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Toruist Safety

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.

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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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Getting a Taxi at Night

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.

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Prague Taxi Fares

Prague City Council has cracked down on the city’s notoriously dishonest taxi drivers by installing a network of taxi stands with red-and-yellow signs quoting the correct fares between various parts of the city, but in reality Prague’s taxi drivers try to cheat passengers on many occations.

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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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Taxis in Prague

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.

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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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The Roma in Czech Republic

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.

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Czech Health Insurance & Healthcare

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.

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