Arrived to Prague, Czech Republic for the first time in my life in September 2019. A lot of people had been telling me about, how beautiful this place is and how magical it feels. Got to experience it firsthand, but the magic went away as soon as I started school. After your lectures and seminars start there is not that much time to circle around and inhale the vibe nor to be part of the atmosphere, especially when living further from the city center.
CZECH IS AN INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGE
The language is most similar to Slovakian language. Czech is the only language in the world that uses “Ř.” The language has 26 consonants, 6 short and 6 long vowels.
To make the vowels long Czech uses an acute and to soften the sound of consonants Czech uses a hook. In Czech only 3 diftongs are being used.
Prague is the capital of Czech Republic and Center of Prague is an UNESCO's World Heritage Site. The Center was built between the 11th and 18th centuries and the city has amazing architecture. In the city there is a Castle - Hradcany Castle, famous St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge crossing river Vltava built by Charles IV and other numerous churches and palaces, which are built mostly during in the 14th century by Charles IV, who was the Holy Roman Emperor during the time.
There are plenty of UNESCO's sites within the driving distance from Prague (also reachable by bus or by train). My plan is to visit all of them, but so far I have only visited Kutna Hora (listed in 1995 to UNESCO). Kutna Hora's main attraction is probably a small church - The Sedlec Ossuary, which has a lot of decorations made out of bones, where human skulls are also stacked one on top of another.
The places I would like to visit are as following:
The Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz
The Holy Trinity Column
Holasovice Historic Village
The Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk
The highest point in the Czech Republic is Sněžka - 1602 metres. It is located in East Bohemia and around 3-hour ride by bus from Prague or you can also drive there by car, but definitely a 2-day-trip, i would not recommend going there only for a day.
I went to Snezka to catch the sunrise, which meant waking up at 3:30 AM and climbing the mountain for almost 3 hours to make it to the top. It was chilly, windy and there was a lot of fog so we could not see the sunrise for a long time, but we had a glimpse of it. The views were beautiful, especially on the way down, when the fog had disappeared.
DRIVE AND STOP
It is easy to drive the roads of the Czech Republic, but you need to make sure, what equipment do you have to have with you and in your car. For highways your car needs to be equipped with a sticker for highways.
The most convenient way to get to places within the country would be the train since it is fast, you can move around, but a fair warning - trains might be late from time to time.
Trains do not get stuck in bad traffic-jams, they just sometimes need to dodge the other trains. From Prague it is also only a 3-4 hour train-ride to Bratislava, Slovakia. To some of the cities you cannot go by train, but buses do go to different cities from Prague and it is affordable way of transportation.
DIFFERENT SPOTS OF PRAGUE
There are different breweries, brewery tours, Trdelník-cafes/kiosks, a lot of people, street art, architecture, cathedrals and museums. Prague is a city, where Wolgang Amadeus Mozart has been performing and also Frans Kafka was born in Prague.
In 1787 Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni premiered in Prague, at the Estates Theater. His music was appreciated in the city and the citizens mourned greatly over his death.
When walking around in the city you might stumble upon a herd of swans, when crossing the Charles Bridge and walking towards Kafka's museum.
I highly recommend for anyone to take a walking tour in Prague, where you can hear some great details, part of history and cover the most important parts of the city.
PRAGUE AT NIGHT
When the sun sets, Prague becomes very magical - it feels like being in a set of a movie during medieval times. Also the view over Vltava-river from Charles Bridge is romantic - when you are lucky, you might spot fireflies - or I think I did spot some fireflies, when I was enjoying the moment up on the bridge.
The city looks a bit different and it is easier to get lost in the Center of Prague, when it is darker, but nevertheless - a great experience.
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”
THE CZECH REPUBLIC
The most favorite kind of meat is pork in the Czech Republic. Guláš and roast pork with dumplings and cabbage (pečené vepřové s knedlíky a se zelím) are some of the common dishes.
DRINKING AND DRIVING
Driving age in the Czech Republic is 18. Also the drinking age in the Czech Republic is 18. You should never do the both on the same day since the permitted blood alcohol level is 0.0 promille.
The language spoken in the Czech Republic is Czech, which is the only official language of the country. The language is spoken about 96% of the population.