Best Time to go: May – June & September
Best For: UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Hot springs & Mineral Baths, Archaeological & Religious Sites, Historical Sites
A historic jewel in the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic has a lot to offer for such a small country. No bigger than Scotland or South Carolina, it`s crammed with fairy-tale castles, medieval towns, elegant spa resorts and scenic national parks. And to further enhance its appeal, it`s the birthplace of the world`s finest beer.
Join the locals and get a different perspective on Prague by taking a cruise along the Vltava River, either downstream to Prague Zoo, or upstream to the Slapy Dam.
Indulge yourself with a spa treatment among the hot springs and mineral baths of West Bohemia`s famous spa resorts – opulent Karlovy Vary which once attracted the crowned heads of Europe, Marianské Láznì and Františkovy Láznì.
There is hiking and rock climbing amid the spectacular scenery of the Adršpach-Teplice Rocks, whose bizarre landscape bristles with sandstone pinnacles, contorted canyons and wildlife-filled forests.
Enjoy the slopes at the Czech Republic`s good-value ski resorts – try Spindleruv Mlyn for downhill skiing, Zacler for snowboarding (both in Krkonoše), and Zadov (in Šumava) for cross-country.
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Capital: Prague (PRG)
Currency: Koruna (CZK)
Language: Czech. English and German are widely spoken.
Dialling code from SA: +420
Time Zone: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa)
Daylight Savings Time: From last Sunday March to last Sunday October: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa)
Side of the Road: Right
Plugs: Generally 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most major hotels have standard international two-pin razor plugs.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink.
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended.
Customs: It is considered polite to say ‘dobrý den’ (good day) when you meet someone, and ‘na shledanou’ (goodbye) when you leave.
Local Offences / Laws: Drunken behaviour and drinking in public is punishable by law
Duty Free: The Czech Republic is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs – all at tax-free equivalent prices.
If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Czech Republic by travellers over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages up to 22% volume
• 4L of wine
• 16L of beer
• Other goods up to the value of €430 for air travellers and €300 for other travellers (reduced to €200 for children under 15).
Prohibited Imports: Explosives are prohibited. Firearms and ammunition are only permitted with a licence.
Prohibited Exports: Prohibited or restricted exports include veterinary goods, items of cultural value, weapons, ammunition, explosives and narcotics.