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    Golden Splendor on the Vltava

    Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is not only the largest city in the country with a population of approx. 1.2 million, but also unequivocally its economic and cultural center. The city on the Vltava River is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, attracting more than seven million visitors a year. The historical old town ensemble, including the Old Town Hall and Old Town Square, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992.

    Connected to the old town by the famous Charles Bridge, Prague Castle towers majestic on the opposite bank of the Vltava. Alongside the city’s traditional coffee houses and beer cellars, its magnificent museum exhibitions and a diverse year-round program of events count among Prague’s many attractions.

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    A day in Praha 7

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    Downtown Prague is too crowded for you, too loud, too touristy? You long for something modern, not just history? Then we recommend a tour of Praha 7, the increasingly popular neighborhood in the bend of the Vltava River, just north of the city center, on the castle side.

    You find far more locals than tourists on the streets there because it’s the place where the “in” crowd gathers in street cafés and at art exhibitions, and goes out in the evenings. The former working-class and industrial areas Holešovice and Bubeneč and the parks on Letná Hill are especially popular.

    09:30 a.m.: Breakfast at The Farm

    Korunovacni 17
    17000 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel. +420-773 626 177
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    The best way to explore Praha 7 is on foot, so it’s a good idea to eat a hearty breakfast before you set off. We start with brunch at The Farm Urban Kitchen & Coffee on Korunovacni between the two large parks, Stromovka and Letná. This roomy café serves breakfast classics, like pancakes, French toast and eggs in all variations, throughout the day. Seasonal dishes, such as squash gnocchi, and freshly pressed juices complete the extensive menu, which also includes tasty vegetarian and vegan options. In line with the farm-to-fork principle, only produce from the local farmers’ market finds its way into the kitchen here.

    11:30 a.m.: A stroll through Stromovka Park and the neighborhood

    17000 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Stromovka (English: tree garden) is just minutes from The Farm. This tranquil park in the north of Praha 7 is popular with all generations as a recreational area. Stromovka Park dates from the 13th century, when it was established as a royal game reserve and hunting ground. The former summer residence, which today houses the National Museum Library, and the Prague Planetarium, which opened in 1960, are just two of the interesting discoveries to be made among Stromovka’s ancient trees and ponds. Architecture fans will find it well worth taking a look at the streets around the park, too, where rows of pastel-colored houses create an idyllic, almost romantic atmosphere.

    02:00 p.m.: Modern art at Veletržní Palác

    Dukelských hrdinů 47
    17000 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel. +420-224 301 111
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    Time for art! On the outside, imposing Veletržní Palác in Holešovice looks somewhat out of place beside all the opulently adorned residences. The angular, dark-gray, functional edifice dating from 1928 stands out in cold, stark contrast to its surroundings. Plan at least two hours for a visit to the gallery because the building, which is also known as the “trade fair palace” (due to its original use), contains the extensive collection of modern and contemporary art belonging to the Prague National Gallery. On six floors, you can admire some 2300 exhibits from all over Europe, including works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Vincent van Gogh as well those of Czech artists. After the tour, you’ll likely welcome a little refreshment – or maybe your next caffeine fix? At the museum’s own Café Jedna (cafejedna.cz), flat white & co. are brewed with Fair Trade beans from the Prague coffee roastery Mamacoffee.

    04:00 p.m.: Shopping at the Vnitroblock

    Tusarova 791/31
    17000 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel. +420-770 101 231
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    One of the most original shopping options in Praha 7 is the Vnitroblock, which opened in 2016. A concept store, café and a cultural forum are all united under one roof in the former industrial building. Sustainably produced fashion and Czech designer collections are on sale here alongside art, home accessories and books (and can also be ordered online from the Signature Store: signaturestore.cz). Dance courses, exhibitions, readings and concerts complete the concept. The Praha 7 hipster crowd is so happy with the concept that they are planning new developments, so that a florist, a restaurant and the Vnitroblock’s own brewery will soon be opening here.

