The City of Hundred Spires - Prague, Czech Republic.
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Prague, Czech Praha, city, the Czech Republic's capital. Located in the heart of Europe, it is one of the best cities on the continent, and the largest economic and cultural center of the Czech Republic. The city has a rich architectural heritage that reflects both the turbulent trends of Bohemian culture and a more than 1,000-year-long urban life.
· 1. It’s home to the largest castle in
the world. Dating back to the ninth century, Prague Castle spans an impressive
18 acres and is home to stunning cathedrals, chapels, royal palaces and
gorgeous ornamental gardens…
2. There is a graffiti wall devoted to John Lennon. Since 1980, it’s been repainted numerous times and is laced in graffiti lyrics from Lennon and The Beatles…
3. The Charles Bridge has some rather mathematical significance. Former Czech king Charles IV laid the first stone of the bridge at precisely 5.31am on July 9, 1357. A superstitious man, the king was so into astrology and numerology that he chose this date because of its written form: 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1 (year, day, month, time). Bet you didn’t know that!
4. The city is home to the longest river in the Czech Republic, the Vltava…
6. Even if you’ve never been to Prague, you’ve probably heard of its famous Astronomical Clock. Well guess what: if you’re about in Southeast Asia, in Seoul to be precise, you’ll find an exact replica in the mega popular Hongdae district…
7. The city’s famous Dancing House was inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Designed in collaboration with Canadian-American Frank Gehry and Croatian-Czech Vlado Miluni?, the building symbolises yin and yang. In this case, the blending of communism and democracy.
8. Unsurprisingly to many, the locals drink more beer per capita than any other nation in the world – they live in the home of Pilsner, after all. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, each Pragueite consumes roughly 155 litres of beer a year!
9. Often voted Prague’s most hated landmark, the Zizkov Tower has statues of climbing babies on it. Czech artist David Cerny is about as controversial as it gets – his specialty is combining the thought-provoking with the utterly bizarre, after all. Thoughts?
10. Charles Square was once the largest town square in the whole of medieval Europe. What’s even more impressive is that it is still one of the largest in the world. And just in case you’re wondering, it used to be simply called ‘Cattle Market’. Charles is far posher.
11. You can actually climb the 299 stairs of The Pet?ín Lookout Tower to get an incredible view of the city!
Prague has an oceanic climate with humid continental influences, defined as such by the 0 °C (32 °F) isotherm. The winters are relatively cold with average temperatures at about freezing point, and with very little sunshine. Snow cover can be common between mid-November and late March although snow accumulations of more than 20 cm (8 in) are infrequent. There are also a few periods of mild temperatures in winter. Summers usually bring plenty of sunshine and the average high temperature of 24 °C (75 °F). Nights can be quite cool even in summer, though. Precipitation in Prague (and most of the Bohemian lowland) is rather low (just over 500 mm [20 in] per year) since it is located in the rain shadow of the Sudetes and other mountain ranges. The driest season is usually winter while late spring and summer can bring quite heavy rain, especially in form of thundershowers. Temperature inversions are relatively common between mid-October and mid-March bringing foggy, cold days and sometimes moderate air pollution. Prague is also a windy city with common sustained western winds and an average wind speed of 16 km/h (10 mph) that often help break temperature inversions and clear the air in cold months
The public transport infrastructure consists of a heavily used Prague Integrated Transport (PID, Pražská integrovaná doprava) of Prague Metro (lines A, B, and C – its length is 65 km (40 mi) with 61 stations in total), Prague tram system, Prague buses, commuter S-trains, funiculars, and six ferries. Prague has one of the highest rates of public transport usage in the world, with 1.2 billion passenger journeys per year. Prague has about 300 bus lines (numbers 100–960) and 34 tram lines (numbers 1–26 without 19 and 91–99 ). There are also three funiculars, one on Pet?ín Hill, one on Mrázovka Hill and a third at the Zoo in Troja.