Although the Czech Republic has only been around since 1993, it is definitely a country filled with exciting history.
Prague might be the world's most beautiful and cultured cities but the country is known as having some of the best breweries you have ever encountered and it is filled with amazing castles and chateaus that will leave you breathless.
This Czech Republic travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
- Czech power voltage is 230 V 50Hz; Plug E
- Czech currency is the Czech koruna and is around 25 CZK to 1 USD.
- Drink some Czech beer. The Pils beer was invented here! Try the Pilsner Urquell, the world's first pilsner. International SIM for all our travels.
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Budget: You can find hostels for 210-600 Czech Korunas per night. Enjoy dorm-styled or private rooms, security lockers, free Wi-Fi, a shared kitchen, coffee and tea, and a lounge area with a TV.
Mid-Range: For mid-range, expect to pay around 950-2,110 Czech Korunas per night. These include private rooms with coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs, a breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, and a spa.
High-End: Luxury hotels will cost about 2,350-11,000 Czech Korunas per night. Enjoy private suites with sitting areas, a hotel restaurant with fine dining options, massage services, an indoor pool
The cuisine of
When out and about, look for some Kofola (Czech’s version of Coca-Cola) and some Trdelník (grilled spit cake topped with walnut powder). There are many restaurants where you can sample more of the country’s cuisine. In total, expect to pay around 470 Czech Korunas per day for food.
Getting to the Czech Republic:
Flights: The main airport to fly into is the Václav Havel Airport Prague, located 7 miles from the city center of Prague. Other airports include the Brno–Tu?any Airport (7.5 miles from Brno city center) and the Leoš Janá?ek Airport (12 miles from the city of Ostrava). You can check for the best flights to the Czech Republic on Skyscanner.
Metro: Prague has its own metro that travelsfrom 4:45 AM to midnight throughout Prague, with new trains arriving every few minutes. Buy a ticket for 24-32 Czech Korunas (good for 30 or 90 minutes) and is also a valid transfer for buses. You can buy a ticket at the ticket vending machines.
Buses: Buses are one of the cheapest ways to travel in the Czech Republic, both through cities and more remote locations.The best time to take a bus is during the week, as it can be harder to find a bus on the weekend.
Taxis: Try not to pick up a taxi on the street, instead, program Tick Tack Taxi or AA Taxi on your phone, both services are available 24 hours, charge a fair rate and also speak English!
Car Rental: To rent a car, you need to be at least 21 years old and have a driver’s license as well as International Driving Permit. Prices start at 610 Czech Korunas for drivers 25 and older.
Uber: Uber works throughout the city of Prague.
The climate differs among the various regions of the Czech Republic.
But the climate can be described as a typical European continental influenced climate which includes warm and dry summers with cold, cloudy and yet humid winters.
- Rain gear – weather can be incredibly unpredictable. It can be pouring rain and then half an hour the sun is out and there are no clouds in the sky.
- Make sure to always carry either a raincoat or an umbrella so that you do not get caught in the rain.
- Warm clothes – the weather, even in the summer, can range from 15°C to 25°C degrees with temperatures dipping once the sun goes down. Make sure to bring warm clothes, like a sweater or even a light jacket.
- Walking shoes – Opt for closed toes shoes that are also waterproof, just in case.
- Classic Basic items – You do not need to be a fashionista to blend in. The key is in embracing neutral toned items that can be mixed and matched easily. Avoid logos, baseball caps, shorts, hoodies, flip-flops, and running shoes as these items scream tourist!
- Layers – The Czech Republic has four distinct seasons with summer being hot and the winter being pretty cold.
- In the wintertime, it is important that you bring some warm clothes with you, specifically a warm coat, hat, and gloves. On any given day you might encounter a variety of different temperature so get ready to live in layers and peel off a layer in a moment's notice
- Leave your heels at home – Cobblestone streets are common in many cities and towns across Czech Republic. Heels and cobblestone do not mix so opt for flats, boots and/or sandals.
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When to Go
The two best times to visit for fewer crowds and better deals on hotels are March-May and September-October. Spring has numerous events, including the Prague International Music Festival.
Temperatures during these seasons range from the 40s to the 60s. If you’re looking for the hottest months (
Things to Do
- Krkonoše Mountains – This area is a great place to get outdoors to enjoy nature. There are numerous waterfalls as well as glacial formations.
- Cycle to castles: There are more castles per capita in the Czech Republic than anywhere else, so you can enjoy them by biking to them. The Ohre cycling route goes by some of the most majestic castles in the country.
- Festival galore – Summertime is Festival Season and Prague seems to know how to party.
- Prague Castle: Built in the 9th century, the Prague Castle is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic, as well as the largest castle complex in the world. With Gothic and Romanesque architecture, it is a stunning sight. Explore the insides and outsides and head to the exhibitions to learn more about this castle.
- Lesser Town: Also known as Malá Strana, take a stroll through this scenic town that’s filled with Renaissance and Baroque-styled pastel houses and buildings, cobblestone streets, and numerous shops and restaurants. There’s also a John Lennon Wall where you can write a message.
What not to Miss
- Prague Zoo: Visit this popular zoo in Prague for a fun day out. Featuring over 5,000 animals and 679 species, it is a dream for animal lovers. See Asian elephants, Chinese Giant Salamanders, antelopes, giraffes, and more.
- Take a beer tour: Head to Pilsen, Czech Republic to tour Pilsner Urquell brewery. They've been making beer here since 1824 and are still going strong. You can see how the factory works and sample the beer while you're there.
- Charles Bridge: See this iconic medieval bridge that features 30 Baroque monuments of saints. Once used as a trade route between Prague and Eastern and Western Europe, the bridge is now a popular spot for local artists and for seeing beautiful views of the Vltava River down below.
- Petín Tower: Dating back to 1891 and once used as an observation and transmission tower, this tower is a popular tourist spot. Standing at 63.5 meters, visitors can marvel at its size before heading up the 299 stairs to observe great city views.
Places to Stay
Mamaison Riverside Hotel Prague – This 4-star hotel is a great place to stay when you're in Prague. It's right on the river, so you'll have an amazing view of the city life. You'll be within minutes of multiple bus stops so you can easily get around the city. They also have paid parking if you're renting a car.
Imperial Hotel Ostrava – This is a great choice to stay at when you're staying in Ostrava. They've had a reputation of being welcoming to all guests for over 100 years, although their decor has been updated over the years. The hotel offers free breakfast, a fitness center, and has family suites available for bigger groups traveling together.
Parkhotel Plzen – This hotel is a great base located on the southern end of Pilsen. If you want to stay active during your trip, you can check out the tennis courts or the pool. They also
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