We’re very excited about our next trip which is coming up in the fall. We’re flying to Vienna, Austria then traveling by train to Prague in the Czech Republic. We’ve booked an apartment in Prague, complete with kitchenette, fridge and a washer and dryer. That should make like a little easier on us as we can pack light and wash our clothes for reuse and also stock up on groceries and save the cost of eating out for every meal.
I confess, I am just a teeny-weeny bit apprehensive on this one. Cynthia’s Spanish language skills served us well on the two trips to Spain, but neither of us speak any Czech or German. I’m sure there’s enough English being spoken that we’ll manage, but it will be a challenge. This is the furthest east we’ve ventured.
It will also be a challenge since The Czech Republic has not adopted the Euro. They’re still using their own currency, the Czech Crown (CZK). We’ve gone ahead and got our Czech money from the bank in advance.
The exchange rate is about 20 CZK to 1 USD. To do the conversion, divide by 20. That’s approximately $10 on the top, $5 in the middle and $25 on the bottom.
Prague is known as the “Belly Of The World” due to their being the world record holder for drinking beer. Check out this video
5 thoughts on “Next Stop, Praha And Wien”
I don’t know if it’s on your itinerary, but I *HIGHLY* recommend Regensburg, Germany. You’ll be right in the area. It’s a BEAUTIFUL little Bavarian city. There is an 800-year-old sausage kitchen there. We ate there and it was the BEST meal of our entire trip.
Also, don’t be apprehensive about Prague. There are LOTS of people that speak English there. Be sure and try the beer, the Czech Republic consumes more beer per capita than any country in the world, and they make some really great beers there.
That video is simply amazing. I’ll be in Vienna starting in August, so if you have any questions, shoot me a message! We’re also going to Prague for a quick weekend trip in August, and now, I’m even more excited.
Matt: Germany is on the list for a future trip. Prague and Vienna have us tied up for this excursion and I don’t see us having too much of an opportunity to add to the agenda, unfortunately.
Hi Jay, first time I’ve posted, however I’ve had your blog site bookmarked for some time; love your pictures and prose. I just traveled to Paris, through Germany, and Prague on the following River cruise (http://www.amawaterways.com/itinerary.asp?iticode=AD10&view=dp). No problem with finding plenty of people who speak English in Germany and the city of Prague, and I absolutely loved Prague. The money is really easy to figure out, for example I had a wonderful Chilean Sea Bass at the Cafe Imperial in Prague. It was CZK 360 – drop the 0, divide by 2, you get $18.00. I highly recommend the Cafe Imperial, not only was the food amazing, it’s the most beautiful Art Deco restaurant I’ve ever seen. Have a great time, looking forward to seeing pics.
Not sure you’ve left yet, but if you haven’t, have fun!
Most of the hotels have English speaking staff and younger waitstaff in Praha will speak English. You will run into trouble the further you go out away from the tourist areas though.
In Vienna you shouldn’t have any issues at all with using English almost everywhere. If you bored one day and feeling adventurous, Bratislava, Slovakia is extremely close (~40 miles) and is an easy day trip. There are trains and buses between them most of the summer. You could also rent a car but they are fairly expensive in Vienna.
Again, have a great trip! Praha is one of the neatest cities in Europe.