Czech Republic Local Customs

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Czech Republic Local Customs

  • Beer!

    Prague Local Customs

    There is a long and rich tradition of brewing in Czech Republic. It is the land of Lager beer. You must enjoy some! Just couple words before you will make decision what to have? 10° and up degrees: A 10 degree means that if the extract in solution were 100% sucrose, it would be 10% of the total weight. Remember that 10 degree beer is about 4%...

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  • Cemeteries

    Brno Local Customs

    Do you like cemeteries? I do! They are quiet and peaceful and some gravestones are interesting and there are trees and squirrels etc. From the pictures you can see that normaly people wear black clothes at funerals. If it is a church funeral, then a priest is talking at the burial. I won't comment on that :/

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  • Language

    Prague Local Customs

    As you walk around Prague, it gets really hard to believe that it was less than 25 years ago that the Velvet Revolution occurred, ultimately leading to the fall of the Communist Party and the birth of the Czech Republic. I guess it would be fair to say that the city has really embraced most of the opportunities that came with this new way of life,...

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  • Sights

    Prague Local Customs

    Each traveler has a personal priorities when sightseeing the city, and they are so diverse that it is difficult even to count all of them. Some never miss museums, galleries, churches or city parks, while the others rush to shopping paradises, night clubs, famous cafe-bars or best known restaurants. For me the priority are city squares because, in...

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  • Absinthe

    Prague Local Customs

    Absint drink or Absinthe is an anise-flavoured spirit which historically described as a distilled and highly alcoholic (45–74%). It's often been portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug and described as being hallucinogenic (therefore Tim did not let me even try it!!!). Today it is well known that absinthe does not cause...

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  • Theatres

    Prague Local Customs

    The National Marionette Theatre entrance was another that made me look! A couple of wooden Marionettes were above the door. There were plenty of boards advertising the Operas including Orpheus, Don Giovanni and Don Quixote and a gentleman trying to grab your attention to buy some tickets. I would have liked to seen a show that is described as...

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  • In restaurant

    Prague Local Customs

    We visited in October and it was already quite chilly. Outdoor seating areas and dining areas are a big part of the social culture in Prague's Old Town Square and surrounding areas. But sitting outdoors was not so appealing on a chilly day. However, some establishments are very smart putting lambskins or sheepskins on the chairs and providing...

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  • Some modesty please

    Prague Local Customs

    I've read comments and reviews of some people on travel sites about rudeness. For instance, some staff or hotel personnel are rude or not helpful at some hotels in Prague, like reception lacking interest in providing assistance. Maybe true maybe not, in my opinion and experience, it sometimes boils down to you (or me). Both the two...

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  • Bohemian Glass

    Prague Local Customs

    Shopping: Bohemian Glass. This is everywhere. Some has a lot of multiple cuts, but I prefer lesser work (like Waterford Glass). Of course, everyone to their own. Either way the quality is excellent and the price extremly good.

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  • The Witches Day

    on April 30th - May 1st the night celebrations of the Witches Day are taking place in many castles, castle ruins, on the hills and other places in the Czech Republic. It is nice to see all the fires in the darkness around. This year (2004) the celebrations were bigger than ever because on May 1st the Czech Republic became the member of the European...

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  • Probably the best beer in the world....

    OK, so no, I do not mean that famous beer that use this slogan for ad, but I mean this beer that I think it is really probably the best beer in the world. Its is made in this rather new brewery in this place called Zámek Zábřeh. They have few beers there depends on the season but my favourite is the classic white lager none filter beer. It is...

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  • Master

    This one is very very special beer, it called pivo master and it is dark beer with slightly sweet aroma that make this beer very special and yet again one of my favourites in this country. I once has a little shock when my near home local pub had it on the tap once and it was finished very quick :)

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  • Primátor

    OK, so I think this was my favourite beer during my stay in the Czech Republic. This is Primátor 24 which is a strong double dark beer that has 12% of alcohol in it. Thankfully I found it only on the latest stages of my stay as otherwise I would have a problem to get to work in the mornings ;-)

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  • Bernard

    OK, so I saved the last few tips for the best ones, and this one is Bernard Beer, probably the most expensive of the beers I was drinking in the Czech. They have few lines of beer as you can see in this photo special bottles with white, brown and dark beers. To my taste the more dark and strong it was the better it tasted. I know this beer is also...

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  • Ostravar

    Another of the regional ones is Ostravar and as its name indicate, it is from Ostrava and as I lived there for while I also had a lot of this beer which is always taste good when served fresh and cold.

