Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Czech Republic
Can I pay with Euros in the Czech Republic?
The Czechs have yet to (and may never depending on how things progress with the Euro) move away from their own currency, the Czech Koruna, or Czech Crown. Prices are usually displayed as, for example, 99,00Kč = 99 Czech Crowns. Some establishments may accept Euros but there is no legal obligation for them to do so and large Euro notes (over €50) are unlikely to be accepted. Also bear in mind that the exchange rate that will be used will definitely not be in your favour.
What is Czech food like?
Good question. Typically Czech food is quite heavy, lots of meat, dumplings and potatoes, but there are other aspects to Czech cuisine. Classic hearty dishes such as goulash with dumplings (thicker and with larger pieces of meat than Hungarian goulash), or roast duck with dumplings are great on a wintry day. There's also a lot of pork, in the form of the Czech standard vepro-knedlo-zelo (pork, dumplings, cabbage) or a roasted and/or smoked pork knee, usually accompanied with horseradish. A pork or chicken schnitzel with potato salad is among the lighter choices. Vegetarians don't get many options on a typical Czech restaurant menu, with deep-fried cheese or deep-fried cauliflower the most common offerings. Read our Czech Food Primer for more details and recommendations on where to try some of the best of Czech cuisine in Prague.
Do I need a visa to visit the Czech Republic?
Visitors from all EU and EEA countries, as well as Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Salvador, San Marino, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City & Venezuela can stay for up to 90 days without a visa. Visitors from the UK are an exception and get 180 days. Visitors from Singapore can stay for up to 30 days without a visa.
If you have a passport issued by any other country you will need to arrange a visa before you arrive. We are not able to make these arrangements for you.
What's the weather like in the Czech Republic?
The Czech Republic experiences all four seasons quite dramatically.
In winter (late November/December - February/March) it can get very cold. In Prague the temperature usually never gets below -20C/-4F but in the countryside, temperatures as low as -30C/-22F are not uncommon. Usually the weather in Prague hovers around 0C/32F however, and there is occasional snow.
Spring (mid March - June) is a very pleasant time to visit with temperatures typically between 15C/60F and 20C/68F.
During summer (June - August) it can be quite hot and in high summer it often gets over 30C/90F.
Fall (September - mid November) sees temperatures similar to springtime, dipping lower towards the end of autumn.
Read more advice on what to pack for Prague.
When are the Czech Republic's public holidays?
The Czech Republic's public holidays are on set days every year (apart from Easter Monday) so when they fall on a weekend, workers don't get a replacement day off. The public holidays are:
1.1. (New Year's Day), Easter Monday, 1.5. (Labor Day), 8.5. (Day of Liberation from Fascism), 5.7. (Day of Slavic Missionaries), 6.7. (Master Jan Hus), 28.9. (St.Wenceslav), 28.10.(Independence Day), 17.11. (Struggle for Freedom and Democracy), 24.12 (Christmas Eve, shops are often open till midday however), 25.12 (Christmas Day), 26.12.(St. Stephen's Day)
On all holidays but Christmas and Easter you can expect shops and restaurants to be open as well as most tourist attractions. When the 5th and 6th of July fall on weekdays, it seems like the whole country goes on vacation for the week and the residential parts of the city may seem deserted.
What time zone is the Czech Republic in?
Like most other countries in Europe, the Czech Republic is on Central European Time (GMT+1). European Summer Time (last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October) is GMT+2.
What are the smoking laws in the Czech Republic?
Since 31st May 2017 smoking has been banned in all bars and restaurants. Non-smokers breathed a huge sigh of relief, while owners of some of the city's more downmarket pubs started to fear the worst.