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City in point: Prague
The guide for the short attention span.
WeatherThe average high is 13ºC in April; the average low is 2ºC. April is the month when the city’s magnolia trees begin to bloom.
CurrencyThe Czech currency is the crown (or koruna), "Kc" in shops and "CZK" in banks. Euros are not in circulation, though big hotels and shops will sometimes accept them.
Eat some ballsCzech cuisine borrows from its neighbours — there’s goulash and schnitzel and strudel — but knedlikyis the country’s own. The big balls of dough are potato dumplings and they accompany many main dishes. Get some at Knedliky Làznicka (Dukelskych hrdinu 15), a new shop that hand makes up to 600 loaves a day.
Pianos on the streetMozart loved Prague so it’s fitting that 10 pianos will dot the city this spring. MDs who are musically inclined can give impromptu outdoor concerts.
See the sightsAccording to Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perception Index, the Czech Republic has a “serious corruption problem.” Now, tours about breaking the law have been selling out. CorruptTour.com shows visitors the best of Prague’s worst, including a school where cash can supposedly buy a degree and a barely-there address registered to 600 companies. From €30 per person.
Famous CzechsIt’s easy to name a famous Spaniard — artist Dalí or Goya or Miró or Picasso — and even famous, say, Swedes — ABBA — but a famous Czech? We have the answer for your next game of Trivial Pursuit: Ivana Trump who married “The Donald” in 1977 only to divorce 14 years later.
Safety firstPrague has one of the highest rates of pickpocketing in Europe. Be extra careful at tourist hot spots like the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, and on crowded buses, trains and trams.
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