According to localtimezone, the Czech Republic (Czech: Česko) is a country in Europe bordering Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria. The Czech Republic has been independent from the former Czechoslovakia since 1993. The capital of the Czech Republic is Prague. A number of large cities in the Czech Republic are: Brno, Pilsen, Ostrava and Olomouc.
The Czech Republic has a hilly landscape with the highest point being the Snow Head in the Giant Mountains (1602 meters). Furthermore, the land is mostly forested. In terms of culture, the country has churches, palaces, fortresses and many historical monuments. The country is also known for its many medicinal springs, beer and composers. Football is the most popular sport in the Czech Republic. In addition, the country has many golf courses.
Regions of the Czech Republic:
Hradec Králové, Karlsbad, Liberec, Central Bohemia, Moravia-Silesia, Olomouc, Pardubice, Pilsen, Prague, Vysočina, Zlín, South Bohemia, South Moravia and Ústí nad Labem.
Where is the Czech Republic located?
Travel information of Czech Republic
Official name: Czech Republic
Area: 78,866 km²
Capital: Prague (Prague)
Country code: CZ, CZE
Population: 10,702,498 inhabitants (2020)
Highest point: 1,602 m (Sněžka)
Distance (Amsterdam – Prague): 713 km
Flight time: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in the Czech Republic that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in the Czech Republic, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to the Czech Republic. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about the Czech Republic?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in the Czech Republic at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
The Czech Republic has a temperate climate. During the winter months the temperatures are around 0 degrees and during the summer months around 20 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the Czech Republic can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of the Czech Republic can be found at Climate info.
Current snow depths in the Czech Republic can be found at Winter sports enthusiasts.
May, June and September are the best months to travel to the Czech Republic. In these months you have the best chance of pleasant temperatures without being bothered by mass tourism.
Czech is the official language in the Czech Republic. In addition, German, Polish and Romani are spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Czech for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in the Czech Republic: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Czech Embassy in the Netherlands: mzv.cz.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to the Czech Republic.
Money and Currency
In the Czech Republic, payments are made with the Czech crown (CZK).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in the Czech Republic can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in the Czech Republic are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -43% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (65% cheaper), food (35% cheaper), imported beer in catering (63% cheaper), cigarettes (44% cheaper) and public transport (69% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In the Czech Republic it is customary to give a tip of approximately 10%.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in the Czech Republic is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for the Czech Republic can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In the Czech Republic you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in the Czech Republic.
A toll vignette (dalnici známka) is mandatory on motorways and highways in the Czech Republic.
The vignette is mandatory for motor vehicles (with or without a trailer) up to 12000 kg.
The toll vignette can be purchased at Czech border crossings, Czech post offices and a number of major petrol stations.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within the Czech Republic.
In the Czech Republic you can use a Dutch flat plug.
A round plug must have a recess for the grounding pin present in the socket. You need a travel plug if your plug does not have such a recess.
More information about electricity in the Czech Republic can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
In many regions, the water comes directly from the source and is strictly controlled.
To find out if this is the case at your destination, you should check with your tour guide or locals.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to the Czech Republic can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from the Czech Republic can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from the Czech Republic end in.cz.
Czech Republic official websites: czech.cz and czechtourism.com.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in the Czech Republic is 00420 or +420.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the Czech Republic? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Phone numbers can be found in the Czech Republic Phone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of the Czech Republic.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from the Czech Republic.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the Czech Republic.
Holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays in the Czech Republic can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in the Czech Republic in the Eurydice school guide.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in the Czech Republic, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about the Czech Republic?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited the Czech Republic. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in the Czech Republic can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in the Czech Republic can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the Czech Republic? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and medicines, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with the Czech Republic, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about the Czech Republic, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the Czech Republic.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Buying from the age of 18, smoking from the age of 10.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…It is a legal requirement in the Czech Republic to drive with dipped headlights on?
…The contact lens was invented in the Czech Republic?
…Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world (70,000m²)?
…the Czech Republic drinks the most beer per inhabitant per year after Palau?
…The sugar cube was invented in the Czech Republic?
…Skoda is originally a Czech car brand?