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  • Radegast

    Before I will get into the very special beers, here is one popular regional beer I haven't found outside the Czech Rep, yet, this one is Radegast.

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  • Staropramen

    Staropramen is yet another of the famous breweries and these days it is already owned by a global enterprise and distributed together with other countries beers.However, it is still has its own special brands and one of my favourite in the Czech is this special Granat Beer which is more dark and strong in flavour then the usual Czech beers.There is...

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  • Gambrinus

    Gambrinus is another of the beers that is also exported but not that as famous or big as the previous ones. However, it is actually very good fresh beer and nice to have something else for a change sometimes.

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  • Krušovice

    Krušovice is another of the big breweries in the Czech Republic and another brand you can find often exported. In this photo is the white beer but actually from this brand I prefer the dark beer.

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  • Budejovický Budvar

    This is probably the most famous and legendary Czech beer. After 100 years of dispute with the American brand who stole its name they are now can use their original name and sell this excellent beer.

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  • The Pilsner beer

    The popular Pilsner beer made first in the Czech Republic in a city called Pilsen and from there it got its name. The brand Pilsner Urquell is one of the most famous and popular Czech beers, it is also one of the best. You can enjoy this beer everywhere in the world but be sure that when in Czech you drink it from the tap, it is taste even better.

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  • Kofola

    Be patient, I will come with the beer tips soon ;-) But first is this special drink name: Kofola. So, everyone knows about the Czech Beer, but who heard about Kofola? Well, you have to be in Czech and maybe some local people will introduce you to this special drink. In a way, it is a local drink to compete with the Cola brands, even that this does...

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  • Valassky Trdelnik - a great local pastry

    Valassky Trdelnik is a traditional pastry of Eastern Czechia and I may highly recommend to taste it !It looks like an empty tube and has a thin,soft cake around the empty centre.this cake comes in different flavors like plums, cherries, honey, cinnamon etc.It is a good chance to get sticky fingers, as it is covered with sugar.You get a big roll for...

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  • A romantic village of old wooden houses

    The "Little wooden town / Drevene mestecko " in Roznov pod radhostem is a small village of maybe 20-30 buildings from all over Czechia, that had been rebuilt again around a small meadow, forming a traditional centre of a village.This museum was made in a special way, as all of the small wooden village is surrounded by a small wood and a wooden...

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  • Watch out for fancy door-handles

    When travelling through Czechia you really should make sure you will not oversee the great and fancy door-handles of castles and former palaces.Mostly they are by itself great works of art !These door-handles on both sides are made in the shape of a turque, beeing attacked by a raven.The bigger part of my picture combination is to be found in...

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  • Vyskov - an interesting...

    Vyskov is the small town in eastern Czechia , where you are normally leaving the main road from Brno to Ostrava, when driving to Roznov pod Radhostem / Rosenau am Radegast.There is a great museum for all fans of old airplanes and other military stuff from the old Soviet union and its allies.There are hundreds of airplanes,tanks, cars and...

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  • All Saints Day inside the bone-church of...

    Once every year on November 1st - "All Saints Day" - there is a churchservice inside the bonechurch with only the candles burning.I am not sure, if this is open for tourists, as the space is quite limited and plenty of local people certainly might considder it a religious service and NO attraction for tourists.The big bone-chandelier in the middle...

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  • silverware fee?

    Oh yeahhhh you can be amazed all the weird fees you´ll encounter when traveling and this is one of them...while in Prague,,, we went to a family dining italian reastaurant,, some individual wrapped peanut were on the table,,, we decided to open two of them,, drinks menu didnt show prices so i ordered iced tea, my husband ordered beer, my friends...

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  • Kofola! a soft drink to try

    Kofola is a soft drink that can only be discribed as something simular ro cola BUT do not be mistaken this is not an immitation of cola its a drink in its own right and is Kofola not Cola!!!Best tried on tap in a restarant or bar although the glass bottled stuff is just as good.The original is best but they now have several flavours out.

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  • Tips in restaurants

    We usually do not leave tip on the table, but directly round up the bill. When the waiter brings you the bill, you say the amount you wish to pay (i.e. bill is for 185 CZK, you say 200). It is common to give plus 5-10% according to your satisfaction with the service/meal. If you say nothing, you will receive the exact change.If you say "thank you"...

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  • na zdravi!

    My 84 year old grandmother before she passed away, gave me some advice for this trip that I will never forget. I went to visit her before leaving, and she beckoned me over down close and said... "Aneet, while you are over there... don't drink the water... drink the beer! I always do!" And well I totally agree with her on that one. The beer is cheap...

