Czech Republic Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
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  • Warnings and Dangers
    by croisbeauty
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by croisbeauty

Czech Republic Warnings and Dangers

  • Money Exchange

    Prague Warnings and Dangers

    There are plenty of Money Exchange Bureaus all over the town. I highly recommend to check a couple of them, before changing money. There are some differences between the rates. All publish "0 % COMMISSION" but many of them refer this only to "SELL" and not to "BUY" transactions. In 2003 I found a few which don't charge for buying transactions. So...

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  • Pickpockets and beggars

    Brno Warnings and Dangers

    Brno generally is a safe city. Anyways, never leave your bag and possessions unattended. A certain (numerous) part of local people have this strange habit to take or rob whatever they see. Well, not all of them. But why to take the risk. When walking the busy streets or standing in a crowd or travelling by a public transport, always hold your bag...

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  • Pickpockets

    Prague Warnings and Dangers

    I was in Prague for a weekend recently. I read about the pickpockets there and was prepared! (Had all my important cards and cash in my bag, only bare minimum cards and some money in wallet). I also put the wallet(a thin card holder) in the front pocket of my jeans. As you may have guessed, I was pickpocketed !! Have to tell you, they are skillful....

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  • pedestrian crossings

    Brno Warnings and Dangers

    If you are from the UK and grew up during the 70's & 80's, you'll know all about the Green Cross Code and the dangers of crossing the road without stopping and listening. How could you forget? Otherwise, if the TV adverts were anything to go by, you were likely to get accosted by a leather clad Alvin Stardust...

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  • Taxi Drivers

    Prague Warnings and Dangers

    Beware of PRG Taxi! Beware of hidden cameras in taxis! A guy in Prague drives a taxi with hidden cameras in it and tries to seduce female passengers travelling alone to have sex with him. He's attractive and charming and if they consent to the sex, he films it via hidden cameras and posts it on the internet. Some women may know they are being...

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  • OPENING TIMES OF PALACES & CASTLES &...

    When planning a trip to the Czech Republic to visit Castles & Palaces, check the opening times.The majority are closed for the winter period and open in May and close in September.If they are open in April and October, it's usually only on weekends.Opening times are usually around 10am, some-times they close an hour for lunch.Closing times vary...

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  • PARKING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

    We visited many towns and cities in the Czech Repbulic. What we found was free parking was hard to come by! In the Cities, it was park and pay at a machine and display a ticket in our car window, fair enough!What we didn't expect, was to arrive at Castle's and park in the only car park, and have a person with a bag over their shoulder come to you...

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  • No Euro Yet

    With so many countries today using the Euro, it's easy to make this mistake. We had planned a day trip to the Teplice Rocks, so I brought a bunch of Euros with me, thinking that was the currency they use. When we got there, we realized they still use the Koruna, which we didn't have. We tried to pay for the entrance fee, post cards, and food with...

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  • Jaywalking in front of Charles Bridge

    Thinking about jaywalking in Prague? If you are be smart - don't do it in front of a cop. These poor saps did not and were promptly issued a fine by a local cop who was standing on the corner watching them. Even in the slow season the cops here have stepped up their presence. While unfortunate for some it makes for a better experience for the rest...

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  • Driving

    I was driving around the Czech republic and I can only say that the driving culture is not good and drivers might take silly risk while driving, so be careful when driving this country (and in general all the countries in the region)

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  • Beware of Pickpockets!

    Beware of pickpockets especially at crowded places like the Charles Bridge, Town Hall Square, Wenceslas Square and various concert halls where pickpockets are very common every day! Don't carry your travelling bag behind your back as depicted in our photo above by some foreign tourists. The best way is to carry it in front of you so that you are...

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  • SVYCARSKO TURIST INFO. Fraud in booking...

    C. SVYCARSKO TURIST INFO offers accomodation reservation services in hotels in Czech Saxony throughthe web www.ceskosaskesvycarsko.cz . They ask you to send a fax with your credit card data. Then they are supposed to send you a hotel voucher by email.I send that fax on the 16/06/2008, booking a room for the 24/06. On the 23th I was still waiting...

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  • The prices of ticket at a castle/chateau...

    When you want to have a live tourist guide speaking English/German or another language when sightseeing a castle/chateau, the value of tickets for foreign languages (mark-up) is +100%. In some causes you can pay standart value, apply for a written text in your language on paper and browse a sight with a Czech group.

