It’s always good to have some interesting information and fun facts up your sleeve when travelling. Just pull them out when you want to impress your co-travellers with some remarkable words of Prague wisdom. Here are some of them so do read them carefully and don’t hesitate to use them in case of (information) emergency.
1) How it all started, you may ask! The legendary origins of Prague attribute its foundation to the 8th century Czech duchess Libuše and Přemysl, her husband and founder of the Přemyslid dynasty. Our favourite legend says that Libuše climbed on a cliff high above the Vltava and predicted: “I see a great city whose glory will touch the stars.” That’s why she wanted a castle built there and town called Prague surrounding it.
2) Prague Castle doesn’t just look epic – it has an epic history and according to the Guinness Book of Records is the largest ancient castle in the world. It occupies almost 70 000 square metres at about 570 metres in length and an average of about 130 metres wide. If you visit, you will be among 1,8 million people who annually do the same thing.
Prague, the city of bridges
3) Vltava flows through Prague in the length of 31 kilometres. That’s quite a lot, right? There are 18 bridges around Prague and the longest is not very known Negrelli´s viaduct situated in Prague 8. The best known is of course the Charles Bridge. The first stone of Charles Bridge was laid in 1357, precisely on 9th of July at 5:31. Precise date was chosen based the location of planets because Charles IV. was deeply into astrology.
4) The oldest café in Prague is Slavia on Národní třída. Being firstly opened in 1881, it is now very popular traditional place filled with history and good quality food and drinks. Everyday between 17-23 a professional piano player is on stage with live music for you which is a rarity in Prague. And the oldest pub? U Fleků. The first written document about this pub dates back to 1499 when the house was bought by maltster Vít Skřemenec. The brewery U Fleků is thus the only brewery in Central Europe which has been brewing continuously for over 500 years. Superb, isn’t it?
How big is Wenceslas Square?
5) Did you know that about 15 football playgrounds would fit on Wenceslas Square? You can read more fun facts about the best known square in Prague here.
6) The biggest park is Stromovka that covers more than 115 hectares. Originally it was serving as a hunting area for the king’s pleasure. Now it is there for your pleasure, great views and picnics. If you feel like visiting it or any other park, you can read more interesting facts and park tips here.
That’s it for now, dear readers. Enjoy your stay in Prague full of history and great moments.