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The City

Pedestrians walk the streets of Prague.

The city of Prague, magical and haunting, medieval yet modern, provides unparalleled opportunities to supplement classroom study with its museums, galleries, castles, and churches. Located on the river Vltava, Prague is a remarkably preserved city, and its thousand years of architectural and artistic history are reflected in its stone facades and cobblestone streets. Standing in the middle of the Charles Bridge above the rippling reflections of turrets and domes one can see the spires, steeples, and the great Prague Castle rising above the city. Walk across the bridge, and you discover the legacy of three distinct cultures—Czech, German, and Jewish.

Although an international city, Prague maintains the feeling of a village. Most places of interest are within walking distance. Stroll through the streets of Prague and admire the many statues and building ornaments rich with the city's history; discover the history behind the street names, the placement of the buildings, and the extraordinary gardens of Prague. Explore the many different neighborhoods beyond the center of the city. Evening concerts at one of the city's many churches are available for a few dollars every night of the week.

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The climate in Prague is similar to that in New York City. Summers are pleasantly warm but can be extremely hot at times; winters are cold but usually not bitter. Spring and fall are usually moderate and lovely, though springtime can be rainy.

Transit Tips

Invest in a 3-month pass (approx. 1480Kc or $88) - works on metro, trams, and buses.


  • Fastest form of transport
  • Easy to learn and convenient
  • Trains stop running at 12am


  • Easy to navigate
  • Fun way to go sightseeing around the city
  • Trams run all night on an abridged night schedule


  • Call one when you need it. NYU center has phone numbers for trusted cab companies
  • Before you get in the cab, ask how much it will cost to reach your destination and keep your eye on the meter
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