23 Fantastic prague facts: The City of Hundred Spires

Gothic allure, Baroque architecture, and a diverse fusion of history and culture!!

These adjectives all apply to the affluent Czech capital of Golden Prague.

Charles IV constructed the renowned Charles Bridge in accordance with a mathematical formula and astrological signs! Did you know that?

Or is the castle in Prague one of the biggest in the world?

Ready to delve deeper? Let’s begin immediately!

Amazing Prague Facts

The total of Prague is a UNESCO WHS!!

The Charles Bridge of Prague

One UNESCO World Heritage Site can be found in Prague! 

The entire historic center of Prague is the site….though, not just one specific location! 🏞

You can find architectural marvels and majestic monuments constructed between the 11th and 18th centuries in the maze of its cobblestoned streets. 

The Charles Bridge …the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Hradany Castle …and a plethora of other exquisite churches and palaces were all constructed by Emperor Charles IV in the fourteenth century!

Cheers with some beer!!

In terms of per capita beer consumption….Czechs lead the globe! 

Even more intriguing is that they outperformed Austria … .who came in second place globally, by over two times, with 188.6 liters compared to 107.8 for Austria. 

This can only mean one thing: If one enjoys beer….they’ll enjoy Prague’s bar hopping. 

Since 1993, the Czech Republic has dominated the standings for 28 straight years.

Golden Snake: A café dating back to the 16th century!

Prague’s first café opened its doors in the 16th century! 

On Karlova Street, Golden Snake first opened its doors in 1714. It is almost as old as Le Procope in Paris, which opened its doors to guests in 1686!

It was the first in the world!

Prague Cuisine: World’s delicious food! 

Prague Cuisine

The city offers a wide variety of unique gastronomic treats! 

Prague is renowned for its delicious food. 

Prague-fried eggs, Prague Cake, and Beef Brisket in Prague Style are among the most popular delicacies. 

Don’t forget about the renowned Prague Ham (Praská unka), which is first brine-cured, then stewed, and then expertly smoked!

The pig knuckle in Prague is delicious! 

The Pig Knuckle In Prague

This classic Czech treat is so beloved by the locals! 

And if you enjoy ham hock….in particular, you can develop an addiction. 

Pivovar U T r, Mlejnice, and Pork’s are the greatest places to try this delectable delicacy!!

Got work? Visit Café Louvre!

Café Louvre was the first “co-working space” in Prague! 

This classy café….which could seat up to 700 people….was the biggest in the capital when it first opened its doors in 1902! ☕️

However, it also has another oddity about it. 

The Café Louvre was also a place of business. Both the telephone and the writing room were utilized by guests!

The Charles Bridge: The Palindromic Secret!

On July 9, 1357, at 5:31 am, Charles Bridge was formally inaugurated! 

King Charles IV was a deeply religious guy who had a strong belief in numerology and astrology. 

This is why he built the bridge in the form of a palindrome…..(which is a series of numbers that can be read the same way from both ends) and goes like this: 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1 (year, day, month, and time). 

That’s a crazy Prague fact, huh?

Vinárna ertovka: The narrowest street!

The Narrowest Street of Prague

The narrowest street in Prague is only 20 inches (50 cm) wide! 

There are traffic signals on both sides due to their small size. 

They aid in avoiding situations where people meet in the center and wonder how to get around one another. 

There used to be a lot of streets like this one that provided access for firefighters to the Vltava River. 

This is the only one left as of right now.

Hitler actually wanted to live in Prague!

Can’t believe it? 

Well…according to urban lore, Hitler opposed demolishing Prague’s Jewish neighborhood. 

He actually had the idea to move to the capital and create a museum to preserve the memory of “the extinguished race” in the Josehof Quarter. 

Hitler chose to live in Prague after the war instead of razing the city’s Jewish neighborhood! 

This has to be among the strangest facts.

Spa and beer? Yes! In Prague!!

Spa And Beer in Prague

In Prague, it is possible! 

You read correctly. 

In the capital of the Czech Republic…..you can consume an endless supply of beer (from a different keg, of course). 

Since beer contains a lot of hop oil, it helps to open up your pores….which also helps to speed up metabolism, reduce stress, and strengthen immunity. 

That’s undoubtedly one of the most bizarre facts. 

Prague: The City of a Hundred Spires!

The term “The City of a Hundred Spires” refers to Prague! 

Due to the city’s more than 120 spires and turrets….it was given this name. 

Many enthusiasts attempted to count every tower and spire in the city. 🌟

Without counting the tiny spires on residential buildings, they ultimately had between 500 and 1,000! This characteristic of Prague makes the Czech capital very photogenic.

The concept of Zaven mu is FAKE!!!

The Zaven mu….also known as the “Man Hanging Out” is a fake! 

Many tourists to Prague have thought that this unique artwork represents a genuine guy who is attempting suicide. 

