Basic Data and Practical Information

The Czech Republic neighbors with Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland. There is a number of non-stop border crossings available with an excellent connection by car, bus, train or plane. A valid passport, which does not expire at least for 90 days, is required in order to enter the Czech Republic. There is no need of an entry visa for most European countries and USA. In case of necessity you can obtain visa at the Czech Embassy in your country. Two kinds of visas are available; a short-term visa for 90 days or a transit one for 5 days. The official language is Czech, Slovak language being understandable. Most local people have basic or possibly intermediate knowledge of English or German language. In majority of hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, historical monuments, shops and services the communication is possible in English, German or perhaps French.


Basic data:

Prague - Area:   496 sqkm
Prague - Population:   1,173,000
Geographical situation:   north latitude 50° 05', east longitude 14° 27', height above sea level 235 m (average)
Time:   Central European (GMT+1), summer time - Central European +1 (GMT+2)
Climate:      average temperature 9,0°C
summer season - July 19,0°C
winter season - January -0,9°C
The Vltava river:   flows through Prague in the length of 30 km, its maximum width being 330 m
Parts of the historical centre:   Hradcany, Mala Strana (Lesser Town), Stare Mesto (Old Town) including Josefov, Nove Mesto (New Town) and Vysehrad
Administrative division:   22 administrative areas
 Voltage:  

230 V


Important Telephone Numbers and Addresses: 

Emergency call   112
Ambulance service phone   155
Police phone   158
Fire emergency phone   150
Municipal police phone   156
Emergency road service phone   1230, 1240
General information phone   12 444
Directory inquiries (Prague and the whole Czech Republic) phone   1180
Directory inquiries (international) - both telephone and fax numbers, call services and prices phone   1181

International Dialing Codes: 

Australia   0061
Austria   0043
Belgium   0032
Canada   001
Denmark   0045
France   0033
Germany   0049
Great Britain   0044
Greece   0030
Italy   0039
Japan   0081
Netherlands   0031
Norway   0047
Poland   0048
Russia   007
Slovakia   00421
Sweden   0046
Spain   0034
Switzerland   0041
USA   001
Czech Republic   00420

Customs requirements

Without permission foreign visitors are allowed to export goods from the Czech Republic for their personal use only or as a gift. If the exported goods require any special legal permission (e.g. protection of cultural monuments, objects of museum value etc.) they must be presented to customs officials on departure.


Tax free:

Visitors purchasing in CR separately goods having value more than 2500 Kc, which carries out abroad within 60 days, can apply in the conventional time after presenting the confirmation of customs office for reimbursement of the value added tax.


Important customs offices

  • Celni urad Praha (Prague Customs Office) - Praha 8, Sokolovska 22, phone 224 816 256
  • Celnice Hlavni nadrazi (Main Railway Station Customs Office) - Praha 2, Wilsonova 80, phone 224 221 905
  • Celnice Ruzyne (Ruzyne Customs Office) - Praha 6, Ruzyne Airport, phone 220 113 100
  • Vyclivaci posta (Customs Clearance Post Office) - Praha 5, Plzenska 139, phone 257 019 102

Postal services

Main Post Office - Praha 1, Jindrisska 14, open nonstop except break 12 p.m. - 02 a.m.


Phone

Local phone calls from public telephones 4,- Kc
Telephone cards in the value of 150,- Kc and 320,- Kc are available at newsagents' and tobacconists', post offices, department stores, hotels, travel agencies, etc.


