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View of the left bank, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle in the background.
What's Prague Like?
Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic hot-spot of Central and Eastern Europe for over 1000 years. With over 1.2 million inhabitants in the city proper and a constant flow of international travelers exploring the city, Prague is a bustling capital of global importance. Since 1992, the entire historical city center of Prague has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is virtually an open-air museum, full of famous theatres and opera houses, open parks with political protest history, and centuries-old buildings to modern-day architecture.
The history of the land is heard from the locals, who lived through years of communist rule which still lingers in the minds of the Czechs. Many locals and travelers speak English, so if you don't speak fluent Czech, you will be able to communicate at least the basics, and learn much about the culture from the locals themselves!
Over the past two decades, Prague has enjoyed enormous growth in the arts, from street art, to theatre, live music and more. The city boasts a burgeoning scene of rock and roll and live jazz as well as classical concerts in theatres and historical cathedrals. You can even see a performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni in the original theatre where the opera premiered some 200 years ago. Make your own culinary tour of the city and chow down on goulash- a Czech specialty- or spicy sausage from a street vendor before entering a dance club with friends. Treat yourself to a Czech dinner of fried cheese and cherry sauce dumplings or perhaps you would prefer roasted pork neck or Bohemian duck. Tour Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral or Franz Kafka's house to take a step back into the history of this amazing city. Relax with classmates in beautiful gardens or take a day trip to countryside wineries just a short distance outside the city.
Whether you're a history buff or architect geek, late-night dance fiend or eclectic music hound, there's a piece of Prague waiting for you!
Region and Population
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and its largest city, with about 2 million people residing in the greater city limits. The Czech Republic is divided into thirteen regions, plus the capital city.
Prague has a temperate climate, with cold winters and hot summers. Rain is common during the summer months and helps keep Prague from overheating. Winter routinely brings light accumulations of snow to the streets, providing residents and visitors with picturesque street scenes. September brings autumn, when the trees are filled with leaves of beautiful colors.
Keep in mind that although actual temperatures in the summer are mild, the heat index for Prague is, and feels, much warmer.
Average monthly temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit) and rainfall (inches) in Prague: