Prague, also known as Zlata Praha in the past, is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Situated on the bank of River Vltava in central Bohemia, the beautiful city of Prague is rich in history and lies in the heart of Europe.

Prague’s history goes into great depth and the city is renowned for having the largest ancient castle in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. Prague Castlerests amongst other countless cultural treasures in Prague’s possession, attracting millions of tourists every year.

Prague covers a total area of 496 sq km’s with approximately 1.2 million people in the city and an urban total estimated at 1.9 million. The city has seen a major change in its rapid transition from communism to capitalism which has brought around a wider gap between the rich and poor.

Whilst most historic sites and monuments have been preserved, the restructuring of Prague city is vital in order to manage the influx of tourists, especially after joining the European Union in 2004. For example a ring road project is underway to ease the car traffic and certain ancient buildings have been turned into hotels.

Prague claims to be one of the cultural centres of Europe, displaying a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists and symphony orchestras at the city’s classical venues. The city also houses many enlightening institutions such as museums, galleries and theatres.

The streets around Old Town are full of gift shops geared towards tourists, selling Bohemian crystal, soccer shirts and other mass-produced memorabilia.