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What does “K+M+B 2016” mean in when written on a church wall?

I was recently in Prague, and while visiting churches I saw several times the inscription "K+M+B 2016" (sometimes with a C instead of K) written in chalk on a wall or a door. I only saw this in (...
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Why do Prague streets use double street addresses?

I'm traveling to Prague and I noticed that every street has double addresses, one red and another blue. What's the story behind that?
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Can I call 112 to check a police officer's identity in the Czech Republic?

I'm travelling from the UK to the Czech Republic soon. The UK foreign travel advice for the Czech Republic includes the following (bold emphasis is mine): Beware of bogus plain-clothes policemen, ...
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Czechia or Czech Republic (or both)?

A friend travelling in Europe is attempting to tell me that the Czech Republic is now called 'Czechia' (arguing it's a 'new' country if counting, but that's a side issue). From what I can find ...
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Is it legal to smoke weed in Czech Republic?

I know that buying and selling marijuana in Prague is illegal. As I were there in October 2012 I haven't seen any coffee-shops, but I have seen a lot of people smoking weed in bars or on the streets, ...
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Train carriages in the Czech Republic

I bought a train seat ticket in the Czech Republic and I got a seat in a carriage 369. This number is very high; there aren't 369 carriages on that train, of course. My second thought was it must be a ...
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What is the rule regarding tips in Czech Republic?

Is it mandatory to tip in Czech Republic? I went to a restaurant and in the end I was shown a ticket with the bill and an handwritten paper with extra 10%. I read somewhere that tipping is usual but ...
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Is there a risk to write an invitation letter for a stranger to obtain a Czech (Schengen) visa?

TLDR: Online friend wishes to visit my country in EU and I have no experience with that. Please share your experience and advice. I have an online friend from Armenia who wishes to visit Czech ...
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Is my U.S. driver's license valid in Europe?

Can I drive using my U.S. (New York State) license in the European Union (if the answer depends on the country, please answer for Czech Republic)?
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Paying with Euro in Czech Republic

I'm traveling to Prague and I want to know where I can pay with euros (EUR) and where I have to pay with Czech korunas (CZK). I'm going to Prague's stadium to watch a football match and I know I can ...
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Can I travel across EU with my student visa?

I am a non-EU citizen and am a PhD student in the Czech Republic. When I had my visa of type D, it says valid for CZ not Schengen States. That being stated, I can understand that I can only ...
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Is there a reason to prefer the bus to the train in the Czech Republic?

I'm traveling to Brno for a conference, and am making last-minute travel plans. The recommendation is to fly into Vienna and take ground transportation from there, as Brno's own airport is very small. ...
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Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic - Suggestions for 3 week vacation [closed]

My wife and I are looking to take a vacation next year, in September, to the above noted countries. I would like to solicit the 'must see' places in those countries. I focus more on the history (ie. ...
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What are relaxed and interesting / not well-known things to see on a winter weekend in Prague? [closed]

I'm taking my girlfriend to Prague in a couple of weeks for her birthday. Neither of us can take much time off work at the moment, so it's a short trip - probably there Friday, leave Monday, giving ...
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What's the cheapest public transport from Nürnberg to Prague?

What's the cheapest way to get from Nuremberg (Nürnberg) to Prague (and back) with public transport (buses, trains etc.)? I've found that ICE costs about 100 Euro, so it's definitely not what I ...
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What car safety equipment is mandatory in Czech Republic? Do I need to carry spare tires?

Is spare tire (full size or temporary) mandatory in Czech Republic? I wonder if any tire would fit in my cars trunk. Right now, I only possess tire patch kit. I drive hatchback.
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Didn't purchase an Expressway / vignette before driving on highways in Czech Republic. What can I expect?

Unfortunately I didn't know that Czech Republic doesn't have tollbooths- drivers are required to purchase a sticker before getting on any highway - until I arrived in Prague. What happens next? I ...
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How big a problem are pickpockets in Prague?

I am visiting Prague next week and I have been told to watch out for Pickpockets. How big of a problem are said pickpockets and what can I do to prevent being robbed?
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Will we be required to use a PIN associated with our credit cards in Central Europe?

We are headed to Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic in a couple of weeks and heard we may be required to use a PIN along with our credit cards. Is this true? I don't even know what my PIN is!
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Crossing borders for a couple hours inside the Schengen area with a group of children

I'm a scoutmaster in the Czech Republic and we would like to visit Austria for couple hours with my scout troop (aged 12-16, we're all Czech citizens). Are there any special rules about such ...
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How can I get from Krakow to Prague?

I am looking for transportation from Krakow to Prague. The only requirement I have is that it's limited in time, so I can plan it. Hitch-hiking is not a possibility. I don't care much about the ...
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How to get from Prague to Punkva caves and Macocha abyss?

On my next trip to Prague I would like to visit the Punkva caves and Macocha abyss. Can I get there by public transport or is it better to rent a car from Prague?
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Is it acceptable to bring your own food to beer gardens in Prague?

My close relatives in Russia are traveling to Prague during the winter break. As they love beer and this is the Czech Republic we are talking about, they are definitely gonna tour the beer gardens. ...
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Can you ride an RX train with a ticket for an R train?

Via the internet site of German Rail I bought a train ticket for a ride with an R train between two cities in the Czech Republic. Now I saw there is a different connection between the two cities I ...
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How to get to the Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) in Prague?

I am confused whether Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) is a regular street or a part of the Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) that can only be entered with a ticket and at certain times. I read that it is, in ...
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Another driver pulled me over on the motorway and asked for petrol. Was it a scam attempt? [closed]

These days, I was driving on the D11 in Czechia in the early evening hours. Shortly before Prague, I had stopped at a service area. Not too long after I had pulled out and was back on the motorway, I ...
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Czech vs Czechia - which should I use to talk with Czech citizens?

