Prague | Summer University
Prague Area Studies | Faculty | University


Prague, also known as Golden Prague (Zlatá Praha), is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic. Situated on the bank of River Vltava in central Bohemia, the beautiful city of Prague is rich in history and lies at the heart of Europe.
The Czech name of the city, Praha, is also related to the modern Czech word "práh", which means "threshold". Popular etymology connects the name of the city to the fact that the city is located on the threshold of the Slavic and German worlds. Legendary etymology connects the name of the city with Libuše, prophetess and mythical founder of the Přemyslid dynasty. She is said to have ordered the city to be built where a man stood on the threshold of his house. Others, fascinated by the magical character of the city, claim that Prague lies on the threshold to other worlds or other dimensions.

Facts and Figures

Situation of the Czech Republic: in the centre of Europe
Borders with countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland
Area of the Czech Republic: 78 866 square km
Population of the Czech Republic: 10.5 million inhabitants
Location of Prague: in the centre of the Czech Republic
Area of Prague: 496 square km
Population of Prague: 1.3 million inhabitants
Administrative language: Czech