The Czech Republic is situated in the centre of Europe, and shares boundaries with Germany, Poland, the Slovak Republic & Austria.

National Tourist Office Contacts

Address:

Ceska centrala cestovniho ruchu / Czech Tourist Authority - CzechTourism,
P.O.Box 32, 120 41 Prague 2, Czech Republic

Phone: +420 221 580 111
Fax: +420 224 247 516
E-mail: czechtourism@czechtourism.cz
Web: www.czechtourism.com

 

Czech Republic – Practical Information

Area:                          78 867 km²
Location:        The Czech Republic is a land-locked country situated in Central Europe. It neighbours to the west with Germany (border length 810 km), to the north with Poland (762 km), to the east with Slovakia (252 km) and to the south with Austria (466 km). It spreads out over the territory of three historical landsBohemia, Moravia and part of Silesia.
Population:                10 293 000
Flag:                          
Language:                  The only official language of the Czech Republic is Czech, which is spoken by 96% of the population. There is no need to worry. You can make yourself understood in English, especially in larger cities, with practically no difficulties at all.
Capital:          The capital city is Prague.
Other major cities:    Brno, Ostrava, Plzeň, Olomouc, Karlovy Vary and Český Krumlov
Membership:             The Czech Republic has been a member of the European Union since
2004 and part of the Schengen Area since 2007.
Entrance:                   Citizens of the European Union need a passport or other valid identity document to enter the Czech Republic. The same applies for citizens of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein, who are ensured free movement within the European Economic Area.
            Visitors from other countries need a passport which is valid for six months after their arrival date and in some cases also a visa. A list of countries with a visa obligation for entrance to the Czech Republic can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mzv.cz).
Currency:                  The official currency used in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown
with the international abbreviation CZK.
Notes are in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500, 1 000, 2 000 and
5 000 crowns. Coins are in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Czech crowns. More
information about the current rate of exchange of the Czech crown
to foreign currency is available at www.cnb.cz.
Climate:                     Geographically, the Czech Republic lies in a moderate zone with four seasons of practically the same length. Winters are relatively mild (the average temperature in January is -2 °C, 28.4 °F) and summers are not excessively hot (the average temperature in July is 20 °C, 68 °F), so you can visit the Czech Republic at practically any time without having to worry about extreme weather.
Health service            Since the middle of 2004, insured parties from individual member
and insurance:           countries of the EU travelling to another member country of the EU temporarily, have been issued a European health insurance card. All healthcare providers in the EU, EEA and Switzerland must accept patients with a European health insurance card.
Time zone:                 The 24 hour system is used in the Czech Republic.
 

Telephone, electricity, internet

The international dialling code for the Czech Republic is +420 (or 00 420). If you are calling from abroad, you must use the dialling code followed by a 9 digit number.
The Czech Republic has a good Internet connection, so other than a few exceptions, you will not have any difficulties with Internet availability.
The electricity network in the Czech Republic has a voltage of 230 V.
 
Restrictions:  
The Czech Republic has adopted a law on restriction of smoking. One of the main points is a ban on smoking in public places (public transport stops – bus stops, railway stations and cultural facilities). In restaurants, the operator is obliged to ensure a non-smoking section
(either a separate room, or non-smoking hours when lunch and dinner are served).
 
Opening hours, days off, public holidays:
Shops are usually open from Monday to Friday, from 8-9 am until 6 pm.
In larger cities, shops even stay open until 8 or 9 pm. Banks are open on weekdays with usual opening hours of approx. 8 am – 5 pm, later in city centres. Withdrawal of cash from cash machines is possible 24 hours a day including weekends. Post offices are usually open from 8 am until 6 pm.
 
Festivals and public holidays:
1 January – New Year´s Day, Day of the Renewal of the Independent Czech State (1993)
March/April – Easter Monday
1 May – International Labour Day
8 May – Victory Day (1945)
5 July – Feast of St. Cyril and St. Methodius
6 July – Jan Hus Memorial Day
28 September – Czech Statehood Day
28 October – Foundation of the Independent Czechoslovak State (1918)
17 November – Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy
24 December – Christmas Eve
25 December – Christmas Day
26 December – Boxing Day
 
Accommodation:
Classification of accommodation facilities in the Czech Republic corresponds to the standards of European countries ranging from two to five stars. You will find a wide variety of accommodation including top-quality luxury hotel suites, comfortable guesthouses suitable for families with children or cheap hostels for students. Those who love adventure can choose from numerous campsites or even spend the night on a barge.
 
 
 
Payment:                  
Payment cards are regularly accepted in shops and restaurants in large cities. Traveller’s cheques issued by internationally acknowledged companies are mostly accepted by Czech banks without any problems. Remember that banks usually close by 5 pm and do not operate at weekends.
 
