Prague, with over 1.2 million inhabitants, is the largest city in the Czech Republic, and the biggest single political, economic, and cultural center in the country.

Built over many centuries on a series of hills on both sides of the River Vltava, it enjoys spectacular views, a fascinating historical heritage, and a unique juxtaposition of architectural styles, ranging from the very earliest Romanesque to postmodern jeux d’esprit, like Frank Gehry’s “Fred and Ginger” dancing house. Prague also offers a range of cultural activities from museums and galleries to theater and music clubs.

Thanks to its unique location in the heart of Europe, Prague can also serve as an excellent base for exploring other destinations: Berlin, Vienna, Budapest and Krakow are all just a few hours away, while the numerous budget airlines serving Prague airport provide relatively easy weekend access to more distant destinations (Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, or even the Mediterranean beach resorts of Greece and Croatia).

For lovers of the great outdoors, the Czech countryside provides fine skiing in winter and exciting hill walking in the summer – not to mention the many picturesque regional centers and castles within easy distance of Prague, which make for perfect day trips out of town, like Karlštejn, Český Krumlov and Český ráj.