Czech Republic

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Overview:

Long dormant under the grip of communism, since its split with Slovakia in 1993, the Czech Republic has turned into a travel mecca seemingly on everyone’s European circuit. Massive

Charles Bridge, Prague

castles and old world architecture retain their yester-year charm, while the capital city of Prague dishes up a heaving platter of culture and modern sightseeing possibilities.  Don’t worry about any English translation, as really only one word is needed and universally understood–pivo–Czech for beer.

Currency:

Czech Koruna, CZK; $1 = 19.11 CZK (Sept. 5, 2010) For more currency conversion info visit xe.com

When to Go:

Like its central European neighbors, the summer months bring with them long sunny days, heavy rains, and mobs of tourists. Accommodations can be booked solid during these months, and the shoulder months of May and September offer fewer crowds while attractions are still open for the season. During the winter months, many urban attractions and campgrounds close, and a fresh layer of snow blankets most of the landlocked nation. At higher altitudes, nights dip well below freezing, although the winter snows bring with them another high season of sorts to the region’s mountain resorts. Prague in particular in the height of summer can be a madhouse.map_czech_republic

The Vagabond’s Personal Top Picks:

1. Visit the Museum of Communism, Prague

Ironically situated right next to McDonalds, this relatively new museum takes both a serious as well as tongue in cheek look at life behind the former Iron Curtain

2. People watch in Old Town Square, Prague

Packed to the walls with tourists in the summer months, many gather at the top of the hour to watch the town’s astronomical clock go through its hourly mechanical display of the changing of the hour.

3. Take a stroll across the Charles Bridge and visit Prague Castle

Current home to the Czech Republic’s head of state. the castle is believed to be  one of the world’s largest.

Posts on Czech Republic by Kyle the Vagabond:

Pivo in Prague (2004)

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Eli June 25, 2012 at 3:43 am

I’m from the Czech Republic and I always wonder what tourists take from a visit in Prague. I was little bit disappointed by your picks because these are the tourist hot spots everybody goes and you can find it in every guide. I would at least add bike riding through the Old Town and by the river at night when all the hustle and bustle of the city is asleep and you can really enjoy the old time atmosphere…Just a tip you cannot easily find…

admin June 27, 2012 at 7:06 am

Hi Eli,

I agree. Unfortunately I only was able to spend a few days in Prague and didn’t have the time to wander off of the usual tourist route…which is something I am always fond of doing. I like your suggestion of bike rides by the river at night, and I definitely need to get back to Prague to explore and discover the city a little more. Also, I was there in winter, so perhaps I need to visit in the summer when everything is warmer and the nights are better for wandering…
Thanks for reading and happy travels!

Lance March 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm

This is great! Thanks for sharing. We’re off to Prague next week and this is helpful.

Marysia @ My Travel Affairs May 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Prague is the best outside of the tourist trails, but we all follow them at first, that is natural. It is an amazing city! Nice picture of the bridge.

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