Independent travel is now on the crest of the wave. Many travel lovers are increasingly asking themselves the question, why not try your hand and organize an exciting trip abroad yourself? Moreover, there is a long New Year’s holidays ahead.
Today I want to tell you about how you can create a romantic fairy tale imbued with magic in one of the cheapest countries in Europe – the Czech Republic.
I must say, this same guide will help you get an initial idea of how you can organize a vacation without the mediation of a tour operator in other seasons.
So, first of all, we need to decide on housing.
I want to make a reservation right away, if you decide to save on housing and, for example, are looking for a hotel further from the center, then it is not at all necessary to do this in remote areas. Very often, the difference in price for a hotel can be offset by the amount of money you spend on travel to get to your destination. The price for a public transport ticket will depend on the number of stops.
Therefore, first of all, pay attention to the hotels of the Zhishkov, Vinograd, Karlin districts – from these places you can always walk to the center. And yet, many people know that Prague is divided into zones: Prague 1, Prague 2, Prague 3
The most convenient places for living are considered to be Prague 1, Prague 2, Prague 3 and Prague 6. But Prague 6, for example, starts near St. Vitus Cathedral and ends near the airport. Therefore, do not forget to look at the map.
And another piece of advice from my friend who lives in Prague: Hotels in Prague 1 in the districts of st. Legerova and Sokolská are best avoided. Because it is noisy, dusty and there is not much to see, except for traffic jams and an incomprehensible structure for tourists like U Kalicha.
The easiest way to book a hotel is on Booking.com. But you should also know that, as a rule, the prices presented there will differ from the final cost. The final price may include city tax or breakfast. You should be careful with this.
And one more feature of living in the Czech Republic. Many travelers looking to save on accommodation often use a hostel stop. In western Europe, the price for a hostel room and the price for a hotel room varies greatly. For example, a hostel in Europe can cost 7 euros, and the cheapest hotel room can cost from 40 euros. In the Czech Republic, the prices are about the same. The difference can be 3-5 euros. Then the question arises, why sacrifice comfort, being, in fact, in a hostel, when you can stay in a separate room?
I would like to add that renting an apartment in the Czech Republic is quite difficult. Czechs prefer to rent housing for a long term – from three to six months. Therefore, we focus on the hotel.
So, you have decided on the area, found a cozy hotel that meets your requirements, and booked it. Next, we buy a plane ticket.
Aeroflot and Czech Airlines operate direct and regular flights from Yekaterinburg to Prague and Karlovy Vary. Travel time 4 hours 40 minutes – 4 hours 50 minutes.
Tickets can be booked on the websites of air carriers.
The next step towards your cherished dream is getting a visa. Keep in mind that you can get a visa to the Czech Republic only if you have a confirmed reservation at a hotel or from a private trader and you have tickets.
To travel to the Czech Republic, a Schengen visa is required, which can be obtained at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Yekaterinburg or at the Czech Visa Application Center.
Czech Visa Application Center:
Address: 620026, Yekaterinburg, st. Kuibysheva 44, 2nd floor, business hotel “Panorama” (entrance from Belinsky street)
Telephone: (343) 311-28-17
Email: [email protected]
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Consulate General of the Czech Republic
Address: Yekaterinburg st. Gogol, 15
Telephone: (343) 376 15 01
Email: [email protected]
Working hours of the visa department:
Monday 14.00 – 16.00 – reception of applicants for certification of documents
Tuesday 9.00 – 12.00 – acceptance of applications for all types of visas; 14.00 – 16.00 – issuance of visas
Wednesday 9.00 – 12.00 – acceptance of applications for long-term visas; 14.00 – 16.00 – acceptance of applicants for certification of documents
Thursday 9.00 – 12.00 – acceptance of applications for all types of visas; 14.00 – 16.00 issuance of visas
Friday – –
List of documents for a visa
Short-term visa up to 90 days – 35 euros (all types of short-term visas)
Transit visa – 35 euros (all types of transit visas)
Long-term visa – 150 euros
The consular fee is paid in cash (in euros) when submitting documents.
Consumer basket and everything related to expenses
Czech Republic is one of the cheapest European countries. And if you know where you can have an inexpensive lunch and dinner, then the saved money will be enough for any museum.
First of all, remember that the tourist area is always much more expensive.
Friend’s tip: Look for restaurants with stickers like this Michelin Guide – this means that they offer tasty and inexpensive food. And if you see an inscription near the restaurant pivo z tanku be sure to visit, you will not regret it. Because this restaurant will sell very fresh, unusually tasty beer, but not from skittles, but from a tank. The approximate price is 20-25 rubles per 0.5 mug.
Be sure to visit the restaurants and try the Vinohradský Parlament at Náměstí Míru, Plzeňská Restourace in the basement of the Obecního domu. Real, tasty Prague beer at low prices.
In general, an average dinner for two with beer in Prague can cost 500-700 rubles.
Beer in tourist areas costs about 90 kroons – that’s about 150 rubles, if you wander a little further, then in a beer restaurant you will be offered a mug of beer for 40 rubles.
Prices for some goods:
Water – 10 CZK / 1.5 liters – 17 rubles
Bottled beer – 22 CZK / 0.5 – 37 rubles
Bread – 14 CZK / 0.5 kg – 23 rubles
Butter – 36 CZK / 250 gr. – 61 rubles
Sausage – from 70 CZK / kg – 120 rubles
Beef steak – 220 CZK / kg – 374 rubles
Carp – 145 CZK / kg – 246 rubles
Milk – 25 CZK / liter – 42 rubles
Tomatoes – 30 CZK / kg – 21 rubles
We express our gratitude to Anatoly Volkov and Andrey Denisov for the consultation.
The material used photos from the site globallookpress.com