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The upper number is the "descriptive number" (Czech: číslo popisné or č. p.) and is unique within each municipal part (in this case, Nové Město, Praha 1). Since descriptive numbers can be fairly large and since they're generally assigned based on age (i.e. newer houses have higher numbers), they're hard to use for navigation, which is where the second ...


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It looks like it is a yearly thing, renewing the old one when the new one is up. In the church I read about it was done as part of the Epiphany Mass. It is a blessing to the house. 20 and 15 being the year, C (K), M, B being the initials of the traditional names of the wise men, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, they can also stand for Christus Mansionem ...


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Yes, but might be better to call 158. Pretending to be a police officer is a crime (at least in Czechia). If you suspect a crime, you're expected to call the police. Obviously, if you suspect that the guy standing next to you is a fake policeman, your property or health may be in imminent danger, so you're perfectly entitled to call the emergency number. ...


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It is a christian tradition also of Austria and South Tyrol (where I live in, which is a province of northern Italy near the Austrian border, and which was Austrian territory before WWI). Usually kids roam the streets (especially in little towns or villages) during the Christmas period and ring the doorbells asking for some offerings (usually for their ...


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There is no requirement that visitors to the Schengen area (which Czechia is part of) need to be invited by a citizen or resident. The standard procedure is that your friend would apply for a visa for a tourist visit on his own behalf and get a visa on the strength of his own circumstances. Then once he arrives he'd be free to visit you or not. Generally ...


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You've just seen a reason why to avoid tourist trap restaurants in the centre of Prague. Just today there is an article published in Czech newspapers about these service charges in the centre of Prague. They write that English speaking inspectors got these additional charges 5-15 % in many restaurants they checked. That never happened when they spoke Czech. ...


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Czechia is a preferred short English name but Czech Republic is still the official full name of the country. Short country name "Česko"/"Czechia" to be entered in UN databases The name “Czechia” will not replace the full official name of the Czech Republic. It is simply the English version of the country’s short name (”Česko”) and as such it will be ...


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In Czech Republic, invitations (pozvání) are highly formalized and often impractical. Here's the process: Depending on the type of invitation (see below), you may need to prepare a bank statement or ATM slip showing how much funds you have. You visit a foreigners' police office (odbor cizinecké policie) and fill out a form on a computer. The form is printed ...


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The situation is similar in Germany (and used to be much more common). With any train that does not operate as a fixed unit (think ICE in Germany or Pendolinos in the Czech Republic) carriage numbering can and will often be arbitrary. Sometimes there is still a residual meaning visible in carriage numbers[1] but often enough there is no apparant one. My ...


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I am from southern Austria. Here groups of children, dressed as "Die heiligen 3 Könige" (the 3 wise men) walk from house to house and: Sing some songs Bless the house and people Write "C + M + B" and the year on the door (usually with chalk) Collect donations in return, for some caritas/church projects Many people think that it stands for the names of the ...


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I work in the industry and therefore feel qualified to answer this question. For cards bearing a chip; if you need to use a PIN in your home country, then you will be required to use a PIN overseas. The preferred method of authorisation is embedded into the chip in your card. All terminals that comply to the EMV standard will request a PIN to authenticate ...


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Prague is safe, I would say to the European standards. You really don't get people coming to you with a knife and wanting your money, certainly not in touristic areas and not during the day (a bit more to this later). So, most theft comes from people not being careful enough. The standard rules apply that nothing valuable has to be accessible: no wallets in ...


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A type D visa, like a residence permit, allows you to make short trips to the other Schengen countries – very much as if you held a long multiple-entry type C visa or were visa-free. You only need to comply with the 90-of-180 days rule for the days you spend in Schengen minus the Czech Republic. The "valid for" field on D visas state the issuing ...


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Your experience is typical of a well-known scam Police warning over motorway scam in which well-dressed drivers pretend to run out of fuel and ask for cash in return for worthless gold rings Fraudsters are attempting to con motorway drivers out of money by flagging them down and claiming they have run out of petrol. Petrol scam on French roads ... he said ...


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I am not aware of any "common" rule around here except that tip is almost always given by rounding the price up to next multiple of 5 or 10 CZK. Which makes the usual amount depend on the price quite a lot, considering that normal pub where commoners go to lunch the lunch costs around 100 CZK. Tip is not mandatory. It is quite common, but usually not that ...


