO) founded in 2005 • Ambis College (AMBIS) founded in 1994 • Medical College of Nursing [Wikidata] (Vysoká škola zdravotnická) founded in 2005 • Anglo-American University (AAVŠ) founded in 2000 • University of New York in Prague (UNYP) founded in 1998

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International institutions • Instituto Camões • Goethe-Institut • Instituto Cervantes • British Council • Alliance Française and Institut Français • Istituto Italiano di Cultura • Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Polish Institute

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Science, research and hi-tech centres The region city of Prague is an important centre of research. It is the seat of 39 out of 54 institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences, including the largest ones, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Microbiology and the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry. It is also a seat of 10 public research institutes, four business incubators and large hospitals performing research and development activities such as the Motol University Hospital or Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, which was the largest transplant centre in Europe as of 2019. Universities seated in Prague (see section Colleges and Universities) also represent important centres of science and research activities.

As of 2008, there were 13,000 researchers (out of 30,000 in the country, counted in full-time equivalents), representing a 3% share of Prague's economically active population. Gross expenditure on research and development accounted for €901.3 million (41.5% of country's total).

Some well-known multinational companies have established research and development facilities in Prague, among them Siemens, Honeywell, Oracle, Microsoft and Broadcom.

Prague was selected to host administration of the EU satellite navigation system Galileo. It started to provide its first services in December 2016 and full completion is expected by 2020.

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Transport As of 2017, Prague's transport modal share by journey was 52% public transport, 24.5% by car, 22.4% on foot, 0.4% by bike and 0.5% by aeroplane.

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Transport: Public The public transport infrastructure consists of the heavily used Prague Integrated Transport (PID, Pražská integrovaná doprava) system, consisting of the Prague Metro (lines A, B, and C – its length is 65 km (40 mi) with 61 stations in total), Prague tram system, Prague buses service, commuter trains, funiculars, and seven ferries. Prague has one of the highest rates of public transport usage in the world, with 1.2 billion passenger journeys per year. Prague has about 300 bus lines (numbers 100–960) and 34 regular tram lines (numbers 1–26 and 91–99). There are also three funiculars, one on Petřín Hill, one on Mrázovka Hill and a third at the Zoo in Troja.

The Prague tram system now operates various types of trams, including the Tatra T3, newer Tatra KT8D5, Škoda 14 T (designed by Porsche), newer modern Škoda 15 T and nostalgic tram lines 23 and 41. Around 400 vehicles are the modernized T3 class, which are typically operated coupled together in pairs.

The Prague tram system is the twelfth longest in the world (144 km) and its rolling stock consists of 857 individual cars, which is the third largest in the world behind Moscow and Budapest. The system carries more than 360 million passengers annually, the highest tram patronage in the world after Budapest, on a per capita basis, Prague has the second highest tram patronage after Zürich.

All services (metro, tramways, city buses, funiculars and ferries) have a common ticketing system that operates on a proof-of-payment system. Basic transfer tickets can be bought for 30 and 90-minute rides, short-term tourist passes are available for periods of 24 hours or 3 days, and longer-term tickets can be bought on the smart ticketing system Lítačka, for periods of one month, three months or one year. Since August 2021, people up to the age of 14 and over 65 can use Prague's public transport free of charge (proof of age is required). Persons between 15 and 18 years and between 60 and 64 years pay half price for single tickets and day tickets.

Services are run by the Prague Public Transport Company (Dopravní podnik hl. m. Prahy, a. s.) and several other companies. Since 2005 the Regional Organiser of Prague Integrated Transport (ROPID) has franchised operation of ferries on the Vltava river, which are also a part of the public transport system with common fares. Taxi services make pick-ups on the streets or operate from regulated taxi stands.

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Transport: Metro The Metro has three major lines extending throughout the city: A (green), B (yellow) and C (red). A fourth Metro line D is under construction, which will connect the city centre to southern parts of the city (as of 2022, the completion is expected in 2028). The Prague Metro system served 589.2 million passengers in 2012, making it the fifth busiest metro system in Europe and the most-patronised in the world on a per capita basis. The first section of the Prague metro was put into operation in 1974. It was the stretch between stations Kačerov and Florenc on the current line C. The first part of Line A was opened in 1978 (Dejvická – Náměstí Míru), the first part of line B in 1985 (Anděl – Florenc).

