About Prague

Did you know that…

…The historic centre of Prague is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

…Prague has a large and vibrant international community. Currently, there are well over 150 000 foreigners living in Prague (according to an official census conducted in 2014)?

….The Vltava, the longest river in the Czech Republic, flows through the historical center of Prague?

…Prague was the last major city in the world to give up using a pneumatic postal system, which had been installed in 1889. The system had 26 lines covering some 55 kilometers?

…Founded by King Charles IV in 1348, Charles University in Prague is one of the oldest universities in the world and the oldest university in Central and Eastern Europe?

…Jan Jansky (1873 – 1921), a famous Czech medical practitioner, was first to identify the four principal blood groups – A, B, 0, and the Rh factor?

Modern contact lenses were invented by the Czech chemist, Otto Wichterle?

Sugar cubes were invented when a sugar factory director’s wife near Prague was injured, while trying to cut some pieces of sugar. She strongly suggested finding an alternative for this tedious task?

The word ‘robot’ has Czech origin. It was introduced in 1920 by the Czech writer Karel Capek in his drama „R.U.R.“.

…Prague was the first city in the post-communist countries in which a restaurant was awarded a Michelin star?

It was in Prague that Pluto was taken down a peg. The general assembly of the International Astronomical Union, which gathered Aug. 14–25, 2006 in the Czech capital, voted to redefine Pluto as a “dwarf planet”?

The Prague International Marathon, organised since 1995, is ranked as one of the most popular marathon runs in the world?

…The Czech Republic’s homicide rate is 0.8, much lower than the OECD (Better life index) average of 4.1.?

94% of 25-34 year-olds in the Czech Republic have earned the equivalent of a high-school degree, also higher than the OECD average of 82%?

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Prague.eu – the official tourist portal of the city