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Prague cruise: a jewel in the heart of Europe
Captivating, magical, fascinanting: Prague is a prime destination for people fond of culture and history. Visiting Prague on a cruise is the perfect and most original way to admire the Czech capital and its amazing treasures.
Prague facts and figures
Area: 496 km2
Population: 1.2 million
Status: capital and largest city in the Czech Republic and one of the country's 14 regions
Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
UNESCO sites: Historic Centre of Prague
Prague, or Praha in Czech, is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic. Located in the heart of Central Europe, Prague is 300 km from Vienna, 320 km from Bratislava, 350 km from Budapest and 630 km from Warsaw. It is the fourteenth-largest city in the European Union. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia and used to be the capital the Holy Roman Empire and Czechoslovakia.
Sitting on the banks of the Vltava river, one of the Elbe river's major tributaries, Prague is well known for its beautiful towers, spires, and churches. It miraculously escaped destruction at the end of the Second World War. Discover how architectural genius makes the city unique in the world.
The old Town Square and its Gothic- and Baroque-style architecture - including the Rococo Kinsky Palace, the Gothic Tyn Cathedral and the Baroque St. Nicholas Church, is one of the most popular sites in Prague and one of the most famous ones. Its monument honoring the philosopher and 14th century reformer Jan Hus, and the GothicTyn Cathedral, recognisable by its pointed spires, are a must-see in this historical city. The Prague astronomical clock dates back to medieval times and is also located on the Old town square. This astronomical clock is one of the oldest in the world still operating. Visitors will not want to miss 'The Walk of the Apostles', an hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures. Prague also boasts many Art Nouveau buildings, including The Municipal House, which is today used as a concert hall, ballroom and civic building, and is home to many cafes and restaurants. The Powder Tower or Powder Gate - one of the 13 original entrances to Prague’s Old Town - is in Gothic style. It is one of the original city gates, dating back to the 11th century, and separates the Old Town from the New Town.
A stroll through the Jewish Quarter will let you explore the history of the jews in Prague, forming the best preserved complex of historical Jewish monuments in the whole of Europe. The Jewish Quarter is also the birthplace of the author Franz Kafka, who is commemorated with a statue on Dusni Street.
Explore the Hradcany, or Château District, in Prague. The city centre is divided into five areas, spanning both banks of the Vltava River. Set on a hill, Prague Château affords exceptional views over the whole city. Founded in 880 AD, it is the largest medieval castle in Europe and was once the seat of the Kings of Bohemia. Today, the President of the Czech Republic governs from here. The Prague Château complex has three large courtyards. Over the centuries, wars, fires, restorations and political upheavals have resulted in an intriguing mix of palaces, churches, great halls, state apartments, a monastery, viewing towers, fortifications, museums, art galleries, and the famous Golden Lane. Don't miss the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the front gates, which takes place on the hour every hour during the day.
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