In April 2015, construction finished to extend the green line A further into the north-west corner of Prague closer to the airport. A new interchange station for the bus in the direction of the airport is the station Nádraží Veleslavín. The final station of the green line is Nemocnice Motol (Motol Hospital), giving people direct public transportation access to the largest medical facility in the Czech Republic and one of the largest in Europe. A railway connection to the airport is planned.

In operation there are two kinds of units: "81-71M" which is modernized variant of the Soviet Metrovagonmash 81-71 (completely modernized between 1995 and 2003) and new "Metro M1" trains (since 2000), manufactured by consortium consisting of Siemens, ČKD Praha and ADtranz. The minimum interval between two trains is 90 seconds.

The original Soviet vehicles "Ečs" were excluded in 1997, but one vehicle is placed in public transport museum in depot Střešovice. The Náměstí Míru metro station is the deepest station and is equipped with the longest escalator in European Union. The Prague metro is generally considered very safe.

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Transport: Road The main flow of traffic leads through the centre of the city and through inner and outer ring roads (partially in operation). • Inner Ring Road (The City Ring "MO"): surrounds central Prague. It is the longest city tunnel in Europe with a length of 5.5 km (3.4 mi) and five interchanges has been completed to relieve congestion in the north-western part of Prague. Called Blanka tunnel complex and part of the City Ring Road, it was estimated to eventually cost (after several increases) CZK 43 billion. Construction started in 2007 and, after repeated delays, the tunnel officially opened in September 2015. This tunnel complex completes a major part of the inner ring road. • Outer Ring Road (The Prague Ring "D0"): this ring road will connect all major motorways and speedways that meet each other in Prague region and provide faster transit without a necessity to drive through the city. So far 39 km (24 mi), out of a total planned 83 km (52 mi), is in operation. Most recently, the southern part of this road (with a length of more than 20 km (12 mi)) was opened on 22 September 2010. As of 2021, the next 12 km (7 mi) section between Modletice and Běchovice is planned to be completed in 2025.

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Transport: Rail The city forms the hub of the Czech railway system, with services to all parts of the country and abroad. The railway system links Prague with major European cities (which can be reached without transfers), including Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Regensburg and Munich (Germany); Vienna, Graz and Linz (Austria); Warsaw, Katowice and Kraków (Poland); Bratislava and Košice (Slovakia); Budapest (Hungary); Zürich (Switzerland) via Linz or Leipzig; Rijeka (Croatia, seasonal) and Moscow (Russia, not in service due to COVID-19 and Russian invasion of Ukraine). Travel times range between 2 hours to Dresden and 28 hours to Moscow.

Prague's main international railway station is Hlavní nádraží, rail services are also available from other main stations: Masarykovo nádraží, Holešovice and Smíchov, in addition to suburban stations. Commuter rail services operate under the name Esko Praha, which is part of PID (Prague Integrated Transport).

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Transport: Air Prague is served by Václav Havel Airport Prague, the largest airport in the Czech Republic and one of the largest and busiest airports in central and eastern Europe. The airport is the hub of carriers Smartwings and Czech Airlines operating throughout Europe. Other airports in Prague include the city's original airport in the north-eastern district of Kbely, which is serviced by the Czech Air Force, also internationally. It also houses the Prague Aviation Museum. The nearby Letňany Airport is mainly used for private aviation and aeroclub aviation. Another airport in the proximity is Aero Vodochody aircraft factory to the north, used for testing purposes, as well as for aeroclub aviation. There are a few aeroclubs around Prague, such as the Točná airfield.

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Transport: Cycling In 2018, 1–2.5 % of people commute by bike in Prague, depending on season. Cycling is very common as a sport or recreation. As of 2019, there were 194 km (121 mi) of protected cycle paths and routes. Also, there were 50 km (31 mi) of bike lanes and 26 km (16 mi) of specially marked bus lanes that are free to be used by cyclists. As of 2021, there are four companies providing bicycle sharing in Prague, none of them is subsidized by the city: Rekola (1,000 bikes), Nextbike (1,000 bikes), Bolt and Lime.