Currency

Legal tenders - Crown (Kc) = 100 Hellers
Coins:
hellers: 50
Kc: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50
banknotes: Kc 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000


Where to find accommodation 

Immediately:   Prague Information Service
Praha 1, Staromestske namesti 1 (Old Town Hall)
Praha 1, Na Prikope 20
Reservation:   Prague Information Service Pragotur - 186 50 Praha 8, Za Poricskou branou 7, phone 221 714 130, fax 221 714 127 e-mail: pis.pragotur@mbox.vol.cz

Ticket Agencies 

 

Ticketpro - Prague Information Service   Old Town Hall, Staromestske nam. 1, Praha 1, phone 224 223 613
Na Prikope 20, Praha, phone 224 226 088
Lesser Town Bridge Tower, Praha 1 (during summer season), phone 257 531 591
Ticketpro - reservations by phone   296 329 999
Ticketpro - reservations by mail   110 00 Praha 1, Salvatorska 10, fax 296 328 888,
web: http://www.ticketpro.cz,
e-mail: etix@ticketpro.cz, info@ticketpro.cz
Prague listing of cultural programmes in Czech, English and German languages   http://www.prague-info.cz

 


Medical Emergencies 

Praha 1   Palackeho 5, phone 224 949 181
Praha 2   Sokolska 27, phone 224 266 150
Praha 3   Konevova 205, phone 284 862 149
Praha 4   Pacovska 31, phone 241 733 917
Praha 5   Kartouzska 6, phone 257 323 219
Praha 6   Vitezne namesti 13, phone 233 340 912
Praha 7   Dukelskych hrdinu 1, phone 233 370 391
Praha 8   Budinova 2 (the Bulovka hospital), phone 283 843 222
Praha 9   Sokolovska 304, phone 266 310 372
Praha 10   Nad Olsinami 4, phone 274 812 509

Dental Emergencies

Mon to Fri 7 p.m.-7 a.m., Sat + Sun non-stop

Praha 1   Palackeho 5, phone 224 946 981
Praha 4   Pacovska 31, phone 241 733 918

Pharmacies offering non-stop service

Praha 1   Palackeho 5, phone 224 946 982
Praha 2   Belgicka 37, phone 222 519 731
Praha 4   Soukalova 3355, phone 241 770 498
Praha 5   Stefanikova 6, phone 257 320 918
Praha 6   Pod Marjankou 12, phone 220 514 473
Praha 7   Milady Horakove 18, phone 233 375 599
Praha 8   Budinova 2 (the Bulovka hospital), phone 266 082 017

Foreign Medical Clinics 

Unicare   Praha 6, Na Dlouhem lanu 11, phone 235 356 553
Medicover Clinic   Praha 2, Vysehradska 35, phone 224 921 884
Canadian Medical Care   Praha 6, Veleslavinska 30, phone 235 360 133
American Medical Centers   Praha 7, Janovskeho 48, phone 220 807 756
General Health Care Corporation   Praha 1, Krakovska 8, phone 222 211 206
Health Centre Prague   Praha 1, Vodickova 28, phone 224 220 040

In case of emergency or an accident use any hospital, health clinic or the Nemocnice na Homolce Hospital (foreign pavilion) - Praha 5, Roentgenova 2, phone 257 272 144; 257 272 146.


Lost and Found Office

Praha 1, Karoliny Svetle 5, phone 224 235 085

Lost credit cards:   American Express - phone 222 800 222
Visa, MasterCard/Eurocard - phone 272 771 111
Diners Club - phone 267 197 450

