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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1 Comment

  • Dana said

    Phil, not sure were have you driven in Czech Republic - but you’re describing it like driving is as dangerous there as in some South-East Asian countries or on Indian roads on the way to Taj Mahal. Driving in Czech Republic is perfectly organised, zero tolerance is good foundation of road safety, and signage is OK - though you can surely rely on GPS. The roads keep being repaired following the winter conditions & treatment with salt to keep the roads functional in winter. But that’s true in all countries in similar or even harsher climate. Driving in CZ is pretty organised and safe. The biggest danger are winter road conditions and wild animals deers, wild pigs and rabbits crossing road in forresty or rural areas, where you need to be careful and slow down accordingly, particularly when driving at night. If you are not used to drive on ice, don’t frive there in winter. But other than that roads in Czech Republic are in decent condition, with adequate signage and I feel like you are scaring people unnecessarily, putting them off from driving in the beautiful countryside outside from Prague, which has real beauty to it and carbis the best way to reach local villages with the best hiking routes, castles, local food & beer - as well as some very cool technically interesting & fun roads to drive on in rural areas. (While “rural” stands for still very civilised & well-serviced in Czech context, thanks to the country’s high density of population and high living standard.

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