    06:00 p.m.: View from the Metronome

    Nábřeží Edvarda Beneše
    11800 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    In the south of Praha 7, high above the city, the Prague “metronome” stands 25 meters high in Letná Park on Letná Hill – and is easily recognizable even from the old town. Although the official name of the steel installation by Vratislav Karel Novák is “Time Machine,” the gigantic pendulum’s nickname has become firmly established. The artwork has occupied this historic site since 1991 – historic because the Metronome stands on the pedestal that supported Europe’s largest Stalin monument from 1955 until it was blown up in 1962 in the course of de-Stalinization . From the plateau, you have a panoramic view of the old town and the Vltava with its many bridges, including the Charles Bridge. The view is particularly picturesque at dusk, when it is often misty, so it’s well worth making a brief stop here, especially just before sunset.

    07:00 p.m.: Dinner at Bistro 8

    Veverkova 8
    17000 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel. +420-730 511 973
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    The atmosphere at this small, family-run slow-food eatery is laid back. Instead of a large menu, it offers a daily changing selection of homemade hot food and soups, as well as excellent quiches and cakes. Placing the emphasis on sustainability, Iva Jakes, the owner, cooks mostly with seasonal and regional produce. As a popular lunch spot, the bistro is often packed around midday, but it’s easier to find a spot in the evening because then, it’s mostly just locals getting together for a glass of Austrian wine here. Make sure to take a look at the walls here: The rear area of the bistro doubles as an exhibition space for young Czech artists.

    08:00 p.m.: Film classics at the Bio Oko

    Frantiska Krizka 15
    17000 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel. +420-233 382 606
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    The Bio Oko works like a time machine: The moment you step inside the lobby, you feel catapulted back to the past. This popular film art cinema looks exactly the way it did when it opened in 1940 and always features a selection of current and old movies on its program, which only adds to its retro charm. Besides the cozy furnishings – the auditorium has bean bags and deck chairs – there’s a bar that stays open late into the night and attracts a colorful crowd. Films are usually screened in their original version, sometimes with, sometimes without Czech subtitles.

    10:00 p.m.: Drinks at the Cobra bar

    Milady Horákové 8
    17000 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel. +420-778 470 515
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    Interior fans will love the sophisticated design of this bar, with its large panorama windows, black walls and designer lamps. The mood here is laid back, the selection of beverages extensive. Tip: Instead of opting for a classic cocktail, try one of the Cobra’s own creations or ask the barkeeper to recommend a drink. Changing DJs man the console from Thursday through Saturday, and the program is published ahead of time on the website. If you are already too exhausted to go to a bar in the evening, come in the morning: At 8 a.m. (Sat and Sun at 10 a.m.) the bar morphs into an open co-working space – with a diverse menu to feed body and soul.

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    A walk along the Vltava will take you past many of Prague’s attractions. What you see in the background here is Charles Bridge (Karlův most)

    Prague Castle

    Prague Castle
    119 08 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420-224 373 368
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0600-2200

    One of the largest castle complexes in the world, this UNESCO-listed hilltop attraction contains a whole host of things to see, from the changing of the guards to St Vitus Cathedral.

    Petrin Lookout Tower

    Petřinske Sady
    118 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420-224 816 772
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    Opening times:
    Daily from 1000
    Various closing times

    Affording one of the best views in town, this Eiffel Tower-like structure was originally built in 1891 for a World’s Fair. There are 299 steps to the top (alternatively there’s a lift).

    Franz-Kafka-Museum (Kafkovo museum)

    Cihelna 2b
    118 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420-257 535 507
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Dedicated to the most famous of the city’s literary figures, this intriguing exhibition examines the relationship between the writer and the city in which he lived.

    Museum of Communism

    V Celnici 1301/4
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420-224 212 966
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2100

    A colourful – and sometimes disturbing – look at the realities of life in the Czech Republic under communist rule. Recommended for anyone with an interest in 20th-century history.

