Are Czech People Rude? My Experience Including 10 Must See & Do In Prague
ARE CZECH PEOPLE RUDE?
A question that is often asked by many travelers. You will find a ton of articles, comments, and travel blogs with different opinions online. I've met a few people who had a bad experience dealing with Czech people, and some with nothing but good things to say about them.
So, who is telling the truth?
After a long trip, we arrived at our hotel and we were greeted politely by the hotel staff. They were also so helpful answering all our questions regarding things to do and see in the city. When we booked an in-room massage and the masseuses were late, the staff felt so bad that they gave us a complimentary champagne in apology for the delay. Thoughtful enough? During our first dinner out in the city, the restaurant staff warmly welcomed us with a smile. We were greeted politely by our waiter, who provided us a great service at the end.
There was a small incident when a waiter misunderstood what we were trying to say and gave us an attitude while taking our orders during our visit in Cesky Krumlov, a few hours away from the city of Prague. I experienced a very cold conversation with an airport staff when I was trying to get my tax-free money after greeting her "hello". We also encountered a very angry, impatient, tourist man at the airport who clearly stated that "the whole country is rude" when another airport staff gave him an impolite respond to his question. The man sounded like he was not having a good experience in the country, but he seemed like a "hot head" so I'm sure that didn't make it any better for him.
WHAT DO I THINK?
Let's be real here. We experience all kinds of rudeness everywhere in the world, even back home. We've also had a few bad experience dealing with airport staff, not just in Prague, but around the world as well. People can be quite moody especially when you deal with so many people coming from different parts of the world every single day. And even though restaurants and stores have a bad reputation of being rude, I can honestly say that mostly everyone we encountered during our stay in the city were very nice. This is how I see it, if you treat people with kindness, 95% of the time, they will most likely return the favor. There's always a proper way to approach a situation and the better we handle it, the better will be the outcome.
Czechs have a different way of dealing with things and a different way of socializing. If you can have a 30 minute conversation with a random person, this simply would not happen in Czech Republic unless you guys are friends. They are not rude, but they just get straight to the point when asked. Also, lets not forget that it was not 30 years ago when the Czechs were behind Iron Curtains. During that time, they kept their thoughts to themselves and kept everything pretty formal.
I think it's important for us, as travelers, to understand that we all came from different backgrounds. We are visitors, and so we should respect and be more open-minded about their culture. What we are use to, is not always what others are used to. What we believe, what we know, and what we think, isn't always the same with others. Czechs are just like everyone else, some can be rude, but mostly are nice.
We visited Prague last November, 2017. Prague is pretty. Definitely one of the most beautiful European cities I've ever been to. It's a perfect destination to admire the stunning architectural pieces that surrounds it today. The city wasn't severely damaged during WWII, so many of the impressive historical buildings were left untouched. As a result, the city is a breathtaking mix of gothic, renaissance, and baroque that is very hard to find anywhere else in Europe.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN PRAGUE
Prague is one of the oldest European cities with its history reaching far back into the past. It's mysterious and a subject of large number of legends and stories that are waiting for you on every corner. It's also a must for everyone visiting the city to check out Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí). The square hasn't changed much since it was established in the 12th century, and is home to some of the most historical attractions in the city including the Old Town Hall. Definitely a place back in time. You also have to check out the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful masterpiece dating back to 1400s.
1. EXPLORE: (The Old Town Square - Staromestské námestí)
2. SEE: (Prague Astronomical Clock- 600 year old clock)
The Charles Bridge connects the Old Town (Stare Mesto) and Lesser Town (Mala Strana). The bridge is a must-do, especially if it's your first time in Prague. The bridge consists of 30 saints that line the bridge dating back to 1357. The statues were crafted between 1683 to 1928. Though it is a remarkable sight to see, keep in mind that it is a very popular spot, so you will most likely encounter a huge amount of crowd and tourists. I highly suggest to visit early in the morning to avoid the congested bridge.
3. SEE: (Charles Bridge - Karluv Most)
4. EXPLORE: (Lesser Town - Mala Strana) - lots of shops!
The Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world and also the residence of the Czech president. The castle has stood in this spot for more than a thousand years. The grounds consists of 10th century Romanesque buildings, to Gothic structure from the 14th century. You will also find St. Vitus Cathedral, St George's Basilica, and the Royal Palace here. It's only half a mile walk from Charles Bridge, and do not forget to see the bird's eye view of the city while exploring.
5. EXPLORE: (The grounds of Prague Castle)
6. SEE: (The Bird's Eye view of the city)
7. SEE: (St. Vitus Cathedral (Chrám svatého Víta)
If you have a whole day to spare, I highly recommend to visit Český Krumlov. An extraordinary place that is full of history and beauty and listed in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The beautiful medieval town in South Bohemia is bisected by the Vltava River, and dominated by its 13th century castle. The amazing panoramic views of the old town and the river from the top of its round bell tower is totally worth to see!
8. VISIT: (Cesky Krumlov - South Bohemia Medieval Town)
I'm not your average foodie girl, but trust me when I say you have to try their Trdelnik!! It's a traditional Slovak rolled pasty originated from the Hungarian-speaking region of Transylvania. It's served warm and topped with dusting sugar, nuts or cinnamon. It's made by wrapping the pastry dough around a wooden or metal stick, roasting it over an open flame. You can easily find them on the streets of the Old Town Square.
9. TRY: (Trdelník)
One of the most popular activity when in Prague is to have dinner and see a medieval show! You have to visit one of the Medieval Taverns to have a whole different dining experience. At the tavern, you will be entertained by jugglers, sword swallowers, fire eaters, dancers and live music, transforming you back in time to the middle ages. Many visitors to Prague spend a raucous evening in a Prague medieval tavern. Even though it may not be entirely authentic, the experience is fun with plenty of food, drink and entertainment.
10: SEE: (A Medieval Tavern Show)
There are more things to see and do in Prague. It's a destination that is waiting for you to explore and to fall in love with. To find out 20 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Prague, click here!