Student and city life
Study abroad brings a large number of opportunities to learn about the life in a foreign country, to make new friends and, simply, to collect memories of a truly intensive experience for the rest of your life.
The Faculty organises various Erasmus club activities for foreign students, including sightseeing tours of Prague and the Czech Republic, Czech evenings and events promoting knowledge about Czech culture and traditions. Another society designated for foreign students offering possibilities to learn more about the Czech Republic is the Charles University International Club besides organising various trips it also provides tutor assistance to students and a tandem teaching program for mutual language exchange among students.
Both short-stay visitors and foreign students can enjoy a variety of leisure activities in Prague.
Admirers of all styles of architecture, from Romance to modern, can enjoy Prague’s architectonic jewels. The monuments everybody must visit include Prague Castle with its St Vitus, Adalbert and Wenceslas Cathedral, Charles Bridge, the old Town Square with the Town Hall Clock and also the Lesser Quarter with its wealth of Baroque churches. A unique way of seeing the town from a completely different perspective is to climb one of the many towers open to the public – the spire of St Vitus Cathedral, the Petřín Tower (actually an Eiffel Tower miniature), one of the two Charles Bridge towers or the tower of the Old Town Hall, among others.
For more details on Prague architecture see Must-See Buildings in Prague.
Galleries and museums
Undoubtedly one of the most visited places in Prague is the Jewish Museum and the adjacent Jewish town and cemetery - the remaining parts of the former Jewish ghetto that was largely erased by new urban development at the beginning of the 20th century.
The largest museum is the National Museum located in the upper part of Wenceslas Square and containing permanent expositions of prehistoric finds from the Czech Lands as well as mineralogical, paleontological and other collections. Another museum worth seeing is the recently re-opened National Technical Museum, which contains a large number and broad variety of exhibits reflecting the history of science and technology.
The most important gallery is the National Gallery with its several separate expositions offering a representative collection of mainly paintings. For those who are interested in applied art a visit to the Museum of Decorative Art.
Those who love animals and plants can visit the Prague district of Troja and its Prague Zoo (which in 2011 will celebrate its 80th anniversary) and the Botanical Gardens of the capital City of Prague.