The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe with the short name of Czechia. The capital and largest city is Prague with other large cities being Ostrava, Brno and Olomouc. The official language is Czech and the biggest ethnic group is also Czechs at about 64 percent. The country is bordered by Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Germany.
The climate of Czechia is a temperate oceanic one with warm summers and cold, snowy winters. The temperature difference between winter and summer is quite high. Czechia is a prominent tourism hub in Europe with Prague being one of the top five most visited cities in Europe. Central Prague is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as of 1992. Medieval castles are common tourist spots in Czechia, including Karlstejn Castle. Spa towns such as Karlovy Vary are also popular holiday destinations in the Czech Republic.
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Whether there are really 2000 castles and chateaus in the Czech Republic, I cannot say exactly. In any case, there are many buildings, because almost in every place there is a castle, chateau, fortress or remains of a complex. Most of the facilities are very well maintained and blend harmoniously into their surroundings. The architecture…
Travel information Czech Republic
Information that has made our travels in the Czech Republic easier:
Best time to travel
Most holidaymakers are drawn to the Czech Republic from April to October. Temperatures are usually quite pleasant during this time.
Arrival / Entry Requirements
Entry into the Czech Republic is possible for German citizens with the following documents: passport, identity card. These must be valid until the end of the journey. In hotels or hotels, the presentation of a photo ID is required for every traveller.
Those who live in the Czech Republic for longer than 3 months must register their place of residence with the local aliens police within 30 days.
ATTENTION: Vignettes are compulsory for cars up to 3.5 tonnes driving on public roads subject to tolls, such as motorways. You can get the stickers at petrol stations, Czech post offices, border crossings and specialised shops for motorists. We obtained them through the ADAC.
There is a well-developed road network in the Czech Republic, with numerous main roads running through the country.
The Czech Republic has one of the densest railway networks in Europe. The railway network is operated by the company Czech Railways České dráhy (ČD), but Regiojet also covers many railway routes in the Czech Republic. In addition, there is the provider Leo-Express. Tickets can be bought up to 90 days in advance.
Interrail and Eurail passes are also valid in the Czech Republic.
There are numerous connections from Germany to Chechnya, most of which run via Prague.
The Czech Republic has an extensive network of bus routes, most of which are faster and even cheaper than the train.
Regiojet, for example, has a large long-distance bus network in the Czech Republic and abroad.
The largest bus station is the ÚAN Florenc long-distance bus station in Prague.
The largest international airport in the Czech Republic is Prague Airport. There are flights from almost all parts of Europe.
Other international airports in the Czech Republic are located in Brno, Ostrava, Karlovy Vary and Pardubice.
Entry with animals
For entry into the Czech Republic with dogs, cats and ferrets you need
- a pet passport from the vet
- an identification of the animal
- a proof of rabies vaccination of the animal
On the road in the Czech Republic
Important rules for driving in the Czech Republic:
- you drive on the right-hand side of the road.
- The lights must always be switched on.
- The 0.0 per mille limit applies to the driver.
- The driver may only use the mobile phone while driving via a hands-free system.
- A child weighing less than 36 kilograms and smaller than 150 centimetres must sit in a child seat.
- Every driver must carry a driving licence, identity card, documents related to vehicle safety (vehicle registration and proof of insurance).
- In the urban area and in villages, the maximum speed limit is 50 km/h.
- Outside towns and villages on rural roads, the speed limit is 90 km/h .
- The speed limit on the motorway is 130 km/h . In towns or villages, the maximum speed limit on the motorway is 80 km/h .
- There is a compulsory vignette on toll roads throughout the country.
If you travel by bus or train, you will find a well-developed network in the Czech Republic. As a rule, the providers are very reliable and punctual. Travelling by bus is often faster and cheaper than travelling by train.
The official language of the Czech Republic is Czech.
As a tourist, you can get along with English. In some regions, however, you can also communicate in German and Russian.
The Czech crown (CZK) has been the currency of the Czech Republic since 1993.
One crown is divided into 100 heller. The following coins are in circulation: 1 crown, 2 crowns, 5 crowns, 10 crowns, 20 crowns and 50 crowns. The following banknotes are used for payment: 100 crowns, 200 crowns, 500 crowns, 1000 crowns, 2000 crowns and 5000 crowns.
German holidaymakers do not need a travel adapter in the Czech Republic.
Type C and E plugs are used in the country.
Here it is customary to tip ten per cent in pubs and restaurants – unless the amount is already on the bill as a service charge, in which case there is less cash. If the bill is brought on a tray or in a folder, that is the right place for the tip.
In a taxi, the passenger rounds up his fare by up to ten per cent.
In hotels, one or two euros should be converted into the respective currency: per service such as carrying suitcases or per night for the cleaning staff.