Resources

  • CzechTourism (www.czechtourism.com) Official tourist information for the Czech Republic.
  • IDOS (http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz) Train and bus timetables, and fares for the Czech Republic.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/czech-republic) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
  • Prague Events Calendar (www.pragueeventscalendar.com) Covers music, entertainment, culture, sport etc.
  • Prague City Tourism (www.prague.eu) Official tourist information website.

Top Tips

  • Parking can be a pain in many Czech towns – follow signs to main tourist car parks and walk into the centre rather than risk cruising narrow one-way streets in the hope of finding a space.
  • Make your first stop in town the tourist office, and ask for a street map. It's the easiest way to make sense of the often random medieval layouts of many Czech towns.
  • Try to visit popular sights – especially ones that are day-trip destinations from Prague – early or late in the day to avoid the worst of the crowds.
  • Most castles and chateaux are only accessible by guided tour. Tours in English are more expensive and less frequent than Czech tours – consider taking the latter and asking for an anglický text (a printed script in English).

What to Take

  • European two-pin electrical adapter.
  • When there, consider buying a cheap extension cord with multiple sockets – lots of tourist accommodation is sadly lacking in electrical outlets.
  • Comfortable walking shoes – Czech cities are best appreciated on foot.
  • Umbrella and/or packable waterproof jacket.
  • A small day-pack (the smaller the better to avoid having to check it when visiting museums).

What to Wear

Most Czechs are pretty style-conscious and take pleasure in looking good. Folk here still dress up for dinner, and as for going to the opera in anything but your best, well, you must be a tourist.

Pack layers of clothing – Czech weather can be fickle, with thunderstorms and cool spells even in summer. In spring and autumn, a light trench jacket and a small umbrella will mean you’re prepared for the odd shower. In winter, bring a warm coat, hat and gloves to ward off the subzero temperatures, and footwear that can cope with snow and ice.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your arrival date.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company of your intended travel dates and destination.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.
  • Contact your mobile (cell) phone provider to inquire about roaming charges or getting an international plan.