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									Travel tips to European Countries: Czech Republic

About the county

Czech Republic is located in Central Europe bordering Poland to the
north, Germany to the northwest and west, Austria to the south, and
Slovakia to the east. The capital of Czech Republic is Prague which is
also the biggest city of Czech Republic and a popular tourist
destination. Czech Republic became a member of European Union in May,
2004. Czech Republic was earlier a part of Czechoslovakia which was
dissolved in January, 1993 and was split into what is now called Czech
and Slovak Republics. Brno, Ostrava, Plzeň, Olomouc, , České Budějovice,
Zlín, Hradec Králové, Ústí nad Labem, Pardubice and Karlovy Vary are the
other important cities of Czech Republic. Czech Republic is divided into
two parts based on geographical and cultural classification. They are
Bohemia and Moravia. Bohemian cities and towns are popular for their spas
and wine vineyards. It is also home to many castles which are open for
visitors. One of the other tourism attractions is the availability of
hundreds of miles of marked trails for hiking, cycling and skiing.

Population & Languages

The population of Czech Republic is roughly 10.2 million and the official
language being spoken is Czech.

Electricity

The voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The type of plug used is
Round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin

Geographic Location

It is located in Central Europe bordering Poland to the north, Germany to
the northwest and west, Austria to the south, and Slovakia to the east.
It is basically a landlocked country strategically located on some of the
most important land routes in Europe.

Climate

The climate of Czech Republic can be termed as Temperate with hot summers
and cold overcast winters. It also gets snow. Most of the rain comes down
in summer. Due to different altitudes the variation of temperatures is
diverse. The temperatures are relatively low at high altitudes and more
precipitation. The temperatures average only -0.4°C at high altitude
areas whereas the temperatures can average as high as 10°C in low
altitude areas.

Local Customs

Dressing should be conservative and casual except at formal dinners or
good hotels or restaurants. Tipping is usually 5 to 10 percent in
restaurant, hotels and taxis.

Attractions
The Castle District (Hradèany) – It has some of the best churches and
museums. It also has some beautiful gardens, fortifications and state
apartments also.

St Vitus Cathedral – It is located in the Castle District, the prominent
feature of this cathedral is the spires which soar high in the sky. It is
also country’s largest church with great architecture.

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) – This is one of the most popular tourist
spots of the city and should not be missed.

Old Town Square (Staromĕstské Námestí) – It is the most vibrant square of
Prague with many historical structures. It also hosts various markets
every year like yearly Christmas market.

The Jewish Museum – It is the largest Jewish Museum in Central Europe
with a vast collection of Judaic art works.
Vyšehrad – Is a great hill fort built on a rock above the river.

Travel

By Air – The national airline of Czech Republic is Czech Airlines. There
are many other small and popular international airlines operating from
Czech Republic. The major airport is Prague Ruzyne International Airport
(PRG). The airport is located approximately 10 miles north west of
Prague.

By Rail – The country is part of the extensive network of trains
connecting the European cities. If you are coming from Western Europe the
most convenient connections are via Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna,
and Zurich to Prague.

Duty Free Items
1. 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg tobacco for EU
countries.
2. 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco for Non-
EU countries.
3. 10 liter of spirits with alcohol content over 22%, or 20 liter of
alcoholic beverages with alcohol volume less than 22%, or 90 liter of
wine or 60 liter of sparkling wine, or 110 liter of beer for EU
countries.
4. 1 liter spirits or 2 liter wine for Non-EU countries.
5. 50g perfume or 250ml eau de toilette
6. Food, fruits, medications and flowers for personal use
7. Gifts up to €175

Prohibited Items

Un-canned goods, meat or dairy products, Narcotics, firearms, ammunition,
weapons, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcoholic
beverages that contain more than sixty per cent alcohol.

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