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No, there is no such algorithm. Your only option is to check the train carriage map in advance on the web or the train station. The carriage numbers are not meant to be indicative for the end users and therefore don't follow a fixed pattern. Source: personal experience riding trains in Czech Republic. Unfortunately nowhere does Czech Railways state an ...


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After somebody mentioned Rome2Rio.com on another question, I've gotten a lot of great use out of it. It doesn't demand a date from you, and it's not limited to air. It will combine all sorts of transportation to give you different options and different prices. http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Krakow/Prague However, sometimes it tells me I can go from A to B for ...


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Is Prague bad? Prague is no worse than any touristy city, better than some I would say. As always, if it happens to you, the impact can be huge. The risk is the same as at home, but when in a foreign country you will need to sort things out much faster and in a place where you do not speak the local language. What to do to diminish risks? Be prepared, do ...


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Citing from http://wikitravel.org/en/Prague#Money In Prague, especially around tourist sights, there are plenty of Exchange offices with very bad rates which also charge commission. Best rates are found around Main Railway Station (Hlavní nádraží) - exit the station, left across the park, to street "Politických vězňů". There are about 5 offices, mostly ...


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Normally, you should not be asked for your passport on the Czech-German border. However, the situation in Europe is currently (spring 2016) not normal. Due to the European migrant/refugee crisis, the Schengen travel area is under severe stress. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of migrants/refugees are attempting to travel by whatever means possible ...


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In Czech Republic, it's signature of the Three wise men (literally Three kings in Czech), Kašpar, Melichar and Baltazar. Some children (probably from observing families) still go caroling on the 6th of January. But mostly the initials are just a custom devoid of any religious meaning, something the small children do in pre-schools during art sessions, ...


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Czechia is officially recognized short name for our country. Czech Republic still remains the official name and finally Czech is still a shorthand for it that people commonly use, but is actually errorneous. See Name of the Czech Republic article on Wikipedia and Go Czechia on myth explanation behind the Czechia name.


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The official name is Czech Republic As a Czech citizen, I have to agree that there is some confusion in these names. However, the official name is Czech Republic, with Czechia being a short name for Czech Republic. If you need a little "example", it's a little similar to Thomas and Tom. Czechia is equivalent to Česko, Czech Republic to Česká Republika ...


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As a local, if I was going to the Rudolfinum for Czech Philharmonic, I'd wear a dark suit and a tie. However, I would consider smart pants and a dress/formal shirt perfectly acceptable too. I wouldn't recommend jeans or polo shirts.


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The Czech police website has a good overview of the current legal situation, albeit only in Czech. Selling marijuana for whatever amount of money or services is a criminal offence, punishable for one to five years in prison: § 187 Nedovolená výroba a držení omamných a psychotropních látek a jedů (1) Kdo neoprávněně vyrobí, doveze, vyveze, proveze,...


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I've found that they're reliable during the day but can be problematic (no cars available) after midnight. In that case I recommend using their local equivalent Liftago - as of 2019 they're slightly cheaper than Uber and their app is on par with Uber's. In Terminal 1 they pick up from the parking lot P1 outside the arrivals hall. In Terminal 2 they pick up ...


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There are numerous cameras along the D1 motorway, all of which are available online. There are indeed roadworks on the approach to Brno, but you should be fine outside the peak hours: Assuming you don't drive between 07:00-10:00 or 16:00-19:00 on weekdays, I'd take the D1.


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The museum is quite small - 2 or 3 rooms, as I recall. Reviews on TripAdvisor suggest 1-2 hours, depending on whether you care to watch the the half hour documentary on his life. Personally, I didn't watch the entire film, and probably spent under an hour there, and I felt like I had a fairly comprehensive view of all the exhibits. Obviously if you're an ...


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The best approach: Withdraw money from an ATM. Nothing beats the ATM rates in any country in the world, unless there happens to be a black market for local currency (which doesn't apply to any EU countries). Second best approach: Exchange physical euros. You can find a comparison of exchange rates in Prague on Kurzy.cz ("Čistého Kč" = amount of CZK you ...


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Assuming you're driving a regular passenger car, the list of mandatory equipment (Czech wiki link) for Czech Republic is: Spare spark plugs Spare light bulbs Car jack Wrenches Spare tire (or tire patch kit, if the tire is patchable; or neither, for run-flat tyres) Medical kit Emergency warning triangle Reflective vest So no, you won't need a spare tire. ...


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