28 Jun 2018
Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is best known for its historic background and baroque buildings. However, there are plenty of interesting things to do, see, and learn about in this city. Here are 10 interesting facts about Prague:
- Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic.
- There are about 1.3 million people living in Prague.
- According to the Guinness World Records, the largest castle in the world is found in Prague – It is known as Prague Castle.
- The narrowest street in Prague is 50cm wide, and yet it has traffic lights placed – mainly for fun, but also to prevent from bumping into another person.
- The longest river in the Czech Republic is the Vltava, and it runs through Prague.
- The locals drink the most beer per capita in the world – each local drinks an approximate 155 litres of beer on a yearly basis.
- Prague’s most famous attraction is the Astronomical Clock found in the Old Town Square. Besides telling the hour, it tells the days, seasons, moon phases and equinoxes.
- Opposite the French Embassy near Charles Bridge, you will find a wall dedicated to John Lennon, which symbolises free speech. An image of Lennon was painted there after he was murdered in 1980, and since then, new graffiti representing political messages or The Beatles’ lyrics are regularly drawn.
- The tallest tower in Prague is the TV tower. It is 216 meters tall and is one of the most controversial landmarks, seeing as artist David Cerny installed statues of crawling babies on the it.
- The first university to be established in Central Europe is found in Prague. It is the Charles University, and it is the largest and oldest university in the Czech Republic. It is also one of the oldest in the world.