10 Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Prague
Prague is quickly becoming one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Here’s what you need to know before you go!
1) Waiters will keep bringing you beer until you ask them to stop.
Let your waiter know when you’ve had your fill, or else they’ll keep bringing you another pint when they see you’ve finished yours.
2) You can do a fun tour of Prague for free.
Sandeman’s New Prague Tours offers free tours of the city, so you can see all the classic sites without spending a single crown.
3) Beware of dodgy cab drivers, especially outside the railway station.
While most taxis in the city are fine, some cab drivers target tourists outside of train stations and try to overcharge them. Instead, call a reputable cab company instead of hopping in one you find on the street.
4) Give your tip directly to your waiter — don’t leave it on the table.
In Czech culture, it’s considered more polite and respectful to hand your tip directly to your server.
5) Restaurants charge for ketchup.
Unlike in North America, ketchup with your fries and burger are not a given. Not only will you have to ask for it especially, but you’ll have a to pay a few crowns for your ketchup.
6) Don’t fall for tourist scams.
Like in many major cities, unfortunately there are people out there looking to make a dishonest buck from naive tourists. A few quick tips: count your change to make sure it’s correct, keep your valuables secure, and don’t trust anyone who asks for your passport claiming to be an undercover cop.
7) Validate your tickets before getting on public transport.
Buying a ticket is only half the battle! Make sure to validate your ticket before boarding your bus or train to avoid getting fined.
8) Spring and fall are the ideal times to visit.
You’ll enjoy milder weather and plus, you’ll avoid the masses of tourists that come in the summer.
9) There are lots of other great Czech cities that you should visit.
10) Smoking is allowed inside many bars and restaurants.
Great news for smokers; bad news for people bothered by cigarette smoke. The Czech Republic still allows people to smoke in many bars and restaurants, despite many attempts to have it banned.