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Just walked to Wenceslas Square from my hotel!
Is the Euro the currency used now.
How is the moneychanger at the airport
euro is expected to adopt by 2012. nowadays is Czech krona.
28,85Kr = 1Euro and 22,90Kr = 1$.
best way is to use an ATM. when you arrive at the airport and reach baggage claim floor, turn to the right at the bottom of the escalator and walk all the way to the emd of the room. several machines against the wall.
There are exchange offices next to the luggage belts and in arrival hall, but rates are much worse compared to what you get in the city. I recommend to change just small amount enough to reach your hotel and city center.
You can use ATM as suggested above, but check with your bank about charges for ATM usage abroad - these might be quite substantial.
Many restaurants/shops/hotels in the city advertise that they accept EUR/USD, but be aware that the rate is very unfavorable for you and they give change back in CZK.
It's still the koruna (or crowns). As suggested above, it's best to withdraw from an ATM just enough cash for the fare to the city, then look for money changers along the streets and compare their advertised rates. Be careful however when you're around Wenceslas Square as there are people who might approach you offering to exchange your money for a higher rate.
I would use an ATM at the airport as suggested if possible. While not 100% certain of this, I've always read that the best rates are not from money changers (by which I assume they are talking about the booths where they exchange currency and not people on the street trying to rip you off) but from either using your credit card at stores/restaurants or withdrawing money from an ATM. Check with your bank regarding withdrawal fees and currency exchange fees.
It is true, best deal is to use card for the payments.
Regarding ATM it depends entirely on YOUR BANK. I know some banks offer cards with no extra fee for ATM usage abroad, but not our Czech banks. If I use my card abroad to get cash in ATM of course I get good rate, but then my bank charges for the service 2.5 EUR+ 0.5% of the amount taken.
Yes and no. My friend told me it changes in 2012,but when I went there in 2007 most places accepted the Euro. The only problem I incurred was at restaurants, some only took crowns.
I will bring both next time. I also am a little cautious using the ATM(we were using them in the city center). We had no problems.ENJOY, it is a beautiful place.
Travel Tips for Prague
The Royal Palace, Wencelas Square and the square in the old town. The city centre area is full of old buildings with beautiful architecture and seems totally unspoilt by high rises and new commercial buildings. My fondest memory actually is of the first day we spent in Prague when we went for a walk near our hostel (which was in a residential area way out from the centre) and down by the river.
The best approach is to walk from the Old Town, across the ancient Charles Bridge (Karluv most). For over four hundred years, this work of art, built by king Charles IV in 1357, was the only link between the two halves of Prague. Admire the sculptures and avoid the persistent hawkers as you walk across.
Drink some of the Czech beers.
A very useful Chech phrase that I learnt on the flight over....'Jeden pivo prosim'... 'One beer please'.
There are many czech beers and they were all good, but one I did like was Staropramen, its also available outside the Czech Republic.
Vysehrad castle was founded in the 10th century, a little before “the good king” Wenceslas came to power, on a rock overlooking the river, but later abandoned for the more convenient Hradcany castle. Charles IV decided to give the site a new lease of life as a bulwark in the defences of Nové Mesto to the south. According to legend princess Libussa founded Vysehrad castle in 710 AD. In Vysehrad she married Premysl Orác, a commoner, and together they went on to become the founders of Prague. The oldest building at the site is the Romanesque rotunda of St. Martin (c. 1050). There stood also the Romanesque basilica of St. Lawrence, of which very little is left, and the Romanesque Church of St. Peter and Paul (late 11th cent.), which has also nearly disappeared. On the site is a Gothic church from the times of Charles IV (1369) and a small cemetery containing tombs of famous representatives of Czech culture. Also fortifications, mostly from the 17th century. The site is open the whole day.
Stromovka Park in District Holesovice, north Praha
In the Holesovice district of north Praha is the exhibition center or fairgrounds, which is situated on the eastern edge of the vast Stromovka public park. The planetarium of the Czech Republic is located in the park near the exhibition center. The photo is from Easter Monday 2003. It shows citizens of Praha enjoying their beautifully landscaped park. The park offers many recreational opportunities for Praha's citizens and visitors, including roller blading. Roller blade ( in-line skate ) rental is available there. The great flood of 2002 temporarily devastated the lakes in the park center. The lakes have since been restored to a better condition than ever.
Adjacent to the exhibition center is the sports arena, where you can treat yourself to a world class ice hockey match. Refer to www.ticketpro.cz or other websites for details.
The neo-classical architecture of the exhibition center is exceptional. Many fine exhibitions are staged at the exhibition center throughout the year.
To get there, take the Metro ( subway / underground ) C-line to the Nadrazi Holesovice station, and then take Tram 12 to the exhibition center.
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