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Weather, When to travel to Prague

January is actually a great time to visit Prague with a number of events coinciding with the New Year’s holiday. In addition, it can be cheaper to visit the city during this time thanks to deals on both airfare and hotel rooms. However, the weather can be very cold and downright freezing during this time frame. The average afternoon high in this month is right at the freezing mark with an average overnight low of -5.4 degrees Celsius. While it can be very cold, it is relatively dry with an average of 23 millimeters of precipitation. The city can be beautiful in the snow and if you don’t mind the snow, be sure to check out the markets and stands that sell warm treats like “trdelnik”.

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Advice for Saving Money

Avoid the Italian restaurants and the sushi in the city centre and buy Czech food. You will discover better value for money in the favourite local restaurants. Search for set lunch specials that offer excellent value. Do not take cabs for inter-city travel.

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Tipping in Prague

Tips are generally expected only in restaurants. A tip between 5%-15% is appropriate for a restaurant bill (some restaurants indicate on menu that the final amount includes a tip, don‘t tip twice) or for a taxi driver.

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Scam City – National Geographic documentary

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.

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Things To Do & Things Not To Do

Things To Do – Be humble. Czechs value humility and modesty in people. Aggression, ostentation and arrogance are looked down on. Be aware of and note patterns of behaviour and attempt to emulate them as closely as you can. Things Not To Do – In a Restaurant or Pub – Do not be too choosy. Special requests aren’t common so do not, for instance, attempt to order a dish’s vegetarian version.

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Useful advices before you go

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.

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Opening Hours

Shops: Some are closed on Sunday but in the centre you will find many shops and malls open later and on Sundays as well. Monday to Friday 9:00-18:00, Saturday 9-12/13:00.

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Exchange Rates for Currency

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

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Czech Drug Laws

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.

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Getting Over the Language Barrier

Although many people assume otherwise, the language barrier in the Czech Republic is no bigger than in any other European country – in fact, it is easier to communicate in most Czech cities than it is to communicate in Spain or Italy. When the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, there were not many English speakers in the country, but this is no longer the case. Most Czech workers in the tourist industry now speak English, as do nearly all younger Czechs.

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Advice for Eating out in Prague

Don’t forget, there are two parallel existences in Prague: the real town and the tourist city. Typically, if you venture two minutes out of the tourist area, you will discover superior value, service and ambiance for eateries.

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Prague Discount Card

The PRAGUE CARD offers FREE ADMISSION to almost 50 top attractions, discounted entry to another 30 attractions, and comes with guidebook with information in 7 languages and detailed maps. The Prague Card also gives you exlusive special offers at tours, excursions, cruises, shoppings, restaurants and entertainment in Prague!

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