Hello! Good morning/afternoon/evening – Dobry den! [dobree dehn], Dobre rano [dobreh rano], /dobry den/ dobry vecer [dobree vetcher] Good bye! Nashledanou! [nas-hleh-da-no]
Hi! Bye! – Ahoj! [a-hoy] Čau! [tcha-u] Nazdar! [na-zdar] Čus! [tchus]
Thank you! – Dekuji [de-koo-yee]
Thanks! – Díky! [dee-kee] Dík! [deek]
Please – Prosím [pro-seem]
Beer – Pivo [pee-vo]
Bill – Účet [u-tchet]
Yes! – Ano! [ano] No! – Ne! [neh]
Cheers! – Na zdraví! [na-zdra-vee]
I love you – Miluji tě [mee-loo-yee tiee]
Czech beer – deserves special attention. The first mention of beer, were written in a letter to the Endowment in 1088, by King Vratislav 2. However, the heyday of brewing in the Czech Republic came in the XII century: at that time, almost all local citizens brewed beer. Still nowadays brewing beer is a great tradition among the Czech people. it’s černé, světlé, ležák, granát, rezane or nefiltrované – it is just amazing! Taste TOP 10 beers and fall in love as we did!
- Pilsner Urquell – classic lager
- Staropramen- non-filtered
- Velkopopovicky Kozel – dark
- Krušovice – the most award-winning beer!
- Budweiser – original “Bud” beer
- Primátor – a family brewery product
- Svijany – a small town brewery lager
- Bernard – another family business from the 16th century
- Gambrinus – classic Czech beer with its historical tradition dating back to 1869
- St.Norbert – The first documentation on the brewery come form the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries
But what you really need to do is to visit the last brewery! Also There are at least 5 good of them (which are listed below). Only there you will feel the real beer!
By the way, if beer costs more than 2€ (50 CZK) – get out of there! Unless it is a micro-brewery or a faancy restaurant.
Czech food is famous for it’s simplicity – meat, cheese, potatoes (and beer, of course). Here is the list of most famous Czech dishes you will need to taste:
- Kulajda is a Czech cuisine An “updated” version is made with sour cream, potatoes, dilland quail egg. Mushrooms are also an important ingredient of the soup.
- Cesnecka (Garlic soup) is a garlic soupin Czech cuisine and Slovak cuisine consisting of a thin broth, garlic, sliced potatoes and spices such as caraway, marjoram and cumin
- Vepřové Koleno(pork leg/pork knuckle) – served with horseradish and mustard. Big enough for 1-2 people (in Ferdinanda restaurant you will get a 2 kg portion!). Prices vary from 8€ up to 20€.
- Tatarak (steak tartare) is a meat dish made from rawground (minced) beef or horsemeat.
- Smažený sýr (fried cheese, could be a variety of 2 or 3 different kinds of cheese) – tasteEidam version of it and ask for a tatarská omáčka (tartar sauce)
- Vepřo-knědlo-zelo(Roast pork with dumplings and cabbage) – often considered as the most typical Czech dish.
- Guláš s knědlíky (stew with dumplings) – nice & hearty meal.
- Nakládaný hermelín(They usually agree that the camembert is cut, spiced, sliced onion is placed between the sliced halves.) and Utopenec (pickled sausage) is favorite Czech dish of cold cuisine, often served in pubs with beer: sausages with onion in sweet and sour brine.
- Svíčková na smetaně (is a Czech meat dish and one of the most popular Czech It is sirloin steak prepared with vegetables (carrots, parsley root, celeriac and onion), spiced with black pepper, allspice, bay leaf and thyme, and boiled with double cream. It is generally served with houskové knedlíky (bread dumplings)
- Pečená kachna se zelím a knedlíky (roast duck with dumplings and cabbage)
- Trdelník (a spit cake, kind of) – pastry made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix. You will find it on every corner of center!
You can buy tickets in special yellow wending machines, tobacco shops, in the Vietnamese shops (Vecerka/potraviny) or in main ticket offices (in metro’s vestibule )(tickets are valid for metro, bus, tram, funicular and some ferries). 30 CZK (30 min), 40 CZK (90 min), 120 CZK (24 hrs), 330 CZK (72 hrs). Please make sure you validate your ticket – there are small yellow boxes, just put your ticket inside and it will print all needful info.
Most of the restaurants are open till 11PM-1AM but hot meals are usually served until 10-11PM. Bars (and hospoda’s – pubs) are open every day at least till 1AM or till the last client. Also you can find a good offer from restaurant during the working days (lunch menu) till 3 p.m. If you want to tip, common amount is 10-15% of your bill.
Prague is amazing but it also has some traps. For example, you never exchange money from the strangers – you will be ripped off. Exchange them in Arab exchange offices and always double check your invoice (there are many exchange offices in the city center who charge commission). We also recommend you watching your pockets, better safe than sorry. And Lastly – taxi. If you want to catch car from the street and you don’t speak Czech, – get ready to pay lots of money. It’s better to call Uber taxi 😉