Climate & weather
About the weather in Prague, the Czech Republic isn’t as cold as one may think. The winters have become considerably milder in recent years and, although snow is guaranteed between December and February, temperatures rarely drop beyond -10 degrees Celsius. In the summer it can be extremely pleasant with the maximum temperatures regularly hitting above 30 degrees Celsius in July through to September.
Crime in Czech cities
Czech cities have much lower crime rates than western European cities but petty theft and pick pocketing in crowed areas can be a problem for tourists, especially in busy public places.
Czech culture has a rich history of traditions, in part because of their strong Catholic upbringing, which is still very important today. People are somewhat conservative, especially with regards to their personal space, and so, wild, loud outlandish behavior is likely to be frowned upon.
Currency & prices
Czech Republic has not yet converted to the Euro currency and still uses its own Czech denomination, the koruna česká (CZK). At the moment there are around 25.50 CZK to 1 EUR. The Czech Koruna CZK is readily available for exchange in most major banks, post offices and airport exchange bureaus across Europe.
In terms of prices, Prague is slightly more expensive than other major cities in Central Europe, but when comparing food and drink. However durable goods, electrical items and property prices are on par. The average earnings in this region range from 405,000 to 485,000 CZK.
Healthcare in Czech Republic
As a member of the E.U., Czech Republic provides reciprocal free healthcare on provision of a valid European Health Insurance Card, for further information visit your Post Office. However, the public healthcare system in Czech Republic is not of the same standard as in other Western European countries and it is advisable to take out private medical insurance before your visit.
Language & foreign languages
Czech is a West Slavic language and, to the untrained ear, may sound similar to Polish or Slovakian. Pronunciation is notoriously difficult for foreigners but the locals will certainly appreciate you making the effort.
With regards to foreign languages, English, German and Russian are all fairly widely-spoken. Younger people tend to have a better command of English, as they have lessons in now as a compulsory part of the school curriculum, while the older generation are more likely to have German or Russian as a second language.
Smoking in Prague
The Czech Republic is one of the few places that you can smoke in public. Many places have smoking sections, but the smoking ban is still being debated.
Leaving tips for service is a standard practice in Czech Republic and a large tip for great service would be generously
Traveling around Prague
Prague has a number of different forms for transport to get you around and abut within the city. There is a metro system (underground), city trams, buses and ferries.
There are also plenty of taxis, cheap in comparison with Scandinavia and Western Europe, but tourists should be wary of overcharging and it is a good idea to check the price before getting in.
WI-Fi internet connection
In the city center and main streets of Prague, there is usually a strong Wi-Fi connection available and also most bars, cafes and hotels will offer customers a connection to their network.