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Bars/Discotheques/Nightclubs

The most popular place is the city centre around the Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square. Here, you will find all different kinds of bars, clubs, discotheques, coffee-house-bars and casinos.

Clothing - what to wear

During the daytime dress casually unless you are attending a business meeting. Walking shoes for wandering around are recommended, as in most historical cities there is a lot of cobblestone streets.

The appropriate attire in the evening for cocktail parties, formal dinner functions, dinner in first class or gourmet restaurants is jacket and tie for the men and appropriate attire for the ladies. For dinners at grand palaces dark suits or tuxedos and fancy cocktail dressed or gowns are very common. And even in casual places people wear jackets except in wine-taverns or pubs.

For concerts and theatre performances people in Prague wear formal clothes and for the opera you really dress-up.

Customs regulations

Import:

Non-commercial goods may be imported duty free in the following amounts per person:

  • Tobacco products: 250 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos (up to 3g per piece) OR 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco OR a proportionate combination of the above.

  • Alcoholic drinks: 1l of alcohol OR 2l of wine.

  • 50g of perfume or 0.25l of toilet water.

  • Medicines of the type and in the amount corresponding to the personal needs of the traveller.

Export:

Any amount of non-commercial goods can be freely exported from the Czech Republic with no permit necessary. The export of items regarded as cultural heritage is not permitted. For the export of antiques and other works of art, a certificate confirming that they are not regarded as cultural heritage is needed.

Electricity

220 volt, 50 cycle. For your electrical appliances you need a converter and an adapter. They are available at most hotels in limited amounts.

Emergency information

From any public phone - free of charge:

Police 158
Fire Brigade 150
Ambulance 155
Municipal Police 156

General destination information resource

www.czechtourism.com

www.praguetourist.com

Currency

The Czech currency is the Czech Crown. There are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Crowns and bank notes of 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 Crowns. The 5000 Crown note is difficult to get changed especially by taxi drivers or in small shops.

Religion

Roman Catholic is the predominant religion in the Czech Republic. Czechoslovak Husite Church (founded after 1918) is the second most common religion. The largest Protestant community is the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession. Recent estimates put the number of Jewish inhabitants at about 1,500.

Restaurants

There are a wide variety of different restaurants available. Apart from traditional Czech cooking, many restaurants also offer international cuisine as well as other nations' specialties.

Shopping

In Prague you still find a lot of individual boutiques and shops versus large shopping centres. The main and most exclusive shopping area is the city centre around the Wenceslas Square. The shopping centres and supermarkets are usually located at the edge of town (Pruhonice, Cerny Most, Zlicin). Most Supermarkets and shops in the City Centre are open daily from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm. Food shops and supermarkets usually open at 06:00 am.

Good buys are:
Antiques Jewelry, Leather, Costume Jewelry, Porcelain, Ceramics, Crystal, Tapes/Records/CD's of classical music, Books, Puppets, Wooden Toys

Typical Czech Items: Becherovka (a herbal liqueur), Slivovice (plum brandy), Bohemian and Moravian wines, Czech crystal, variety of Czech beers, Bohemian garnets, Tapes/Records/CD's of classical music, Puppets, Wooden Toys

Typical Handicrafts would be: porcelain, lace, ceramics, puppets, and wooden toys.

Smoking

Is still quite common in the Czech Republic. No smoking applies in restaurants, bars, public transportation, during cultural performances & at government buildings. Other non-smoking areas are clearly marked.

Time difference

The Czech Republic lies in the Middle European Time Zone. Between April and October clocks are put ahead one hour for "daylight saving time". GMT plus one hour, during daylight saving time pus two hours. The Czech Republic is 6 hours ahead of Eastern time, 7 hours ahead of Central time, 8 hours ahead of Mountain time and 9 hours ahead of Pacific time.

Transportation

Taxis: Taxi fares are composed of a flat rate and a charge per kilometre. The price list must be displayed outside and inside the car. Taxi drivers are obliged to hand out receipts stating the amount paid. Hotel taxis charge their own rates.

Public Transportation

Prague has a well functioning public system including trams, underground and buses. Travelling by city transport is only possible with a valid ticket. Passengers have to obtain their tickets before boarding the vehicle or entering the Metro system. Regular transfer tickets cost 32 Crowns. The regular ticket is valid for 90 minutes after marking. Short-hop ticket costs 24 Crowns and is valid for 30 minutes.

Tipping

It is customary to give a tip of about 5-10%.

VISA and Passport regulations

All U.S. and Canadian Citizens, including infants and children, need a valid passport to enter the Czech Republic. The ticket agent at the check-in counter (at the originating airport) is required to check the passport, which must be valid for three months beyond the departure from the country. No Visa is required for US citizens travelling to the Czech Republic. Canadian citizens do need a Visa for travelling to the Czech Republic!

All non U.S. citizens, please contact the Czech Consulate or Diplomatic Mission nearest for assistance regarding entry requirements (www.mzv.cz).

Water

Tap water is of good quality and safe to drink.