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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA, Capital: PRAHA (Prague), Population: 10.3M, Telephone Code: +420 Time Zone: CET (GMT + 1:00), Area: 78 864 sq km, Language(s): Czech Ethnic Groups: Czechs, Slovaks, Roma, Vietnamese, Ukrainians etc., Highest Mountain: SNĚŽKA 1602m, President: Václav Klaus, Government: Currency: "Koruna" (CZK), Exchange Rate: 1EUR = 32 CZK, 1USD = 27 CZK, Health Risks: none, Electricity: 220-240V, Weights & Measures: metric, Country Name in other languages: Tschechien (Deutsch), Tchéquie (français), Čekija (Lietuviškai)

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Lovers of Classical music: L.JANÁČEK, A.DVOŘÁK, B. SMETANA, Z. FIBICH Lovers of Ethnic music: refer to "Off the Beaten Track"; Hundreds of CASTLES:..... ; Pastoral and picuresque COUNTRYSIDE: ; History of JEWS: PRAGUE and refer to "Off the Beaten Track"; Traditional HOSPITALITY: World's best LAGER BEERS (PILSNER URQUELL, BUDWEISER), WINE growing regions-refer to "Off the Beaten Track"

Maps

http://mapy.atlas.cz/
Similar to mapquest.com and maporama.com but better for Czech Rep. Search for addresses or towns.

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

The most important link for travelling by bus/train is www.idos.cz - a comprehensive information system having in database timetables: all trains (over the whole Europe), all buses in CR and also several public transportation systems (MHD) in larger Czech towns (Prague, Ostrava, Brno);

Getting there and away,

Getting around by Air: PRAHA international airport, BRNO (RyanAir to LONDON);

Train: Direct trains: Aalborg-Hamburg-Berlin-Dresden-PRAHA-BRNO, FrankfurtM/Stuttgart/München-Nürnberg-PRAHA, Linz-PRAHA, Wien-ZNOJMO, Wien-BRNO-PRAHA, Wien-OSTRAVA, Bucuresti-Budapest-Bratislava-BRNO-PRAHA, Budapest-Bratislava-OSTRAVA, Košice-Žilina-OSTRAVA-OLOMOUC-PRAHA-KARLOVY VARY, Moscow-Warszawa-(Wroclaw)/(Katowice-OSTRAVA-OLOMOUC)-PRAHA, Kiev-Kraków-OSTRAVA-OLOMOUC-PRAHA, Leipzig-KARLOVY VARY;

Bus: dozens of destinations all over Europe-daily from GB,NL,F,quite a few D,A, dozens daily from SK, 4 times a week Vilnius(LT)-PRAHA/BRNO-Wien(A);

Car: main routes: Zwickau(D)-LIBEREC-PRAHA, Dresden(D)-TEPLICE-PRAHA, Chemnitz(D)-CHOMUTOV-PRAHA, Hof/Bayreuth(D)-CHEB-KARLOVY VARY-PRAHA, Köln/R-Nürnberg-Amberg(D)-PLZEŇ(PILSEN)-PRAHA, München-Regen(D)-PLZEŇ(PILSEN)-PRAHA, Passau(D)-STRAKONICE-PRAHA, Linz(A)-ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE(BUDWEIS)-PRAHA, Wien(A)-ZNOJMO-PRAHA, Wien(A)-BRNO-PRAHA, Budapest(H)-Bratislava(SK)-BRNO-PRAHA, Trenčín(SK)-BRNO-PRAHA, Kraków-Cieszyn(PL)-OLOMOUC-PRAHA, Wroclaw-Klodzko(PL)-PRAHA/BRNO/OLOMOUC, Walbrzych(PL)-TRUTNOV-PRAHA, Jelenia Góra(PL)-LIBEREC-PRAHA

Motorcycle: rough road conditions,

Boat: no out-of-state lines;

Hitchhiking: might be tricky if approaching from Hof/Bayreuth(D) via town of CHEB;

Bicycle: Best approach by bike from Dresden(D)-DĚČÍN, Wien-Dürnkrut/LaaT/Poysdorf(A)-BŘECLAV/MIKULOV/ZNOJMO, ...

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

Currency Czech Crown, `Koruna česká`, abbreviation: `Kč`, currency code CZK. 1 EUR = 28 CZK, 1 USD = 22 CZK, 1 LTL = 10 CZK (banks probably do not purchase LTL), Exchanging Money: When exchanging in small exchange offices watch for possible fake banknotes. Each valid banknote has to have watermark pictures, aluminium line, wide reflective `certain-angle-visible` line on 500-5000Kč banknotes. Be aware when paying with 5000Kč banknote, cashiers might confuse 5000Kč and 1000Kč banknotes, Credit Cards: widely used, lots of ATMs, Tipping: Locals do not give big tips (cca 5-10% of price), some people do not tip at all. It is up to you, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

Borders and Customs

EU member from May 2004 - you bring goods duty free from all neighbouring countries.

Post and Communications and Internet

Post ZIP Code in America = PLZ in Germany = PSČ in Czech Republic
Telephone Every telephone number contains 9 digits, you do not need to use area codes, since they do not exist anymore. Though here are some hints:
Numbers beginning with 2 - The City of PRAHA(Prague)
Numbers beginning with 54 - The City of BRNO
Numbers beginning with 6 or 7 - Mobile Phone numbers
Fax, Internet Access Internet Cafés, price around 1EUR/hour...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

1. Hello/Good Day..........Dobrý den 2. Do you speak English?..........Mluvite Anglicky? 3. Where is_____?..........Kde je_____?

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

The Czech Republic consists of 2 major parts:
Bohemia(Čechy)-western part It is surrounded by mountains and highlands at all sides. The only river flows out of this huge basin - The Elbe River(Labe) and it flows into the North Sea.
Bohemia is divided from Moravia(Morava)-eastern part by the Main Continental Divide which means that Moravian rivers flow through the River Danube into the Black Sea.
Most important mountain ranges:
Šumava(Böhmerwald) SW border, highest point 1378m.
Krušné Hory(Erzgebirge) NW border, highest point 1244m.
Krkonoše(Riesengebirge) N border, highest point 1602m.
Králický Sněžník, central N border, highest point 1423m.
Moravian mts.: Jeseníky, North, highest point 1492m
Beskydy near E border, highest point 1323m.

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

TAXI in Prague. You might get "special" price = be ripped off. Be CAREFUL !!! Prices are not usually higher than 25 CZK = 0.85EUR per 1 km.

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
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Other Information

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External Links

Facts About the Czech Republic (L)

Offtopic Messages

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