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When to go
May, June and September are the best times to visit the Czech Republic. The temperatures are mild and there is less rainfall than during the summer months. From mid-May to early June, Prague Spring stages concerts attended by music-lovers from all over the world.
April and October are not quite as busy, but very pleasant. On April 30, the town- and country-folk take part in a huge devil hunt with enormous bonfires during Pálení Čarodějnic.
The summers are hot and humid. The Czechs on holiday take the hotels and tourist sites by storm at this time of year. It is a good period to go walking in the mountains of northern Bohemia. Many towns in the region stage classical music concerts as part of the “Heart of Europe” festival from June to early August.
Winter is very cold. Snowbound Prague will appeal to romantics. However, most of the country’s tourist sites outside the capital are closed for the season, although the ski resorts in the Giant Mountains are packed.
Formalities and useful addresses
Embassy of Czech Republic in London –26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens - London W8 4QY - [TEL] +44-207-4703700 - www.mzv.cz/london
Embassy of Czech Republic in Washington – 3900 Spring of Freedom St NW - Washington, DC 20008 - [TEL] +1-202-2749100 - www.mzv.cz/washington
Czech Republic Tourism Board – www.czechtourism.com
British Embassy in Prague – Thunovska 14 - 1 Prague 118 00 - [TEL] (+420) 257 40 2111 - www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-prague
U.S. Embassy in Prague – Tržiště 15 - Malá Strana - 118 0 Prague 1 - [TEL] (+420) 257 022 000 - https://cz.usembassy.gov/
Money and budget
Banks are open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm.
Health and safety
European Emergency Number – [TEL] 112
Medical Emergencies – [TEL] 155
Fire Brigade – [TEL] 150
Police – [TEL] 158
Current is 220V so American travellers will need an AC adapter. The sockets are of the European type.
May 8 – Liberation Day
July 5 – St Cyril and St Methodius Days
July 6 – Jan Hus Day
September 28 – St Wenceslas Day and Day of the Czech statehood
October 28 – National Day
November 17 – Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
December 24, 25 and 26.
Prague Václav-Havel International Airport – www.prg.aero