496 sq km
235 m (average)
Czech, a Slavic language closely related to Slovak and Polish, is the official language of the Czech Republic. Learning English is popular among young people, but German is still the most useful language for tourists. Don’t be surprised if you get a response in German to a question asked in English.
The country code for the Czech Republic is 42.
The city code for Prague is 02.
To find out what’s on for the month and to get the latest tips for shopping, dining, and entertainment, consult Prague’s weekly English-language newspaper, The Prague Post. It prints comprehensive entertainment listings and can be bought at most downtown newsstands as well as in major North American and European cities. The monthly Prague Guide, available at newsstands and tourist offices provides an overview of major cultural events and has listings of restaurants, hotels, and organizations offering traveler assistance.
Breakdowns (154 or 123).
There are two 24-hour pharmacies close to the city’s center, both called Lékárna (Stefánikova 6, Prague 5, 02/537039; Belgická 37, Prague 2, 02/258189).
United States (Trziste 15, Malá Strana, 02/2451-0847).
British (Thunovská ul. 14, Malá Strana, 02/2451-0439).
Canadian (Mickiewiczova ul. 6, Hradcany, 02/2431-1108).
US travelers just need a valid passport (no visa).
The unit of currency in the Czech Republic is the koruna, or crown (Kc), which is divided into 100 halér, or halers. There are (little-used) coins of 10, 20, and 50 halers; coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 Kc, and notes of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, and 5,000 Kc. The 1,000-Kc note may not always be accepted for small purchases, because the proprietor may not have enough change.