Travel safety tips for the Czech Republic

Although it is one of the smallest European countries, the Czech Republic is widely considered to be a historic jewel. This country boasts of breathtaking architecture, fairytale castles and medieval towns revealing a vibrant, colourful history that is diverse yet unifying. Its capital, Prague, has transformed itself into a cosmopolitan European destination while at the same time honouring a political and turbulent history that has defined this nation.

Road Danger

Because motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury among travellers, walk and drive defensively, particularly at night.

Be aware that driving in the Czech Republic can be dangerous due to poorly repaired roads, lack of safe infrastructure and poor or inadequate signage.

When possible other modes of transportation (bus, train, reputable taxi service) should be utilised.

Beer Dangers

Prague's reputation for good quality cheap beer and a multitude of "girly" bars has meant that it has become a popular destination for stag parties. Just search the terms "Prague" and "stag party" and see the proliferation of companies specialising in weekends of drunken debauchery.

The Czechs invented modern lager-style beers and are the heaviest beer drinkers in the world, consuming about 160 liters per capita per year. PilsnerUrqell, Budweiser Budvar and Staropramen, Gambrinus, and Dobranská Hvezda are among the most popular and are a "must try" for any beer lover. Enjoy it but do so responsibly. Drinking to excess can make you vulnerable to any number of crimes – not to mention its highly unlikely any claim you make will be paid if something unfortunate happens.

For those who spend a night or two bar-hopping, keep in mind that the Czech Republic is a Zero Tolerance country. It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle under the influence of ANY amount of alcohol and violators are heavily punished. Plan for a designated driver or take public transportation back to your hotel to avoid problems.

Lastly, although the Czech Republic has a relatively low crime rate, be aware of your surroundings in heavily populated cities, especially Prague, where pickpocketing and petty thefts are a frequent occurrence.

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