    Vyšehrad

    V Pevnosti 159/5b
    128 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420-241 410 348
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-1800 (Apr-Oct)
    0930-1700 (Nov-Mar)

    A hilltop fortress believed to be the site of the original settlement of Prague, today Vysehrad offers an interesting mix of religious buildings and period architecture – there’s also a cemetery containing various Czech luminaries.

    Charles Bridge

    Karluv Most
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    This statue-topped, car-free bridge across the Vltava River is the most iconic of all Prague’s attractions. It was built in the 14th century and remains a magnificent spectacle.

    Prague Jewish Museum (Židovské muzeum v praze)

    U Stare Skoly
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420-222 749 211
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Fri 0900-1630 (1 Jan-24 Mar)
    0900-1800 (26 Marc-27 Oct)
    0900-1630 (29 Oct-31 Dec)

    Actually made up of six separate historical sites, including four synagogues, the museum comprises some beautiful attractions and gives detailed information on Jewish life in Prague over the ages.

    Mucha Museum

    Kaunický palác, Panská 7
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420-224 216 415
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    The distinctive paintings of Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) are found in every gift shop you stray into, but it’s here at this compact museum that you’ll gain most insight into his life and works.

    Municipal House

    Namesti Republiky 5
    111 21 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420-222 002 129
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    Opening times:
    Daily guided tours; times differ day to day, check website for details

    Still a functioning concert venue, this spectacular art nouveau building can also be visited on daily guided tours. It’s now more than a century old.

    Žižkov Television Tower

    Mahlerovy Sady 1
    130 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
    Tel: +420-210 320 081
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-2400

    Notable not just for its height but for the giant babies climbing its exterior. They’re the product of cult sculptor David Cerny, whose brilliant public works can be seen in various parts of town.

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    Country overview

    A historic jewel at the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic packs a sizeable punch for such a small country; from its majestic castles to its medieval towns, from its elegant spa resorts to its scenic national parks. Most visitors limit their sightseeing to the culture-crammed capital, Prague. Yet Prague is just one of the Czech Republic’s many draws.

    Aside from all of the things to see, drink and eat, the country has a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Here the tell-tale signs of an ancient landscape combine with its nation of proud and forthright people, keen to take a significant role on Europe’s main stage.

    Geography

    The Czech Republic is a landlocked country situated in central Europe, sharing frontiers with Germany in the west, Poland in the north, the Slovak Republic in the east, and Austria in the south.

    The western two-thirds of the country is known as Bohemia, and consists of a vast river basin fringed by hills and mountains. The Czech Republic’s longest river, the Labe, rises in the Krkonoše Mountains in the northeast, on the border with Poland, and flows south, then west, then north into Germany where it becomes the River Elbe. These mountains are also home to the country’s highest summit, Sněžka which stand 1,602m (5,262ft) tall.

    Prague sits almost in the middle of Bohemia on the River Vltava, which flows into the Labe just to the north of the city.

    The Vltava rises in the forested Šumava hills that run along the country’s southern border with Austria. The plains to the north of Prague are bordered by the Krušné Hory (Ore Mountains, named for the iron ore and other minerals found there).

    The eastern third of the Czech Republic is known as Moravia. This region is also based on a river basin, that of the Morava River, which rises in the northern hills near the Polish border and flows south to join the Danube at Bratislava.

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    Population: 10,57 millions (2016)

    Population Density (per sq km): 135

    Capital: Prague

    Language

    The official language is Czech.

    Currency

    1 Koruna Ceská (CZK; symbol Kč) or Crown = 100 Háleru. Notes are in denominations of 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100Kč. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1Kč, and 50 Háleru.

    Electricity

    Generally 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most major hotels have standard international two-pin razor plugs.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2017 – December 2018 period.

