Coming to the Czech Republic, means being in intimate contact with all the facets of traditional and contemporary art. Music festivals take place across the country from spring to autumn - the most famous among them is certainly the Prague Spring International Music Festival, Smetanova Litomysl festival and Baroque music festival in Valtice. Many of the world's most famous composers and soloists lived and worked in the Czech Republic.
Spas are a hot choice in the Czech Republic: Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne and Frantiskovy Lazne. The curative effects of the local mineral springs have been known from time immemorial and hence, the spa regions have developed into important centers of life. Spa treatment is, however, only a small part of the extensive offer. Those interested in spending their time in a more active way will find here the country's most famous golf courses that have been venues of many a master tournament. Others may prefer to visit the Moser glassworks whose products adorn royal palaces and whose museum houses an exhibition on the history of famed glass making in Bohemia, which has established itself as one of the Czech signature crafts. Visitors looking for a less main-stream excitement may find it at a number of casinos, and then relax over a glass of the famous Becherovka herbal liqueur associated with Karlovy Vary so closely that it has been nicknamed the spa's 13th mineral spring.
The Czech Republic is known as the country of castles and chateaux many of which are nested within these urban monument reserves.
The Czech Republic, dynamically growing country enjoys the attention of international business people, and those who indulge themselves in shopping will usually leave satisfied. Traditional Czech handicraft - Bohemian crystal and porcelain, string puppets, wooden toys as well as fine classical records by Czech and world masters are celebrated throughout the world.
The Czech Republic is situated approximately in the geographical centre of Europe and has an area of 78 866 sq. km. It is a landlocked country 326 km from the Baltic and 322 km from the Adriatic. It shares borders with Germany (810 km), Poland (762 km), Austria (466 km) and Slovakia (265 km). The highest point of elevation is the peak of Mt. Snezka (1 602 m above sea level) and the lowest point of elevation is near Hrensko where the River Labe leaves Czech territory (117 m above sea level).
1st January - Independent Czech State
8th May - Liberation Day
5th July - Slavic Apostles St. Cyril and St. Methodius
6th July - Burning of Jan Hus
28th September - Czech Statehood Day
28th October - Independent Czechoslovakia Day
17th November - Fight for Freedom and Democracy
Other holidays are
1st January - New Year´s Day
1st May - May Day
24th December - Christmas Eve
25th December - Christmas Day
26th December - Boxing Day
The voltage in the Czech Republic as well as the socket and plug sizes is identical to the most of European countries (220V / 50Hz), and differs from the voltage in the Americas (110V/60 Hz).
We recommend you to check Visa policy of your home country to enter Czech Republic. Czech Republic is member of European Union, since 1st May 2004.
Official language is Czech. However, you will experience that other commonly spoken languages are English and German.
Czech language, along with Slovak, Polish, and the High and Low Sorbian, belongs to the western group of Slavic languages.
27% Roman Catholic, 2% Protestant and almost 60% of people are unaffiliated
Ruzyne International Airport - 25 minutes to the city center
Hlavní nádraží (Main Train Station) - 5 minutes to the city center
Taxis - official radio taxi companies AAA, City taxe, Credit Taxi, Halo taxi, Profi taxi, Radio taxi
Car rentals - Alimex, Avis, Czechocar, Hertz.
Czech Airlines, the country's flag carrier, and 37 other airlines offers connections from Prague to more than 76 places in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, USA and Canada.
Prague Airport at Ruzyne is located to the northwest of Prague, some 20 kilometres from the City Centre. It is accessible by urban transport (metro and bus), a shuttle bus service and taxis.
All major international air carriers have representations in Prague.
The Czech Republic boasts a dense network of railway. Many international express trains pass through the country. České dráhy (Czech Rail) is the operator of railway transport in Czech Republic. The main stations are the Main Railway Station and Masarykovo station.
The Highway Code in the Czech Republic is basically the same as in other European countries. Prague and several other cities have parking zones reserved for residents and institutions based there. Motorists are advised to park outside these zones. Guarded parking spaces and garages are recommended.
Shops in the city centre are open daily from 09:00/10:00 a.m. to 06:00/06:30 p.m. Some grocery stores, souvenir shops and supermarkets remain open until 10:00 p.m. Some supermarkets are open 24 hours a day.
Post Offices are open between 08:00 a.m. and 07:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and Saturday until noon. The Central Post Office in the city centre and post offices in the main train stations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Most banks open Monday to Friday from 08:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. Banks are closed over the weekend and on public holidays. There is several money exchange offices available opening until late at night, 7 days a week.
Import: Non-commercial goods may be imported duty free in the following amounts per person:
1/ 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.
2/ Alcoholic drinks: 1 lt. of alcohol OR 2lt. of wine.
3/ 50g of perfume or 0,25l of toilet water.
4/ Medicines of the type and in the amount corresponding to the personal needs of the traveler.
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 is needed stating that they are not regarded as cultural heritage.
From any public phone - free of charge:
Fire Brigade 150
Municipal Police 156