»Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Situated on the Vltava river in central Bohemia, it is home to approximately 1.2 million people. (It can be derived from jobs statistics, however, that an additional 300,000 work there without having registered as residents.) Prague is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The Area on which Prague was founded was settled in ancient times since the Paleolithic Age.
» Around 200 BC the Celts had a settlement in the south, called Zavist, but later they were expelled by Germans. The Slavs conquered the site from the 4th century AD onwards, though for a period were subdued by the Mongolian Avars. Prague is a popular tourist destination. There are lots of old buildings, many with beautiful murals on them. It contains one of the world's most pristine and varied collections of architecture, from Art Nouveau to Baroque, Renaissance, Cubist, Gothic, Neo Classical and ultra-modern. Some of its many tourist attractions are:
* Old Town (Stare Mesto) * Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana) * Prague Castle (the largest castle in the world) with its
St. Vitus Cathedral * Charles Bridge * Lennon Wall * Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock * Josefov (the old Jewish quarter) * Wenceslas Square * National Museum * Vysehrad castle * Petrinska Rozhledna, an observation tower * Zizkov Television Tower with observation deck * Zizkov cemetery, location of Franz Kafka's grave * Metronome, a giant * The Dancing Building (Fred and Ginger) * Various places connected to Franz Kafka
Prague is a traditional cultural centre of Europe, hosting many cultural events.
»Most Important Cultural Institutions:
* National Theatre * The Rudolfinum * National Opera * National Museum * National Library * National