Embassies

Austria   Victora Huga 10, 151 15 Praha 5,
phone 257 090 511, fax 257 316 045
Belgium   Valdstejnska 6, 118 01 Praha 1,
phone 257 533 283 - 287, fax 257 533 750
Brazil   Susicka 12, 160 41 Praha 6,
phone 224 324 965, fax 224 312 901
Canada   Muchova 6, 160 00 Praha 6,
phone 272 101 800, fax 272 101 890
Denmark   Maltezske nam. 5, 118 01 Praha 1,
phone 257 531 600, fax 257 531 410
Finland   Hellichova 1, 118 00 Praha 1,
phone 257 007 130, fax 257 007 132
France   Velkoprevorske nam. 2, 118 01 Praha 1,
phone 251 171 711, fax 251 171 720
Germany   Vlasska 19, 118 01 Praha 1,
phone 527 531 481, fax 257 534 056
Great Britain   Thunovska 14, 118 00 Praha 1,
phone 257 402 111, fax 257 402 296
Greece   Spanelska 14, 120 00 Praha 2,
phone 222 250 955, fax 222 253 686
Hungary   Ceskomalinska 20, 160 00 Praha 6,
phone 233 324 454, fax 233 322 104
Italy   Nerudova 20, 118 00 Praha 1,
phone 233 080 111, fax 257 531 522
Ireland   Trziste 13, 118 00 Praha 1,
phone 257 530 061, fax 257 531 387
Izrael   Badeniho 2, 170 01 Praha 7,
phone 233 097 500, fax 233 097 519
Japan   Maltezske nam. 6, 118 01 Praha 1,
phone 257 533 546, fax 257 532 377
Netherlands   Gotthardska 6, 160 00 Praha 6,
phone 224 312 190, fax 224 312 160
Norway   Hellichova 1, 118 00 Praha 1,
phone 257 323 737, fax 257 326 827
Poland   Valdstejska 8, 118 01 Praha 1,
phone 257 530 388, fax 257 530 135
Russia   Pod Kastany 1, 160 00 Praha 6,
phone 233 374 100, fax 233 377 235
Slovakia   Pod Hradbami 1, 160 00 Praha 6,
phone 233 113 051 - 2, fax 233 113 054
Spain   Pevnostni 9, 162 00 Praha 6,
phone 224 311 441, fax 233 341 770
Sweden   Uvoz 13, 118 01 Praha 1,
phone 220 313 200, fax 220 313 240
Switzerland   Pevnostni 7, 162 01 Praha 6,
phone 220 400 611, fax 224 311 312
Ukraine   Charlese de Gaulla 29, 160 00 Praha 6,
phone 233 342 000, fax 233 344 366
USA   Trziste 15, 118 01 Praha 1,
phone 257 530 663, fax 257 530 583

Tourist information and services

In the city centre the tourist information offices of the Prague Information Service offer, all under one roof, the following information

  • all necessary details concerning Prague (culture, tourism, orientation, traffic, accommodation and gastronomy, trade and services, nature, sports, important addresses etc.)
  • basic information for tourists concerning the whole Czech Republic (historical monuments, castles and chateaux, museums, etc.)
  • accommodation on spot in different price categories
  • survey of Prague cultural events in Czech and in English
  • tickets for concerts, theatres and other cultural events
  • several kinds of city tours including Vltava steamboat cruises
  • one-day and half-day excursions to castles and other interesting places in the Prague surroundings
  • booklets in foreign languages providing essential information on Prague, city guides, street maps, etc.
  • tourist tickets for the city transport
  • telephone cards

Tourist information centres

  • Staromestske namesti (the Old Town Hall) - Staromestska radnice
  • Na Prikope 20
  • The Main Railway Station lobby
  • Lesser Town Bridge Tower (summer season only)
  • General information in Czech, English and German languages - phone 12 444 - Mo - Fr 8 p.m. - 7 a.m. 
Foreign guides centre:   Staromestske nam. 1 - the Old Town Hall, phone 236 002 562, 236 002 569, fax 236 002 380
e-mail: guides.pis@volny.cz
Czech guides centre:   Za Poricskou branou 7, Prague 8, phone/fax: 221 714 151

 


Legal Holidays

  • 1 January New Year, Restitution of Independent Czech State Day
  • 9 April Easter Monday (shifting anniversary)
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 8 May Victory over Fascism Day
  • 5 July Anniversary of Slavonic Preachers Cyril and Method
  • 6 July Anniversary of Jan Hus (1415)
  • 28 September Czech Statehood Day
  • 28 October Constitution of Independent State Day (1918)
  • 17 November Fight for Freedom and Democracy Day (1989)
  • 24 December Christmas Day
  • 25 December 1st Christmas Anniversary
  • 26 December 2nd Christmas Anniversary