Czech Republic & Germany
HOW TO GET THERE
This trip originates in Prague (PRG), Czech Republic and ends in Munich (MUC), Germany. There are many connection options through major European cities. You can check routes from your departure city on FlightsFrom- https://www.flightsfrom.com/. Remember to book your outbound ticket from Munich!
The currency is the Czech Koruna (CZK). ATMs are prevalent across the country and accept major credit cards and some bank cards. Credit cards are widely accepted, but many smaller shops and restaurants only accept cash.
The euro is the official currency of Germany.
For the most up-to date conversion rate click here or download the app- https://www.xe.com/.
For Czech Republic there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a
hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. Czech Republic operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
For Germany there are two associated plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Germany operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
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Before your trip, a Happy Ambassador will reach out to you about tipping our local guides. Plan to budget at least $100-$150. Happy Ambassadors are already compensated, the tip money will go to local guides.
WEATHER & WHAT TO WEAR
Average high/low temperatures in Prague in October are 47° / 38° F and 46° / 34° in Munich. Dress in your favorite winter clothes- jeans, tights, sweaters, coat, gloves and comfortable walking shoes.
We stay at centrally located, boutique style properties.
Czech food once consisted of many variations of gravy, meat and dumplings. Today, an increasing number of restaurants, especially in Prague, serve not only imaginative variations of local dishes, but also foreign delicacies—including Italian and Asian dishes. These cuisines are represented on the menus of many local restaurants, and virtually every town, large or small, offers a pizzeria or Chinese bistro. Roast pork, sauerkraut and dumplings constitute the traditional national meal—it’s served almost everywhere, in more- or less-elaborate versions. Other favorites are potatoes, beef and duck.
Sample dishes from both Moravian and Bohemian restaurants—there’s a difference. We did enjoy Prazska sunka (Prague ham, best served with cream and horseradish), gulas (the Czech version of goulash) and palacinky (dessert crepes filled with chocolate, jam or ice cream). Don’t be shy about trying the street food—the sausages with mustard on rye bread served from tiny windows along the sidewalk make a greasy but good lunch, as does smazeny syr (fried cheese). For a quick meal, a plate of cheese and salami with rye bread is available at many beer and wine bars. A standard Czech fast-food item is langos (fried dough brushed with garlic sauce or topped with ketchup).
Under the communist regime, restaurants offered meals according to the official cookbook and at the official prices (creative chefs wanting to offer their own dishes had to apply for permission). Now, restaurants frequently feature international cuisine, and the Czech offerings include a lot more wild game, with dishes such as venison with plum sauce or wild boar.
One good thing about eating local dishes is that you can wash them down with Czech beer (the locally brewed Pilsner Urquell and Budvar are among the best beers in Europe). Beer plays a major role in Czech social life, so the beer halls are good places to take in some local color. As well as the beer bars (called hospoda or pivnice), there are also vinarnas (wine bars). The better Czech wines come from Moravia. Because of the country’s location farther north than many wine-growing regions, Czech whites such as Muller-Thurgau tend to outshine the reds. Frankovka is the restaurant-standard red and quite average, though some of the region’s Modry Portugals are exceptional.
The national spirit, Becherovka, is a herbal liqueur that makes for a great before- or after-dinner drink. Although the healing atmosphere of Karlovy Vary (where it is distilled) seems the most appropriate place to sip it, it is available at restaurants and bars across the country. Strong slivovice (plum brandy) is also served frequently. Many village Moravians will proudly offer you a taste of their home blend, which is usually much smoother than the store-bought variety
In Munich, enjoy Bavarian cuisine: Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), Weisswurst sausages and, of course, dumplings, dumplings and more dumplings. Schweinebraten, often served with dark beer sauce, potato dumplings and cabbage salad is a stalwart on the menus in practically every Munich Wirtshaus. Beer of course plays an important role, or even the most important role for many people. Visiting a beer hall or beer garden is a must during any trip to Germany.
TRANSPORTATION & SECURITY
Uber does operate in Prague. Taxis at the airport are also widely available to get to the hotel. The threat of violent crime in the Czech Republic and Germany is generally low. By exercising the same caution as you would in any city, you can feel safe walking the streets.
For more information, please visit the State Department website here.
