As everywhere be on guard for the peddlars of small toys and the like.
We met them as we moved away from our Prague Castle Tour.
Unique Suggestions: Either let your head go or be pleasantly 'tough'.
Fun Alternatives: Just smile.
Video Clip coming.
Be aware that most of the items in the Prague airport will cost you much more then what you would pay in the super market downtown. So if you do have the chance to do your shopping in advance, do so otherwise you will pay the extra.
There are plenty of tourists traps in the Czech Republic. Especially in the popular tourists sites, Prague the most of them. As more rural you go the better it is, but if you must spend time & money in the big cities, do it wisely and try to avoid "great deals".
Originally castle from 13th century established on French castell type, today chateau inherently connected with its last nobleman owner Franz Ferdinand d’Este. On guided tours you can find representative and inn-holders rooms, collection of arms and hunting trophies and private chambers of Franz Ferdinand. In chateau is also situated museum of St. George and Shooting-range. We recommend you visiting of Rose Garden and Chateau Park.
Konopiste Castle is located 35 kilometers south of the Prague.
There's this young , heavy set lady selling stuff(forgot the name, looks like a sweet pressed dough, waffle) as you get down the busy street from the Castle in Prague. Anyway, be careful when paying, you have to know their currency because she tried to fool me by giving me a lot of coin change. You have to count your change. She thought I would just walk away and shove the coins in my pocket(as what a lot of tourist do). I went back and I told her that she owed me more change, then she pretended that she was looking for me earlier and had the rest of the money stash in front of her to give me(which she never did in the first place). I really sound cheap (LOL), but I hate it when people try to cheat me.
Unique Suggestions: Bottom line, anywere you go, know the Country's currency. Be familiar with their paper bills and coins.
Pruhonice park founded in 1885, Count Ernst Emanuel Silva - Tarouca.
Park is now a unique work of the supreme natural landscape style in Europe. At the same time is extremely valuable collection dendrologic - arboretum with many domestic and exotic woods. Best known species grown in an attractive park is Prùhonice pìnišník - Rhododendron.
Park has been since its inception, a very large, covers an area of approximately 250 hectares in the beautiful valley of broken Botiè and pøítokù.Porosty trees, groups of trees and shrubs alternating with areas free meadow with ponds and streams. Are masterfully chosen vistas and views of the beautiful game. Skillfully used the shape variability of plants and their varied colors in different seasons.
Chateau - are dominant not only in Pruhonice, but also the surrounding countryside. Originally a Gothic stronghold, was last rebuilt in 1889 to 92 in the style of "Czech Neo-Renaissance. Castle (outside exposure) is closed to the public. It is located in the Institute of Botany.
Romanesque church - the oldest monument Pruhonice area. Was ordained in 1187, within the Gothic wall paintings from the 1st pol.14. century.
Here is the link one NEVER should use:
Prague excursion pass is sold for $98.00 (first class) or $73 (second class) round-trip.
This is $49 (first class) or $36.5 (second class) pro direction
This "pass" is being sold for Eurail pass owners who would like to visit Prague, most commonly from Germany or Austria.
To add to the insult: there is also a contition - the maximum stay in Praha is 7 days.
However, domestic train prices in Czech Republic are among the least expensive and even the price for international ticket is reasonable. These prices depend on the distance. The international tickets are valid 2 month, not 7 days.
Typically, an Eurail pass holder will enter Czech Republic from following directions:
Furth i. Wald/Domazlice (typically from Munich)
Cheb (typically from Frankfurt)
Breclav (typically from Vienna)
Schoena (typically from Dresden or Berlin)
Summerau (typically from Salzburg, but not the best option!)
Kuty (typically from Bratislava/Budapest)
Zittau (from Germany)
The most expensive regular international ticket on the territory of Czech Republic to/from Praha your money can buy in Austria/Germany is precisely Breclav(borderpoint)-Praha for 15.30 Euro one-way. From Germany it is usually even less than that, typically under 10 Euro. The traveller can't lose not buying the international ticket: at worst what will happen, he will be charged the same price by the conductor. This rarely happens - on most trains the conductors will charge a domestic ticket whic is about HALF of the international price, resulting in a fare of 5 - 10 Euro instead of $36.5
Unique Suggestions: Do not use the pass. Buy the international ticket for typically 10 Euro, round-trip 20 Euro from the border point in the city where you board the train or just form Czech Railway conductor as he comes after the Czech passport control.
Keep your Czech tickets or conductor receipt and invalidate the entire "Prague Excursion Pass" at any major railway station in Europe. Does not matter, what country - just let the manager of the station invalidate it.
As you return home, submit the invalidated Prague Excursion Pass for the refund. The 15% loss due Eurail refund policy is less than if you actually would use it.
Fun Alternatives: Buy an international ("TCV") ticket at the station where you board the train or even better, buy a domestic for half of the TCV price from Czech conductor.
In all the squares of Prague you will find many entertainers with their little hats full of coins by their feet. Some approach you for money , some will just perform and leave you alone. 5c*
If you want to change money be careful.
Some Exchange rooms give you a better exchange rate.
At the end you become lesse because they take an extra service charge.
If you have given money they don't take back.
Unique Suggestions: Before you change ask for this.
Fun Alternatives: Take the money from an ATM.
You get a better rate and now it depends on your bank what they charge you.
In many countries the taxi mafia is active,
If they see a tourist they see the dollars and try to cheat you.
So don't be naiv, Get a feeling for the right price by asking other people.
Always ask for the price before you get off.
Always look what the driver does if he uses the taxameter.
If you drive by day be sure that he doesn't use the night tarif.
Be careful that the taxameter is not tuned.
Unique Suggestions: Pay and try to so better next time.
Fun Alternatives: Use public transport.
Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Brno is possibly the dullest Gothic church I visited in the Czech Republic. There is simply not much going on inside of interest. This probably because of the many restorations that the cathedral "suffered" through. It seems to lack soul. I sort thought of as a Gothic warehouse rather than a place of worship.
The church was built in the 14th century on a small hill that overlooks the old town of Brno. The location is said to be the spot where a Roman temple once stood.
Unique Suggestions: The Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul does have a grand main altar and some may want to climb the steeple to take in view of Brno.
It happened quite often that traffic signs were hidden in the bushes or behind the trees. We missed our directon couple of times. So, keep your eyes open and you won't get lost (or maybe yes).
On a picture is a sign that is common for CZE. It's quite complex with all those side roads and we found them very amusing. Some of them are nearly work-of-art.
"Prachovsle skaly" - the old mountain system in Czechia. It is a big nature park with many different footpathes. You can choose short (1,5km) footpath, middle long (3km) and the longest (more than 3 km) footpath. The nature is very beautiful. There are many interesting and impressive views with rocks. Take your cameras obligatory!
U Flecku can be super crowded and the Bavarian style ompah band annoying.
Unique Suggestions: I was lucky on my latest trip to Prague. Doreen wanted to meet her local friend there so we arranged to meet some place central and picked U Flecku. On this occasion it was nearly empty and no ompah band either. It was warm and almost cozy. The U Flecku Dark was even better in this setting! :=)
Do not change money in the street.
And if you go in the street as a man alone do not fall in the hands of a nice young lady who wants to talk with you about her problems.
Because soon her moneyproblem is your problem.
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