    2017

    Nový rok (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2017
    Velikonočne (Eastern): 16 and 17 April 2017
    Svátek práce (Labour Day): 1 May 2017
    Den vítězství or Den osvobození (Liberation Day 1945): 8 May 2017
    Den slovanských věrozvěstů Cyrila a Metoděje (Saints Cyril and Methodius Day): 5 July 2017
    Den upálení mistra Jana Husa (Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jan Hus): 6 July 2017
    Den české státnosti (Czech Statehood Day): 28 September 2017
    Den vzniku samostatného československého státu (Republic Day): 28 October 2017
    Den boje za svobodu a demokracii (Day of Freedom): 17 November 2017
    Štědrý den (Christmas Eve): 24 December 2017
    Svátek vánoční (Christmas): 25 and 26 December 2017

    2018

    Nový rok (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2018
    Velikonočne (Eastern): 1 and 2 April 2018
    Svátek práce (Labour Day): 1 May 2018
    Den vítězství or Den osvobození (Liberation Day 1945): 8 May 2018
    Den slovanských věrozvěstů Cyrila a Metoděje (Saints Cyril and Methodius Day): 5 July 2018
    Den upálení mistra Jana Husa (Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jan Hus): 6 July 2018
    Den české státnosti (Czech Statehood Day): 28 September 2018
    Den vzniku samostatného československého státu (Republic Day): 28 October 2018
    Den boje za svobodu a demokracii (Day of Freedom): 17 November 2018
    Štědrý den (Christmas Eve). 24 December 2018
    Svátek vánoční (Christmas): 25 and 26 December 2018

    All information subject to change.

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    Prague coffee house with a history

    The entrance to the Café Louvre (cafelouvre.cz) on popular Narodní blends inconspicuously into the street scene, but the moment you step inside, the sensation begins with the marble-clad stairway, as elegant now as it was back when the café first opened in 1902. On reaching the first floor of this palatial building, you will be relieved of your jacket or coat by one of the cloakroom attendants before you enter the bright rooms with their lofty, stucco ceilings. Back in the early days, Café Louvre was frequented by intellectual giants, such as author Franz Kafka and the philosophers Franz Brentano and Albert Einstein, to name a few. Just like their predecessors, the waiters still wear a livery consisting of white shirt, bow tie and vest, and juggle their way around the rooms bearing huge trays laden with delicacies. Breakfast time is especially popular here, so it’s a good idea to either arrive nice and early or to book in advance. Later in the day, the focus tends to move to the billiard room next door.

    Open:
    Monday-Friday: 0800-2330
    Saturday and Sunday: 0900-2330

    Café Louvre
    Národní třída 22
    11000 Praha 1
    Czech Republic
    Tel. +420-224 930 949

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    The city has an efficient and affordable public transport system, with a metro network complementing its numerous trams and buses. The metro comprises three different lines and runs from 5am until midnight daily, and trams and buses operate on similar hours. There’s also a funicular, which journeys up Petrin Hill.

    Taxis

    Taxis in Prague have something of an unfortunate reputation for being unscrupulous, but if you take an official cab you shouldn’t have much to worry about. Try booking through AAA Taxi (aaataxi.cz; Tel: +420-222 333 222), City Taxi (citytaxi.cz; Tel: +420-257 257 257) und Taxi Praha (en.taxi-praha.cz, Tel: +420-222 111 000).

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    Nightlife in Prague

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    When the sun goes down on Prague, a whole world springs to life. You’ll find something for all tastes,

    from traditional beer taverns with foaming glasses to ultra-hip wine bars with the clientele to match.

    Black Angel’s

    Staromestske Namesti 29
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    A widely lauded 1930s-style cocktail bar that draws a well-heeled crowd – its reputation is huge, so you’ll need to book a table.

    Pivovarský Klub

    Krizikova 272/17
    186 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Heaven for beer lovers, this club has hundreds of different bottled varieties, as well as six on tap. A fun atmosphere.

    Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge

    Pobřežní 1
    186 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Set within – or rather on top of – the Hilton Prague, this DJ cocktail bar has some of the best views in town.

    U Zlatého Tygra

    Husova 228/17
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    An authentic, no-nonsense, smoky pub in the Old Town, with wood-panelled walls and long benches. Always popular.

    Hemingway Bar

    Karoliny Světlé 26
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    A smart, American-style bar with a wide range of drinks – a good place to try absinthe.

