Prague for the noobs...

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  1. Maestro

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    Greetings ladies and gentlemen.

    I'm planning in to make a trip to Prague (Czech Republic) in the future, hopefully in 2010. I even ordered my guide book last Wednesday.

    However, I know next to nothing about Czech laws. So I would like to know a few things...

    1 - Knowing that I'm Canadian, do I need a touristic visa to stay there for a few days (1 to 2 weeks) ? I ask that because I know that in France you need a visa even if you stay there for a single day.

    2 - Is there "special" laws in Czech Republic that I should know of so I won't get my @ss in jail ? (Exemple : I know that in Russia, in the '90s, you couldn't take pictures of the Kremlin without authorization... Or the KGB would arrest you, seize your camera and "question" you.)

    3 - Any dangerous places for tourists ?

    And I think that's about all the questions I have for now...
     
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    Hi Maestro,

    don´t know anything about the Visas, you gotta ask some office in Canada.
    As for the rules- no problems. Personaly I think some of the rules in USA are stricter than here.
    As for Prague sightseeing- send a PM to Pisis. He lives in Prague and if I am not not wrong, his girlfriend (wife?) works for some travel agency in Prague so I´m sure he will be able to help you.
    I´m sure you´ll enjoy your stay in Prague as this town has a long long time hitory with a beautiful architecture. I´ve visited a lot of European cities but nothing´s gonna beat Prague and Paris...
    I never felt in danger in Prague...the most scared I was 3 years ago- in a subway in Brooklyn:lol: But nothing happened to me...
     
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    I love Prague. I can not wait to go and visit again. My friend is marrying a nice Czech lady and we will probably make a trip with them.
     
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    Cool, thanks for the tips.

    On a side note, I just received my guide book Friday. (Ordered on Wednesday and received on Friday... Talk about fast shipping !)

    I also appreciate what you said about danger in Prague, because in my guide book, citizens of Prague were almost described as out-laws. It is warning the reader about pickpockets in the Venceslav (spell ?) Square, skinheads in the streets and to be very careful with taxis as taxi cabs in Prague have a very poor reputation... I was almost scared of going out in Prague at night !

    Oh, and I got my answer for the visa (was written in the guide book). Any citizen of the European Union and Canada don't need a visa to visit Czech Republic.

    Although I may use a travel agency, unlike for my trip in London where I did everything myself. London was great because I knew the language, but I don't speak a single word of Czech... So if ever I have an emergency in Prague, I'll be a little bite screwed up if I'm on my own.

    But my departure isn't planned for tomorrow, so I have plenty of time to think about it.

    One last thing, I think you are officially using the Euro since January 2009, right ? So prices there will be in Euro, not in "Couronnes", eh ?
     

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    Far as I can see, it's still Czech Koruny, todays exchange rate is $1 CND = 16.95 CK
     
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    Yep, Terry is right, thanks to God we still don´t have Euro so beer is really cheap here:lol: cheaper than coca cola or water in fact...no kidding...

    As for the guide book- except of pickpockets and cab drivers it is a bullshit.
    Anyway. As a tourist you have to watch pickpockets everywhere, not only in Prague.
    As for cabdrivers- that´s a really problem. Those bastards have never enough so you better ask for the price before you take taxi. Just to be sure you better ask 2 or 3 cab drivers...3 years ago I asked for a taxi in Prague, just for fun in English, and the price was almost 3 times higher than usually. When he stopped we gave him the amount he should get and he told us he would call for a police. I told him O.K., I´ll wait for a police with you- this time in Czech- and he dissapeared without asking money anymore:lol:
     
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    I saw that on the website of the Bank of Canada... However there was a note that reads : "As of January 1st 2009, the Slovak Koruny will be replaced by the Euro." And I thought it was the same thing... #-o
     
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    Okay... But do they accept Euro (or any other foreign money) ? Or will I have to order traveler's checks in Euro, find a change office in Prague and get them converted in Koruny ? (Because there is no friggin change office in Canada that will give me traveler's checks (or cash) in Koruny... I don't even remember seeing it listed at the change office in Québec City.)
     
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    In some places they accept it but you better change some dollars in koruna.
    To pay by euro is always more expensive.
    You can also pay by credit card.
     
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    Okay... Thanks a lot for the help, Seesul.
     
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    You´re welcome!
    Should you need something when your date gets closer, just ask...
     
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