Previously known as Czechoslovakia until the ‘Velvet Divorce’ with neighboring Slovakia, this country offers a somewhat confusion, convoluted, yet interesting historical background. The capital city, Prague is the host for many travelers each year, drawing in a vast array of visitors from near and far.
The capital city of Prague is by far the most visited area in the Czech Republic, but it is not where the adventure ends. With old world architecture and gothic influence, the town is quite captivating, especially when touring from North American countries. Some bridges and structures having been built in the 1400s, it is truly marvelous. The fairytale-like castles will make you feel like you are stepping back in time.
Important dates in Czech Republic
January 1 – New Year’s Day / Restoration of the Czech Independence Day
May 1 – Labor Day / May Day
Mid-April – Good Friday
Mid – April – Easter Day
May 8 – Victory in Europe Day
July 5 – Saints Cyril and Methodius
July 6 – Jan Hus Day
September 28 – St. Wenceslas Day
October 28 – Independent Czechoslovak State Day
November 17 – Struggle for Freedom & Democracy Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day
To check out a full list of all of the holidays, click here.
- Prague Castle is the largest in the world, so bring comfortable shoes when touring!
- Prague’s astronomical clock was installed in 1410 making it the oldest working astronomical clock in the world.
- Czechs consumer the most beer per capita in the world.
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Culture and Etiquette in Czech Republic
When it comes to physical contact you’ll notice that Czechs tend to shake hands a lot, and the more touchy-feely approach taken on by Mediterranean countries is not usual here. Make it a point to say hello back to those who say it when you pass each other. Czech’s are adament about expressing a polite gesture of hello to passerbys.
When visiting a locals house, you should always take off your outdoor shoes when entering. Inside the flat, or house, the owner may have a box of indoor footwear neatly arranged. This is called a botník, and you are usually more than welcome to take from and use a pair.
Czechs are known for their calm, quiet voices. It is best that a traveler follows along with this example by behaving in a well-manners, nearly reserved fashion. Of course, larger cities like Prague will inherently be more loud.
Since the capital city is home to many types of people, from different countries, a tourist can express more freely in this space. You can wear anything. In general, locals tend to dress smart casual. The churches are spectacular in the Czech Republic and often have concerts open to the public. Out of respect, bear in mind that you need to wear modest attire to these spaces. With that, do keep in mind that temperatures can vary from one day to the next and rain is always possible.