INTRO, HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY
For most visitors to the Czech Republic, all roads lead no farther than Prague—the country’s most westernized, cosmopolitan city, known for its wondrous charm and stunning beauty. Less than 10% of tourists to the Czech Republic explore the country outside of the capital.
But if you really wish to discover the richness of this immensely cultured nation, venture beyond Prague. The magnificent, undulating landscape consists of mountains, upland plains, forests and farmland. Thanks to the fact that the country was spared widespread destruction during World War II, many of its cities and towns are a visual feast of medieval, baroque and art-nouveau architecture and sculpture. Bohemian spa towns and sleepy Moravian wine villages have a historical integrity and welcoming atmosphere that give visitors the feeling of being immersed in an open-air museum. The country also boasts more than 100 castles—from craggy fortresses to more refined, aristocratic chateaus.
Venturing off the beaten path doesn’t mean leaving comfort and service behind. The number and quality of restaurants and hotels throughout the country is very good. And with the help of local tourist offices, the task of arranging accommodations or gathering information about local sites is easy to accomplish.
Since the Middle Ages, the region that is now the Czech Republic has been a major political and cultural force in the Great Moravian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire and the AustroHungarian Empire. Partly as a reaction to the overbearing Hapsburg influence of the AustroHungarian Empire, a Czech nationalist movement emerged in the mid-1800s. It fostered new pride in Czech culture, history and language.
A Czech democracy was a tantalizing ideal through much of the 20th century. After the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War I, an independent, democratic Czechoslovak Republic was formed, but it was doomed by events over the next two decades. The 1938 Munich Agreement gave the Czech Sudentenland (located on the border with Germany) to Germany, and in 1939, the Nazis occupied all of Czechoslovakia. Independence was restored at the end of World War II with Germany’s defeat, but the country quickly fell under the dominance of the Soviet Union. In the mid-1960s, Czech communists experimented with a unique Czechoslovak socialist model that grew to be named “Prague Spring.” The movement was crushed by a Soviet military invasion in August 1968, ushering in one of the most oppressive and hard-line regimes in eastern Europe.
Resistance continued, and dissidents rallied to speak out against oppression. With Mikhail Gorbachev’s rise to power in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, his perestroika policy opened the door to reform and loosened the hold of the Communist hard-liners. In 1989, mass demonstrations shook the government and finally brought about its collapse in what was called the Velvet Revolution. The 1989 election of dissident intellectual, playwright and former political prisoner Vaclav Havel catapulted the new democracy to world prominence.
All troubles did not end with the ousting of the Communists. Tensions between Slovaks and Czechs led to the creation of two separate countries at the end of 1992. Re-elected president of the new Czech Republic, Havel served as the country’s spiritual and moral leader in the face of widespread government corruption in the mid-1990s and guided the country to NATO membership in 1999. After two terms in office, he was succeeded by Vaclav Klaus in January 2003.
After an economic downturn in the late 1990s caused by corruption and lax financial regulation, the economy improved, and foreign investment brought new life to regions of the country decimated by privatization of state-run industries. High-tech firms cropped up rapidly, turning the Czech Republic—and especially Prague—into a prime technology center. Underlying all this revitalization was the government’s push for entrance into the European Union, which became a reality in May 2004.
The Czech Republic is internally divided into two geographic and cultural areas called Bohemia, whose capital is Prague, and Moravia, whose capital is Brno.
Bordered by Poland, Germany and Austria, Bohemia lies to the west and is split by the province’s primary river, the Vltava. Bohemia is characterized by low, rolling hills and farmland, but on its foreign borders it is almost entirely surrounded by mountain ranges. The rolling hills and thick forests in southern Bohemia, dotted with fairy-tale castles, typify the bucolic charm visitors imagine when they think of the area, and natural hot springs have made western Bohemia an internationally known spa destination. Northern Bohemia’s mountains are studded by dramatic sandstone rock formations, canyons and caves.
Moravia, situated to the east, is bordered by Poland, Austria and Slovakia. Split by the Morava River, it is known for its highland areas and lower mountains. The fertile hillsides in southern Moravia are covered with orchards and the vineyards that have made this region synonymous with wine-making. The limestone caves of the area are spectacular .