About Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is the capital city of the relatively small Czech Republic which lies in the heart of Europe, neighbouring with Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland. Here nature and architects have created a work where the monuments often centuries from rotundas up to modern multi-storeyed buildings combine to form a unique open air gallery.The narrow lanes of the Old Town, Charles Bridge, the proud panorama of Hradčany, the palaces of the Little Quarter, a walk through Wenceslas Square, artcollections in galleries and museums and pleasant moments spent in Prague´s typical all houses and wine taverns you will gladly remember all these places and things. In 1992 the historical centre of Prague covering an area of 866 hectares was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register.

There is a number of non-stop border crossings available with an excellent connection by car, bus, train or plane. A valid passport, which does not expire at least for six months, is required in order to enter the Czech Republic. There is no need of an entry visa for most European countries and USA.

In case of necessity you can obtain visa at the Czech Embassy in your country. Two kinds of visas are available; a tourist visa for 30 days or a transit one for 48 hours. The official language is Czech, Slovak language being understandable. Most local people have basic or possibly intermediate knowledge of English or German language. In majority of hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, historical monuments, shops and services the communication is possible in English, German or perhaps French.


Basic data
Area: 496 sqkm
Population: 1,173,000
Geographical situation: north latitude 50° 05', east longitude 14° 27', height above sea level 235 m (average)
Time: Central European (GMT+1), summer time - Central European +1 (GMT+2)
Climate: average temperature 9,0°C
summer season - July 19,0°C
winter season - January -0,9°C
The Vltava river flows through the city in the length of 30 km, its maximum width being 330 m
Parts ofthe historical centre: Hradcany, Mala Strana (Lesser Town), Stare Mesto (Old Town) including Josefov, Nove Mesto (New Town) and Vysehrad
Administrative division: 22 administrative areas
Voltage: 230 V

Important Telephone Numbers and Addresses:
Ambulance service phone 155
Police phone 158
Fire emergency phone 150
Municipal police phone 156
Emergency road service phone 1230, 1240
General information phone 12 444
Directory inquiries (Prague and the whole Czech Republic) phone 1180
Directory inquiries (international) - both telephone and fax numbers, call services and prices phone 1181
Sending wire messages by telephone 13 30 01

International Dialing Codes
Australia 0061
Austria 0043
Belgium 0032
Canada 001
Denmark 0045
France 0033
Germany 0049
Great Britain 0044
Greece 0030
Italy 0039
Japan 0081
Netherlands 0031
Norway 0047
Poland 0048
Russia 007
Slovakia 00421
Sweden 0046
Spain 0034
Switzerland 0041
USA 001
Czech Republic 00420

Customs requirements
Without permission foreign visitors are allowed to export goods from the Czech Republic for their personal use only or as a gift. If the exported goods require any special legal permission (e.g. protection of cultural monuments, objects of museum value etc.) they must be presented to customs officials on departure.

Tax free
Visitors purchasing in CR separately goods having value more than 1000 Kc, which carries out abroad within 30 days, can apply in the conventional time after presenting the confirmation of customs office for reimbursement of the value added tax.

Currency
Legal tenders - Crown (Kc) = 100 Hellers
Coins:
hellers: 50
Kc: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50
banknotes: Kc 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000

Czech Republic Red-Letter Days
- 1 January - New Year, Day of Renovation of the Independent Czech State
- Easter Monday
- 1 May - Labour Day
- 8 May - Liberation Day (1945)
- 5 July - Cyril and Methodius Day - the Slavic Christianity Prophets
- 6 July - Master John Hus burning at the stake (1415)
- 28 September - Day of the Czech Statehood
- 28 October - Independent Czechoslovak State Proclamation Day (1918)
- 17 November - Day of a Struggle for Liberty and Democracy
- 24 December - Christmas Eve
- 25 December - Christmas Day
- 26 December - St. Stephen's Day

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