There are three basic means of currency exchange – in a branch of any large bank, in a bureau de change, or withdrawal of cash from any ATM. American Express travellers cheques can be cashed at the nearest American Express branch. Currency exchange is also available at almost all hotels.
 
Custom regulations:
Customs rules and procedures are similar to those prevailing in the majority of EU countries. Detailed information is available at: http://www.czechtourism.com/holiday/Practical-information/ENTRANCE-TO-THE-CZECH-REPUBLIC-AND-TARIFF-QUOTAS.aspx or http://www.celnisprava.cz/en/Pages/default.aspx
 

Transport, Useful phone numbers

Air:The largest and main Czech airport is Prague Airport - Ruzyně located only 18 km from the city centre. Prague airport offers direct connections to almost all main European cities as well as those overseas and meets the highest international standards. The airport annually provides its services to somewhere between 11 and 12 million passengers and is used as a regular base by more than 50 airlines connecting Prague with more than 130 destinations worldwide.
In 2011, Prague Airport won the “Most Deserving Airport” Eagle Award from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in recognition of the airport’s substantial development and customer satisfaction with its services.
 
Trains and busses:
For travelling between cities, these are the best options, as the Czech Republic has one of the densestrail networksin Europe and also provides a system of public transportation by bus with a great density of reliable and relatively cheap connections.
Rail transportation is ensured almost exclusively by Czech Railways. Bus transportation is ensured by several private carriers. Travelling by train with Czech Railways, it is possible to make use of several discounts – discounts for passengers booking their tickets in advance, passengers with a loyalty card (a so-called customer card) or for a group of passengers.
All information about domestic transport can be found on the IDOS.cz website.
 
Moving around the city:
Large cities have carefully designed tram, bus, trolleybus or metro routes in terms of the local public mass transportation company. Prague has three metro lines that connect all parts of the city and run until midnight. Trams and busses run regularly during the night. There are different options for tickets ranging from a single-trip ticket to 1, 2, 3 or 5-day passes, which can be used across for all forms of local transport during a given period of time. The tickets must be validated (stamped) at special machines immediately on entering any public transport. Only a properly stamped ticket is valid. Timetables and more information can be found at www.dpp.cz.
 
 
Taxi: Taxi services are available all over the country for short or long distances.
 
Transport by car:
Documents required:
Driving licence (European or international), ID card (EU) or passport, vehicle documents (small certificate of roadworthiness, third party insurance and a green card).
 
Basic traffic regulations:
Vehicles must drive on the right; seatbelts must be worn when driving; lights must be switched on all year round; children (under 150 cm in height) must be strapped into a car seat and may not sit in the front passenger seat; speed limit: motorway/out of town/in town – 130/90/50 km/h; pedestrians on a crossing always have right of way; drivers must be over the age of 18; it is forbidden to hold a mobile telephone while driving, telephoning is only possible with a hands-free set; the level of alcohol permitted in the blood is zero per ml, anything above this is considered violation of the law.
 
Fees and toll:
Passenger cars must have a sticker on the windscreen to use the motorways (the so-called motorway vignette), which is proof of payment of the fee for use of motorways. The motorway vignette can be purchased at any filling station. Prices for vehicles up to 3.5t are as follows:
·      annual vignette – CZK 1,200
·      monthly vignette – CZK 350
·      10-day vignette – CZK 250
 
 
Useful telephone numbers:
The numbers of the most important institutions, which you might need, are mostly three digits. You can get through to these wherever you are at any time free of charge.
 
150      Fire Brigade
155      Medical First Aid
158      Police
156      Municipal Police
112      Emergency calls (available throughout the whole Europe, includes universal medical 
            aid, police and fire brigade)
 
 
The Czech Republic – a Symphony of the Senses

 

You will most certainly come to love this country in the heart of Europe. Beautiful nature, rare historical monuments and an ideal position on a crossroads of air, rail and road transportation rank the Czech Republic among the most popular Central European tourist destinations. The Czech Republic offers unforgettable moments for all without exception: senior citizens and young people, families with children and businessmen holding business meetings. Come to a country of famous musicians to compose your own symphony of experiences.


The capital city of Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with a unique cultural and historical atmosphere, clad in modern robes. However, you will not only find countless museums, galleries and monuments here, but also in the other regions of the Czech Republic. This country is literally covered in historical cities, castles and chateaux.


The Czech Republic is unique in the world with regards to its density of UNESCO monuments. Such a small country, yet it has 12 buildings protected by the famous mark. You can visit them all over the course of a few days.