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Sport Prague is the site of many sports events, national stadiums and teams. • Sparta Prague (Czech First League) – football club • Slavia Prague (Czech First League) – football club • Bohemians 1905 (Czech First League) – football club • Dukla Prague (Czech 2nd Football League) – football club • Viktoria Žižkov (Czech 2nd Football League) – football club • HC Sparta Praha (Czech Extraliga) – ice hockey club • HC Slavia Praha (Czech 2nd Hockey League) – ice hockey club • USK Praha (National Basketball League) – basketball club • Prague Lions (European League of Football) –American football • O2 Arena – the second largest ice hockey arena in Europe. It hosted 2004 and 2015 Ice Hockey World Championship, NHL 2008 and 2010 Opening Game and Euroleague Final Four. • Strahov Stadium – the largest stadium in the world • Prague International Marathon • Prague Open – Tennis Tournament held by the I. Czech Lawn Tennis Club • Sparta Prague Open – Tennis Tournament held in Prague 7 • Josef Odložil Memorial – athletics meeting • World Ultimate Club Championships 2010 concluded in Strahov and Eden Arena. • Mystic SK8 Cup – World Cup of Skateboarding venue held at the Štvanice skatepark • Gutovka – sport area with a large concrete skatepark, the highest outdoor climbing wall in Central Europe, four beach volleyball courts and children's playground; Central European Beach Volleyball Championship 2018 took place here.

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International relations The city of Prague maintains its own EU delegation in Brussels called Prague House.

Prague was the location of U.S. President Barack Obama's speech on 5 April 2009, which led to the New START treaty with Russia, signed in Prague on 8 April 2010.

The annual conference Forum 2000, which was founded by former Czech President Václav Havel, Japanese philanthropist Yōhei Sasakawa, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel in 1996, is held in Prague. Its main objective is "to identify the key issues facing civilization and to explore ways to prevent the escalation of conflicts that have religion, culture or ethnicity as their primary components", and also intends to promote democracy in non-democratic countries and to support civil society. Conferences have attracted a number of prominent thinkers, Nobel laureates, former and acting politicians, business leaders and other individuals like: Frederik Willem de Klerk, Bill Clinton, Nicholas Winton, Oscar Arias Sánchez, Dalai Lama, Hans Küng, Shimon Peres and Madeleine Albright.

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Prague from Letenské Sady 
Prague from Letenské Sady
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Prague is rated Alpha − by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Alpha level cities are linked to major economic states and regions and into the world economy.

Prague is the #63 city in the world according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) which evaluates and ranks the competitiveness of the major financial centres of the world according to a wide range of criteria – Human Capital, Business, Finance, Infrastructure and Reputation.

Prague is rated C+ by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. C+ cities are strong international gateway cities. Prague was ranked #16 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Prague has a population of over 1,324,277 people. Prague also forms the centre of the wider Prague metropolitan area which has a population of over 2,677,964 people. Prague is the #98 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 4.5015 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores. Prague is ranked #83 for startups with a score of 6.093.

To set up a UBI Lab for Prague see: https://www.ubilabnetwork.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/UBILabNetwork

Prague is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for Literature see: https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities

Twin Towns, Sister Cities Prague has links with:

