The Czech Republic is one of the most popular countries among Russian tourists. It attracts, first of all, with its amazing architecture and mentality, very close to Russian. Rest in the Czech Republic turns out to be quite budgetary, and no less interesting than holidays in other European countries.
Advantages and disadvantages
- Not far to fly from the European part of Russia
- Very beautiful architecture
- It is interesting to relax even just in Prague without going to other cities
- There are opportunities for therapeutic and active recreation
- Culture very close to Russian
- In many places they speak Russian, some moments from the Czech language are generally understandable to Russian speakers
- Unlike other European countries, there are practically no problems with refugees
- Delicious local food and beer
- Quite low prices for tours in comparison with many other destinations
- There are not so many places where to relax in the Czech Republic, basically everyone stops in the capital or Karlovy Vary
- There is no special exotic, the culture is very close to Russian
- Many Czechs do not know either Russian or English, so there may be problems in communication
- No decent beach resorts
- On New Year’s Eve, on May holidays and in the middle of summer there are a lot of tourists
- Tourists are often deceived when exchanging currency
- Recently, according to tourists, the attitude of locals towards guests from Russia has worsened.
- The level of service is not always high enough, especially in shopping centers
According to toppharmacyschools.org, the country of Czech Republic is located in the temperate zone, at the point of transition from continental to maritime. Almost everywhere the climate is even, mild, warm in winter and not too hot in summer. There are no pronounced seasons with precipitation, so the Czech Republic is suitable for recreation all year round.
Reviews about holidays in the Czech Republic are mostly positive – tourists like local attractions and a very special flavor. Of course, most often everyone goes to Prague. The streets are very clean and pleasant to walk. Two weeks even to see Prague alone is usually not enough, so people come back here again. It is not possible to get bored, although there is no particular entertainment – in the evenings, people mostly just tired return to their rooms and immediately fall asleep, they don’t want any clubs or discos.
It seems to some that it is too gloomy here, but this is more of an individual perception. And experienced tourists are advised to wear only the most comfortable shoes, and no heels – otherwise the legs will literally give up on long walks.
We are pleased with the low prices for food and food in restaurants, the roads are very high quality, the locals are friendly.
In general, everyone speaks only positively about the rest in Karlovy Vary – the main thing is to know that you need to go there just for relaxation. True, the prices there are higher than in Prague, and this is more suitable for the wealthy.
The only unpleasant moment is the huge crowds of tourists during the high season – it is literally impossible to photograph the attraction without someone’s presence in the frame. Experienced tourists are advised to go to the Czech Republic in the low season.
Frequently asked Questions
How to choose a hotel?
For sightseeing, the level of the hotel is not so important, so choose an institution closer to the beginning of the tourist routes. Of course, in Karlovy Vary it is better to choose a hotel of a higher level, since you will spend most of the time there. There are network establishments, no worse than in the rest of Europe. There is no All Inclusive service, breakfast is usually offered. Even in hotels there is no animation. There are usually no smoking rooms in hotels, so keep that in mind. There are also hostels, and there are many of them – a great way to save on accommodation.
What to do in case of emergency?
The Czech Republic is quite safe. In case of unpleasant incidents, you can call the single number 112 (there are several Russian-speaking operators). 155 is the ambulance number, 158 is the police number, 150 is the fire department. If you run into trouble, such as problems with the law or loss of documents, you can call the Russian Consulate in Prague at + (420) 233-374-093.
It is not difficult to decide where to relax in the Czech Republic, but when is the best time to go there?
The climate allows you to relax here all year round. Most of the tourists are on the May holidays, in the summer and around Christmas. At this time, it is very crowded here, and the prices for tours are especially high. You can choose the time in early autumn or spring, then it will be easier to enjoy the sights.
How noticeable is the language barrier?
If you decide to go to the Czech Republic, your vacation there will definitely be associated with communication with the locals. Contrary to popular belief, almost no one speaks Russian here now, especially among young people. But hotels and inns usually have Russian-speaking staff. Menus in cafes and restaurants, especially tourist ones, are often also displayed in Russian, but for us, the menu in Czech is usually intuitive.
How are things with cellular communications?
It is not worth buying a Czech SIM card, but taking a tourist SIM card from Vodafone is very profitable. It works on an advance payment, costs 300 rubles. There are tariffs with inexpensive internet. It’s nice that you can buy bus and tram tickets with the money in your account. In general, quite favorable roaming tariffs for Russian operators. If you don’t plan on talking a lot, don’t worry about buying a SIM card.