However, the Czech Republic is not only monuments, but also parks in the great outdoors with many places of natural beauty. Those who are fans of active holidays in summer by the water or on their bikes, or on skis in winter at the numerous ski centres, are catered for here. Lovers of golf can also enjoy courses of a high standard here, the history of the sport dating back to the end of the 19th century in this country. There are currently more than 70 golf courses to be visited, attracting golfers not only with their top quality service, but also their unique atmosphere, often close to historical monuments.


The famous Czech spa industry is traditional here, sought out by tourist from all over the world for its methods of treatment using mineral waters, peat, mud or the climate. Every time you visit the Czech Republic you can also discover the taste of Czech cuisine, the famous Czech beer and the exquisite Moravian wine.


The Czech Republic is promoted as an attractive tourist destination at home and abroad by the state-run agency CzechTourism (www.czechtourism.com). You will find everything you need and useful tourist information in several world languages on their website.

10 reasons to visit the Czech Republic
1. A safe destination
The Czech Republic is safe. This was for example proven by the NATO summit and summit of the International Monetary Fund, which was held in Prague in 2002. And this is also confirmed by the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the Czech Republic and feel safe here every year.
 
2. Easy accessibility
The Czech Republic is said to be the heart of Europe. This is a great advantage for holding international meetings. The capital city of Prague has a direct air connection with 110 destinations the world over. There are five large airports in the Czech Republic: Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Pardubice and Karlovy Vary. There is a well-established infrastructure all over the country with a network of roads, motorways and railway lines of a European standard.
 
3. Quality at an affordable price
Apart from exceptional cultural experiences, the Czech Republic is also attractive from abroad in that it offers quality services on a global level at a reasonable price. Together with professionalism, this is a compelling reason to hold international conferences and meetings here.
 
4. Business, rest and relaxation
The Czech Republic is a popular and frequent place for holding international conferences and meetings. You can finish off a demanding working day with a visit to the local spas, which are famed the world over. Apart from courses of treatment, they also offer relaxation and wellness programmes.
 
5. Rich cultural life
You certainly will not be bored in the Czech Republic! Music lovers should certainly visit the world famous Prague Spring and Prague Autumn festivals featuring leading world famous musicians. It was no accident that Prague was declared a European City of Culture in 2000. You can visit lots of opera, ballet or dance performances here as well as several exhibitions the whole year round. The Prague Writers’ Festival is also held here once a year and every four years, the prestigious Prague Quadriennale of performance design and space from all over the world. Several cultural events and celebrations are held all over the country over the course of the whole year. You will find a unique atmosphere at many of them where history merges with the present.
 
6. Historical, but modern
The Prague of today could be summed up in these words – although history can literally be found here on every corner, it cannot be said that the city is old fashioned and not keeping up with the times. On the contrary, you will find several modern shopping centres here with Czech and international brand shops, stylish top-class night clubs and restaurants where you’ll be sure to have a good time. 
 
7. UNESCO monuments
The Czech Republic is so small, yet has so many entries on the UNESCO monument list. The concentration of places of interest here that are recorded on the famous international list, is one of the highest in the world. Twelve tangible monuments in the Czech Republic have been included in the UNESCO world cultural heritage list from 1992 until now, one intangible one (the Verbuňk dance from Moravian Slovakia) and one geopark (Bohemian Paradise). The collection of protected places of interest is also captivating for its diversity. Historical city centres are represented here, Christian and Jewish church monuments, well-preserved chateaux surrounded by exquisite gardens, villages in the rural Baroque style as well as examples of modern architecture. What’s more, all of them are located within three hours of the capital city of Prague.
 
8. Incentive
Nothing is impossible in the Czech Republic. Would you like to have dinner in a medieval castle in historical costumes with private concerts or a gala performance? Or explore Prague as James Bond? There are no bounds to your fantasy here and the programme will be tailored to suit your needs.
 
9. The Czech Republic is not only Prague!
The Czech Republic is small, which is an advantage for the country. You can get everywhere quickly and easily. Hiking fans will find a dense network of well-marked nature trails here and the same has been prepared for cyclists. They can set out along wine trails to the south of Moravia, along beer trails in Bohemia, or past industrial monuments. Apart from visiting historical cities or UNESCO monuments, you can for example take an active holiday on horseback in one of the agro-farms, or enjoy climbing or paragliding. Fans of outdoor activities and adrenaline activities are most certainly catered for here.
 
10. Away with boredom!
The magical atmosphere of Prague and its narrow medieval lanes will transform your work meeting into a novel and unique experience. You will find similar picturesque corners all over the country in several historical cities. All you have to do is choose. The genius loci is reinforced here by the high level of services and typical Czech hospitality and warmth.
 
 
 
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