Prague is a quite safe city, where people feel relaxed walking at just about any hour, even on its sometimes dimly lit streets. As in any touristed destination, pickpockets focus on areas where tourist congregate, so be mindful and don’t keep valuables in an accessible place.
Getting a cab in Prague especially at night might be quite a problem as you might end up with an inflated price. Except for the routes from the airport or train station, taxis are most often taken late and after a night out, when we are, perhaps, less in the mood to discuss the route or even properly remember it.
The capital city wants an apology from the Scam City documentary producers because the National Geographic documentary portrayed Prague as a place full of cheats. Prague representatives complain that the presenter, Conor Woodman, used hired helpers in the documentary, and played staged scenes with them. But, as the story on Stream.cz proves, the practices described by Woodman are real. Moreover, they are much worse.
Useful advice before you travel to Prague. If you wish to exchange money in Prague (especially in the city centre) please be careful as many exchange offices charge very high commission. Be careful in crowded areas such as trams and tourist attractions – there may be pickpockets.
Prague is very popular destination for its beauty but is also famous thanks to the city dishonest taxi drivers operating there, famous for ripping off anyone who looks like a tourist – including mayor Pavel Bém who was famously posing with a fake moustache on his undercover inspection trip.
Prague tourists will usually get a superior exchange rate in Prague, for the Czech Crown, than they would in their native country, but the guidelines below ought to be noted. Should you be travelling from the United Kingdom, lots of people exchange pounds into Euros in advance of their trip. This is not required though, because you can exchange pounds directly in many of the recommended currency exchange bureaus in Prague
Prague has an old and long-standing problem, which seriously damages its worldwide reputation: Cheating taxi drivers. There are about a…
Prague’s liberal laws and liberal policies mean that the city has earned a reputation of being pot-friendly, and it is estimated that nearly half million marijuana users are largely ignored by the authorities and tolerated by almost everyone. Most pubs and non-tourist bars outside of the centre allow you to smoke inside.
Many experts believe that the Roma, who make up about 0.3% of the Czech population, originated in India, but it is still uncertain how they came to arrive in Central Europe in the 15th century. As soon as they arrived, they were seen as “different” and were cut off from the rest of society, mainly because of their different customs, different clothes and their nomadic way of life. Since their arrival, they have suffered persecution and discrimination in Central Europe.
Since mid 2004 citizens from the individual EU member states, who travel temporarily to another EU member state and hold a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), are automatically insured. All healthcare providers in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland must accept patients from the EU in possession of an EHIC.