Located in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is a small landlocked country. It borders with Germany to the south west, Austria to the south, Poland to the north and Slovakia to the south east.
This is the land of real spirit, where folk traditions have survived through the ages, where a plethora of castles and chateaux fill visitors with wonder and awe.
The Czech Republic is known for its high standard of medical care and low costs in comparison to other countries. Highly qualified staff take good care of guests at spa facilities, and in combination with the unique affects of the water and mud, guests can expect top quality procedures and improvements in their state of health.
Czech spas are also on hand for those who undergo operations in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is renowned for linking pre- and post-operative care for a variety of operations be they cosmetic or medical.
Czech is the official language of the Czech Republic. Besides this, other languages are spoken along the country, particularly Slovak, German and Polish. Some tourist places like hotels, restaurants and clinics have English speaking staff.
Prague has a mild climate with warm, wet summers and cold winters. Average summer temperatures are 75-79° F (24-26°C), with chilly nights. In winter daytime temperatures hover around freezing, falling several degrees lower at night. Spring is generally sunny, the wettest months being in summer, May to August. Snow is rare in the city.
Visa / Entrance Requirements
U.S., Canadian and other American and European citizens do not require a visa to enter the Czech Republic. The passport must be valid for a period of at least 90 days beyond the expected length of stay in the Czech Republic, counted from the date of entering the Czech Republic.
Airlines Servicing this Destination
Czech airports servicing international tourists are:
- Prague Ruzyne International Airport
- Brno Tuřany International Airport
- Ostrava Mošnov International Airport
The following airlines have flights to the Czech Republic:
- Czech Airlines
- Air France
- Continental Airlines
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- Austrian Airlines
- US Airways
- Air Canada
The Czech Republic offers a range of hotels to suit every taste and pocket. Hotels range from very inexpensive accommodation in very nice hotels starting at €40 to rooms in mid-range hotels for €100 to high class rooms above $300. Many hotels boast a range of facilities such as swimming pool, sauna and gym.
The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (koruna).
The exchange rate of Czech crowns to US Dollars is: 100 Czech Koruna = 5.21 US Dollar
Although the Czech Republic is part of the European Union, the euro is not widely accepted yet. Some stores, restaurants and hotels accept payments in euros but the exchange rate may not be very good.
The exchange rate of Euros to US Dollars is: €1 Euro = $1.4442 U.S. dollars
(exchange rate subject to change).
The international access code for the Czech Republic is 420.
Below are important area codes:
- Prague (Praha): 2
- Jihocesky: 38,39
- Liberecky: 48
- Pardubicky: 46
In order to call the Czech Republic from the U.S. or Canada you must dial 011 (exit code), then 420 (country code for the Czech Republic), then the area code (1 to 2 digits), and then the phone number (8 digits for Prague, 7 for the rest of the country; area code + number)
To call a cell phone in the Czech Republic from the U.S. or Canada you must dial 011 + 420 + 6 or 7 and then the phone number you want to call.
In order to call the U.S. or Canada from the Czech Republic you must dial 00 + 1 + area code + phone number.
Hotels, Restaurants, Private Hospitals and other social places offer Broadband internet connection.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic: (+420) 257 022 000
Medical Emergency: 155
Prague , the Czech capital, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with an inimitable atmosphere created by its millennium of history. Countless museums, galleries and other tourist sites can also be found in the regions of the Czech Republic.
Prague has a refreshing mixture of architectural styles within the city and some impressive icons such as the huge Prague Castle (Hradcany) and the Old Town itself, which is loaded with historical treasures. The city has numerous museums and galleries as well as a varied and exciting nightlife. The World Heritage town of Telc in the south is known for its castles and rolling hills, while the Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary is also a must-see. The Czech Republic is also known for its outdoor allure and there are some stunning national parks in the northeast and the south of the country.
Stunning architecture is not limited to Prague - there are plenty of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades in other towns and cities of the Czech Republic.
From the pulsing capital Prague to the back-in-time villages of Moravia, from toiling up mountains to lounging in spas, from the world-famous Pilsner to the strains of Smetana and Dvorák, there's an experience to suit every taste.
Prague has a good mix of local brands, well-known luxury western stores and antique shops. Buying amazing Bohemian crystal is famous in the world for its quality and creative designs. The Czech Republic is also known for its garnet mines. The Czech garnet stones, which have bright pinkish tone, are used for making all kinds of jewelry.
Back street shops located in hidden passages and arcades of the Little Quarter and the Old Town bring you a more eclectic shopping style. Wonder around these tiny shops and look for all sorts of rare finds such as antique books, handmade crafts, wooden toys, jewelry and crystal.
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