10 Things You Might Not Know About Prague

I’m excited to share some interesting facts about one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited – Prague! Prague is filled with so much history and despite the many battles the city has faced, both literally and figuratively, a good chunk of it’s architecture remains intact. If you’re thinking about planning a trip to Europe, this is definitely a city to add to your itinerary!

Read these 10 interesting facts about Prague!

  1. Beer is cheaper than water! And the locals drink more beer per capita than any other country in the world (probably because it’s so cheap)!
  2. The famous Charles Bridge (which is over a quarter mile long) was built in the 14th and 15th centuries and connects Prague Castle and Old Town.
  3. The world’s oldest working astronomical clock, built in 1410, resides here in the Old Town Square.
  4. Franz Kafka, famous author of novels and short stories was born in Prague and remained largely unknown during his lifetime. It wasn’t until after his death that he/his works became famous.
  5. A John Lennon wall was created after his murder in 1980 as a memorial and symbol of free speech and non-violent rebellion. It still remains (and is added to) today.
  6. The city has been divided so many times. Prague was previously part of Czechoslovakia (which is now broken up into two countries – Czech Republic and Slovakia), and at one time, the capital of Europe, during the Holy Roman Empire times.
  7. Spanning 18 acres, Prague Castle holds the title as the largest castle in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records).
  8. The Czech Koruna is used for currency here. Scam warning: the “50” banknote is retired, so if someone tries to make change for you with it, don’t take it!
  9. During WWII, Hitler left most of the buildings and artifacts in the Jewish Quarter untouched, as he planned to keep in in tact as a “museum to an extinguished race.” Because of this, Prague’s Jewish Quarter is the best preserved area of Jewish historian monuments in Europe, including the unique Old Jewish Cemetery, which has approximately 12,000 tombstones, dating back as far as 1439.
  10. Built in 1348, Charles University in Prague is the oldest university in Eastern Europe, and one of the oldest in the world still in operation.

 

Interested in learning more about Prague? Read about our stay at Aria Hotel Prague, a beer spa excursion (the coolest thing ever), and how we spent 2 days in Prague!

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  • I couldn’t believe how cheap beer was in Prague!! I loved the Charles Bridge – it was just as amazing as I expected it to be!

    • Me either! I wish we had more time when we visited. Guess that just means it’s time for another trip back :)

  • Candy Kage

    All you facts were interesting. I love visiting old places and history. Will have to live Prague through your photos.

    • Thanks, Candy! Historical places are some of my favorite to visit too. It’s crazy to think back that some things were built so long ago and are still standing!

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    Prague is one of the most romantic places I’ve ever been! I’ve loved my time there every time I’ve gone :)

    • It’s a fabulous place, for sure! I can’t wait to get back!

  • snappedbygracie

    so cool! Never been there but always wanted to go!
    xx, gracie snappedbygracie.com

    • It’s an incredible place! I hope you’re able to get there one day!

  • Sarah Jean

    Quite frankly I didn’t know anything about Prague so all this was news to me. The largest castle in the world sounds awesome though :)

    • Prague is a beautiful city! We didn’t have time to do a castle tour while we were there but it’s definitely at the top of my list for the next trip!

  • This is definitely on my travel bucket list along with Croatia, Poland and more!

    • Ooh great picks! Croatia and Poland are on mine too :) I hope you’re able to get there soon!

  • I have heard amazing things about Prague! I hope to go someday! thanks for sharing these facts!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

    • It’s such a fun place! Definitely worth the trip :)

  • Omg, really interesting facts. I like the beer cheaper than water fact, ha. That one caught my attention right away.

    • Thanks, Jenn! I couldn’t get over how cheap beer was – AND that it was more affordable than water! I’d never have guessed!

  • Shearly Reyes

    YES YES YES! Love this! and so so true!

  • Wow!! That first image of that clock caught my attention. Its truly so beautiful! All these places you have mentioned are so worth visiting!!! I loved this travel post! :)

    • Isn’t it?! It’s amazing to me that it still works after all this time. Thanks so much for reading!

  • Rachel Golden

    I love reading these posts! Learning about new places is one of my favorite things. Second only to actually visiting them personally. Prague has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. Hopefully some day I’ll make it there!

    • Thanks, Rachel! I hope you can get there soon too – you’ll love it! My hope is that through these posts, people will be inspired to plan trips of their own :)

  • I love all of these! We’re headed on our European adventure on Friday and Prague is one of the places that we’ll be stopping! I had no idea that the castle was the largest in the world, so I can’t wait to visit!

    • Thanks, Ashley! So excited to hear what you think of Prague when you return :) I know you’re gonna have a blast!