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    Restaurants in Prague

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    Traditional Czech food tends to be hearty, tasty fare that goes well with beer, but the city’s dining scene these days encompasses options of every kind, from fine dining to Far Eastern.

    Bellevue Restaurant

    Smetanovo Nábřeží 329/18
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Price: Luxurious

    Elegant fine dining here, with a mix of Czech and international influences on the menu.

    Terasa U Zlaté Studně

    U Zlaté Studně 166/4
    118 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Price: Luxurious

    As notable for its panoramic rooftop setting as for its refined and inventive fusion dishes.

    Ambiente Pasta Fresca

    Celetná 598/11
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Price: Moderate

    A high-quality Italian restaurant in the Old Town, with homemade pasta and a bubbling atmosphere.

    Grand Café Orient

    Dům U Černé Matky Boží
    Ovocný trh 19
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Price: Moderate

    Installed on the second floor of the House of the Black Madonna, this is one of the city’s most appealing coffeehouses. As well as cake, the menu includes sandwiches and savory classics, such as Prague ham.

    Kantyna

    Politických vězňů 1511/5
    110 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Price: Budget

    Although the decor is reminiscent of a works canteen, this place is still worth a visit because of all the wonderful Bohemian specialties it serves, like goulash and ribs, and a selection of delicious desserts – all at very reasonable prices.

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    Paleni Cardojenic (Witches' Night)

    30 April 2018

    Venue: Petrin Hill

    Paleni Cardojenic, Prague’s answer to Halloween, marks the last night of winter, when the supernatural powers of the forces of evil are at their peak. This is the eve of Saint Phillip and Saint Jacob’s Day, when people once believed that flocks of witches were flying in the air, intent on bringing misfortune. Although taken a little less seriously these days, bonfires piled with effigies are still burned on the hills around the town to ward them away.

    Prague Volkswagen International Marathon

    5 – 6 May 2018
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    Venue: Streets of Prague

    The first Prague International Marathon was held in 1995 with 980 runners competing in the main race. Today, more than 3,000 people enter the competitive race with a further 25,000 participating in the City Run and the Family Run, making this one of the world’s most internationally attended marathons. The course follows a loop beginning and ending in the Old Town Square, and once the races are completed, the event takes on a party atmosphere with street performers and live music.

    Czech Beer Festival

    10 – 26 May 2018
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    Venue: Letenská pláň

    Since its inception in 2007, this festival has gone from strength to strength, celebrating something the Czechs make best: beer. Here you’ll find over 70 brands to choose from, in separate beer tents offering their own brews and entertainment. Large producers and small microbreweries all pitch up to contribute the key liquid ingredient in a fortnight full of live bands and a proper party atmosphere.

    Prague Spring International Music Festival

    12 May – 13 June 2018
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    Venue: Prague National Theatre and other venues throughout the city

    The Prague Spring International Music Festival is one of the city’s biggest events, and a showcase for outstanding classical artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles from around the world. Opera, theatre and special events are included in the festival itinerary, while the Prague Spring also prides itself on developing young talent with a competition held each year in various instrumental sections.

    Khamoro (World Roma Festival)

    27 May – 2 June 2018
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Celebrating the history and culture of the gypsy people, descendents of the Roma people originally from this part of Europe, this colourful annual festival is held in venues across the city and features a particularly impressive street parade, which takes place around the Old Town Square. Gypsies gather from across the world to maintain the traditions of their unique music and dance.

    Prague Christmas Markets

    November 2017 – January 2018

    Venue: Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Havelska Street, Namesti Republiky.

    Always a big draw, the Prague Christmas Markets brim with an abundance of traditional food and gifts, and plenty to entertain kids of all ages. Held in Wenceslas Square, Havelska Street and Namesti Republiky, the most impressive is probably the one held in the Old Town Square, which transforms into a vast winter wonderland featuring an ice rink and a 27m (90ft) Christmas tree complete with carol singers.