🇩🇪 Bamberg, Germany 🇬🇪 Batumi, Georgia 🇩🇪 Berlin, Germany 🇧🇪 Brussels, Belgium 🇭🇺 Budapest, Hungary 🇨🇳 Changning, China 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Chesham, England 🇺🇸 Chicago, USA 🇪🇸 Coslada, Spain 🇫🇷 Dijon, France 🇮🇹 Ferrara, Italy 🇩🇪 Frankfurt, Germany 🇩🇪 Frankfurt am Main, Germany 🇩🇪 Hamburg, Germany 🇨🇿 Jeseník, Czech Republic 🇰🇷 Jongno, South Korea 🇯🇵 Kyōto, Japan 🇱🇺 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 🇪🇸 Madrid, Spain 🇺🇸 Miami, USA 🇮🇹 Monza, Italy 🇷🇺 Moscow, Russia 🇺🇿 Namangan, Uzbekistan 🇫🇷 Nîmes, France 🇩🇪 Nuremberg, Germany 🇫🇷 Paris, France 🇺🇸 Phoenix, USA 🇨🇿 Prague, Czech Republic 🇨🇳 Qingpu District, China 🇮🇱 Rosh HaAyin, Israel 🇨🇳 Shanghai, China 🇹🇼 Taipei, Taiwan 🇬🇪 Tbilisi, Georgia 🇮🇹 Trento, Italy 🇦🇹 Vienna, Austria 🇨🇿 Zlaté Hory, Czech Republic