  • That’s crazy that beer is cheaper than water! It kind of makes you feel a little bit entitled when you think about all times we took good water for free for granted. They must have a really high tolerance for beer now haha

    • Isn’t it?! I think it’d be tough to go drinking with Czechs – they’d be tough to keep up with for sure, haha.

  • Prague is such a gorgeous city! I had no idea the castle was the largest in the world!

  • Greta Hollar

    Such an interesting city! It’s on my bucket list of places to see!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • My sister studied abroad in Prague when she was in college and it’s still a place that I’d love to visit! Loved these facts… there are some interesting tidbits in here.

    • That’s amazing! I wish I did study abroad when I was in college. I hope you can plan a trip there soon!

  • These are so interesting! #8 is a great travel tip

  • Great facts! And beer cheaper than water? That sounds like parts of Asia! I would love to visit Prague I have heard so many people say it is just such a great city. Am yet to go, but will be sure to visit on my next European tour – especially the castle!

    • Crazy, right?! You should definitely plan a trip – you’ll love it!

  • Ooooh we love Prague!

  • So interesting! I didn’t know much about Prague, so it’s so cool to hear some facts!

    • Glad you enjoyed them, Jackie! It’s an incredible city!

  • I’ve heard SO much about Prague, but I haven’t gotten there yet–it sounds like SUCH an amazing place. I’m hoping that we will be able to make it to Prague on the next European trip!

    • It’s SO amazing, Natalie! I hope you’re able to get there too – you’ll love it!

  • I LOVE Prague! It’s so underrated as a travel destination but it’s one of my favourite European cities. I spent two weeks there and loved every minute.

    • 2 weeks in Prague?! What a dream! Totally agree that it’s underrated. I can’t wait to get back one day!

  • jarrod roney

    Oh I love this! I’ve come across this just in time. I’ll be heading to Prague within the next few days, it’s always good to brush up on some type of history. Makes the whole trip a whole lot ore interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    • That’s so awesome! I hope you have the best time exploring!

  • I’ve heard that Prague is gorgeous! All of these fabulous facts are making me want to go there anymore. It sounds amazing.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    • It is! Definitely a place to add to your bucket list!

  • Beer is cheaper than water? That’s so unusual…as someone who really loves drinking water, that might be a tad frustrating! haha! The clock from 1410 sounds really interesting.

    • The clock was stunning – and crazy that it’s still around working! We thought the beer < water price was crazy too!

  • Dakilanglaagan

    What?! Number 1 really stunned me. Then the castle. I’d love to visit one of those someday. This is really an intriguing post. Nice one. HEHE

    • Thank you! It’s such a beautiful city, I hope you’re able to see it yourself one day!

  • I am dying to go to Prague! Thanks for all the cool tips! I cannot wait to see that clock in person.

    • I hope you can get there soon, Leanna. It’s amazing!!

  • I visited Prague in 2010 for my honeymoon and I’ll be back in November – but I had no idea about that fact about the Jewish quarter!

    And the beer is SO GOOD!

    • That’s so awesome! What was your favorite part? I can’t wait to plan another trip back one day!

  • Prague is near the top of my list of places to visit. Knowing that beer is cheaper than water definitely helps keep Prague at the top of the list. :)

    • Haha, a good reason, for sure! I hope you’re able to plan a trip soon!

  • Ehsan

    Rachel this was a great read! Prague has been on top of my list for a very long time! I am actually going there next month! Beyond excited!

    • Thank you! So excited for you to visit Prague – you’re going to love it so much!

  • Such cool facts! I went there for a couple days during a backpacking trip a few years ago and loved it! I remember the food there being SO good and inexpensive!

    • YES! You’d think it’d be more expensive with how beautiful and bustling the city is!

  • Can’t wait to visit Prague! Thank you so much for the awesome tips! Crazy how beer is cheaper than water lol awesome post!

    • Thanks for reading! We thought it was pretty crazy too.. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when I first saw prices on the menu!

  • Fairytale Studios

    Oh I definitely didnt know most of the things listed.. Thanks for sharing them.. They are really interesting as well as useful

  • Adelheid Bethanny

    This is so interesting. Although I’m not a beer fan, I’m awed that it’s cheaper than water! And so interesting about the Jewish culture that was preserved in Prague.. definitely did not know that. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Happy to hear you learned some new things! Thanks for reading :)

  • Very interesting! #8 is a great tip. I’ve pinned so many pins of Prague…I definitely need to plan a trip sooner rather than later.
    xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

    • Thanks, Erin! It sounds like your wanderlust is starting to catch up :) Time to plan a trip for sure!

  • Lindon Lee

    Amazing stuff! those are all interesting. Is that the oldest astronomical clock on your header image?

    • Thanks, Lindon! Yep, that’s the clock! Gorgeous, isn’t it?!

  • So many cool facts – now I was to see that clock. Prauge has been on my bucket list for a long time. Hoping I can check it off soon.

