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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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Since 2015, restaurants in Czech Republic have to use standardized food allergy charts. Since the standardized allergens are numbered, restaurants often list just the numbers for each food, with a legend available (but the legend may be only in Czech). This is based on EU regulation 1169/2011, which lists the allergens in Annex II: Cereals containing ...


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The stamp on your ticket is so poor, that it is really difficult to read. It does indeed say Aug 27th, but it can very easily be read as Aug 21st: The stamp actually reads 'P27Ⅷ17', but the uppermost line of all characters is missing, so it could even easily be misread as 21st July (21Ⅶ). The last digit (7) is so weakly printed, that you can barely see it. ...


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They did not believe me and took me to another person who forced me to pay 800 Kronas as a fine. They said if I refused to pay, I would be taken to the police station. Ticket inspectors cannot make you pay anything. As outlined on the official Prague Public Transport website: The authorized person is entitled to: ... impose a supplementary ...


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The important part first: You can stay in your compartment - and to be safe, you should stay there during the stop in Salzburg. This train consists of so-called "Kurswagen" - the individual cars go on different routes. In Salzburg cars get changed between trains. According to the schedule for early June: There is one train coming from Zurich via Innsbruck ...


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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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The inscription says in Czech: Památce kněží, řeholníků a řeholnic, obětí nacismu a komunismu Já jsem vzkříšení a život. Kdo věří ve mne, i kdyby umřel, bude žít. Evangelium Svatého Jana 11, 25 Translation of the first part is: To the memory of priests, monks and nuns who were victims of nazism and communism The second section is part ...


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I just can tell you about my personal experience: Most often it would have been possible for me to pay with Euros in restaurants, bars or hotels, but the exchange rate was really bad. So I preferred to exchange money in a bank and then use Czech crowns. If you book tickets or accommodation online, it wasn't a real problem for me because the prices in Euros ...


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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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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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Are there for sources in Prague that have hand-held, printed maps? Maps are easy to obtain in Prague, no matter how you come to the country. Airport: A free map is available at the airport's public transport information kiosks. Train station: The main train station likewise gives out free maps at the public transport information counters. City center: ...


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As an additional point aside from the other answers, you should always try to make sure you are being stopped by real ticket collectors: Will be wearing a uniform (at least a coat with the DPP logo). Will be carrying an official numbered badge and service card, which they most often show you when asking for your ticket, and are required to show on demand. ...


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We say don’t try to trick them, show them the true documents if asked for. All these Fake bookings might get you a Real booking : A flight straight back home. If you get caught up in these free cancellation (fake as i call them for this use case) bookings you might appear like you were visa shopping and Czech Republic wasn't your primary destination. To ...


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I have found some information on city-pilot.cz: There is a partial decriminalisation of drugs in the Czech Republic – However, beware: decriminalisation does not equal legalisation! Possession of drugs for one’s own use is not punishable, that is, you will not go to prison, however, the possession of drugs is also judged as an offence. What does ...


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As the English Wikipedia page says, "Týn" is the name of a nearby courtyard visited by merchants. Jonathan Reez points out that "Týn" itself is an archaic word for a fence. In this case, "before" probably means "in front of" (for example, as in "He appeared before the judge"), rather than "earlier in time than", though the church is actually older than the ...


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By public transport it's little harder to get there, but yes, it is possible: 1) Go to Brno first. The easiest and most comfortable is by bus with the company Student Agency (it's very popular transport - I recommend to buy a ticket in advance - you can do it online) 2) Brno to Blansko by train and Blansko to Punkva caves by bus Search departures on ...


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I have been to Prague over a weekend once so here are my suggestions based on that trip. I am sure there are much more to consider. Hradčany castle on the left bank of Vltava is impressive and the area around it worth a stroll. A bit to the south is a park on a hill reachable with a funicular. At the top is an old mirror house. The old town is really ...


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Public Transportation The public transportation web page of Vaclav Havel Airport mentions various forms of transportation, some of which seem to operate only during day-time. However, according to the DPP web page, bus 510 operates at night-time from 00:15 to 05:00: Na Beránku – I. P. Pavlova – Letiště (Prague Airport), bus 510 interval: 30 ...


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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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For flights within the Schengen area, visas don't matter. You can fly between Rome and Prague a dozen times if you want, and exit the airport every time, as well as any other airport in the Schengen area. Only when you board the flight from Rome (or anywhere in Schengen) to outside Schengen area will your visa be used up as you exited. The same is true on ...


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Where did you find the price for the ICE? I think there is no ICE between Nuremberg and Prague. There is even no direct train. If you do want to go by train, you have to travel on regional trains and change once. Just check the schedules here. The Deutsche Bahn has a bus service from Nuremberg to Prague. Prices start at 19 EUR for a single ticket. It takes ...


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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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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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Yes there are drinking-water fountains at PRG airport. Below is an incomplete list (feel free to edit with more information). At the time of writing (07/2015) the fountains look something like this: Water fountain at PRG airport, JoErNanO, Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Terminal 1 (all flights to non-Schengen countries) 1 fountain outside the toilets, exact ...


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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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I'm an active Car4Way user and I can tell you with 100% confidence the service you're interested in does not exist as of 2017. Car4Way comes closest to what you need - the cars are free floating, they speak English and they allow foreigners. However registration can only be done with a visit to their office and being a foreigner you would have to leave a ...


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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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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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I'll add to David Richerby's answer. Translating from Czech Wikipedia, Týn (also Týnský dvůr, meaning "Týn Yard") was a fenced in and moated trader's yard where traders had to pay a toll ("Ungelt" in old German, which is also the alternative name) for protection. I do not know about the meaning of the word Týn, but the fence explanation given by David ...


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Is it possible to pay a lesser amount to visit a single synagogue? All the synagogues are managed by a single Jewish organization and from their website it's quite clear you only have 3 options: Maisel Synagogue / Pinkas Synagogue / Old Jewish Cemetery / Klausen Synagogue / Ceremonial Hall / Spanish Synagogue / Old-New Synagogue - for 500 CZK. Maisel ...


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