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  • Watch out for bag 'slashers'

    Watch out for small gangs of thieves who operate using a scalpel. When you are distracted, they simply slash open the bottom of your bag along the seam and catch the contents of your bag into a bag they are carrying. It happens very fast, and they are gone. Small rucksacks and shoulder bags are their favourite target. Even quickly slashing the...

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  • Pickpockets and other risks

    Beware of pickpockets, especially in Subway – we witnessed them in action. If pushing through the crowd, hold tight on your purse.If you have a food allergy, in restaurants keep in mind that waitresses are not always knowledgeable and information you get might not be accurate; if in doubt, skip the food. When shopping, labeling is not obligatory...

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  • Watch out if you speak English

    There are still a lot of people outside Prague (and a few in Prague) that believe that "Westerners" are all rich. And due to that fact, they feel they can overcharge you on certain things, such as services, etc. It is hard to avoid this problem, because you simply don't know the real price if you are "new in town". However, the best you can do is...

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  • Arriving into the country by road

    If you are arriving by road, you may see, after crossing the border, prostitutes touting for business on the side of the road.DO NOT TAKE PHOTOS or you may find that your vehicle is stoned which is not a pleasant experience at all

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  • Pick-pockets!

    During my last trip (2000) there were a lot of pick-pockets and thieves! Especially on the famous Charles bridge even little children are trained to steal purses and wallets! In year 2000 there were also passport-thieves at the airport of Prague but I guess the situation has changed from those days...

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  • Don't have yours, please!

    On Feb 1st 2006 I was in hurry going by car to work - I drove by 73 km/h instead of 50km/h (in a village) and, of course, was stopped by Police. How my speeding ticket given by Czech traffic Police looks like you can see in the pic. Don't have yours, please! More info about the traffic in my country you can read in my Trasportation tips for Czech...

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  • Watch the Absyinth

    Absyinth is an alcohol that is illegal in the United States. It is know to have a liquid form of LCD that causes you to hallucinate. Its is 70 percent alcohol and tastes a bit like black licorice. It is sold all over Czech as well as in the bars...all I have to say is be careful..it alters your judgement and makes it very hard to function. Women...

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  • Cons & Scams

    TaxiTaking a taxi on streets in city center or attractive places such as the airport or railway stations can result in payment of high amounts. It is advisable to call taxi phone services. Money exchangeYou may be approached on the street by people /males/ offering you bargain exchange of money at rates higher than official rates. The money offered...

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  • Be Carefur for Radars

    Even that time (in 1985) policemen were keen on collecting money on the road. But they were polite and gave tickets, too.

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  • Scams?

    I had heard a lot of stories of tourists being scammed in Prague. I personally never experienced anything like a scam. I'm sure that I probably paid more for some things than the locals did, but I've been to places MUCH worse when it comes to outright scam attempts. From my experience the scam talk is mostly hype.**Taxi drivers all over the world...

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  • Worse than sunset boulevard

    Northern Czech republic must have thousand of hookers all over the roads, or rather on the verges.They are obviously satisfying a large amount of trade - mainly from Germany.It's all somewhat sad - especially when you consider the age some of the girls must be.The only real danger is that the eyes of the driver in front may be averted for rather...

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  • Traffic cops - it will cost you!

    Traffic cops are very keen to get their pound of flesh out of foriegn drivers.Speed traps are especially common at the entrance to towns when the speed limit reduces quickly.I was caught outside Marianske Lazne, but as the two cops who came over were a stunning blonde and brunette with guns in white holsters and skirts that were I'm sure well above...

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  • HAWKERS.

    In and around the main train station you could be approached by what are known as Hawkers. These people will claim to be able to find you very cheap accomodation for the night. Be very wary of these people and when possible always go through official tourist centres.

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  • Pickpockets

    Prague is a great city and well worth visiting. Great for stag weekends, the women there are the most beautiful I've seen, you have to see it to believe it. Beer is very cheap (40p), in most areas. Lads, be careful if your going to stripshows most of the places are basically brothels. Also be very alert on the streets as you'll get the occasional...

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  • Breclav is generally a safe town, ...

    … don't leave your bags alone any place in the centre of the city, mainly in the rail station. I didn't see anything stranger about this, but I was advised some times to be more careful just by the local people

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  • (This risk is most relevant in...

    (This risk is most relevant in Prague, but could potentially apply in some other Czech cities as well)Taxis! Unfortunately, there are plenty of dishonest taxi drivers in Prague. The best general advice is to never pick a taxi that stands still in the street somewhere waiting for a customer (if they just sit and wait, they are likely the ones that...

