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50 CZK banknote is not valid

50 CZK banknote is not validFor the last few years we had two means of payment in high of 50 CZK. It was the banknote and the coin. But from the 1st April 2011 there is a change and the 50 CZK banknote is not valid anymore.

But don’t worry, if you have some 50 CZK banknotes from your previous visits of the Czech Republic you can visit any bank in the Czech Republic and they will change it for you to valid means of payment without any fees till the end of March 2012.

More information about Czech currency, exchange or payments in Czech Republic you can read our older post.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2011 in Useful information

 

Souvenirs from Prague

Bohemia CrystalThe center of Prague is full of shops selling “souvenirs of Prague.” In fact, I have not seen anywhere in the world so many tourist shops selling, among other, the same things. And of course these souvenirs in many cases has nothing to do with Prague and the Czech Republic.

There’s a lot of Bohemian Crystal shops that sell goods varying quality …some products are really beautiful and have great value, but then there are also goods of poor quality (at the end some shops are hoping that tourists buy anything)! Despite this fact, the Bohemian crystal souvenir of Prague is one of the most important … you just have to rely on honest negotiations!

Custom shirts, bags, etc. … everything with “Prague”. Well, this is a classic souvenir all around the world -Chinese products at low prices. Nothing against, if you like this kind of souvenirs and are aware that have nothing to do with Prague, buy it without any problems…

Czech GarnetAmber and garnet in Prague: garnet is a semiprecious stone that is mined in some parts of Bohemia. But the amber we import from Poland. So buy it if you like but keep in mind that has nothing to do with Prague. By the way if you like garnet I can recommend you to visit the Museum of garnet in Prague (Maiselova Str. 1)… it is one of the few places in Prague where you can be sure not to buy a piece of glass or PVC.

 

Among the many souvenirs of Prague I love the wooden toys and brain teasers. Wooden toys are really beautiful and fun and then, the Czech Republic has a long tradition of their craft production. Among the most typical brain teasers belongs undoubtedly the “Hedgehog in a cage (in Czech Jezek v kleci).”

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Things To Do, Useful information

 

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Prague Airport & Transport to the Center

Airport Prague RuzynePrague International Airport Ruzyne is located on the northwestern outskirts of the city. It has two terminals for civil flights. Terminal 2 is for arrival and departures of flights from and to the countries within the Schengen Area. All other flights are operated from Terminal 1. At the Prague Airport you can find all the services, as at any other airport in Europe or World.

As a individual traveler you have three possibilities how to get from the airport to the center – public transport, taxi, shuttle bus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Useful information

 

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Public Transport

The system of public transport in Prague and in the whole Czech republic is very good. For traveling between the cities you can use buses or trains. Travelling to some destination is much faster by bus than by train. The right connection you can find for example at http://www.idos.cz. This site is available also in English language and you can find there all the connections with prices.

Travelling by public transport through Prague is also very easy. There are three types of transport: buses, trams and metro (subway). Prague metro has 3 lines – A (green), B (yellow), C (red) and is operating daily from 5 a.m. till midnight. Trams and buses are running non stop, only during the night (from midnight till 5 a.m.) are operated as special night lines under different numbers. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2010 in Useful information

 

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Money, Exchange, Payment

Money

The official currency used in the Czech Republic is Czech Crown (CZK). One Crown is divided into 100 hellers,  but he smallest coin we use is 1 Crown. Our banknotes are in following denominations: 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 CZK; the coins are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 CZK.

Especially in supermarkets you can see prices ending with some hellers, but at the end the total amount is round off to whole Crowns.

Although our official currency is CZK you can pay in EUR at many places. For example in restaurants, tourist offices, travel agencies, souvenir shops, etc.  The exchange rate is usually good in these places, but it is better to make sure before. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2010 in Useful information

 

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