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Praktische Informatie over Praag

PRACTICAL INFO

Pragueis the capital city of the Czech Republic, which lies in the heart of Europe and borders on Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria. It is the political, economic, and cultural centre of the country. The president, government and parliament have their seat in Prague. Prague is also an important European transport hub.


Entering the Czech Republic - There is visa-free entry for citizens of most European countries, Australia, Canada and the United States. If necessary, visas are issued by diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic in a given country. The Czech Republic is a member of the Schengen area. Inhabitants of contractual states are allowed to cross borders between states within this area without undergoing border controls. Still, inhabitants of these states have the obligation to carry a passport or identity card with them.


Language - The official language is Czech. The majority of inhabitants have a basic, or possibly higher level of fluency in English and German. In hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, places of historical interest and many shops and services it is possible to make oneself understood in English or German and exceptionally also in French.


Climate - The Czech Republic has a temperate continental climate with four seasons. Winters are quite mild (the average temperature in January is -0.9 °C) and summers are not too hot (the average temperature in July is 19 °C).


Currency - Legal tender: crown (K), international abbreviation CZK

  • Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 K
  • Banknotes: 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 K


Post office - The main post office – Praha 1, Jind™išská 14, open daily except for a break from midnight till 2 a.m. Regular opening hours for post offices in the Czech Republic are Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Holidays and work-free days - State offices and banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and on state holidays. On Sundays and state holidays, regular shops are closed as well, while supermarkets and hypermarkets often operate without restrictions.

1 January - New Year, Day of Renovation of the Independent Czech State 
Easter Monday
1 May - Labor Day
8 May - Liberation Day (1945)
5 July - Cyril and Methodius Day - the Slavic Christianity Prophets
6 July - Master John Hus burning at the stake (1415)
28 September - Day of the Czech Statehood
28 October - Independent Czechoslovak State Proclamation Day (1918)
17 November - Day of a Struggle for Liberty and Democracy
24 December - Christmas Eve
25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - St Stephen's Day


Tipping - Tips usually make for 10% of the total price. However, it depends on your satisfaction with the staff and service provided.


Smoking - A law restricting smoking is in force in the Czech Republic. A smoking ban applies to public spaces (public transportation platforms – stops, railway and bus stations, means of public transport, cultural facilities, health care facilities). Smoking is limited in restaurants, although it is not strictly prohibited. Smoking and non-smoking areas are usually designated and separate.


Electrical voltage - The electrical network in the Czech Republic has the voltage of 230V.