That's truth: Czech weather can never be predicted with certainty! We were there in the end of June and expected nice summer weather but had to use umbrella and sweaters 3.5 days from 5 instead!
Do not forget to pack your umbrella!
We recomend WindPro Mini Umbrella with Auto Open & Close. It's engineered to resist windy conditions and works just great. Semi-flexible spars that bend in the wind and prevent the umbrella from becoming a sail. Plus the automatic open-close feature on the umbrella really makes life a bit simpler.
Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
Luggage and bags:
We went on a one month European trip to the "touristy" type places where cobble stone streets are common. Luckily, I bought a bag with large, sturdy wheels. This becomes especially important if you bag is heavy - these wheels will take a real pounding and if they are cheap, they won't last very long. My guess if the 4 wheel "spinner" type bags would be useless on this type of road/sidewalk if you plan on pulling them. My favorite day tripping bag was my American Tourister "Boarding Bag." It converts from a double sided, over the shoulder satchel to a backpack. Great for packing lunch, camera and souvenirs. Holds quite a bit. Great if you have kids .... let them carry their own junk !! Bought mine online for only $20 - best $20 I ever spent.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Buy a good pair of brown or black walking shoes/sneakers. That way, you can slip into a decent restaurant without having to bring along set of dress shoes that you will probably never where. If you plan on doing a lot of walking, pack plenty of heavy gym socks - preferably black ... for the same reason : )
Photo Equipment: Bring extra batteries ... Maybe. Your call. Yes, they are heavy, but in Europe you will pay a lot more than you pay in US. I was paying anywhere from $7.50 for 4 batteries to $13 for 8. Wished I bought in bulk - got pretty expensive after a month. If your camera has a proprietary battery pack, spend the money and get a spare. Nothing is worse than losing your camera half way through the day.
Miscellaneous: Remember - Europe is on the 220v system - the US is on 115v. Without a converter, you risk frying your electrical equipment. Converters can be bought online for about $35. Some of the higher end hotels will have ONE converter (usually in the bathroom) built into the wall. Most hotels do not. Best to be prepared. BEWARE !! A power converter is different from a power plug adapter. An adapter without a converter will most likely fry your equipment.
At the bookshops in the main railway station in Frankfurt am Main there were dozens of guidebooks about Prague on sale, which is no wonder since Prague is a popular destination for German tourists.
After taking some time to look through all these books, I finally decided on this one from the Dumont publishing house because it was new (first edition 2011), had detailed maps and nice photos -- and because it was small enough to fit in my jacket pocket, which turned out to be very convenient.
I read most of it on the train and then found it quite useful during my stay in Prague.
The only real mistake I found was the usual one about the dress code for opera houses. The author claimed that to go to an opera, theater or concert in Prague you had to have an "elegant wardrobe, including a tie" and that this was obligatory even for tourists.
Actually, this only goes to show that the author has never been to an opera. While the opera and theater management would no doubt like to have people dress up a bit (see my tip called Dress appropriately for the theatre), the reality is that some people do and some don't. At an opera house nobody will be refused admission for wearing jeans or for not wearing a tie -- as can happen at some nightclubs, if I have been informed correctly.
From my experiences the best rates could be found:
- Several exchanges in "Opleatlova" and "Politickych veznu" streets - close to Wenceslas street,
-small Exchange in metro B vestibule downstairs at junction of the "Jungmannova", "Perlova" and "Narodni" streets,
- Exchange in the passage of the building "Jungmannova" street - No 28 ("TeTa" passage).
If you're travelling in winter, be sure to bring your warmest clothes as it is quite cold in months like December and January. Don't hesitate to put an undershirt on as well as woolen socks.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I think it'd be wise to bring your own medicine (just 2-3 pills) just in case you catch a cold, once you feel the first signs of a cold or a flu, you can pop a pill and get better sooner than if you go looking for the right drugstore and medicine.
Miscellaneous: When you pack, remember to bring an umbrella for all seasons, a light overcoat, comfortable shoes and layers of clothing in spring and summer. No need to remind you to take extra memory cards for the camera.
Luggage and bags:
Nothing unusual, we did just fine with wheeled luggage walking to our hotels from the metro
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes for walking on uneven payment and cobblestones, be prepared to walk a lot
The weather ranged from cool to really hot in the period of a week, I did just fine with short sleeved shirts and 1 long sleeved shirt to put over it
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Even the 4 star hotels had limited tolietries, you may want to bring your own shampoo, conditioner and bath gel if that's important to you
Luggage and bags:
A simple, empty bag to Prague, this in order to fill it up with many souvernirs when going back to yr hometown
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes, there is so much to see in Prague you tend to walk from one sight to another.
In December warm clothes protecting against rain, cold and even snow.
Photo Equipment: Digital camera and at least a 2MB memory card
Miscellaneous: Advanced reading of good documentation, or hiring a local professional guide talking your language. But reading, you should and will do before any journey, no?
Miscellaneous: To use your electric equipment in Czech Republic, you must have an adapter plug for European sockets. It can be purchased at Sports/Travel stores or online.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Prague is generally warm (15 C or higher) about 9 months a year. The winter is also very mild, with the temperature in Prague goin (usually) no lower than -5 C. However, it is quite windy and the wind is cold. If you are used to warm weather, bundle up, if you are used to cold weather, you could get by with a sweater and a wind breaker.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It might seem like something everyone realizes, but I want to point out that cobblestones are not easy to walk on and wearing comfortable shoes is quite important! We saw several women wearing heels who would get stuck between the cobblestones so beware!
LAYERS!!! MANY OF THEM!! Temps hit -15 when i visited in late January and I was really glad of the layers. Although i took a wooly hat, I ended up buying a new one with ear flaps which was a god send!!
upon being asked for further info:
Well it's the coldest place i've ever been...-15 with a wind-chill of -30 when i was there if i remember rightly!
Miscellaneous: I'll give you my example, when we went walking around, i was wearing jeans, trainers, a tshirt, ski jumper and ski jacket and was still cold. i'd recommend wearing thick tights or something under trousers, if not thermals! and definitely thick/thermal socks! Then, i mean layers on top because when you go into a bar or restaurant they have heaters inside so you want to be able to take your coat and possibly jumper off so that you can 'feel the benefit' afterwards! Don't forget a decent pair of gloves (not nice loose knitted ones with holes), i took ski mits which were a godsend! And also a thick scarf, and if you have one - a bobble hat...i took one but ended up buying a new one (in the centre) with ear flaps too!
In the night i wore knee high boots with thick socks under them, trousers, a top, a long cadri and a coat, with obviously scarf/gloves/hat.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The previsions for the next days can be found on the Meteopress website. This is a Czech website, but icons are comprehensible for everybody. In the first line (in the middle of the page) you will see 8 days previsions for the Czech republic, in the line below you can choose the city - Prague (Praha), Brno, Ostrava etc.
Take some comfy trainers as you will tend to walk a lot around Prague and a lot of it is cobbled and your feet will be in bits after a couple of days.
The weather is almost the same as the UK, I was out in September and it was mid 70's so take t-shirts and shorts for the day time and then casual stuff for the evening.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take a loo roll if you can because sometimes hotels will only give you one. You can get everything else you need in Prague.
Photo Equipment: You will take a lot of pictures so make sure you take your phone/cam charger and a two pin adapter.