Prague is a member of the OWHC: Organization of World Heritage Cities with: 🇮🇱 Acre 🇳🇪 Agadez 🇮🇳 Ahmedabad 🇰🇿 Aktau 🇪🇸 Alcalá de Henares 🇸🇾 Aleppo 🇩🇿 Algiers 🇮🇳 Amber 🇮🇳 Amer 🇺🇸 Amsterdam 🇳🇱 Amsterdam 🇺🇸 Amsterdam 🇰🇷 Andong 🇵🇹 Angra do Heroísmo 🇱🇰 Anuradhapura 🇪🇸 Aranjuez 🇵🇪 Arequipa 🇩🇪 Augsburg 🇪🇸 Avila 🇪🇸 Baeza 🇮🇷 Bam 🇩🇪 Bamberg 🇸🇰 Banská Štiavnica 🇸🇰 Bardejov 🇬🇧 Bath 🇺🇸 Bath 🇳🇱 Beemster 🇧🇷 Belo Horizonte 🇹🇷 Bergama 🇳🇴 Bergen 🇳🇱 Bergen 🇺🇸 Berlin 🇩🇪 Berlin 🇺🇸 Berlin 🇺🇸 Berlin 🇨🇭 Bern 🇩🇪 Bernau bei Berlin 🇳🇵 Bhaktapur 🇷🇴 Biertan 🇰🇷 Boeun 🇷🇺 Bolgar 🇫🇷 Bordeaux 🇧🇷 Brasília 🇧🇧 Bridgetown 🇧🇪 Bruges 🇧🇪 Brussels 🇭🇺 Budapest 🇹🇷 Bursa 🇰🇷 Buyeo 🇪🇸 Cáceres 🇪🇬 Cairo 🇨🇺 Camaguey 🇲🇽 Campeche 🇫🇷 Carcassonne 🇨🇴 Cartagena 🇪🇸 Cartagena 🇨🇿 Český Krumlov 🇨🇳 Chengde 🇨🇻 Cidade Velha 🇵🇹 Coimbra 🇺🇾 Colonia del Sacramento 🇲🇽 Córdoba 🇦🇷 Córdoba 🇪🇸 Córdoba 🇻🇪 Coro 🇪🇸 Cuenca 🇪🇨 Cuenca 🇲🇽 Cuernavaca 🇵🇪 Cusco 🇸🇳 Dakar 🇸🇾 Damascus 🇮🇩 Denpasar 🇷🇺 Derbent 🇩🇪 Dessau 🇧🇷 Diamantina 🇹🇷 Diyarbakır 🇭🇷 Dubrovnik 🇨🇳 Dujiangyan 🇬🇧 Edinburgh 🇦🇲 Ejmiatsin 🇵🇹 Elvas 🇮🇶 Erbil 🇲🇦 Essaouira 🇵🇹 Évora 🇲🇦 Fez 🇫🇷 Fontainebleau 🇺🇾 Fray Bentos 🇱🇰 Galle 🇰🇾 George Town 🇲🇾 George Town 🇱🇾 Ghadames 🇩🇿 Ghardaïa 🇮🇩 Gianyar 🇰🇷 Gochang County 🇰🇷 Gongju 🇦🇲 Goris City 🇳🇮 Granada 🇪🇸 Granada 🇨🇮 Grand-Bassam 🇦🇹 Graz 🇪🇸 Guadalajara 🇲🇽 Guadalajara 🇲🇽 Guanajuato 🇵🇹 Guimarães 🇰🇷 Gwangju 🇰🇷 Gyeongju 🇰🇷 Haenam 🇩🇪 Hamburg 🇰🇷 Hapcheon County 🇪🇹 Harar Jugol 🇨🇺 Havana 🇻🇳 Hoi An 🇻🇳 Huế 🇰🇷 Hwasun County 🇪🇸 Ibiza 🇦🇿 Icherisheher 🇰🇷 Iksan 🇹🇷 Istanbul 🇸🇦 Jeddah 🇺🇸 Jerusalem 🇮🇱 Jerusalem 🇰🇷 Jongno-Gu 🇹🇳 Kairouan 🇱🇰 Kandy 🇮🇩 Karangasem 🇸🇪 Karlskrona 🇳🇵 Kathmandu 🇷🇺 Kazan 🇺🇿 Khiva 🇩🇰 Kolding 🇹🇷 Konya 🇲🇪 Kotor 🇵🇱 Kraków 🇨🇿 Kutná Hora 🇯🇵 Kyōto 🇳🇵 Lalitpur 🇰🇪 Lamu 🇫🇷 Le Havre 🇫🇯 Levuka 🇨🇳 Lijiang 🇵🇪 Lima 🇱🇦 Luang Prabang 🇩🇪 Lübeck 🇨🇦 Lunenburg 🇱🇺 Luxembourg City 🇺🇦 Lviv 🇫🇷 Lyon 🇲🇴 Macau 🇲🇾 Malacca City 🇲🇦 Marrakesh 🇲🇦 Meknes 🇻🇪 Mérida 🇲🇽 Mérida 🇪🇸 Mérida 🇲🇽 Mexico City 🇵🇭 Miagao 🇮🇹 Modena 🇰🇪 Mombasa 🇫🇷 Mont-Saint-Michel 🇲🇽 Morelia 🇷🇺 Moscow 🇺🇸 Moscow 🇧🇦 Mostar 🇲🇿 Mozambique 🇧🇭 Muharraq 🇫🇷 Nancy 🇯🇵 Nara 🇩🇪 Naumburg 🇧🇬 Nessebar 🇳🇴 Notodden 🇲🇽 Oaxaca 🇲🇰 Ohrid 🇧🇷 Olinda 🇧🇷 Ouro Preto 🇺🇸 Oviedo 🇪🇸 Oviedo 🇮🇹 Padula 🇮🇹 Palazzolo Acreide 🇵🇦 Panama City 🇫🇷 Paris 🇺🇸 Paris 🇺🇸 Paris 🇬🇷 Patmos 🇺🇸 Philadelphia 🇵🇹 Porto 🇧🇴 Potosí 🇩🇪 Potsdam 🇺🇸 Potsdam 🇫🇷 Provins 🇲🇽 Puebla 🇲🇲 Pyay 🇨🇦 Québec 🇩🇪 Quedlinburg 🇲🇽 Querétaro 🇪🇨 Quito 🇲🇦 Rabat 🇫🇮 Rauma 🇩🇪 Regensburg 🇬🇷 Rhodes 🇱🇻 Riga 🇵🇪 Rímac 🇧🇷 Rio de Janeiro 🇳🇱 Rotterdam 🇳🇴 Røros 🇹🇷 Safranbolu 🇷🇺 Saint Petersburg 🇫🇷 Saint-Louis 🇪🇸 Salamanca 🇧🇷 Salvador 🇦🇹 Salzburg 🇺🇸 San Antonio 🇨🇱 San Antonio 🇮🇨 San Cristóbal de La Laguna 🇮🇹 San Gimignano 🇲🇽 San Miguel de Allende 🇲🇽 San Pablo Villa de Mitla 🇾🇪 Sanaa 🇨🇴 Santa Cruz de Mompox 🇪🇸 Santiago de Compostela 🇧🇷 São Luís 🇪🇸 Segovia 🇹🇷 Selçuk 🇰🇷 Seongbuk 🇾🇪 Shibam 🇷🇴 Sighișoara 🇸🇬 Singapore 🇵🇹 Sintra 🇹🇳 Sousse 🇭🇷 Split 🇧🇲 St George's 🇸🇪 Stockholm 🇩🇪 Stralsund 🇫🇷 Strasbourg 🇧🇴 Sucre 🇮🇩 Surakarta 🇰🇷 Suwon 🇷🇺 Suzdal 🇨🇳 Suzhou 🇪🇪 Tallinn 🇪🇸 Tarragona 🇮🇱 Tel Aviv 🇨🇿 Telč 🇬🇧 Telford 🇲🇦 Tétouan 🇲🇱 Timbuktu 🇳🇴 Tinn 🇲🇽 Tlacotalpan 🇧🇷 Toledo 🇺🇸 Toledo 🇵🇭 Toledo 🇪🇸 Toledo 🇵🇱 Toruń 🇨🇿 Třebíč 🇨🇺 Trinidad 🇭🇷 Trogir 🇭🇳 Trujillo 🇵🇪 Trujillo 🇹🇳 Tunis 🇰🇿 Turkistan 🇪🇸 Úbeda 🇲🇹 Valletta 🇨🇱 Valparaíso 🇻🇦 Vatican City 🇷🇺 Veliky Novgorod 🇺🇸 Vienna 🇺🇸 Vienna 🇦🇹 Vienna 🇵🇭 Vigan 🇱🇹 Vilnius 🇳🇴 Vinje 🇸🇪 Visby 🇵🇱 Warsaw 🇺🇸 Warsaw 🇨🇼 Willemstad 🇩🇪 Wismar 🇲🇽 Xochimilco 🇰🇷 Yangsan 🇷🇺 Yaroslavl 🇮🇷 Yazd 🇰🇷 Yeongju 🇦🇲 Yerevan 🇾🇪 Zabid 🇲🇽 Zacatecas 🇵🇱 Zamość 🇹🇿 Zanzibar City