    St Nicholas's Eve

    5 December 2017

    Venue: Old Town Square

    Santa was modelled, as we know, on the earlier St Nicholas. On the eve of the saint’s day (known locally as ‘Little Christmas’), reincarnations of the jolly fellow roll through the streets of Prague handing out sweets to kids and dropping into bars for a beer. Each is accompanied by an angel or devil, representing reward and punishments, while St Nicholas himself signifies confession. Make friends with an angel for a treat – the devil doles out coal.

    New Year/St Sylvester’s Eve

    31 December 2017

    Venue: Prague city centre

    Known locally as St Sylvester’s Eve long before it became plain old New Year’s Eve, the citizens of Prague have always taken this night seriously when it comes to partying. Celebrations are mainly focused around Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, with dancing crowds, roadside champagne stalls, classical concerts and the ancient spires of city’s famous skyline silhouetted by a dazzling display of fireworks.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Prague

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    With so many international visitors passing through, it’s no surprise that Prague has a hefty selection of hotels – some of them utterly spectacular.

    Those in the Old Town or Mala Strana are generally the most sought after.

    Alchymist Nosticova Palace

    Nosticova 1
    118 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Category: Luxurious

    This 16-room boutique hotel in a 17th-century palace is located in the best part of the Lesser Quarter, close to Maltese Square (Maltézské náměstí), and boasts an opulent interior and first-class service.

    Aria Hotel

    Trziste 368/9
    118 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Category: Luxurious

    There’s old-style luxury on offer at this classical music-influenced, 51-room hotel.

    Hotel Golden City Garni

    Táboritská 3
    130 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Category: Moderate

    This hotel in Žižkov, close to the television tower and the National Monument on Vitkov Hill, has rooms and apartments for families and business travelers, as well as a conference room and a parking garage (costs extra).

    Hotel Amadeus

    Dalimilova 10
    130 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Category: Budget

    A basic, quiet hotel within reach of the Old Town and city centre.

    Hotel Astra

    Mukařovská 1740
    100 00 Prague
    Czech Republic
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    Category: Budget

    The rooms and suites of this hotel are clean and very reasonably priced. Quietly situated in Strašnice district, it is around 500 meters from Skalka subway station and a 12-minute journey from downtown Prague. Parking is available free of charge.

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    36°F / 32°F

    Thursday

    21.12.2017

    36°F / 32°F

    Friday

    22.12.2017

    45°F / 37°F

    Climate and best time to visit Prague

    Unsurprisingly, the warm summer months are when Prague welcomes most of its tourists. There are clear benefits – it’s a memorable sight under clear blue skies – but the crowds can occasionally be oppressive, so the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn are in many ways more rewarding. The weather might not be so balmy, but you’ll have far more space to enjoy yourself. If you choose to come in winter, meanwhile, you’ll need some extra layers but the rewards are palpable, with far fewer visitors around and the city’s famous hills, castles and rooftops looking at their most atmospheric.

    Climate & best time to visit Czech Republic

    The Czech Republic is an all year round destination and its moderate climate means that if its Christmas markets and picture postcard scenes in the snow that you want, then a wintry December visit will be a delight. The climate is very seasonal – spring, summer, autumn and winter are very distinct.

    Winter can see temperatures drop to low minus numbers, whilst the summer period from May to August, can see them soar above 30ºC (86ºF). Rather inconveniently, summer also sees the highest rainfall across the country. Shoulder seasons, such as the months of September and October, will still be hot, but are also likely to be drier than preceding months, so it may be preferable to travel during this time. Depending on where in the country you’re travelling, the climate may differ considerably. In the mountains, the weather tends to be cooler, experiencing higher levels of precipitation at higher altitudes.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    57.2 °F

    -9.4 °F

    64.40000000000001 °F

    -20.2 °F

    73.40000000000001 °F

    -9.4 °F

    86 °F

    19.4 °F

    91.40000000000001 °F

    30.2 °F

    96.8 °F

    35.6 °F

    100.4 °F

    42.8 °F

    100.4 °F

    39.2 °F

    91.40000000000001 °F

    32 °F

    82.40000000000001 °F

    21.2 °F

    68 °F

    14 °F

    64.40000000000001 °F

    -7.6 °F

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    20 mm

    22 mm

    22 mm

    34 mm

    57 mm

    65 mm

    77 mm

    68 mm

    38 mm

    39 mm

    24 mm

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    5 h

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    7 h

    7 h

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    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    81 %

