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The legend says that the founding of the city was decided by Princess Libuše, who, in one of her mysterious moments, saw: "... a great city, whose glory will touch stars." In the place she pointed at, a stone castle called Prague was built, the city of hundred spires grew around. Its beautiful corners are grateful objects of photographers and burgher houses, churches and palatial palaces are trusted witnesses to architectural changes of the city. In the enchanting city, you can experience endless unforgettable moments. Prague is an invigorating city full of colours and tastes like no other.
Prague is the capital and the largest city of the Czech Republic. and the 15th largest city of the European Union. It is a business, financial, educational and cultural centre with excellent transport infrastructure. It covers 496 km2 and has about 1.3 million inhabitants. Prague is a highly economically developed and rich region. According to Eurostat statistics, it is the ninth richest region in Europe. GDP per capita in Prague is 171% of the EU average. There are 12 universities, the most important of which is Charles University, founded in 1348. It is also the oldest university in Eastern Europe.
What you might not know about Prague:
- According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world, with 7.28 hectares.
- The Vltava is 31 km long and there are 18 bridges in Prague
- The longest bridge in Prague is the 1110 m long Negrelli Viaduct, which until 1910 was the longest bridge in Europe
- The deepest metro station is in Náměstí Míru. You get to the depths of up to 53 meters below the ground.
- The oldest café in Prague is the Slávia Café in Národní třída, which was opened in 1881 and was a popular place with Prague artists and intellectuals.
- The highest building is the 216 meters tall Žižkov TV tower. The tower is decorated with huge babies designed by Prague artist David Černý.
- The largest square in Prague is Karlovo náměstí with 80 550 m2. Wenceslas Square is the longest one and measures 682 m.
- The largest park in Prague is Stromovka, which covers an area of 115 hectares and originally served to kings from the time of Přemysl Otakar II. as a hunting ground.
- The oldest pub in Prague and brewery U Fleků is located in New Town.
- Prague has the largest stadium in the world. It is called Strahov and it can accommodate 280,000 spectators.
- The largest riding statue of Prague and the third largest in the world is the statue of Jan Žižka from Trocnov on the Mount Vitkov. The statue weighs 16.5 tons, it is 9 meters high, 9.6 meters long
The Czech Republic not only lies in the heart of Europe but also remains in the hearts of all who have visited it. It is a land of small distances, picturesque villages, magical nature and outstanding musicians, writers, painters and glassmakers. When you leave it, you think for yourself that you'll come back once again.
The Czech Republic is a popular tourist destination that offers beautiful nature, world-class spa, architecturally valuable and UNESCO World Heritage listed cities, rich cultural life and top gastronomy.
The Czech Republic is an inland state lying in Central Europe. It borders on the West with Germany, on the north with Poland, on the east with Slovakia and on the south with Austria. It was formed on 1.1.1993 by the division of Czechoslovakia into two separate states - the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. It occupies 78,867 km2 and consists of three historical territories of Bohemia, Moravia and Czech Silesia. The Czech Republic has a population of about 10,5 million people, the official language is Czech and the official currency is the Czech crown (CZK). From 12.3. 1999, the Czech Republic is a member of NATO and since 1.5.2004 member of the European Union.
The beginnings of an independent Czech state fall into the second half of the 9th century, but the area was inhabited already during the Stone Age. An important milestone for the country's development was the end of the First World War. On October 28, 1918 the Czech Lands joined the territory of today's Slovak Republic and the Czechoslovak Republic was created. World War II took away apart from many lives of its inhabitants also its democratic establishment. Shortly after the war, in 1948, the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic was, after the Communist coup, closed under the Soviet domination until 1989, the time of so-called Velvet Revolution. In 1990, the country with the new name, the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic got a new president, Václav Havel, and became a democratic country.
What you may not know about the Czech Republic:
- Czech chemist and natural scientist Antonín Holý has significantly contributed to the treatment of AIDS by discovering a number of antivirals.
- Czech sergeant, neurologist and psychiatrist Jan Jansky discovered four primary blood groups.
- The Czech scientist and inventor Otto Wichterle invented soft contact lenses and was also famous for discovering artificial polyamide fibre - silon.
- The Czechs were the third nation in the cosmos after the Americans and the Soviets. Vladimir Remek got into space under the Intercosmos program on March 2, 1978.
- Czechs were the second ones in Europe who started with regular radio broadcasts. After the British BBC it was Czechoslovak Radiojournal in 1923.
- It is said that Dvorak's New World was played on the first landing on the moon's surface. On 20 July 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the Moon and remained there for 21 hours and 36 minutes. On the board were Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.
- The sugar cube was first manufactured in Dačice in South Bohemia in 1841.
- The word "robot" was coined by Czech playwright Karel Čapek who used it for the first time in his play R.U.R.
- More than 2,000 castles, castles and ruins are located in the Czech Republic