At the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic is a forward-looking country which also plays up to its rich history. Prague alone boasts many fine examples of gothic architecture, and is a great place to go to for a night out. Or perhaps rather a stroll around the city centre, its parks or even outside into other parts of the Bohemia region.
The Czech Republic is home to many a museum, art gallery and concert hall where the fine arts are much appreciated. It’s also a great place to settle down with a nice beer (the eastern city of Plzen is famous for its beer), a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, while the forests of Moravia and the Czech Highlands are great for a nice, long walk.
What are the roads like in the Czech Republic?
Quality varies between the major roads and the more minor routes which rarely get used. The motorways are well-kept, while side roads in the more remote areas of the country can sometimes be a little bumpy. To be on the safe side, using the motorways as much as possible can help to prevent the risk of your car being damaged.
How will I find Czech drivers?
Czech motorists have a reputation for being aggressive, but are a little calmer than some of their neighbours to the south and east. Drivers in Prague, where traffic can be a big problem on occasions, are known for being among the Czech Republic’s most impatient drivers.
What are the best times to drive?
Avoiding rush hour is an absolute must in early mornings and evenings. Between 7-9am and 5-7pm you could find the trip to and from your hotel will take a lot longer than anticipated, but you should be fine on weekends. Sundays are best for driving, except when there’s a national holiday coming up.
What are the driving rules?
The essentials for driving here include a passport and paperwork, a GB sticker for your car, your motor insurance certificate, a warning triangle, headlamp converters, a fire extinguisher, spare bulbs for external car lights and a reflective jacket. Wearing seatbelts is compulsory, while children under 12 or less than 4ft 11in tall have to use an appropriate seat restraint if sitting in the front.
If driving on the motorways, you must buy a motorway sticker. They’re available from border booths or in larger petrol stations.
Between November and April, you must use winter tyres or snow chains for your car.
It is essential to carry a spare pair of glasses in the car if you wear them - or contact lenses.