Situated on the River Vltava (Moldau) in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic centre of the Czech state for more than 1100 years. The city proper is home to more than 1.2 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 1.9 million.

Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. A visitor to this ancient city is immediately surrounded by the beautiful and varied architectural styles fo the buildings, cobblestone streets and huge ornate churches.



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Door knocker.
Door knocker.
View over Prague Old Town.
View over Prague Old Town.
Poet in the park.
Poet in the park.
Tourist looking for his boyfriend.
Tourist looking for his boyfriend.
View of Prague Castle from the Wallenstein Gardens, named  after
View of Prague Castle from the Wallenstein Gardens, named after Albrecht von Wallenstein, an important Hapsburg military commander.
Statue of Hercules fighting a dragon, located in the pond
Statue of Hercules fighting a dragon, located in the pond at the Wallenstein Gardens, named after Albrecht von Wallenstein.
Plaque description of the statue of Hercules fighting a dragon.
Plaque description of the statue of Hercules fighting a dragon.
Peacock in the Wallenstein Gardens.
Peacock in the Wallenstein Gardens.
Within the walls of the Wallenstein Gardens one can find
Within the walls of the Wallenstein Gardens one can find the Avenue of Sculptures, a small pond and an old riding school, which now houses exhibitions of modern art by the national gallery. There is also an exquisitely manicured garden in period style, but is only open during the summer months.
Within the walls of the Wallenstein Gardens one can find
Within the walls of the Wallenstein Gardens one can find the Avenue of Sculptures.
Within the walls of the Wallenstein Gardens one can find
Within the walls of the Wallenstein Gardens one can find the Avenue of Sculptures.
Within the walls of the Wallenstein Gardens one can find
Within the walls of the Wallenstein Gardens one can find the Avenue of Sculptures.
Within the walls of the Wallenstein Gardens one can find
Within the walls of the Wallenstein Gardens one can find the Czech Senate building.
Tired tourists at Wallenstein.
Tired tourists at Wallenstein.
Formal entry door to the Czech Senate.
Formal entry door to the Czech Senate.
Prague has many trolleys.
Prague has many trolleys.
Senior citizens have state health coverage.
Senior citizens have state health coverage.
Flower stalls are common in Prague.
Flower stalls are common in Prague.
View of St Vitus Cathedral from outside the Castle.
View of St Vitus Cathedral from outside the Castle.
Entry portal to Prague Castle.
Entry portal to Prague Castle.
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha.
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha.
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha.
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha.
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha.
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous
Stained glass windows in St Vitus Cathedral produced by famous Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha.
Architecture detail.
Architecture detail.
Cigarettes and cell phones are common in Prague.
Cigarettes and cell phones are common in Prague.
City manhole cover.
City manhole cover.
Wenceslas Square with statue of St. Wenceslas in front of
Wenceslas Square with statue of St. Wenceslas in front of the National Museum.
Wenceslas Square with statue of St. Wenceslas in front of
Wenceslas Square with statue of St. Wenceslas in front of the National Museum.
Wenceslas Square with statue of St. Wenceslas in front of
Wenceslas Square with statue of St. Wenceslas in front of the National Museum.
Located in Wenceslas Square are the memorials to two young
Located in Wenceslas Square are the memorials to two young patriots, Jan Palach and Jan Zajic, who immolated themselves in 1969 to protest against Russian occupation of their country.
Located in Wenceslas Square are the memorials to two young
Located in Wenceslas Square are the memorials to two young patriots, Jan Palach and Jan Zajic, who immolated themselves in 1969 to protest against Russian occupation of their country.
Famous 'Dancing Building' by Frank Gehry.
Famous 'Dancing Building' by Frank Gehry.
Poster for a health gym.
Poster for a health gym.
Poster for a health gym.
Poster for a health gym.
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres;  we saw
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres; we saw the opera Don Giovanni by Mozart performed by puppets.
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres;  we saw
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres; we saw the opera Don Giovanni by Mozart performed by puppets.
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres;  we saw
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres; we saw the opera Don Giovanni by Mozart performed by puppets.
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres;  we saw
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres; we saw the opera Don Giovanni by Mozart performed by puppets.
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres;  we saw
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres; we saw the opera Don Giovanni by Mozart performed by puppets.
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres;  we saw
Prague is home to some famous marionette theatres; we saw the opera Don Giovanni by Mozart performed by puppets.
During our visit, President Obama and his wife Michelle  visited
During our visit, President Obama and his wife Michelle visited Prague and were swamped by thousands of people
During our visit, President Obama and his wife Michelle  visited
During our visit, President Obama and his wife Michelle visited Prague and were swamped by thousands of people.
President Obama and his wife Michelle visited Prague and  were
President Obama and his wife Michelle visited Prague and were received by the former Czech President, Vaclav Havel.
Before President Obama spoke, constructing the scaffolding and sound systems
Before President Obama spoke, constructing the scaffolding and sound systems was a complex job.
Before President Obama spoke, constructing the scaffolding and sound systems
Before President Obama spoke, constructing the scaffolding and sound systems was a complex job.
President Obama was swamped by thousands of people, so we
President Obama was swamped by thousands of people, so we watched his speech on TV.
President Obama was swamped by thousands of people, so we
President Obama was swamped by thousands of people, so we watched his speech on TV.
At Prague Castle the two nations’ flags were flown.
At Prague Castle the two nations’ flags were flown.
Before President Obama spoke, constructing the scaffolding and sound systems
Before President Obama spoke, constructing the scaffolding and sound systems was a complex job.
The President spoke in front of the great Prague Castle,
The President spoke in front of the great Prague Castle, one of the largest castles in the world. Here the guard is changing.
The President spoke in front of the great Prague Castle, one
The President spoke in front of the great Prague Castle, one of the largest castles in the world. Here the guard is changing.
The President spoke in front of the great Prague Castle, one
The President spoke in front of the great Prague Castle, one of the largest castles in the world. Here the guard is changing.
The President spoke in front of the great Prague Castle, one
The President spoke in front of the great Prague Castle, one of the largest castles in the world. Here the guard is changing.
In the middle of the castle is the largest cathedral
In the middle of the castle is the largest cathedral in the country, St Vitus Cathedral.
In the middle of the castle is the largest cathedral
In the middle of the castle is the largest cathedral in the country, St Vitus Cathedral.
Side door into St Vitus Cathedral.
Side door into St Vitus Cathedral.
Playful tourists at a fountain behind St Vitus Cathedral.
Playful tourists at a fountain behind St Vitus Cathedral.
Restaurant menu at Prague Castle.
Restaurant menu at Prague Castle.
Side doorway into St Vitus Cathedral.
Side doorway into St Vitus Cathedral.
Portal detail at St Vitus Cathedral.
Portal detail at St Vitus Cathedral.
Statue of St. George by St Vitus Cathedral.
Statue of St. George by St Vitus Cathedral.
Crown jewels in the museum at Prague Castle.
Crown jewels in the museum at Prague Castle.
Rear view of St Vitus Cathedral.
Rear view of St Vitus Cathedral.
Ominous sculpture at Prague Castle.
Ominous sculpture at Prague Castle.
Sculpture at Prague Castle.
Sculpture at Prague Castle.
Thousands of tourists every day at Prague Castle.
Thousands of tourists every day at Prague Castle.
Beethoven poster for concert at Prague Castle.
Beethoven poster for concert at Prague Castle.