Prague or also known as Praha is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. This city is a home to around 1.3 million people and its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. Most of the residents are Czechs, but there’s a small of Slovak community in the city.
The official language of Prague is Czech. Since it’s becoming a tourist hotspot, the people also understand English. Some of the older generations also speak Russian and German
The town itself is very safe and you don’t have to worry about walking around the street in the evening. People say Prague can be dangerous since it’s full of pickpockets. That might be true, but there’s a small crime rate in this city and there’s nothing to worry about. Just like in any other tourist places, taking care of your belongings is important everywhere you are.
Climate in Prague
Prague normally has cold winters and dry summers. The coldest months are from December to February with an average temperature of 0 °C and it could reach temperatures down to -10 °C. While summer is normally hot and dry in the city, with an average temperature of 25 °C and it could reach up to 35 °C. An air conditioner is pretty common in café’s, restaurants, or offices but some accommodations do not have one. So, if you want to survive during the summer, you might want to stay in an air-conditioned room.
The best time to visit Prague is in May or September during the late spring or early fall. The temperature is comfortable ranging around 18 °C to 20°C and the city is less crowded during those months.
Culture in Prague
Nicknamed the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague is an endless maze of beauty, history, and culture. Many Hollywood movies are shot in this city. The city is home to several music festivals like the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Prague Autumn International Music Festival, the Prague International Organ Festival, and the Prague International Jazz Festival. Prague also has several museums showing the artworks of many famous artists including the National Gallery, one of the biggest
when it comes to the local culture, it usually revolves around the family. Universities close their dormitories at weekends so that students can return to their families rather than staying at the campus. Czechs also tend to be reserved when meeting people for the first time and can appear distant until they feel comfortable. It’s shown in their language, which uses formal and informal forms to address people. The formal form is used to address the elderly to show respect.
As this might be your first time in the city, here are some customs that you need to pay attention when you visit Prague:
- Czechs enjoy meeting in pubs and sharing Czech beer. This kind of gathering provides meaningful times with friends and family.
- Czech people enjoy barbecues in summer
- It is not polite and considered as rude to point at someone using an index finger
- A bottle of wine and/or flowers are known to be the ideal small gifts when visiting homes and are always appreciated
- Before entering someone’s home, you need to take off your shoes. Guests are offered house slippers called pantofle.
- When in a restaurant, it is polite to give tips by rounding up the bill.