Czech Republic

Capital city

Prague

Location

Central Europe, southeast of Germany

Map reference

Europe

Area

total: 78,866 sq km (water: 1,590 sq km, land: 77,276 sq km)

Land boundaries

total: 1,881 km

Border countries

Austria 362 km, Germany 646 km, Poland 658 km, Slovakia 215 km

Climate

temperate around 20 C during September

Irrigated land

240 sq km (1998 est.)

Population

10,249,216 (July 2003 est.)

Population growth rate

-0.08% (2003 est.)

Ethnic groups

Czech 81.2%, Moravian 13.2%, Slovak 3.1%, others

Religions

Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, other, atheist

Languages

Czech

Government type

parliamentary democracy

Currency

Czech crown

Insurance

individually

Tourist and info centre

Na Příkopě street 11, Prague 1, 9.00- 19.00 oclock

Public transport in Prague

tram, metro, bus, taxi (price/1 km is cca 1.5,- Euro)

Payments

in Czech crowns, or credit cards (Visa, American Express, EuroCard, MasterCard)

Electricity

220 V

Important telephones

police/158, emergency/150

Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic is our most valuable urban conservation area. In 1992 the historical core of the city covering 866 hectares was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register.

Prague was one of the nine cities awarded by the European Community the title of European City of Culture for the year 2000.

"Praga caput regni" has been inscribed in Prague's coat of arms. And rightly so. Since the very beginning, Prague has always played an important role in the history of both the nation, country and Europe. Since the Middle Ages, Prague has been known as one of the most beautiful cities of the world, and has been attributed adjectives such as "golden", "city of hundred spires", "the crown of the world", "a stone dream". Throughout centuries, prominent personalities paid homage to it. W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, F. M. Dostoyevsky, A. Rodin, G. Apollinaire, P. I. Tchaikovsky, O. Kokoschka as well as the British Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II professed their beguilement by its attractiveness and architectural beauty. Writers and poets, such as Jan Neruda, Jaroslav Hasek, Jaroslav Seifert, Franz Kafka, Max Brod and Egon Erwin Kisch featured their home town in thier works. Prague represents a unique collection of historical monuments dominated by Prague Castle which towers high above the city. It merges all artistic and architectonic styles and movements. The historical core of the city is situated on both banks of the Vltava river and consists of 6 parts - formerly independent urban units unified in the 18th century. They are as follows: Stare Mesto (Old Town), Josefov (the preserved part of the former Jewish Town - today part of the Old Town), Nove Mesto (New Town), Mala Strana (Lesser Town), Hradcany and Vysehrad. Naturally, most of the historical monuments, museums and galleries are concentrated there.

More information about Czech Republic

General and tourist information

www.czech.cz

www.czech-tourism.com

Regions

www.myczechrepublic.com/regions

Other

www.einnews.com

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