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Where is Prague?

Czech Republic

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and lies on the north-west side of the country, located in Eastern Europe. The Czech Republic shares its borders with some other important countries such as Germany, Poland, and Slovakia. Prague itself lies close to the basin of Bohemia and is on the bank of the 430 kilometers long Vitava River. It is the largest and most important city of the Czech Republic, with a population of over 1.2 million people. With a storied history of more than 1100 years, Prague has always enjoyed a very important place in Eastern European history and is considered to be among the most well developed cities of the world. It remains a city of great importance – culturally, socially, geographically, and politically. It is a very popular site for tourists due to the numerous attractions that are located here.

With the Vitava River flowing in between the city, Prague is divided into 4 main areas. The East Bank area contains attractions like Staré město, Old Town Square, Nové město, the Jewish Quarter, and the Wenceslas Square. Charles Bridge connects the two banks, and is an important cultural heritage site. On the Western Bank one would find Hradčany, where the world famous Prague Castle is located, and Malá Strana. Aside from these three areas is the industrial and residential area of Prague, where the majority of the urban population lives. The weather of Prague is extreme, with both scorching summers and very cold winters.

Currently, the city is divided into 10 districts; however, over the course of history, this number, and the method of running the city, has changed many times. Prague is a popular tourist destination due to historical sites like the Old Town, the Charles Bridge, The Powder Tower, the Church of Our Lady Victorious, the Old Town Bridge Tower, and the Tyn Church. Other important tourist destinations are the Jewish Quarter, Vyšehrad, the Prague Astronomical Clock, and Petřín hill.

The centre of Prague is included in UNESCO world heritage sites, since it is preserved beautifully. It is also home to some great festivals and events like the Prague Spring Music festival, the Bohemian Carnevale, the Prague Easter festival, the annual Prague Food Festival, Prague Folklore Days, and the Prague Museum night. Other places of note includes the Old Jewish Cemetery, the St. Agnes Convent, Bethlehem Chapel, and the Church of St. George.