Interesting facts about Prague


Posted on Nov 24, 2021      17


The amazing city of Prague, the world capital of Gothic architecture! The city is unique because it has preserved its historic image through the centuries, and luckily, modern authorities are taking great care not to turn Prague into yet another faceless megalopolis. If you strip the streets of Prague of their automobiles and advertisements, you might think you were transported a couple of hundred years back in time. But the architecture is not the only virtue of the Czech capital! Many people come here for the culinary experience as well, as this city is famous for a huge number of cafes and restaurants with delicious national cuisine.

Facts about Prague

  • Prague is called the city of towers, and whether it’s true, travelers can see for themselves. Among other attractions in Prague, according to statistics, there are about a thousand towers in its territory.
  • Fans of statistics estimate that about 40% of couples who come here on vacation, play a wedding in Prague.
  • Prague is home to the mysterious Faust House. According to legend, it belonged to a doctor who made a contract with the devil, gaining knowledge for his own soul.
  • The Prague Pneumatic Post is the world’s last surviving urban system of moving mail under the influence of rarefied or compressed air. It was put into operation in 1899 and comprised 26 lines with a total length of 55 kilometers.
  • The age of the capital of the Czech Republic is about 1150 years. More precisely, it was founded in 880 AD.
  • The very first biography of Mozart appeared in Prague. In 1798, seven years after the composer’s death, his friend Frantisek Xavier Nemechek, professor of philosophy and pedagogy at Charles University, published a book called “Life of the Imperial and Royal Kapellmeister Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart”.
  • Prague Castle - the largest castle in the world.
  • St. Vitus Cathedral is one of the most unusual buildings in Prague, which took over 500 years to build.
  • One of the most interesting places in Prague is the “Dancing House”, a complex of two towers, intricately curved against all the laws of physics according to the architect’s imagination. They symbolize the dancing couple.

  • In Prague, it is forbidden to install metal-plastic windows instead of the classic wooden ones in order not to spoil the look of the city.
  • The passage between some houses in Prague is about 70-80 cm wide. Traffic lights are installed on the roads, but not to regulate the traffic of cars, but to coordinate the walking of pedestrians.
  • Near the Gerget brick factory in Prague there are so-called peeing statues; the water jets don’t just pour out of them, but, under the guidance of special computers, write quotes from the inhabitants of Prague on the walls.
  • The oldest glass factory is in Prague. It was built back in 1414, and it performs its direct function to this day.
  • The bronze monument erected in Prague in honor of Jan Žižka is considered the tallest equestrian statue in the world. However, in Ulaanbaatar, there is a statue of Genghis Khan, which can compete with it.
  • The Allegro restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel in Prague was the first in the whole post-communist Eastern Europe to be awarded a Michelin star. It happened not so long ago - in 2008.
  • The Prague metro was built according to the Soviet technologies with the direct involvement of specialists from the USSR.
  • Prague is located Petřín Tower, which is exactly the same as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The tower has a small observation deck overlooking the entire city.
  • There is a legend that Hitler, after seeing Prague, was so impressed with its beauty that he banned the bombing of this city during World War II.
  • Some episodes of the world famous children’s cartoon “Tom and Jerry” were drawn in the cartoon studio “Bratrši v tricu” in Prague.
  • Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348, is the oldest university in Eastern Europe and one of the oldest continuously operating universities in the world.
  • There are no satellite dishes on the roofs of old houses in Prague - it is forbidden to hang them. It spoils the appearance of the old city.

  • Prague metro station Náměstí Míru is the deepest station in the European Union. It is located at a depth of 53 meters, and the escalator, which connects it to the surface, is 87 meters long. By comparison, the longest escalator in the world is in the Northern Capital
  • Prague TV Tower (Žižkov Television Tower) is the tallest building in Prague and the whole Czech Republic and often receives the title of the ugliest landmark of the city.
  • Prague’s major waterway, the Vltava River, which contributes significantly to the picturesque panorama of the city, often causes a lot of trouble. Rather extensive floods regularly occur in Prague. The last one was in 2013 and in 2002 it was the biggest in the last 500 years.
  • An interesting fact is that it was in Prague that the first detoxification center in the world appeared. This happened in 1951.
  • In one building of Clementinum complex in Prague is the oldest meteorological station in the Czech Republic. It was opened in 1752, and since 1755 has been making regular and uninterrupted observations, which is a world record.
  • The International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of its planet name status during a conference held in Prague.
  • More than half of the houses in Prague (56%) are lower than 10 meters. Of these, 60% are two-story.
  • Women in Prague visit libraries 2,5 times more often than men.
  • The smallest house in Prague is only 2,25 meters wide. It is in the city center at Anežská 1043/4.
  • Charles Bridge - the most popular landmark of Prague, has an amazing story-legend of its creation: it is said that in order to build this beautiful bridge, the architect had to make a deal with the devil.
  • In Prague, there are about 12-13 times fewer dogs than people, that is about a hundred thousand.
  • For a quarter of a century, there were two funiculars in Prague at the same time.
  • John Lennon Wall is mentioned in many guidebooks and is a famous landmark in Prague. Curiously enough, the legendary musician himself has never been in Prague.
  • The longest Prague street (Strakonická) is 15,5 km long, and the shortest (Jiřího Červeného) - only 27 meters long.

 


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