How Well Do You Know Prague?

15 fun facts about the Czech capital from a new exhibit that explores the city in maps, graphs, and figures
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Opening last Tuesday, Do You Know Prague? is an exploration of the Czech capital via infographics and maps. Organized by the Prague Planning and Development Institute, the exhibit features a wealth of stats and facts about the average Praguer; the types of homes we live in, the length of our daily commutes, and more.

Taking place in the Old Town Hall’s Hall of Architects (Staroměstská radnice – Sál architektů) through December 31, the exhibit (in Czech) is free. English-speaking visitors are provided with a printed, numbered translation that corresponds with the different stations that make up the exhibit.

We attended last week and spotted these interesting facts – just a handful of the many on display – about Prague and its inhabitants:

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1. It is predicted that by the year 2050, between 1.5-1.7 million people will be living in Prague.

2. The average age of the Prague inhabitant is 42.

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3. The most native Praguers live in Ořechovka, Spořilov, and the Solidarita housing estates.

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Solidarita housing estate/Image: Wikipedia @ŠJů

4. Women use Prague’s libraries 2.5 times more than men.

5. The district with the highest building is Nusle; its City Tower reaches 109 m.

6. 56% of the houses in Prague have a height of less than 10 m; 60% of their total number is two-storey.

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City Tower Pankrác/Image: Wikpedia @VitVit

7. Prague’s largest natural park is Klánovice (2,222.8 ha).

8. The center’s most polluted places are Wilsonova, Žitná, and Ječná streets, and the Palacký Bridge.

9. The most frequented metro station in Prague is Můstek; the least used is Kolbenova.

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Můstek is Prague’s busiest metro station/Image: Wikipedia @Jorge Láscar

10. Anděl is the highest turnover tram stop while the tram stops at Hercovka and Nad Trojou are the least used by passengers.

11. Náměstí Míru is Prague’s deepest metro station at 53 m deep.

12. The Barrandov Bridge sees the most daily traffic (136,000 vehicles a day).

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Barrandov Bridge by night/Image: Wikipedia @Wantox

13. The majority of crimes taking place in Prague in 2013-14 were reported to police in Podolí.

14.  Each Prague resident produces 334 kg of waste a year (almost a quarter of which is recycled).

15. The highest number of dogs is registered in Prague 4; in total in Prague, 1 dog is registered for every 13 inhabitants.

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Prague Ratter/Image: Wikipedia @Jenc


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