I know the country had been named Czech Republic but it has been changed to Czechia recently. The name seems to have failed to gain popularity around the world so far, though (you can easily find some ...
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How much country-side can I see by train [Prague-Kutna Hora]?

I am visiting Prague in the near future. I really want to travel somewhere outside of Prague that doesn't have too many tourists. I really want to experience more than just the tourist traps and ...
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How to get to understand a culture as best one can through the internet

I'll be going to Prague later this year during Christmas and this will be my first trip to Europe. I don't know very much as to what to expect other than some general etiquette guides from the ...
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Is there a neighbourhood known for second-hand bookshops/antiquaries in Prague?

I'll be in Prague soon for a couple of days and I want to go dictionary-hunting. Is there a neighbourhood known for second-hand bookshops/antiquaries in Prague?
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How to make sure health-care bill in a foreign country is paid?

My mother traveled from India to the Czech republic on holiday. There, she required emergency healthcare. The hospital staff was friendly and efficient; the health issues were quickly resolved. Now, ...
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How busy is the E50/D1 motorway in Czech Republic?

According to Google maps there is road work on E50 from Prague to Brno. We are going to drive that route next week, how bad is it? Would it be better to take a different route? Google maps also show ...
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How to buy Czech vignette by credit/debit card?

Is it possible to buy Czech vignette sticker at gas stations and pay by card? I noticed that sellers at some kiosks at rest stations near the border (eg. near Austrian or Slovakian border) only ...
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Exchanging Euro to CZK in Prague

I'm going to Prague and I'll take some Euros with me, which I intend to convert to CZK. Should I expect it would be easy to find a Currency Exchange point, for example on central bus station or train ...
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How much would it cost to take a train from Krakow to Prague, Prague to Munich, Munich to Hamburg, and Hamburg to Warsaw?

I was thinking about purchasing the tickets at the local stations. I wanted to spend three weeks in Poland and a week in Prague, Munich, and Hamburg. I set aside $300 for each train itinerary but I'm ...
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How much time to reserve for a visit to Mucha Museum in Prague?

Roughly how long do people take on average when visiting the Mucha Museum in Prague, say is it an hour or two, half day or all day? I am trying to plan a day in Prague and I can't find any proper ...
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Dutch Residency Visa and Schengen Area Travel (Czech Republic)

I have a valid residency permit (till March 2017) for the Netherlands. I was wondering, would I be able to travel to the Czech republic with it, without having to apply for a Schengen visa? I am ...
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Crossing the Austria-Czech border in a hire car

Are there any restrictions on hire cars when you cross borders within the EU? I'm thinking about hiring a car in Linz, Austria and driving to Česky Krumlov, Czech Republic (about an hour away) and ...
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What's the cheapest SIM card with Internet for smartphone in Czech Republic? [duplicate]

I want to go to Prague for a few days and do there some geocaching. I need therefore SIM card with internet package or internet flat rate. I don't think the traffic generated while geocaching will be ...
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Standards of dress for a classical concert in the Czech Republic

I'm going to be on a business trip in Prague later this month and am thinking of taking an evening to attend a performance of the Czech Philharmonic at the Rudolfinum. What are the local standards for ...
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How good is credit card acceptance in Czech Republic?

For travelers in Czech Republic, how common is it to be able to pay using a card (Visa/Mastercard)? Can you pay for public transport tickets by card? Can you generally pay in restaurants by card? Is ...
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Closest rollercoaster/amusement park from Prague?

From Prague by public transport, what would be the closest proper amusement park? With 'proper' meaning attractions are not just for kids and it's not an aqua park. Googling around I have been able ...
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Do I need a “chip” card in the Czech Republic? [duplicate]

I'm an American, and I'm traveling to the Czech Republic later this summer for a few weeks. I have a Visa debit card from a local credit union for use in ATMs and a Visa credit card from CapitalOne. ...
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What are the taxi options from Prague Airport?

My Dad will be arriving into Prague airport Terminal 1 at 22:40 tonight. I called AAA taxis to book a cab but they said they can only wait ten minutes so better call them when he has picked up his ...
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Cheap way to get from Amsterdam to Prague: train?

I'm planning to a trip from Budapest to Amsterdam, then to Prague, and back to Budapest. It's very cheap to get from Budapest to Amsterdam using Wizz air, but the return flight is costly, so I was ...
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Uber from the airport in Prague - pickup location and reliability?

My wife and I are traveling to Prague this weekend. I'm normally good with public transit, but this time around, we'll be dragging luggage, and I see that from the airport to our hotel, it's a bus to ...
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What will happen if I overstay in Prague, Czech Republic for 1 day?

I'd like to know what will happen if I overstay in Prague, Czech Republic for 1 day? There was a confusion in the tour agency, and they filed one less day for Schengen visa. I have visa to Schengen ...
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Is it legal for a Schengen consulate to refuse issuing a visa to children during school time?

A friend of mine was trying to apply for a Czech tourist visa with his wife and two children. He had a letter from the school certifying that the school won't object to their absence. However, the VFS ...
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Is it possible to carry pepper spray for self-defense? [closed]

I want to carry pepper spray with me when traveling for self-defense purposes only. Is there a way to be allowed to do that or is there any official document that allows me to safely travel with ...
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Traveling from Germany to Czech Republic and back by car

I am an American traveling through Europe. I recently lost my passport and am planning to go to Czech Republic from Germany in about a week by car(and back a week later). Will I be asked for my ...