General Info about Prague
Area: 496 sqkm
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 the city 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
Legal tenders - Crown (Kc)* = 100 Hellers
Kc: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50
Kc 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000
*Kc = Koruna ceska = Czech crown
Losses of credit cards are to be announced at the following telephone numbers:
272 771 111 - Master Card/Eurocard, Visa
267 197 450 - Diners Club
222 800 222 - American Express
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
Calling from abroad to the Czech Republic
dial 00 420 + local number (9-digit number)
Calling abroad from the Czech Republic
dial 00 country code + local number
Chosen international country codes are listed below.
International Dialing Codes
Great Britain 0044
Czech Republic 00420
Telefónica O2 Czech Republic - www.cz.o2.com
I am not sure where this little street is, somewhere up near the castle...
I waited ages for a bunch of older tourists to go inside the cafe at the end of the street so I could take this photo...I'm glad I did because it came out really nice...
Nothing to do in Prague.
Nothing to do in Prague.
This is a marvellous little book (the size of a phrase book), that lists over 100 Bars, Clubs, Cafes etc in Prague.
It is an absolute mine of information.
It categorises everywhere, in every way.
It gives the name in Czech and English
It details location inc. tram or metro stop, and directions.
It gives opening hours.
It tells you what beer is available and the price. Also other drinks available.
It also gives typical foods on offer, the price and when you can get it.
It tells you about the customers i.e. Czech. / Tourist / ex-pat, with percentages.
It gives a lot more information and also has comments on each establishment.
I got mine in 1999.
Then I stupidly lent my copy to someone. That, of course, was the end of that.
You should never lend anything that you value.
I e-mailed one of the authors, to inquire if it was still available and he very kindly sent me two copies in the post!
So even if one copy is "borrowed" I’ll still have one.
Obviously it is still available and while the prices may have risen a bit it is still a fantastic guide
It cost me 30 Kc (Euro 1)
Vysehrad 2: the wonderful cemetery
Full of fascinating memorials to the famous (Smetana, Mucha, Dvorak) and the not-so-famous and the almost-entirely-unknown (and many monks and nuns too), this is a fascinating place.
The memorial art alone makes it worth a visit. I've made a travelogue with more photos.
Wander the rows of graves and just enjoy the art. Some of it, sadly, has obviously been stolen at some point...there were some pretty famous artists involved in creating some of the memorials.
But there is plenty more left to see, and the cemetery has a helpful map at the entrance so you can find specific graves.
Tram 3, 7, 16 or 17 along the riverside to stop 'Vyton' then either walk up Vratislavova or take the steep steps up from Rasinovo Nabrezi. The cemetery is right by the church of svPetr and Pavel, with its two unmissable Gothic towers.
Either walk up, or...
Either walk up, or take the Funicular railway to the top, where there is a nice parkland area with good walks, and views. There is a scaled model of the Eiffel Tower (at the minute this is closed for renovation). Also there is a restaurant, and cafe.