When visiting beautiful Czech Republican and the capital Prague, I was served some very good tips by the locals. I think they are worth a share with you here.
– When visiting a restaurant – if the waiter is polite to you – RUN!
Then it is a tourist trap, and you will pay way too much for your meal, and they will usually add additional costs on the bill and come with things you did not order that you have to pay for afterwards.
However, if it is a middle age lady serving you which looks like she is going to snap you in the face – stay around.
Apparently, it is not in the Czech Republicans nature to give the best service, and they do not like if they come to a restaurant with someone pretending to be someone they actually are not.
– The locals know English when they want. That would say if you would come in the situation that something additional was put on the restaurant bill and you would like to complain – do not be surprised if the waiter suddenly do not know English anymore.
– Many believe that the astronomical clock is one of the most overestimated tourist attractions in the Prague. But when you know the story behind it, it adds to a whole different level. The clock was constructed in 1490 by Jan Růže. He was a genius and do to fear that he was going repeat his work in another city like Paris or Vienna, he was blinded. He took revenge by taking his life jumping into the clock so it stopped. No one was able to repair it for the next hundred years. Maybe more tragically than funny….
– Prague is one of the best places to go to the opera or ballet in the world. The tickets are cheap, but the quality is very high. Czech Republic is one of the countries in the world that have most atheists. They still have a lot of churches, which no one goes to. So they had to start using them for something else, and many are today used for cultural shows. Many children also start practicing instruments, dancing or singing from a very young age – so they become very skilled in what they are doing.
– The heaviest beer drinking country in the world is Czech Republic. And they win this competition with A LOT! Consumption per head is 143 litres per year. Followed by Germany that drinks 110 litres on average and Austria with 108 litres. No wonder, when the waiters in Czech Republic come with a new beer before you actually are finished with the one you are already drinking, and without you even asking for a new one…
– Czech Republic found up the sugar cubes, and are very proud of that… (just worth to mention, though not so relevant for the travels..)
– The president of the Czech Republic says smoking is fine after you turn 27 years. He claims that smoking is safe if the habit begins when the body is fully developed. Going into a local bar or restaurant – you see that the restrictions against smoking inside are not put very high, as many places elsewhere in Europe. If a bar is smoke-free, it is made for the tourists…
– And last but not least – the beautiful country and the capital Prague have so much to offer; architectural and historical. Does these two things interest you, or beer, opera/ballet, I would recommend you a visit…