    • I hope you can too! We had a blast exploring – especially in Old Town!

  • Wow, crazy that beer is cheaper than water. Such interesting facts, and that clock is beautiful!

    • Isn’t it?! We stopped by the clock several times during our 2 days there – so stunning and wild that it still works after all this time!

  • Sheila Jo Spencer

    I’m not a beer drinker – how’s the price of wine in Prague? :) That scam warning should come in handy for anyone planning a trip over there!

    • The wine wasn’t expensive either – just not as cheap as beer :) We went to the cutest little wine shop while were there though! And yes! I think the scams should definitely be publicized more for travels!

  • bc21578

    The beer is cheaper than water one is hilarious. Read “The Alcoholic Republic” about the early days of the USA. I knew about the John Lennon tribute in Havana, but never heard of the one in Prague.

    • Isn’t it?! That sounds like an interesting read – I’ll definitely look into it!

  • I just went to check the Czech (no pun intended) currency I have left, but luckily it appears no one tricked me!
    And the beer is super, why drinking water while there? :P

    • Good! Fortunately we didn’t run into the issue either but it was nice to have the warning just in case. And you’re so right – beer’s cheaper anyway! Ha!

  • I’ve always fancied a trip to Prague, shame I’m not a beer drinker.

    • There’s still plenty of other fabulous things to do in the city that don’t involve beer! You should try to plan a trip during the Christmas season – it’s amazing!

  • This was so interesting! My mom’s side is Czech so I have always wanted to visit this area.

    Lauren

    StrongGirlCollective.com

    • Thanks, Lauren! Even more of an excuse for you to plan a trip :)

  • I absolutely love Prague! I went in 2008 and I’ve been dyingggg to get back ever since!
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

    • I believe it! We were there less than a year ago and are itching to get back, haha.

  • Kyla Matton Osborne

    I’m not surprised about the beer over water thing. But learning about the John Lennon wall and Hitler’s museum idea was very cool :)

    • Glad to hear you learned some new facts about the city, Kyla!

  • KatieCarlson721

    Wow so interesting! Need to add this one to my list of places I must visit.

    • Thanks, Katie! You definitely do – it’s amazing!

  • Adaleta Avdic

    So cool & interesting. I want to go to Prague, pretty badly! xx adaatude.com

    • Thanks, Adaleta! I hope you can plan a trip one of these days – it’s a fabulous city!

  • Jessica Hughes

    I love that beer is cheaper than water, so cool!

    • Right?! Can you imagine if it was like that in the U.S.?!

  • Pack Your Baguios

    Love all of the facts. I would love to see that castle!

  • Melissa

    I will be going to Prague in the next year or two for work. I am glad you posted this because now I will know exactly what to do!

  • Fred Hernandez

    That first fact alone is reason enough to visit Prague. Great post. // ▲ fredsguidetolife.com ▲

  • So interesting about Hitler’s plans. I had no idea! The Astronomical clock is so cool (and also a great meeting place for pub crawls!)

  • Arunas

    Without a doubt, Prague is the most beautiful capital in Eastern Europe. I absolutely love the city! Thanks for sharing.

    • I haven’t made it through all of the region yet – but it’d definitely be a tough one to top! It’s such a gorgeous place.

  • Lucine

    your list was really helpful. especially didnt know the thing about kafka. really looking forward to visit prague

  • Vyjay Rao

    These are some really interesting and cool facts to know. Prague has been on our bucket list and we hope to get there soon. We will be able to view the place with a new perspective thanks to the facts that you have shared.

    • Glad to hear it! I hope you’re able to plan a trip soon, it’s an incredible city!

  • Prague is soo on my to-go list. Very nice post. xx

    http://www.annanuttall.com

    • Thanks, Anna! I hope you’re able to visit soon!

  • I visited Prague last spring and I honestly think it is one of my favorite cities. It completely took me by surprise! Its beautiful, seeped in history, cheap, great public transport. I want to take the kids back!

    • Same! I highly recommend a trip during the Christmas season if you can swing it – it’s even more beautiful all decorated and lit up!

  • It’s certainly a charming, old city.. I only had a quick visit. Can’t wait to go back again!

    • For sure! Our 2 days wasn’t long enough either – can’t wait to return one day!

  • Dylan K Myers

    Very interesting! I keep hearing more and more about Prague! I need to hurry up and go see it all for myself :)

  • Justine Y

    So many interesting things! I would love to go to Prague! That clock looks incredible, I can’t believe it’s that old. And really interesting about the 50 banknote, good to know! I wonder why they retired it?

    • It’s such a beautiful city, Justine! I hope you’re able to plan a trip soon! I’m not sure why they retired the note but apparently it’s a big tourist scam!