Prague, often referred to as the “City of a Hundred Spires” or the “Mother of Cities,” has a reputation as one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Europe. The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is also its biggest and most popular city. Prague is located in central Bohemia, right on the Vltava River, and is the Czech Republic’s political, economic, and cultural hub.
The city of Prague is an endlessly enticing spectacle, displaying winding cobblestone streets and riverside parks with ancient edifices around every corner. Feast your eyes on Prague’s stunning and diverse architecture, boasting every style from Gothic and Renaissance to Art Nouveau and cubism, or wander through Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world.
With hundreds clubs, museums, art galleries, and cinemas, Prague’s vibrant nightlife never ceases to entertain. This lively modern city is practically bursting with music, film, theater, and art festivals such as the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Prague Writers’ Festival, and the World Roma Festival.
Spend a morning strolling across Charles Bridge, Prague’s 600-year-old gothic stone bridge, admiring the legendary Astronomical Clock, or exploring the old-world beauty of its famous castle. Once you’ve been captivated by Prague’s spellbinding beauty and its fascinating historical and cultural scene, you may never want to leave.
Check out photos, attractions, quizzes, and even Czech recipes with National Geographic's Ultimate City Guide to Prague.