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  • Pay attention when exchanging money!

    Exchange buros often publish attractive rates but do not mention commissions. And many tourists forget to check the point before actually changing cash. So never forget to ask the person behind the counter what the commission fee will be.

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  • People will approach you with...

    People will approach you with offers of accommodation when you first arrive. We actually went to a place that a man showed us pictures of at the train station. He had plenty of I.D., was a doctor, and charged only £15 B&B. A lot of the offers were very shady indeed! Be very careful who you trust in this situation.The main train station is crowded...

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  • Pick Pockets and Money...

    Pick Pockets and Money changers at the main railway station in Brno.Best scam to exchange US dollars for Polish zloty..... worthless in Czech but looks the part with non-English characters printed on them!

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  • Czech Republic has very low...

    Czech Republic has very low rate of crime, but it doesn't mean that it's no crime there. As in every other country, Czech Republic has burglars, pocket thieves (especially in tourist destinations) and cheaters. In case of any problem call 155 (police).

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  • CRIME INFORMATION: The Czech...

    CRIME INFORMATION: The Czech Republic has a low rate of violent crime. However, there has been a dramatic increase in street crime, particularly pickpocketing, especially in major tourist areas in Prague and on public transportation. Visitors should be alert to the potential for substantial overcharging by taxis, particularly in areas frequented by...

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  • Be very careful when parking...

    Be very careful when parking outside of a designated parking area, i.e. side of the road, etc. I spent a day shopping with 3 friends. We had left our car on the side of the road and needed to do a U-Turn to leave. We were at once pulled over and made to follow the officer to a hotel. Why? She didn't want our Marks or Dollars, she wanted Czech...

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  • Czech trains are not the...

    Czech trains are not the quick, efficient, and punctual type you find in much of Europe. Many of the routes are single track, so delays, as your train waits for the single track to clear are common. These pauses in an otherwise slow journey can last from 15 minutes to over an hour.The trains, however, are fairly affordable, if not somewhat spartan.

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  • The biggest problem I had in...

    The biggest problem I had in the Czech Rep. is with taxis in Prague (don´t take one unless you speek good Czech). Taxi drivers will give you 'special care' and you will PAY extra if you don´t ask them to use the midder or ask in advance how much will it cost.

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  • This goes for every foreign...

    This goes for every foreign country. Learn basic phrases and definitely learn local laws. Specially if you do not speak the native language perfectly and you can be picked out of a crowd as a tourist. For the cooking, some people cannot handle caraway seeds this country's cooking is famous for. Trust me, I tried my native food on my husband and he...

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  • Watch out your wallets! My...

    Watch out your wallets! My friend got stolen her wallet and we found so hard reporting to the police as they don't speak English. I heard 3 other friends who have been there also experienced the same thing.

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  • Be vary protective of your...

    Be vary protective of your belongings when using the public transportation. i.e. metro, trams, trolley buses and buses. In crowded places it is easy for someone to unzip your bag without you knowing, believe me I know. Make sure that you have all your valuables infront where you can see them.Foods, most of the food is good, but I must warn you some...

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  • If you arrive (or leave) by...

    If you arrive (or leave) by train don't sit on the grass outside the station. I'm not joking.My advice is to spend as little time near the station as possible, your stuck between the police and the people they're policing.

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  • If you take the train to Cesky...

    If you take the train to Cesky Krumlov, keep in mind the train station is a long way from the old town. It makes sense to take the bus into town for about 25 cents US, or take a taxi right to your hotel for about $2 USD.

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  • We found the whole place to be...

    We found the whole place to be safe and efficient. The taxi drivers of Prague have a terrible reputation, but who needs them when you've got such a good Metro system? Be as careful in the big train stations as you would be any where else. They seem to house a large population of addled or desperate people, some of whom give signs of resenting...

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  • One thing to watch out for is...

    One thing to watch out for is the driving habits of Czech people. The countryside is typically quite hilly, so one would think that cautious driving would be in order. As the Czechs see it, though, it's just an excuse to go faster, and drive more recklessly! Don't be surprised to be passed going up a hill, or around a sharp curve. If someone pulls...

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  • As I was leaving a club, two...

    As I was leaving a club, two rather unattractive women came up to me and tried to, well, you know. they kept saying to me in German, Kom zu ficken, and tried to get me down an alley, all the while trying to unzip my flies and feel for my money. They weren't getting a thing, but it was only seconds before six other men suddenly appeared from...

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