The bewitching city of Prague, magical and haunting, medieval yet modern is renowned for its beauty. Located on the Vltava River, Prague is a remarkably preserved city, and its thousand years of architectural and artistic history are reflected in its stone facades and cobblestone streets.
It's a city where the arts thrive, with of the most creative and active cultural scenes in Europe. Despite its small size, there is an incredible range of high quality arts events. It is impossible to take in all of Prague's festivals, galleries, museums, film screenings, concerts - but, unlike in so many cities, the cost of tickets is very low and much is free.
Prague is an art history major's paradise. Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Deco buildings stand next to each other cheek by jowl - and many buildings have been refurbished over the centuries, containing elements of multiple styles.
There are countless parks with stunning views and outdoor restaurants. The public transportation is perhaps the best in the world - clean, affordable, efficient. The city is small, so you can also walk to most places, discovering the legacy of three distinct cultures that have inhabited Prague—Czech, German, and Jewish.
The many tragedies of Czech history loom over the city, most notably the oppressive Communist regime, toppled by student revolutionaries in 1989. Many of the leaders of that revolution now teach for NYU Prague and share their stories of dissent with the students.
The small size of the country make it easy to explore the bucolic Czech countryside and fairy tale towns outside the capital. Students can explore them with NYU staff on our many free weekend excursions.
Read about the city of Prague through the eyes of our students here.
Prague's public transportation was recently ranked 5th best in the world. An integrated tram, metro, bus and train system takes you anywhere you need to go in the city at very affordable prices. A 3-month pass costs around 1480Kc ($88) and works on metro, trams, and buses.