The Czech Republic is an exquisite reflection of Europe’s cultural and architectural diversity.
With over 2000 castles, keeps and ruins, it boasts one of the highest densities of architectural history in the world – so much so, Hollywood regularly rolls into town when it needs to shoot ‘Ye Olde Europe’. There's no better place to step back in time than on the cobbled streets of Prague’s Old Town, where the scent of chestnut and linden trees fills the air on a warm summer’s eve.
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Articles on Czech Republic
Czech Republic travel highlights
Step back in time while admiring the grandeur of Prague Castle
Take a day trip to see the heritage-listed churches of Kutna Hora
Stroll the cobblestone alleyways of medieval Cesky Krumlov
Satiate your thirst with one of the multitude of beers on offer
Czech Republic holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Czech Republic
Geography and environment
Top 10 Czech Beer Moments
Health and safety
Czech Republic travel FAQs
A tip of 5-10% is expected for good service in the restaurants and cafes of the Czech Republic, particularly in well-frequented tourist areas like Cesky Krumlov and Prague.
The Czech Republic's cities and tourist centres have internet access available in internet cafes and hotels. Less internet access is available in rural and remote areas, so prepare to disconnect when leaving the city.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in the Czech Republic. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
The Czech Republic's cities usually have flushable toilets. Carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided, and be expected to pay a small fee when visiting public toilets.
A pint of beer = 25-50 CZK
Metro pass = 40 CZK
Street food snack = 40 CZK
Lunch at a café = 100-120 CZK
Dinner at a restaurant = 150- 300 CZK
Tap water is considered safe to drink in the Czech Republic. For environmental reasons, try to avoid bottled water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found as some hotels provide this.
Major credit cards are usually accepted by large shops, hotels and restaurants, although smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash. Be sure to carry multiple methods of payment as credit cards aren't always an option everywhere in the Czech Republic.
ATMs are easily found in the large cities and airports, although are less common in rural and remote areas. When travelling out of the city, be prepared by having enough cash, as ATMs aren't always available.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 1 May May Day
- 8 May Liberation Day
- 5 Jul St Cyril and St Methodius
- 6 Jul Jan Hus Day
- 28 Sep Statehood Day
- 28 Oct Independence Day
- 17 Nov Freedom and Democracy Day
- 24 Dec Christmas Eve
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec 2nd Day of Christmas
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Czech Republic go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/czech-republic/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Czech Republic
- Be considerate of the Czech Republic’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Czech Republic, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
Fond Ohrozenych Deti (Fund for Children in Need)
Based in Prague, this organisation helps children and families in crisis by providing financial help, tutoring, housing and recreation activities. Staffed mainly by volunteers and part time staff, this not-for-profit group helps marginalised people who don't receive help from the government.
Image supplied by Fond Ohrozenych Deti (Fund for Children in Need).
To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org