OVERVIEW OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
The Czech Republic is known to travelers for many things: romantic, medieval Prague, red rooftops and tasty trdelník, Bohemian villages, and for being the country that consumes the most beer per capita–aka–my kinda people.
Prague is by far the most populous and the most popular city in the Czech Republic. Not far from Prague you also have Ostrava, Kutná Hora (known for its famous “bone church“), Brno, Plzen (the birthplace of pilsner), Karlovy Vary, and Cesky Krumlov.
CZECH REPUBLIC TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | Czech korunas (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
TIME ZONE | GMT+1, The entire country of Czech Republic is six hours ahead of the Eastern time zone.
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If you’re planning to spend less than 90 days in the Czech Republic/the Schengen area, you can get by using just your U.S. passport–no Visa required. (Except for all those pilsners you’re planning on buying, ba-dum-tshh!) However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you leave the Schengen area.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | In the Czech Republic, Czech is the primary language spoken. And good luck with that.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? | As with almost all of Europe, pick-pockets are probably your biggest safety concern though I’ve personally never experienced anything in the Czech Republic that warrants mentioning.
Regardless of what I’ve experienced, always be on guard, travel smart, and think about picking up travel insurance before you go.
WHERE TO STAY IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Why not start by reading some hotel reviews on Tripadvisor?
- Hotel reviews for Prague
- Hotel reviews for Ostrava
- Hotel reviews for Brno
- Hotel reviews for Kutná Hora, Cesky Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, or Plzen
Then when you’re ready, book your hotel room on Booking.com (my go-to booking site, I mean, it’s right there in the name…).
- Book a hotel room in Prague
- Book a hotel room in Ostrava
- Book a hotel room in Brno
- Book a hotel room in Kutná Hora, Cesky Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, or Plzen
- Or just use this handy widget ⇣⇣⇣
Additionally, there’s always Airbnb and I can help you save $40 on your first Airbnb stay. Just click here to activate the no-strings discount and shop away!
CZECH REPUBLIC TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
European plug adapter | If you plan on plugging anything in while you’re in the Czech Republic, you’ll need one (or, let’s be real, several) of these.
Czech Republic guidebook | My choices would be:
- The Rough Guide to Prague
- Fodor’s Prague (with the Best of the Czech Republic)
- Lonely Planet Prague & The Czech Republic
- Rick Steves Prague & The Czech Republic
Czech language guide | I love these pocket-sized language guides and I have quite the collection going. They’re great for learning the basics but my favorite part is the menu guide–decode what it is you’re eating! (⇠ Especially in the Czech Republic, yikes)
Anthropoid | The true story of two Czech soldiers during WWII and their plot to assassinate a high-ranking Nazi leader. The movie has been praised for its historical accuracy and many of the locations in the movie you can still visit in Prague today.
MY POSTS ON THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Prague is an enchanting fairy tale village where beer is cheaper than water and every street is postcard-worthy. In this post I attempt to narrow down all of the amazing things Prague has to offer so you can plot how to best spend your time. It covers best hotel, best happy hour, best view, best food, best hidden gem, and so much more!
One of the most *interesting* things you can do in Prague is spend some time at a beer spa–yes, you read that right. It’s a unique and hilarious experience you just have to see to believe.
Outside Prague in the small city of Kutná Hora exists one of the most unique churches–the Sedlec Ossuary. Inside, the place is decorated floor to ceiling in the skeletal remains of more than 40,000 war and plague victims. I’m talking: chandeliers, wall decor, you name it, all created from human bones.
Before I had ever visited Prague or the Czech Republic, I interviewed a friend of mine about her first time experiences. This post gives you a general idea as to what you can expect during a first-time visit to Prague.
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