In the Old Town, there is a sculpture of the Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud. 

Freud had a number of phobias, one of which was the dread of dying! 

The sculpture’s outstanding feature is how lifelike it appears to be. Many tourists have become alarmed because of the likeness to a genuine person.

The clock tower in Prague: A mythological suspense!

Clock Tower In Prague

A bizarre mythology is hidden in the Astronomical Clock Tower in Prague! 

The genius who built the renowned clock tower…Hanus Carolinum was allegedly blinded by Old Town councilors! 

They did that out of concern that Carolinum may build a comparable clock tower in another city….lessening the novelty of Prague’s. 

This has to be one of Prague’s most horrifying yet fascinating facts!

Prask hrad: Number 1 in the Guinness Book!

The third-largest castle in the world is the one in Prague! 

Despite being ranked first in the Guinness Book of Records, Prask Hrad is the third-largest city in the world by land area! 

The Mehrangarh Fort in India and the Malbork Castle in Poland are the two largest. 

The Prague Castle has a floor area of 718,609 square feet….. with about 2 million tourists a year….it ranks among Prague’s most well-known tourist attractions!!

The famous Charles Square is in Prague! 

The city previously had Europe’s biggest town square. 

Charles Square was the largest town square on the Old Continent during the Middle Ages. 

It is still one of the biggest in the world today. It was formerly known as the Cattle Market. 

Now, Charles Square sounds much more upscale!

Look at Prague from the Petn Lookout Tower!

The Petn Lookout Tower in Prague

A Prague landmark provides breathtaking panoramas of the city! 

The Petn Lookout Tower offers you a wonderful perspective point!

It is comparable to the Eiffel Tower in Paris while being five times smaller!! 

Additionally…its 197 feet (60 m) on Petn Hill give the impression that it is much taller than it actually is. 

You can climb all 299 of the stairs to the top…. if you’re feeling brave for a breathtaking view of Prague!

The oldest synagogue in Europe: Altneuschul!

The Czech capital is home to the oldest operating synagogue in Europe! 

One of the first Gothic structures in Prague was the Old-New Synagogue….also known as Altneuschul. 

In addition to being the oldest functioning synagogue in Europe, it is also the oldest twin-nave medieval structure still standing!!

Dancing house: The specialty of Prague!

Prague has a Dancing House which can be rented! 

It resembles a pair of dancers….its initial name, Fred and Ginger, was inspired by the dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. 

At the time of its construction in 1992, the building’s unconventional design was very divisive. 

This is because deconstructivist architecture has nothing in common with the nearby Gothic, Baroque, and Art Nouveau structures. 

What’s the best part of it? 

21 opulent rooms on two floors of the Dancing House are available for rent!!

Prague: A city of many famous personalities!

Prague was home to a number of well-known individuals! 

Beethoven performed two free piano recitals in Prague. At least a few of Mozart’s operas were played there. 💐

Franz Liszt spent six years residing in the Czech Republic’s capital and frequently performed there. 

Several other well-known Czech composers, such as Anton Dvoák, Bedich Smetana, …..Leo Janáek, also gave performances in Prague!!

The Spooky Charles Bridge!

The renowned Charles Bridge is home to numerous ghosts! 

Karlv Most …Prague’s most renowned bridge, spans the huge Vltava River to link the Old Town with Mala Strana. 

The bridge, which was built in the 1300s…. is rumored to be haunted by ghosts whose heads ended up impaled on adjacent spikes. 

Residents claim to have witnessed them crossing the river!

The Largest city of the Czech Republic!

Prague is by far the largest city in the Czech Republic! 

Other major cities don’t even come close. Nearly 4 times as many people live in Prague (1.44 million) as in Brno (the second-largest city, with just over 380,000 people).

Prague receives more than 26.2 million visitors each year! 

Over 7 million of them are immigrants. 

Prague is home to Central Europe’s biggest club! 

The city is well known for more than just its delectable brews and scrumptious cuisine!

One of the best cities in Europe to dance the night away is the Czech Republic’s capital. 

Karlovy Lázn is the ideal location to do it. 

It is not only the largest but also the most entertaining club in Prague…..with five stories of bars, dance floors, and diverse themes!

Czechia: One of the world’s oldest Colleges!

One of the oldest and most prominent colleges in the world is located in the city. 

Not only is Charles University one of the most esteemed academic institutions in Czechia. 

It is the oldest! 

It was established in 1348 by Emperor Charles IV, the most prominent king of the Bohemian Kingdom. 

According to U.S. News, it is the 210th greatest university in the world!!

Summing up

If you weren’t already smitten with Prague before reading our guide, we bet these 23 facts about the city have won you over.💐

Who can reject medieval castles….gorgeous river meanders….top-notch beer, and jaw-dropping Renaissance architecture, after all?

So, are you still gonna sit on that couch? Stand up! Let’s read more about another country!

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