Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it’s known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints.

Thirty years ago, Prague was a mystery to travelers in Europe; now, however, it is one of the most popular destinations on the continent, drawing about 4 million visitors each year.

Prague offers a compact city center, a fascinating centuries-long history with splendid examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture.

There are also scores of palaces, churches, parks and squares in Prague, delicious local Czech beer and food for reasonable prices

Volunteering with dog related organizations is a wonderful way to help out while you visit this country.

Check out the following links for detailed information to make a difference locally! 

Use Google Translate for the entire website if needed.  

  1. Dog Shelter Troy

DIsclaimerBarks Abroad has not vetted, endorses, nor guarantee these organizations or their work.

Contact us if you know of another organization to be added to this list.

Now, we’ve got to start off with a bit of the basics, and with Czech food, there’s nothing more basic than a good ol’ knedlík, or dumpling.

Czech dumplings are great, because they can be both sweet and savoury and are perfect for soaking up all of the delicious sauces and toppings that Czech food seems to have in abundance. The only cardinal rule is to NOT eat them with your hands or to spread butter on them, no matter how much the dumplings floating in your guláš (goulash) remind you of English muffins.

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Only a few airlines offer direct flights from Prague’s Václav Havel Airport to US destinations, including Delta, who operates flights between Prague and New York’s JFK Airport, and American Airlines, who has a direct flight between Prague and Philadelphia.

If you intend staying less than 60 days here you do not need any special driving licence but, over 60 days and you may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) available from most driving organisations (England – AA, RAC. United States, AAA.)

Note that you must also carry your regular licence as well and commercial traffic requires the IDP at all times.

Pensions, also known as guesthouses, provide some of the most cozy and moderately priced accommodation in the Czech Republic, along with interaction with friendly local owners. 

Many offer packages that include breakfast or even full board, and they range from a simple room in a village home to more extravagant lodging in a former chateau.