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Franz KafkaCzech Republic

The Czech Republic is the land of philosopher Franz Kafka, Vaclav Havel, Prague and Miloš Forman. The tennis player Martina Navrátilová and the music of Antonín Dvořák. Milan Kundera, runner Emil Zatapek, Egon Schiele, Beef Goulash, famous Budvar beer and the historic Charles Bridge.

These are some of the things you will remember or observe when in Czech Republic. Of course your own list will be interesting and we would love to read it.

But on a practical note, we have listed some information below to help you relax and enjoy your tour.

Attractions

Plzen a city is the west of the Czech Repuplic, is the home of Pilsner Urquell beer. Just north of Brno, you can see Moravian Karst, which is a geologic phenomenon, that has a giant series of underground limestone caverns and gorges. The town of Litomysl, the former home of art lover Josef Portmon, is a Unesco world heritage site. In Olomouc is the beautiful Saint Wencelas Cathedral. The town of Telc, has a square which looks like it has come straight from the stories of Hans Christian Andersen.

Castle Karlstejn the 14th Century Gothic Castle was the home of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.  The hot spring in the town of Karlovy Vary, has been believed for hundreds of years to have healing waters. In the town of Kutna Hora there is a five-naved Cathedral, of Saint Barbaras Church.

The beautiful and unique town of Cesky Krumlov has crooked cobblestone streets and brightly coloured stucco facades. Prague one of the most culturally rich and diverse histories and has many architectural and artistic highlights. There are a myriad of influences from many different centuries and architectural aesthetics.

VISA-The Attractions

Coming from the States you do not need a visa to enter Czech Republic. As a visitor you can stay up to six months without any restrictions.

Charles BridgeRegions-The Attractions

The Czech republic has 14 regions, Prague, Central Bohemia, South Bohemia, and Plzen. There is Karlovy Vary, Ústí nad Labem, as well as Liberec, Pardubice, Hradec Králové and finally Olomouc Ostrava, Zlín, Brno and Jihlava.

Currency-The Attractions

The currency is The Koruna and this is generally the only currency accepted, except in rare circumstances. In most places you can also pay with Visa or Mastercard. American Express is less accepted so check in advance. 1 USD is equivalent to approximately 24 Koruna and there are 100 haléř in one Euro.
Weather

The Czech Republic has a reputation for a little snow in winter and warm in Summer! In the Czech Republic temperatures are very moderate. Winters are cold with snow, usually around -10 – 0 degrees in Winter. Some summer months the country experiences is warm and temperatures, particularly around Prague, and temperatures can reach up to 25- 30 degrees, but as most central European countries thunders storms as well. The wettest months are in Autumn and Winter

Language-The Attractions

In The Czech Republic the main language is Czech and you can also hear German, Slovak and Polish.

Food-The Attractions

There is a multicultural society in The Czech Republic and the restaurants, especially in the large cities, most certainly reflect this. German, French, Italian, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine can be found everywhere.

However, The Czech’s still love their traditional Czech recipes! Dumplings, Pork, Soups and of course Beef Goulash, feature high on the menus in pubs and restaurants. Czech breakfast is also a staple part of the diet and is served in most hotels as the standard breakfast. This consists of white bread rolls or sliced bread, although wholegrain breads have become popular recently with pork or chicken ham or other smoked meat products such as salami or sausage (see Dictionary below!)

Vaclav HavelDrink-The Attractions

Once you have reached the legal age for drinking alcohol, that is 16 years, you can wander into one of the many pubs and experiment with one of the beers. Typically you will find that each pub sells Pilsner Urquell, Whiskey, Wine and Becherovka liqueur and a friendly barman will be happy to inform you of the differences between them all! You are usually never more than five minutes away from a pub in The Czech Republic and often these pubs serve a mixture of traditional and international food dishes. Most pubs close at 11 or 11.30pm.

With regards to non-alcoholic drinks, tea is still the favoured hot cup of the day, although American influences such as Starbucks are now to be found in most large cities and towns.

Electricity and Phone.The Attractions

In The Czech Republic there are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The “Type F” German style Schuko and the “Type C” Europlug. Almost all sockets are Schuko, and while the Europlug socket may be found With regards to your cell phone, it may be cheaper to buy a local number and use this for the duration of your stay. Your hotel/guesthouse receptionist can advise you on this. If you are only staying for a short period and planning on using mostly Wi-Fi, then your current sim will suit best.Dictionary !

We have listed a few common differences in language between Czech and the U.S English

Toaleta = restroom | Výtah = elevator | Odpadkový koš = trashcan |Svetr = sweater

| Mobilní telefon = cellphone | Plyn = gas | Kufr = trunk | Skříň = closet kalhoty = pants

Beef Goulash

Food

Meat goulash or potato salad with pork schnitzel.

Czech Breakfast = consists of white bread rolls or sliced bread, although wholegrain breads have become popular recently with pork or chicken ham or other smoked meat products such as salami or sausage

Pies = beef or liver and vegetables in a pastry case

Trdelnik = Rolled pastry hang from storefronts

Chips = Bramborové hranolky
Courgette = Cuketa