    78 %

    71 %

    66 %

    65 %

    64 %

    65 %

    66 %

    73 %

    79 %

    81 %

    82 %

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    35.6 °F

    33.8 °F

    35.6 °F

    42.8 °F

    48.2 °F

    55.4 °F

    59 °F

    60.8 °F

    59 °F

    53.6 °F

    48.2 °F

    41 °F

    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan57.2 °F-9.4 °F33.8 °F24.8 °F81 %20 mm71.6 h
    Feb64.4 °F-20.2 °F35.6 °F26.6 °F78 %22 mm62.6 h
    Mar73.4 °F-9.4 °F46.4 °F32 °F71 %22 mm64.0 h
    Apr86 °F19.4 °F57.2 °F39.2 °F66 %34 mm75.6 h
    May91.4 °F30.2 °F66.2 °F46.4 °F65 %57 mm96.9 h
    Jun96.8 °F35.6 °F71.6 °F53.6 °F64 %65 mm117.3 h
    Jul100.4 °F42.8 °F75.2 °F57.2 °F65 %77 mm97.3 h
    Aug100.4 °F39.2 °F75.2 °F55.4 °F66 %68 mm96.8 h
    Sep91.4 °F32 °F68 °F50 °F73 %38 mm75.4 h
    Oct82.4 °F21.2 °F55.4 °F41 °F79 %39 mm63.9 h
    Nov68 °F14 °F42.8 °F33.8 °F81 %24 mm81.8 h
    Dec64.4 °F-7.6 °F35.6 °F30.2 °F82 %25 mm71.5 h
    year100.4 °F-20.2 °F55.4 °F41 °F73 %491 mm934.6 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +420

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Prague

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    Key Areas

    There are souvenir shops at almost every turn in the Old Town, selling everything from mass-produced keepsakes and wooden puppets to quality items such as Bohemian glass and porcelain. If you’re after designer fashion items, Parizska Street is considered the most exclusive address in town.

    Markets

    Prague has become renowned for its richly decorative Christmas markets – both Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square host them – but if you’re here at other times then Havel’s Market (Havelska Namesti) has been in business since the 13th century and still sells fresh produce and crafts.

    Shopping Centres

    Various malls have sprung up around the city over the last couple of decades. One of the most central is Palladium Prague (Namesti Republiky 1), which has more than 150 stores, while Slovansky Dum (Na Prikope 22) is another with a good location and a strong selection of local and international brands.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    It is considered polite to say ‘dobrý den‘ (good day) when you meet a stranger, including the person behind the counter in a shop or a pub. You should also say ‘na shledanou‘ (goodbye) when you leave. The Czech manner can feel a little brusque sometimes, but often a smile and a joke will lighten up most interactions. When greeting a new person, shake hands, and maintain eye contact.

    If you are invited to someone’s house, it is polite to take a small gift – a bunch of flowers will do.

    Remember to remove your shoes when you enter.

    When attending a classical music concert or opera performance, most Czechs will dress formally – you can usually spot the tourists by their casual clothes, which the locals will dress to impress at the jazz clubs, cinema and theatre.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    The Czech Republic is relatively risk-free in terms of food and drink. It’s fine to drink the tap water, and as long as you take the usual precautions regarding hygiene and preparation, the danger from food and drink, is minimal, unless it’s from overindulging.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis exists in rural forested areas during summer months; it may help to wear long sleeves, long trousers and hats, in order to minimise the risk of getting bitten. Immunisation against hepatitis B is sometimes advised. Rabies is present. If bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Karetová, Debora
    Universitätsklinik 2 Internistische Klinik
    Unemocnice 2
    14900 Prague 2
    Czech Republic
    Tel. +42-2-24962638

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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