According to the state agency CzechTourism, the three most visited tourist sites in Prague were the cable car to Petřín, the Prague zoo and Prague Castle.
This ranking remains unchanged from last year. DinoPark in the Galerie Harfa shopping center and the Kingdom of Railways exhibition in Smíchov were also among the ten most visited tourist destinations compared to the previous year.
Last year, just like in 2020, about a million people took the cable car to Petřín, and the cable car was not only the most visited tourist destination in the capital, but also in the entire Czech Republic.
The Prague Zoo, which had 963,000 visitors last year, saw attendance increase by 13 percent year-on-year. On the contrary, Prague Castle saw a decrease in the number of visitors by 13 percent, down to 444.
The director of the CzechTourism agency, Jan Herget, attributed the drop in attendance at Prague Castle to the low number of foreign travelers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Czech Statistical Office, about 2.6 million people stayed in domestic hotels, boarding houses and camps last year, and about 10.9 million before the outbreak of the pandemic.
This year, Herget expects that around five million guests from abroad will arrive in the Czech Republic, which, according to him, should increase interest in Prague Castle.
According to statistics, 1.4 million guests from abroad used the services of collective accommodation establishments in the capital last year, in 2019 there were 6.8 million.
Prague remains one of the most visited cities in Europe, with tourism comprising a major part of the economy.
However, the increased presence of services like AirBnB have also contributed to increasing rents, prompting discussion over the best way for the needs of both tourists and locals to be met.