Anyone who knows the basic facts about Prague, say aye. Well, most may not be confident to speak up. But here’s some information on Prague that you might find useful in familiarizing yourselves with the city.
Prague is located near the Vltavariver. Like any other city that flourished beside a river, Prague is considered home to about 1.2 million inhabitants where 95 percent is composed of Czechs. A vast majority preferred to live in tall, Communist-era apartments, away from the historic portions of the city.
The land area covered by the city is 497 sq km (192 sq ml) which is about two-thirds the size of New York City. The city has been called by various names like “city of a hundred spires”, “the golden city”, “the Paris of the Twenties in the Nineties”, the “mother of all cities”, and “the heart of Europe”.
Right in the middle of Europe, you’ll find the beautiful Czech Republic with hills and mountains around it. Germany is located westward, Poland in the north, Slovakia in the east and Austria in the south.
The Czech Republic is situated in central Europe, surrounded by hills and mountain ranges. It borders Germany to the west, Poland to the north, Slovakia to the east and Austria to the south. Prague, the country’s capital has a land area of 496 sq km.
Czech Republic is predominantly Christian where 40 percent are Roman Catholics. About 3 percent account for Protestants and 5 percent are atheists. Before World War II, Jews was a significant portion in the Czech population. Now, there are only about 15,000 to 18,000 Jews living in the entire country.
Tourists usually come from Germany, the USA, Britain, Italy, Russia and Japan. 5 percent of the Czech Republic’s gross national product is accounted for tourism.
Prague Location:50°05’N and 14°27’E (center of the Czech Republic).
Prague Elevation:180-399 m above sea level.
Time zone: Central European Time: GMT+1; in summer GMT+2.
Electrical voltage: 230 V-50/60 Hz
System of measurement:metric system (use of commas as separators, and points for thousands)
Banks and other offices usually start transactions from 8:30 am and closes at 6 pm. Both are open from Mondays to Fridays.
For pubs, operation is from eleven in the morning until midnight. You can have lunch in restaurants from noon to three in the afternoon, dinner from 6 to 11 pm. A few are still open at a later time.
Stores which are also open on Mondays to Fridays from 9 am to 6 pm, and on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. In tourist centers, stores have longer business operation and some are open during Sundays. For your information, there are some shops that charge you 20% more on your purchases to cover for their longer business hours.