Prague could be called the treasury of Europe. It is sometimes called "The Golden City". In fact, Goethe once said about Prague: "A precious pearl on the crown of the Earth". Up to you to prove him right! It is made up of two parts, connected by the historic Karls bridge across the slow flowing Moldau. It is the capital of the Czech Republic and has about 1.2 million inhabitants.
- Voltage: 220V, 50 Hz. Bring a universal adaptor!
- Documents: Passport must be valid for another three months at the moment of entry. Children of 15 years and older must have their own passports. Keep it with you at all times.
- Money: Koruna (Kc) - Czech crown (CZK).1 USD = 19.4 CZK (July 2010).
Religion: Due to the forced suppression of 40 years under the Communists the population has lost it's religion for a large part. But religion is clearly coming back into the lives of the Czech's. 39.9 % Of all Czech's are atheist, 39 % is Roman Catholic and 2.5 % are protestant. There are a few splinter religions which I do not mention here.
Climate: It's a typical continental climate, with hot summers and very winters. Most rain falls in October and November. Average minimum temperatures are about minus 5 degrees C and the summers have an average of 25 degrees C. They are a little humid usually. In winters there is usually quite a bit of snow, which can last a long time.
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- Time compared to GMT:+1
Transport: To start off: there is a chance that you have to pay for luggage on public transport. The more you take, the more you pay! Please check with the driver. Otherwise you may have to pay a stiff fine! There are buses, trams and an efficient underground railway. You can buy a day or up to 15 days ticket, that let's you use all the public transport in the city (prices between US$ 1.50 and US$ 6.-).Well worth it. But also: walking around is not so bad either. Most of the things you want to see in the center are easily within walking distance. Coming from the airport, you can take a CEDAZ minibus, that takes you to town in a 20 minutes drive. Price 90 Koruna. Taking the bus (line 119) is cheaper but by taking the minibus you get there fast and it's the best way and more practical when arriving at night. If you do take the bus, (line 119), stay seated until the end station. You can buy a ticket from the yellow ticket machine in the arrival hall and NOT in the bus!! Or get off at Dejvicka, where you can take the underground train Line A to the center of town. Ridiculously cheap! Don't take the taxi. You'll be had! A very nice way of seeing Prague is to buy a so-called "Matilda Card". It will cost you about US$ 10, but will let you travel 4 days for"free" on all public transport and on top of that, it will serve as an entry tickets to all museum's in town! Again: the taxis. Most drivers will not start the meter clock although they are obliged by law. Tell the driver to switch on the clock if you must take a taxi. If he doesn't, get out. He will pull a long face, but he can't and won't do a thing, as it is obligatory. In fact, the Mayor of Prague once said: "If you can avoid it, don't take a taxi in Prague". I think it's best to heed that advice from an expert!! Even when the driver switches on the meter, it may be running fast. Prices have been liberated in Prague and they can charge anything they like!
Activities and tips. Prague is a city of writers, artists and musicians. Mozart lived in Prague for many years and spent his best years here. In this city he composed his famous "Don Giovanni". Beethoven was very welcome here too. Chateaubriand was here in 1833 and wrote about Prague in his "Memoires d'Outre-tombe. Chopin and Liszt played here. Berlioz was a favourite in Prague. He composed parts of his Damnation de Faust here. In the second half of the 19th century Prague also brought forth two geniuses: Smetana and Dvorak. In the same period Saint-Saens and Tschaikowsky stayed here. Mahler studied here and Grieg was a favorite of the Prague public. Then there were Rhodin, Guillaume Apollinaire and Leos Janacek. And let's not forget the famous Prague writer: Kafka!
Before you start exploring the city, go to the tourist bureau: Na Prikope 20. Open from Monday to Friday from 0900 to 1800 hours, Saturday and Sunday from 0900 hours to 1700 hours (closed on Sunday in winter!). You can get a nice City map there as well as an official town guide in different languages. And you can get tickets there for most concerts, etc. And the special tickets for public transport can be bought there too.
There is so much to see in Prague, but there is no need for me to tell you where to go. You can find that in all brochures and booklets on Prague. Hotels in Prague are expensive but the food is cheap. And good! For the simples meals you have to pay about $ 2.- and if you go for the finest restaurant and a luxurious meal with all the trimmings, you will have to pay about $ 20,-. Surely that's cheap enough! Remember that you will have to pay for your cutlery and bread! Tips are not left behind on the table when you leave, but you tell the waiter what you want to give him. 15 % Is okay. Don't go for the House Aperitive that you usually get offered (for a big price). It is usually undrinkable!! Last but not least: don't forget to visit the old city "Stare Mesto". You walk past a thousand years of history and a wonderful architectural world. The old city is hidden in a curve of the Vltava.
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Created: April 14, 1998. Updated: juli 27 2010