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Why do Prague streets use double street addresses?

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

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 ...
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Can I call 112 to check a police officer's identity in the Czech Republic?

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

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 ...
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Is there a risk to write an invitation letter for a stranger to obtain a Czech (Schengen) visa?

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 ...
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My cancelled flight caused me to overstay my visa and now my visa application was rejected

Actually, you did overstay. Your best defense is that it was negligent rather than intentional, but you are responsible for reading the regulations. For the benefit of other readers of this Q&A: ...
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Czechia or Czech Republic (or both)?

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 “...
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Is there a risk to write an invitation letter for a stranger to obtain a Czech (Schengen) visa?

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 ...
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Train carriages in the Czech Republic

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

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 ...
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Will we be required to use a PIN associated with our credit cards in Central Europe?

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....
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How big a problem are pickpockets in Prague?

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 ...
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Can I travel across EU with my student visa?

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 ...
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Another driver pulled me over on the motorway and asked for petrol. Was it a scam attempt?

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 ...
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Train carriages in the Czech Republic

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 ...
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Standards of dress for a classical concert in the Czech Republic

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'...
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Does my Indonesian friend need to prepare the visa for her 8 year old son (US passport holder) to visit Slovakia and the Czech Republic?

No: since her son is a US citizen, he does not need a visa for the Schengen Area. As for your friend, Slovakia and Czechia are both members of the Schengen Area, so she only needs to apply for one ...
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How big a problem are pickpockets in Prague?

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 ...
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Czechia or Czech Republic (or both)?

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 ...
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Traveling from Germany to Czech Republic and back by car

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, ...
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What does "K+M+B 2016" mean in when written on a church wall?

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 ...
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Czech vs Czechia - which should I use to talk with Czech citizens?

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 ...
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How much time to reserve for a visit to Mucha Museum in Prague?

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'...
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How busy is the E50/D1 motorway in Czech Republic?

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 ...
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Uber from the airport in Prague - pickup location and reliability?

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 ...
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Is it legal to smoke weed in Czech Republic?

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 ...
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What car safety equipment is mandatory in Czech Republic? Do I need to carry spare tires?

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 ...
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How big a problem are pickpockets in Prague?

I've visited Prague twice in the past five years and, as mentioned in another answer on this page, I didn't feel at any greater risk of being robbed in Prague than in other tourist destinations ...
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Cheap way to get from Amsterdam to Prague: train?

Bus services like Flixbus (And I believe there are many others, I see these buses often here) can take you from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Prague. This will cost you from 45 euro to 65 euro, depending on ...
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How much country-side can I see by train [Prague-Kutna Hora]?

I've taken many-many train rides in Stredocesky Kraj (the district surrounding Prague). The only things you can see are train stations, industrial zones, small forests, and agricultural fields. ...
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