The gothic spires and winding cobbled streets of Prague hold an irresistible allure for both leisure and business travelers. Each year, over seven million people visit this Eastern European city, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. Additionally, Prague secures a regular spot on Best Of lists for meetings.
Reaching this intriguing city couldn't be easier thanks to the international Prague Airport, located just 20 minutes from downtown. Every year, the airport connects over 12 million passengers to over 100 destinations across the globe. From there, guests can explore the city easily and affordably by metro, tram or bus, all of which are operated by Prague Public Transit Company. Thanks to a convenient integrated ticketing system, travelers can travel with ease among attractions, hotels and meeting venues via any network.
One such point of interest is the Prague Congress Centre. With 13,000 square meters of exhibition space and catering services for up to 7,000 event guests, this Prague Congress Centre is one of the largest and best-equipped convention facilities in Europe.
Meanwhile, the Prague Exhibition Grounds, another top meeting facility in the city, has hosted its fair share of exhibitions, international tradeshows and more. From the over 10,000 square meters of space at the Industrial Palace to the 6,000-seat amphitheater surrounding the majestic Krizik Fountain, the exhibition grounds offer an array of exciting venues that can accommodate events of all kinds and sizes.
Meeting planners in Prague need not limit themselves to traditional event space. In fact, a host of palaces, castles and other historic sites welcome events with professional service, flexible function space and unbeatable décor. Located on Sophie Island on the Vtlava River, the 19th century Classicist-style Zofin Palace has hosted numerous famed guests over the years, including Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner and Josef Suk. The palace's Great Hall, the largest of its rooms, is a breathtaking backdrop for galas and balls of up to 1,500 people.
In the elegant Vinohrady district, the neo-Renaissance National House of Vinohrady sets the stage for memorable conferences, social events and more thanks to eight conference rooms and 1,600 square meters of exhibition space. Perhaps the most precious monument in the city is Prague Castle, where planners can host momentous events of up to 500 people in Lobkowicz Palace.
The tourist industry is a major contributor to Prague's economy; in fact, nearly one-half of the national income from tourism is spent in Prague. However, the city is also considered a thriving business base. Most major Czech companies are headquartered in the center, as are a number of European headquarters for international companies. Prague is also home to over 10 academic institutions, including Charles University, the oldest university in Eastern Europe.