5 Reasons to Live in Prague
Prague is known as a fairytale city for a reason. Around each corner the gothic architecture and meticulously crafted cobblestone streets transport you back to another era. When I walk across the Charles Bridge, listening to the hum of Jazz Quartet street performers behind me, and gaze out at the city glistening on the water, I wonder: How could any other city possibly compete? The stunning beauty of the city isn’t something I ever really got used to, and it's just one of the many reasons to live in Prague. The Czech Republic has a long and rich history, some of which is dark and complicated. However, it is home to resilient lively people and Prague has flourished into a progressive and stimulating hub for creative young people. The list is endless, but here are some reasons for you to consider making Prague your home.
#1: The Sheer Beauty
Prague offers an eclectic mix of stunning architecture. Dating back to medieval times, the city centre is known for incredibly well preserved gothic monuments such as the famous Charles Bridge, as well as its grid of picturesque cobblestone streets that give Prague a fairytale charm. In the baroque era, it was the famous Dietzenhofer family that built the opulent palaces and churches of Prague and completed the city's historical atmosphere. Last but not least, Prague was named the world's greenest city in 2018 and the river and large areas of public greenery make the city a delight to walk through.
#2: The Affordable Cost of Living
“The beer is cheaper than water” isn’t just an expression, living in Prague is incredibly affordable. The currency in Prague is the Czech Crown as opposed to the Euro, and the city is generally cheaper than most of the other West European capitals. Students living in Prague can experience everything the city has to offer from nightlife to amazing food options without breaking their budget.
#3: The Central Location
Prague’s location allows you to easily travel to other countries and cities in Europe. Major cities like Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, or Warsaw are all just a bus or train ride away. Living in the heart of Europe, you'll be able literally explore the whole continent comfortably.
#4: Live in the Beer Capital of the World
Czechs notoriously consume more beer per capita than in any other country of the world. Prague is home to famous breweries such as Staropramen and the most famous beer producer in the country, Pilsner Urquell is just an hour away. Spending your afternoon in a beer garden or an evening at the local pub is a favorite activity among many young Czechs. Refreshing beer in a beautiful historical environment is a pretty-hard-to-beat freetime program.
#5: Experience Christmas in Prague
Year round there are several festivals and cultural events that take place throughout the city. The Czech Beer Festival, Fringe Festival, and Signal Festival are good examples of such fairs, luring people from afar to come to Prague while being popular among the city's inhabitants as well, but their popularity can't compete with Prague's famous Christmas markets. Every December, the city is literally filled with Christmas Markets, boasting brightly colored stalls selling warm delicious street food, handcrafted toys, and delicious hot wine. Old Town Square is home to the biggest European Christmas market, and is the quintessential way to experience Christmas on the Old Continent.
The list goes on, but few other cities can compete with Prague. Studying here offers the best of Europe; with rich history, stunning views, and a large population of forward-thinking and creative youth, Prague is the perfect place for international students and adventurous expats.