All people above 15 have to have a valid passport or ID on them. The border control is minimal, but you are obliged to have these documents on you at the Czech border. Don't forget about other documents, such as health insurance or travel insurance. Other information are important as well, such as the SOS telephone number when losing the credit or bank card. Not compulsory, but very recommendable.
Make sure your license is valid. The traffic rules in the Czech Republic, are the same as in the rest of Europe. Please note that the secondary roads are not always very modern, some two-lane roads are often made of cobblestones. The traffic speed limit in urban areas is 50 km per hour, outside urban areas is 90 km per hour. On highways and motorways the speed limit is 130 km per hour. Also do not forget to buy the toll sticker if you enter the country by car. The lack of it can result in a hefty fine for you. The use of your mobile phone is prohibited if you are behind the wheel. Alcohol consumption is completely prohibited if you drive. Keep in mind that the penalties for traffic violations in the Czech Republic are rough.
The currency here is the Koruna, and the most profitable exchange rate is in the country itself. Another option is the debit card where you insert the Koruna directly into your account. For the exact exchange rate, we advise you to check the internet just before you leave, so you know where you stand. If you are visiting less touristy locations, make sure you can pay with crowns there. Paying with euros in a city like Prague is also not an issue. You can use different credit cards depending on the location.
Tipping is very common in the Czech Republic, you add it to the bill if you pay with cash and you leave the tip in cash if you pay by debit card. Important: exchange offices and banks are closed on weekends.
- The Czech or Bohemian cuisine has some clear Austrian and German influences.
- Knedliky – flour product served in combination with meat or in combination with something sweet as a sweet dish
- The meat dishes play an important role in the daily diet in Czech Republic
- In various locations you can find some local breweries producing known or less known beers such as Budweiser or Pilserner Urguell.
- The wines from Moravia have built up a European reputation.
- Becherovka is a well known herbal bitter.
- Soups are also a popular food in villages, as part of the meal, served with home-made bread.
- Cesnekova polevka- Garlic soup with cheese, ham, chives and toasted bread.
- Knedliky- Several variations of potato and bran dumplings, often served in square slices.
- Bramborak- Spicy, seasoned, fist-sized potato biscuit.
- Chlebicky- The ' Smörrebröd ' of the Czechs: countless variations of sandwiches where salami, ham, cheese and salad (especially the Bohemian potato salad) are combined with artistic canapés.
- Pstruh prazdroj- fried or grilled trout.
- Palacinky se zavar eninou, ovoce, poleva karemelova- Stuffed pancakes with jam, fruit and caramel.
With regards to pets' access into the Czech Republic during your holiday, the European law for pets applies. The animal must be in possession of a valid European passport, an identification chip or tattoo is also required. It goes without saying that the pet has to have had all vaccinations such as against rabies. A muzzle is compulsory for your dog, as well as is the fact that your dog must always be kept on a leash. If you are in a holiday park or staying in a hotel, you will definitely have to show the documents.
televice = television
radio = radio
disco = disco
policie = police
limonadu = lemonade (like coke and other brand names)
parkovat = parking
benzinu = gasoline
rezervace = booking
toaleta = toilet
specialita = specialties
restaurace = restaurant
salads = salads
biftek = steak
tenis = tennis
papir = paper
recepce = reception
The inhabitants of the Czech Republic have lots of respect for someone who tries to speak their language
Good day = Dobry den (pronounced exactly as it is). The Czechs though greet each other less formally, especially if they already know each other, namely with ' Ahoy '.
Please = prosím (pronounced ' prosiem ')
Thank you = dekuji vam (pronounced ' djekoeji ')
I'm sorry/Apologies = prominte (pronounced ' promintje ')
See you = Na shledanou
To your health / cheers = Na zdravi
The Czech hospitality is well known in Europe. At first the Czechs are polite and analyzing, then if you pass their test, they do anything for you.
A dinner party at home has some unwritten rules such as:
Bring a gift for the hostess, and also for the children
Take off your shoes when entering the living room
Never come unexpectedly
The Czechs are open to suggestions, but you should do what they like
The weekends are for the family, they go for walks through the forests in search for fruits or mushrooms
Until about ten years ago everybody used to walk around. Now there many roads for cyclists and cars which are happily used by the population as well as by the tourists.