10 interesting fact about Prague that you maybe didn’t know

Prague is a beautiful city with a uniquely well-preserved, compact historical centre and, as a bonus, a visit to Prague won’t break the bank. This is common knowledge. So, what more is there? Is there anything new for you? Come visit and enjoy 3 days in Prague and find out for yourself!

Prague is home to the most public gardens on earth

More specifically, the most square meters of public gardens per person. In particular, the gardens in the city centre, which are open to visitors, are wonderful and display a mythical atmosphere with hidden nooks and crannies that awe visitors no matter the time of year. These gardens include those found beneath Prague Castle, Waldstein Garden, Strahov Garden, Franciscan Gardens and Kinsky Garden, just to name a few.

We have the largest jellyfish tank in Europe

On the roof of the Arkády Pankrác shopping centre, the World of Jellyfish was recently opened, making it one of the three largest jellyfish displays in the world and the largest in Europe. You can see 10,000 of these incredible creatures here, including the most poisonous jellyfish in the world.

Prague has a very low criminality rate

Of course, there is some crime in the Czech Republic, and by extension, Prague as well. But in Prague, the criminality rate comes in at a very low level and it’s actually on the decline. The Czech Republic is the tenth safest country on earth and Prague is among the 50 safest cities from around the world. Pickpockets are the biggest problem, but all it takes is a little caution and you won’t run into any issues.

11th most photographed city in the world

Prague’s picturesque panoramas are keeping photographers busy, day and night, making Prague the 11th most photographed city in the world according to the Google rankings from 2013.

“The hundred spire city”, more like “the thousand spire city”

In the 19th century, the writer Josef Hormayer was the first to coin Prague as “the city of a hundred spires”. Later, Bernardo Bolzano attempted to count all the towers and arrived at a total of 103, not counting water towers or the many small turrets found on many town homes. Today, realistic guesses claim there are more than 500, and many others have counted as many as 1000 or more spires, depending on your exact definition of ‘spire’ or ‘tower’.

Two of Prague’s towers are slightly tilted

One of Prague’s inclining towers can be found on the Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and the other is the Šítkov water tower.

Prague Castle is in the Guinness Book of World Records

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest historical castle in the world (while the largest occupied castle is the English Windsor Castle). Prague Castle’s grounds measure 570 meters long, 128 meters wide and buildings of almost every architectonic style can be found here.

The hotels and restaurants in Prague are world-class

For instance, you can enjoy a meal at one of Prague’s Michelin Star restaurants, such as La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise and Field. If you don’t feel like spending quite so much money, but you’re still in the mood from some delicious gastronomy, we would be glad to recommend the Nuance restaurant, which can be found among some of the best restaurants in Prague 1. Nuance restaurant is located in Hotel Rott, which is also ranked among the best hotels in Prague 1, and comes highly recommended as well.

Prague’s dungeon cells surrounded by glass

On both sides of the Vltava river you will find 20 “cells”, or historical wood and cargo storehouses. These have since been reconstructed and several cells furnished with unique revolving, circular windows of this shape

Prague is home to the fifth, best public transport system in the world

You’ll have no problems relying on the public transport in Prague. Only Zürich, Paris, Soul and Hongkong are home to better systems. The extensive web of both city and suburban buses, trains, three metro lines and trams will get your anywhere you’re trying to go. The lines go often, they’re very safe (just be sure to keep an eye out for any pickpockets) and they back each other up well in terms of connections. Also, there are special lines that can be found in a majority of the city that operate at night.

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