Before travelling to the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, it is advisable to get hold of some basic information in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. We have prepared a summary of everything you might need in Czechia.
Czech Republic is a member of both the EU and the Schengen area. Citizens from European countries or the Schengen area do not need a VISA. They only need a valid travel document or an ID card.
Czech Crown (although EUR is not the local currency, it is accepted in the majority of shops, restaurants as well as tourist centres. However, the exchange rate used is disadvantageous. You should not be surprised that, particularly in shops, any change returned will be in Czech crowns).
Approx. 26 CZK / 1 EUR; 23 CZK / 1 USD; 30 CZK / 1 GBP.
Main voltage is 220 volts, 50 Hz AC (the same as in Germany, France, Poland etc.), so you may need an adapter and a converter to use your electrical appliances. If you have dual-voltage appliances, you will only need an adapter.
Vodafone, T-Mobile, Telefonica O2 and many virtual operators.
The international dialling code of the Czech Republic is +420 (00420).
Emergency Rescue: 155
Fire Service: 150
International Emergency Call: 112
General information: 12 444
Telephone number information: 1188
The word ‘robot’ is Czech, and it was first used in 1920 in a theatre play by Karel Čapek, Rossum’s Universal Robots. This word comes from the Slavic word ‘robota’, meaning ‘labour’.
Modern soft contact lenses were invented by a Czech chemist Otto Wichterle in 1959.
Škoda is one of the very few automobile brands with a history of more than 100 years, founded in 1895. The word ‘škoda’ means ‘damage’, ‘shame’ or ‘pity’ in Czech, so kudos to the marketing people!
The first sugar cubes were made in the Czech Republic in 1841 after a sugar factory director’s wife got injured while trying to cut sugar into pieces.
The Czech Republic is the no. 1 beer drinking country in the world with a consumption of 160 litres per person per year. The beer has been brewed here since 993 AD.
The spectacular Prague Castle is the largest castle, by area, in the world, a whopping 70,000 square metres!
Founded by King Charles IV in 1348, Charles University in Prague is among the oldest in the world and the oldest in Central and Eastern Europe.
Prague is one of the few cities in Europe that remained intact over the years, having survived both World Wars. Therefore, most historical buildings are still original.
To exchange money, go to the exchange office, to the bank or use the cash machines. In Currency Exchange make sure that you don’t have to pay any needless fees. Unfortunately, the tempting sign ‘0% commission’ often relates to the purchase of foreign currency and not its sale. The fee charged for currency exchange in banks ranges around 2 %. Keep in mind that banks in the Czech Republic are shut at weekends and on public holidays. You can also withdraw Czech crowns from cash machines which can be found in Czech towns. However, it is advisable to ask your bank how much it will charge for cash machine withdrawals abroad. You can make payments with an internationally recognised card (Visa, MasterCard, Plus, Maestro, etc.) in most shops and restaurants.
Prices of services differ greatly depending on where you are. Obviously, the price goes up depending on the location of the restaurant and its standard. Nonetheless, even in the middle of Brno, it is possible to get a good and cheap meal. The price of one set lunch, offered by most restaurants, ranges around 130 CZK. Dinner for one, including a starter, main course, and beer can amount to about 300 CZK. For a more detailed overview of living costs in Brno please click here.
It is customary to leave tips when paying bills in Czech restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other establishments. If you were happy with the food and service, tips of about 10% are expected.
The normal summer temperature in the Czech Republic varies between 22 °C and 35°C. We hope it will be sunny, but unfortunately, like everywhere on Earth, you never know. For the weather forecast please check this page.