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Czech Republic

Continent: Europe

Ideal Duration: 8 - 12 days

Best Time: May - October Read More

Currency: Czech Koruna (CZK)

Budget: Expensive

"The Land of Art, Music and Beer"

Czech Republic Tourism

The Czech Republic is a small country with a big package, offering something for its every visitor. Evolved as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, this country exhibits its enriched culture through its magnificent castles, museums, cathedrals, medieval towns and lying at its heart, the culture-crammed capital city, Prague. Often tagged as 'city of a thousand spires', Prague is adorned with incredible architecture, rustic cobblestone streets, noteworthy churches and medieval bridges. The city is also a haunt for night birds, offering fine dining, old breweries, zesty jazz clubs and buzzing markets. As a tourist, the Czech Republic leaves no leaf unturned to entertain its visitors, be it through stylish spa resorts or the picturesque national parks. The country also has some of the finest beer in the world.

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Best time to visit Czech Republic

May - October is the best time to visit Czech Republic

Best time to visit Czech Republic is between the months of May and October, which is late spring to autumn. The country experiences very pleasant weather conditions during the time. Wintertime is extremely cold and should be avoided, especially between December and February.

Regions in Czech Republic

The Czech Republic consists of two main areas: Bohemia in the west and Moravia in the east. These two areas are categorized into eight general regions including Central Bohemia, West Bohemia, North Bohemia, East Bohemia, South Bohemia, Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, North Moravia and lastly South Moravia. Where Bohemia comprises of undulating plains, hills, river basin and highland bounded by low mountains, the Moravia based on river basin is a hilly region located most strategically with an area that is an ancient land route between the North European Plain and the Danube. Most of the terrain of the Czech Republic is exceptionally stunning, and still amazingly well preserved.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Rich culture and heritage. Awe-inspiring architecture. Natural beauty. Breweries. Local food.

What's Not So Great?

Overcharging taxi drivers. Reserved attitude of locals. Racism and xenophobia at some places.

For Whom?

History buffs. People who love architecture. Nature lovers. Music and literature enthusiasts.

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Currency of Czech Republic

Czech Crown is the main and official currency of Czech Republic. Although some hotels, restaurants and shops do accept Euro, German Marks and USD but Czech Crown (CZK) is preferable, as many of them do not. The notes are in denomination of CZK 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000. Almost all the major cards are accepted in the country including Visa, MasterCard/Euro Card, American Express, Diners Club, Discover and Maestro for most of the transactions. One can use them at hotels, international shops and more expensive restaurants, but cash is must for small shops and cheaper eating joints.

Exchanging Money in Czech Republic

One can obtain amazing exchange rate in the Czech Republic for Czech crown than at their country or hometown. Foreign currency can be exchanged at all the bank branches, authorized exchange centres, major hotels and road border crossings. In Prague, the best place in the country to get money exchanged is the city centre. Also, try to avoid small exchange booths claiming not to charge any commission but offering poor rate. Withdrawing Czech Crown from ATM is also a perfect option with transaction fee levied by your own bank.

Festivals of Czech Republic

The festivals in the Czech Republic are all about celebrating their culture of art, music and literature. The Prague Spring International Music Festival is one such festival that celebrates the amazing performances by various artistes, symphony orchestras and music ensembles from all around the world. It is held for around three weeks from May to June. Another major festival is the Summer Shakespeare Festival that takes place from June through September at the Prague Castle. The festival is a real treat for literature lovers where some astounding performances are held entrenching the viewer with memories for life. Prague Autumn International Music Festival is yet another great festival that witnesses some great performances by the best musicians around f the globe and attracting plenty of classical music lovers.

Hygiene in Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has very high standards of healthcare facilities with very well maintained and equipped hospitals. With several public and private healthcare are coming up at good pace, the place is also a hub of medical tourism owing to cheap cost of procedures as compared to other parts of Europe. In general, food and water are clean and yap water is edible as long as proper hygienic precautions are taken. In forested rural areas, however, Tick-borne encephalitis exists during the summer season. Also, it is sometimes recommended to take vaccination against hepatitis B.

Customs of Czech Republic

Czechs in general are quite reserved in their dealings especially with foreigners, although in other aspect they are not much different from North Americans or other Europeans. Shaking hands is the common form of greeting while kissing on cheeks is mainly kept for family or close friends. A simple hello (Dobr_ den) on entering a shop and a good-bye (na shledanou) to a shopkeeper on leaving is a casual way of starting and ending a conversation. Talking loudly in public is considered rude; however, the rule is often disregarded while in pubs. Prague is a cosmopolitan city with fashion loving people, so do not reserve yourself while in the city and dress fashionably. Although make sure to carry clothes as per the weather conditions. Tipping is usually practiced in Prague on common basis, however not mandatory. One is expected to tip around 10-15 per cent of the bill amount to the waiter, although make sure it is not already added in the bill. Same tipping practice goes for the taxi drivers.

Tips for visiting Czech Republic

1. Carry light clothes such as shorts, skirts, shirts and dresses for pleasant days of summer, spring and autumn. 2. Always keep Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, waterproof jacket or umbrella, as weather is quite unpredictable in the country. 3. For winters, pack your warm sweaters, coats, hats and gloves, as it gets quite chilly. 4. Prague is a compact city and so a pair of good and comfortable shoes is highly advisable as various attractions and sights are at walking distance. 5. Pick pocketing is one of the most common crimes, so beware at the crowded public places, especially when in Prague. 6. Although being a city of fashion, Prague is quite casual about the dress code at restaurants, theatres and opera houses. 7. It is recommended to distribute your cash and cards in different bags and pockets. Also, do not carry large amount of cash with you.

Food of Czech Republic

The food of the Czech Republic is quite filling and heavy comprising of mainly meat and starch. High in calories, the meat (pork or beef) is usually accompanied with potatoes, bread, potato dumplings, rice, and sauerkraut. The food is presented with heavy cream sauce. One can simply see the influence of the neighbouring countries Austria and Hungary on food. Desserts in the country are mostly a blend of fruit and pastry, sometimes served with ice cream. Do not be surprised if you spot someone downing a beer with breakfast, it can be a common sight. Czech beer is very well known for its good taste (Pilsner is the best known) and often cheaper than coffee. There are several other varieties of liqueurs, which are further flavoured with herbs. Coffee, au lait or Turkish, is very famous, latter being very strong.

Stay options in Czech Republic

The Czech Republic offers plenty of hotels and other places to stay but for those on tight budget do not have much options. However, the rates lower down during off-season and thus witnessing a good flow of travellers. Hotels in Prague are quite expensive as compared to other cities of the country offering restored historic buildings, boutique hotels etc. Outside Prague, tariff tends to be a bit low although one will find some luxurious hotels in cities like Ostrava and Brno. Another option is a pension, which is a small place run by a family with not more than half a dozen rooms. These are quite common in rural areas and a little formal. There are also campsites in the Czech Republic with a space for both tents and caravans along with a common toilet and shower block. Chaty or unheated huts or bungalows are also accessible for rent by the night, which are available from March through October. Those who are travelling the country for business or quite a number of days, there is an increasing trend of renting private apartments that prove better worth than hotels. At last, one can also find hostels that can vary from being a proper backpacker accommodation and dorms in student halls of residence to sporting club facilities.

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