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Tips for traveling to Prague as a family

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A family trip to Prague is a very enriching experience. But for everything to go perfectly, some planning is necessary. Know what time, what clothes we will need, what is the local currency and where to change money, find out if our trip will coincide with a public holiday, etc.

We show you below the most relevant and practical information so that organizing your trip with children to Prague is easy and you only have to worry about having a good time once you are there.

Prague weather

Prague, in the center of the European continent, has a temperate climate, without extreme changes.

During winter, temperatures plummet in mountainous areas where a lot of skiing is practiced, but in the city of Prague, temperatures - which can be around 0º in the coldest months - are well tolerated.

Spring is cool and humid, with average temperatures of 16ºC. The rains become abundant in the last phase of spring. In summer, temperatures can be around 25ºC in the central hours of the day, but in general, the average temperature is mild: around 18ºC.

Autumn is moderately dry and also mild in terms of temperatures, with abundant rainfall.

What to bring in the children's suitcase

If you are going to travel to Prague with children, the first thing you should consider is when you will do it to plan the clothes you will need. In winter you will not be able to do without warm clothing, including a hat, gloves and scarves, especially for children, who are very prone to catching colds.

The rest of the year, however, you will be comfortable with the clothes typical of a mild weather. You will need comfortable shoes because in Prague you will walk a lot and if you go in spring or autumn, don't forget an umbrella because rain is common in the Czech Republic.

Prague is not known for its sunny weather, but sunglasses will do a good job for you most of the year.

And for the rest, before packing, think about what kind of things children may need in Prague. Surely, with some clothes and a lot of desire to know the city, it will be enough.

Prague business hours

Prague is a city that meets European standards for business hours.

Shops open early, around 9:00 a.m., and in tourist areas they stay open until late, around 8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m., except on Sunday and Saturday afternoons. Some close at noon, between 12:00 and 14:00, but in the center everything is usually open.

Supermarkets and shopping centers generally have a continuous schedule from 10:00 to 21:00, including Sundays. And there are even many small shops - known as 've? Erka' - that open at night.

Restaurants and cafes are usually open from mid-morning until 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m., although the usual hours for meals in restaurants are between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m., and for dinners between 7:00 p.m. 00 and 21:00 hours.

Public authorities have restricted opening hours to the public, so that most are only open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Currency of the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Community but not of the Eurozone, which means that the official currency is not the euro, as in most of Europe.

The official currency of Prague is the Czech crown or koruna. Currently the change is about 25 crowns per euro, but check the exchange rate before your trip. The metallic coins in circulation are the following: 1 crown, 2 crowns, 5 crowns, 10 crowns and 50 crowns. The banknotes are 100 crowns, 200 crowns, 500 crowns, 1000 crowns, 2000 crowns and 5000 crowns.

You can easily exchange currency in Prague banks, in most hotels and in the multiple exchange offices, although if you choose this last option it is preferable that you buy in more than one office because the rates that apply can vary significantly. If you prefer, you can also make the change in your country of origin, before traveling.

In almost all establishments it is possible to pay with credit cards (Visa, Mastercard ...) and, of course, you can withdraw money in Czech crowns directly from bank tellers.

Remember that in Prague it is customary to leave a tip of approximately 10% of the consumption in restaurants.

Language spoken in Prague

The official language of Prague and the entire Czech Republic is Czech. It is a language very different from English and Spanish, so it will be very difficult for you to understand yourself in their official language, however, being a very touristy city, you will have no problem when it comes to making yourself understood if you know some English.

Plugs and electricity

The electrical current in Prague is of the European type, that is to say: 220 volts and the plugs have two parallel cylindrical pins. If your electrical appliances have a different plug system, you will need to include an adapter for the power outlet in your suitcase.

Medical assistance and Police in Prague

Europeans who are traveling in Prague have full and free health care using the European health card. The rest of the citizens have to pay for any type of medical assistance. In both cases, especially when traveling with children, it is advisable to take out travel medical insurance.

The 112 emergency telephone number works practically all over Europe and includes universal medical assistance, as well as police and fire emergency services.

Regardless of 112, there are also 150 for firefighters, 155 for medical emergencies, 158 for police and 156 for minor problems of municipal police are also operational in Prague. The prefix of Prague is 02 and for general telephone information

Documentation and visas to travel to the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Community, which means that travelers residing in the European Union can travel to Prague with their valid ID or passport, without the need for a visa. The same goes for residents of Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, thanks to a visa waiver agreement.

If this is not your case and you come from a non-European country, it is very likely that you need a passport and visa, so inquire at the consulate of the Czech Republic in your place of origin. The procedure to obtain the documentation is very simple.

Public holidays in Prague

  • January 1 - Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State, New Year
  • Easter monday
  • May 1 - Labor Festival
  • May 8 - Victory Day
  • July 5 - Day of the Slavic Apostles Cyril and Methodius
  • July 6 - Day of the Burning of Master Jan Hus
  • September 28 - National Independence Day
  • October 28 - Founding Day of the Independent Czechoslovak State
  • November 17 - Day of the Fight for Freedom and Democracy
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve
  • December 25 - First Christmas party
  • December 26 - Second Christmas party

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