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  • Weddings in my country

    My cousin invited my parents and me to come and see his wedding in Southern Moravia. It was very great celebration. BTW, how for whom, hehe. The wedding took a place at Januv hrad (Ian's castle) and the wedding reception took a place in Dolni Vestonice (Lower Vestonice), where my cousin's wife comes from. Many cars are decorated by the ribbon in...

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  • Wedding III

    ...after having a lunch only fun follows. And in the time of cold evenings people enjoy wedding by dancing and some of them also play the guitar. yupeee! I think that bride's cousin Danushka from Slovakia was the most hyperactive about dancing :-). She almost didn't know what it ment to stop for a while and was dancing with boys and girls too,...

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  • Wedding II

    People meet at bride's house and go for contact. Groom's car goes the firt in fleet and bride's car closes it. After it the fleet leave for the wedding reception with both of them in bride's car in front. After having a lunch ....

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  • BRNO > Great Art Nouveau architecture

    Buildings made in Art Nouveau-style / Jugendstil may be found all over Brno / Brünn and this one is one of the nicest and most unique.These 2 faces seem to watch all pedestrians walking by in Minoritska, a street, where most of the great buildings may be found .And obviously a lot of effort and money was invested into these buildings in order to...

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  • BRNO > a funny way to protest

    The old townhall of brno dates back to the year 1311 and the tower was added in 1489.The gothic decorations on the tower were made by master Pilgram, and when you click on my picture, you may see that the spire in the middle looks a bit like master Pilgram drank too much spirits...There is a certain rumor that he made it that way, simply because he...

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  • BRNO > the catacombes of the...

    In many places in Europe you may find catacombes under the Capucine-churches and mostly you will see a strange way to show the dead bodies.The Capuchine-church in Brno / Brünn is in the very centre of town and for a small entrance-fee you may go there and see it for yourself.On my picture : Franz Freiherr von der Trenck who lived 1711-1749In...

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  • BRNO > A wooden wheel & an ancient...

    The wheel that you may see fixed next to the crocodile is part of another legend :A carpenter from Lednice / Eisgrub did bet, that he would be able to make such a wheel within only one day, including the cutting down of the tree, making the wheel and rolling it from Lednice to Brno all by himself - a distance of about 40 km.He succeded to do so in...

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  • Koprivnice - for all fans of...

    Maybe 100 km east of Brno / Brünn you may visit a really interesting museum of Tatra-automobiles, planes and even a train.My favorite part of the museum was the section with the huge 4x4 trucks - well known for the ralley Paris-Dakar - and expedition-vehicles, beeing able to explore even the remotest places on earth. In the centre of my...

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  • Meet Casanova in Duchcov / Dux

    In the castle of Duchcov / Dux you may see the place, where Casanova spent the 13 last years of his life and is buried at an unknown place close to the church.Count Waldstein used to invite musicians, composers and other important people like Chopin,Bach,Beethoven,Haydn,Mozart,Goethe and the tzars Alexander I and Nikolaus I.Casanova came to Duchkov...

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  • This is a BEER country

    The Czechs take their beer very seriously. Whilst some people (mainly on stag nights) just see it as a place to consume vast amounts for little money, one of the true joys of the country is sampling some of the excellent brews.All beers are brewed using the ancient purity laws that you get in Germany - so it is an entirely natural product, and for...

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  • CZR Education System

    Compulsory schooling, which began in 1774, lasts until the age of fifteen. .Those who satisfactorily complete this may apply for secondary education. Pupils can transfer to the gymn?zium general secondary school) Entry to the gymn?zium is by an entrance exam set by the school and provides a general academic education aimed at preparing students for...

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  • Right hand culture

    In the Czech Republic we have "right-hand culture". It means:- we drive right- we usually walk on the right side of the street (I mean if you have to bypass someone going towards you, you do it right side)- in Prague metro escalator (stairs): people stay on the right side and people go on the left side- we shake right hands (except scouts and...

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  • Currency

    The official currency is the Czech Koruna:1 US$ = 26.47 CZK (June 2003)1 EURO = 31.42 CZK (June 2003)1 GBP = 44.28 CZK (June 2003)

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  • They invented Pilsner!

    Plzen is the birthplace of a style of beer, pilsner, that changed the beer world forever. In fact, when one normally thinks of beer today, it most closely resembles one in this classic style. For more, see richiecdiscPlzen

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