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  • Jacques Groag |

    🇨🇿 Architect/Wallpaper/Furniture/Textile Designer/Sculptor Jacques Groag is associated with Prague. During WWII he was recruited to work on the Utility furniture design panel under Gordon Russell.

  • Eugene Rosenberg |

    🇸🇰 🇨🇿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Architect Eugene Rosenberg is associated with Prague. In the summer of 1940 he was arrested and deported to Australia where he spent two years in internment camps.

Antipodal to Prague is: -165.583,-50.083

Locations Near: Prague 14.4167,50.0833

🇨🇿 Prague 1 14.4,50.083 d: 1.2  

🇨🇿 Prague 5 14.404,50.072 d: 1.6  

🇨🇿 Prague 4 14.433,50.05 d: 3.9  

🇨🇿 Prague 6 14.383,50.1 d: 3  

🇨🇿 Mělník 14.467,50.35 d: 29.9  

🇨🇿 Kladno 14.1,50.15 d: 23.8  

🇨🇿 Beroun 14.067,49.95 d: 29.1  

🇨🇿 Litoměřice 14.128,50.54 d: 54.8  

🇨🇿 Příbram 14,49.683 d: 53.6  

🇨🇿 Mladá Boleslav 14.9,50.4 d: 49.2  

Antipodal to: Prague -165.583,-50.083

🇹🇴 Nuku'alofa -175.216,-21.136 d: 16686.9  

🇦🇸 Pago Pago -170.701,-14.279 d: 16006.9  

🇵🇫 Papeete -149.566,-17.537 d: 16123.9  

🇼🇸 Apia -171.76,-13.833 d: 15945.4  

🇺🇸 Hilo -155.089,19.725 d: 12184.3  

🇺🇸 Maui -156.446,20.72 d: 12090.8  

🇺🇸 Maui County -156.617,20.868 d: 12076.4  

🇺🇸 Wailuku -156.505,20.894 d: 12072.3  

🇺🇸 Kahului -156.466,20.891 d: 12072.1  

🇺🇸 Honolulu -157.85,21.3 d: 12041.1  

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