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Czech Christmas

Come to Prague at Xmas and sample the unforgettable and distinctive ambiance from Xmas markets, to the fantastic Xmas concerts hosted at several churches and venues. On the markets, you can sample some hot mead or wine whilst watching the craftsmen demonstrate their traditional trades.

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Shopping Malls and Shops

Palladium - This very large shopping mall just opened recently in 2007. There are four floors, with more than 200 shops and over 30 restaurants and cafes. There is also some historical value behind the Palladium, as the foundations are associated with 12th century.

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Fashion and Shopping

There are loads of shops for tourists in Prague and you can buy everything from Bohemian crystal through to soccer shirts from the capital’s biggest teams. The road between Charles Bridge and Old Town Square is notorious for these types of shops, but if you turn off this road you’ll find exactly the same gifts at a much lower price.

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Pařížská Street

Pařížská Street, the ultimate bourgeois avenue, thanks to its location, has always belonged to the streets with a high concentration of luxurious shops, swanky cafés, restaurants and bars. This street runs off the Old Town Square to the Vltava River, it bisects the Jewish quarter and is an easy walk from some of the best five star hotels in Prague.

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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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Czech Puppetry

The 1st puppets originated on the subcontinent of India and quickly found a way to Southeast Asia and Europe. Czech people have loved the art of the puppeteer for hundreds of years; during times of intense Prussian influence throughout the eighteenth century, travelling puppeteer troupes kept the Czech humor and language alive in rural areas. Whilst the "legitimate” theatre’s language was always German, Czech was allowed if it was spoken by a puppet.

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Czech Garnet

The blood-red garnet is the official Czech national gem, rated among the world's finest. The Czech garnet is a popular urban accessory, and is even considered as the best tourist purchase if you are jewellery-shopping in Prague. Garnets aren't necessarily deep red.

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Green Fairy – Czech Absinthe

Absinthe has made a comeback in Prague as the spirit of choice of alternative trendsetters. It is very well known as the 'green fairy' liquor, due to its normal green colour. Absinthe is a powerful concoction (with 70% of alcohol), flavoured with wormwood, and once in the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was consumed in huge quantities across Europe.

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Prague Christmas Markets

Prague Christmas markets start on 29 November and run daily throughout December until 1 January. Markets are usually open from 09.00 until 19.00. Major markets are located around Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square while smaller ones can be found around Havelska Trziste, Namesti Miru and Namesti Republiky.

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Money Exchange

The official currency used in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown which has the international abbreviation CZK. The Czech Republic has been a member of the EU since May 1 2004, but didn’t enter the Euro Zone yet. You can pay for goods and services in the Czech Republic with cash and cards. There are also a lot of places in Prague where payment can be made in euros – in most retail chains, electronics shops, at petrol stations and in restaurants.

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Customs and VAT refunds

When bringing goods into the Czech Republic there are limits set on certain commodities. If a certain amount is exceeded, duty must be paid, and the importer is required to inform customs of the amount of the commodity he or she is bringing in to the country.

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