General Restaurant info
1. A common impression among visitors to the Czech Republic is that table service seems less friendly, or attentive than what they're used to. Please don't take it to heart, Czechs are friendly people.
2. You can expect the following at a Czech restaurant: after being seated, a waiter takes your order for drink, then food. Silverware and napkins are brought, standing in a cup or criss cross on a plate. There's a basket of bread, for which you might be charged, unless you don't touch it. Even then, it may appear on the bill, but the charge is usually not more than 20 CZK. You may need to ask for what seem like basic items, such as ice in your drink, butter for bread, or ketchup and mustard for fries. Some restaurants charge for such items - even for salad dressing.
3. Just a warning: fellow diners may be smoking throughout your entire meal. It's not considered particularly rude, so if you are against cigarettes, it would be a good idea to mention it when you are seated. Not many restaurants have designated smoking areas, as smoking is very common and tolerated.
4. Lastly, don't feel overlooked if after your meal you are not given the bill right away. It's acceptable to spend hours talking and drinking at the table, after the dishes are cleared. So if you want to leave, you should ask for the check. "Zaplatime" means "We will pay now" and "Ucet prosim" (oo-chet pro-seem) means "Check, please." The bill is typically given to the man at the table, because it is customary that the man always pays.
5. Tipping: the basic 10-15% is appreciated, but not mandatory. Leave cash on the table if you think the service was good, or say "Dobry" when paying your waiter, it means "Good," as in, keep the change. Or, when handing over the money, just say how much cash you would like back. Some restaurants add a "service fee" to the final amount, so the tip is included. If you are unsure, just ask. Also, if you are unsure about any items on the check, it is wise to ask. What iI miss most about Prague was the prices.
Views of Prague
Prague looks great when you walking around it's old streets or looking at it from a distance. There are many places giving great views of the Old Town. The best I found were on Petrin Hill, in The Old Royal Palace and from the lookout point near Hradcany Square.
I'm a beer person so to me Prague was the first beer shangri-la I visited. The beers we brew in my country are "tipo Pilsner" (Pilsner type) so the beers in Prague tasted very much like those I grew up around with. It felt like a little like at home.
Strange Suggestion...but trust me...
I have never wanted to visit a jewish cemetary...and can't believe my journey found me this place...but it was such a neat place to walk around for hours. The whole Jewish town was charming...and the cemetary just added to the experience. All the synagogues and everything are a neat way to spend hours here in Prague. I went back 4 different times!
Church of Sts Peter & Paul Ossuary
This is one of the weirdest and creepiest things I’ve ever done. Back in the 16th century the area was struck by the plague, and they ran out of space to bury the dead. Their solution – to disinter almost 10 000 bodies to make room. The skeletons of these bodies were all placed in the ossuary, and were later arranged into patterns. The walls of the ossuary are lined with bones, skulls are arranged into patterns to read something along the lines of “respect the dead”, others form the shape of a cross. There’s a section with lots of broken bones (and skulls) and we saw one that looked like he’d been shot in the head as there was a perfect hole in the skull. Any skeletons that looked Germanic (apparently the skulls had a wrinkled appearance?!) were placed face down!
When we first walked in we were really creeped out by it, but after a minute we started to find it really fascinating and wound up staying for about 10 mins taking it all in. We didn’t take any photos as we thought it would be a bit disrespectful, but we wanted to…. it’s so surreal!
The ossuary is located under the church, and there’s a small fee to get in, about Kc25.