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Summary: Located in central Europe, southeast of Germany, Bohemia in the west consists of rolling plains, hills, and plateaus surrounded by low mountains, and Moravia in the east consists of very hilly country. The Czech Republic is one of the most stable and prosperous of the post-Communist states with an economy based on industry and strong foreign investment, with further privatization of the banking, energy and telecommunications sectors fuelling the growth.

Capital: Prague
Time Zone: DST +0200 UTC
Population: 10,246,178
Languages: Czech
Power: 230 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Czech Koruna - Currently 1 CZK = 0.0559 USD $
Climate: The Czech Republic has a temperate climate with cool summers and cold, cloudy, and humid winters.

Prague: One of Europe's most popular destinations, Prague serves up a range of architectural styles, including gothic and baroque castles and churches. Start in the Old Town, Stare Mesto with the central 15th century Astronomical Clock, or Vaclavske namesti, Wenceslas Square, then cross Charles Bridge to the next must see area, including the castle district, Hradcany landmarked by the massive Saint Vitus's Cathedral, and the narrow streets of the Mala Strana, or Small Quarter.  

Brno: Around 140 miles to the southeast of Prague, Brno is the Czech Republic's second largest city and offers an array of sights to see. Among them, the 1930s modern-designed Tugendhat Villa, Speilberg or ?pilberk Castle, and St. Peter and St. Paul´s Cathedral on Petrov Hill. North of Brno is Moravian Karst, with forests for hiking and hundreds of caves for exploring, with tours typically leaving every 20 minutes from Punkevni.

Zdar nad Sazavou: Only about 120 km away from Prague, the church of St. John of Nepomuk is curiously unique - 5 alters, 5 angels and 5 stars on the main altar, in fact the grounds themselves are shaped like a 5 pointed star with 5 exits, and strange motifs used to portray the figures. Also enjoy the abbey grounds, castle and bridge leading to the area with its saintly statues.


Beer: Have a beer with your meal, the local beer is great and there are many local pubs to visit. Examples range from the famous Pilsner to Gambrinus.

Clean Socks: Czechs take their shoes off when entering someone's home, so don't get caught flat-footed, or showing off your toes.

Politeness: Loud, gregarious behaviour contrasts with the Czechs, who tend to be more reserved. As you would anywhere else, treat people with respect.

Taxi Fares: Rampant over charging is being brought under control, however, make sure you negotiate your taxi fare, or at least have them approximate the cost, before starting on your journey.

When To Visit: The high summer months leave most places packed with no vacancies - May and June are good alternatives. Prague's Paleni Carodejnic on April 30 is a unique pre-Christian festival, and there are many book and music festivals running through this time as well.

Food: Czech food is traditional, and you normally start off with a soup, among which include potato, garlic, and chicken noodle, with a main course of meat and a potato side dish. Desserts include crepes, dumplings, or even ice cream sundaes.

Tipping: Although not required, a tip of 5-10 percent is acceptable for good service, but is not required as service charges are included in the bill.

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