Good to Know

Climate

The Prague weather in October can vary considerably from one end of the month to the other. Daytime temperatures usually vary between 5°C and 13°C, or 42 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit, a big change from September. With low cloud cover five or six hours of sunshine may be expected every day although the heat from the sun may not be very strong. The weather in Prague in October should not be taken lightly. It pays to have a warm jacket especially during the night-time hours. Occasionally one may enjoy some Indian Summer weather when a day, or couple of days, of high temperatures comes along, but do not count on it. October, especially towards the end of the month, can even make September seem like a distant memory so be sure to have long sleeves and long trousers. A jacket or light coat should be packed also but for now don't be taking out you winter woollies. They should not be needed. On the good side rainfall is quite a rarity and the high, cloudless skies bring a freshness and healthy air that everyone relishes.

You can find the current weather conditions at www.weather.com.

Currency and Banking

Czech Crowns are the official currency in the Czech Republic. Foreign currency exchange is available at Václav Havel Airport Prague and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. Paying by cash in Euro is also possible in some restaurants and shops.

For the official exchange rates on the website of the www.cnb.cz/en/index.html.

Electricity

The Czech Republic uses a 230 volt 50 Hz system. Sockets are the standard European type (two-prong round pin plugs with a hole for a male grounding pin are standard). To use electric appliances from your country you may need a special voltage converter with an adapter plug.

Time Zone

The Czech Republic one hour ahead of GMT and at the time of the congress this will be GMT +2 due to Summer Daylight Saving Time.

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday till Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 20:00, Monday till Sunday.

Tipping

Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about ten percent.

Important telephone numbers

112: General Emergency for Europe
150: Fire
155: Ambulance
156: Prague Police
158: Police

Czech language

Even though at all the hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague are English spoken, we include a few basic Czech words and sentences that can be useful during your stay in Prague.

Slovník Vocabulary
Ahoj Hi
Dobrý den Hello
Dobrý večer Good evening
Dobrou noc Good night
Jak se máte? How are you?
Mám se dobře. I am fine.
Děkuji Thank you.
Kolik to stojí? How much is it?