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Good to Know

Climate

The climate is a mixture of ocean and continental influences. Czech winter usually lasts from mid-November through mid-March. Winters are cold, cloudy, icy and wet with freezing temperatures. The first snow often comes in November and the lowest temperatures (-5°C/20°F to -10°C/10°F, less in higher elevations) can be expected in January and February. 

You can find the current weather at www.weather.com

Currency and Banking

Czech Crowns are the official currency in the Czech Republic. Foreign currency exchange is available at Václav Havel Airport Prague and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. Paying by cash in Euro is also possible in some restaurants and shops.

For the official exchange rates on the website of the Czech National Bank.

Electricity

The Czech Republic uses a 230 volt 50 Hz system. Sockets are the standard European type (two-prong round pin plugs with a hole for a male grounding pin are standard). To use electric appliances from your country you may need a special voltage converter with an adapter plug.

Time Zone

The Czech Republic one hour ahead of GMT and at the time of the congress this will be GMT +2 due to Summer Daylight Saving Time.

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday till Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 20:00, Monday till Sunday.

Tipping

Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about ten percent.

Important telephone numbers

112: General Emergency for Europe
150: Fire
155: Ambulance
156: Prague Police
158: Police

Czech language

Even though at all the hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague are English spoken, we include a few basic Czech words and sentences that can be useful during your stay in Prague.

Slovník  Vocabulary
Ahoj Hi
Dobrý den Hello
Dobrý večer Good evening
Dobrou noc Good night
Jak se máte? How are you?
Mám se dobře.  I am fine.
Děkuji  Thank you.
Kolik to stojí?  How much is it?

 

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