Praha or Prague

Friday, April 06, 2007 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

Prague (Czech: Praha (IPA: [ˈpraɦa]), see also other names) is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Situated on the Vltava river in central Bohemia, it is home to approximately 1.2 million people not counting an additional estimate of 300,000 commuters.

Nicknames for Prague have included "the mother of cities (Praga mater urbium)", "city of a hundred spires" and "the golden city". Since 1992, the historic center of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. According to Guinness World Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world.

It would be hard to choose just one pic of the day for Prague. This city is gorgeous. All my teenage conservative dislike of Bohemia washed away from a trip to the heart of Bohemia. The city itself is Gothic, cobble stoned, ancient and full of spires. If it was not for the large number of tourists this trip would have bordered on spiritual. Great digs (Hotel josef), excellent food (U zlaté konvice, Coda and Kampa Park) and one incredible experience.

To give you an idea of the weight Prague has in terms of history Prague Castle was built in 870, construction of the Sistime Chapel started in 1473.