Population: 1.3 million
Country: Czech Republic
Time Zone: The time is GMT +1 in winter GMT + 2 in summer (Greenwich Meantime)
Climate: Prague has a typically European continental climate with cold, snowy winters and warm (sometimes wet) summers. Summers usually bring plenty of sunshine and the average daily high temperature of 24 °C (75 °F)
Country Calling Code: +420
Languages: The official language in the Czech Republic is Czech
Currency: The Czech Republic's currency is the Czech koruna or Czech crown (Kč / CZK).
Electricity: A.C. 230 volts - 50hz
Electric Plug Details: European round two-pin
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its uniquely preserved historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992, reflects eleven centuries of history. This culturally rich city full of fabulous monuments, charms visitors not only with its impressive and diverse architecture and breath‑taking views, but also its intimate, romantic atmosphere that is ideal for long walks. Prague is a city of (not just classical) music and art, found here at every step, a city of gardens and parks, and last but not least, a city where the best beer in the world is brewed and savored.
Food & Drink
Czech cuisine has its own undeniable charm, and your visit to Prague is a great opportunity to experience its tastes. In the words of one pub; it was invented to have something to eat great Czech beer with. Of course that’s not true at all, but what is true is that beer is the perfect accompaniment to many Czech dishes. Czech cuisine is similar to that of Bavaria or Austria – primarily combinations of meat and potatoes or any of the many types of dumplings, served with a variety of sauces. Typical ingredients include fresh and dried wild mushrooms, cabbage, potatoes, and root vegetables; meat includes pork, duck, and goose, as well as venison when in season.
Classic Czech meals in restaurants for locals cost less than for equally filling meals in other western countries. For €5 you can enjoy a hearty lunch of pork, sauce, six dumplings and a half liter of beer. The trick is to visit non-tourist restaurants if you are hunting for inexpensive meals. Restaurants in tourist hot-spots near the Charles Bridge will not provide savings - the price can be twice as much just because you are near the Bridge. To save money avoid tourist hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops. Ask locals where they eat.
Beer, on the other hand, is probably cheaper than anywhere else in the world. For Czechs beer is considered a meal compliment and not an alcoholic drink - so it is taxed less than in other countries.
Large sausage, bun and mustard at Wenceslas Square: around €1.50
Large coffee: €3.30
Full meal for two (two main dishes, two desserts, two beers an two coffees): Around €30 depending on the area
1 beer 0.5l: €1.30
The Czech Republic is part of the EU but it has not adopted the Euro (EUR). The currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna, also known as Korun and abbreviated as CZK
Its usually recommended to exchange currency before you get to Prague as this save you time and hassle once in the city. The Koruna is a not an international currency and banks outside of the Czech Republic do not hold it in abundance, so they will charge you for the convenience.
Using a popular currency like the US dollar or Euro, or other major currency, will have a favorable exchange rate. Exchanging your money once you are in the city could be preferable as competition between currency exchanges keep the rates fairer. Just avoid using the money exchange services at the airport as these will have higher rates.
Service charges and VAT are always included in prices. If exceptional service is given, tip at your discretion. As a rough guide between 10-15% would be acceptable tip for great service at a restaurant. It may be wort avoiding restaurants advertised as including the tip in the price. This is usually coupled with demotivated staff and no guarantee of good service
It is not customary to leave a pile of bills and coins on the table. When the waiter comes to collect he will show you the bill and you will hand him the money including tip and say ‘dekuji’ (thank you)
Tipping taxi drivers can be done at your own discretion. Since the prices from the airport to city center are fixed you do not necessarily need to tip from the airport. But if you are in a giving mood, 10% is an acceptable tip. Try to round it up to the nearest 20 CZK or 50 CZK.
Emergency telephone number
112 - Universal European emergency number
150 – Fire Department
155 – Ambulance
156 – City Police
158 – Police of the Czech Republic