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Guidebook Updates for the Czech Republic

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on the Czech Republic, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Across the Czech Republic

For books printed before April 2019, the following may apply:

  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.

Český Krumlov

For books printed before April 2021, the following may apply:

  • The synagogue is now free and open May–September Tues–Sun 10:00-16:00. It is closed Monday and from October through April. Their telephone number is +420 737 378 336. Café Synagoga is open daily May–September 10:00–8:00 and closed from October through April.
  • There are a number of changes at the Krumlov Castle Complex. You can now book ahead at www.zamek-ceskykrumlov.cz for a spot on the English tour of the Krumlov Castle interior or for the Baroque theater (you can also still book ahead by phone or at the ticket office).
    • The Castle Museum and Round Tower are open daily 9:00–17:00, June–Aug until 18:00, closed Monday in Nov–Dec, and closed Christmas–March.
    • Upper Castle tours run June–Aug daily 9:00–17:00; April–May and Sept–Oct Tue–Sun 9:00–16:00, closed Monday; closed Nov–March.  Baroque Theater tours run Tue–Sun May–Oct, daily July–Aug, no tours Nov–April.
  • The train station no longer has bike rentals.
  • Hostel 99 no longer rents bikes and accepts cash only.
  • Restaurace Barbakán has permanently closed.
  • Rybářská Restaurace is now Restaurace Zdroj. Their hours are 10:30–22:00 daily, and their telephone number is +420 724 149 771.
  • Eggenberg Brewery is now Pivovar Český Krumlov Brewery (900 Kč/1-4 people, 200 Kč/person for larger group, daily 10:00-18:00, shorter hours off-season, reserve at least two days ahead by phone or email, or show up to see if you can join a reserved English tour that day). Their new contact information is: tel. +420 720 942 010, www.pivovarceskykrumlov.cz, tours@pivovarck.cz.

Prague

For books printed before April 2021, the following may apply:

  • The Touristpoint office in the main train station (Hlavní nádraží) has closed.
  • Kolonial restaurant has closed.
  • The Astronomical Clock glockenspiel show occurs hourly from 9:00 to 23:00 (until 20:00 in winter).
  • Canadian Medical Care Center is now at the Nádraží Veleslavín Metro station (no longer at Veleslavínská 1). Their telephone number is now: +420 222 300 300.
  • Hospital Na Homolce has a new phone number: +420 257 271 111.
  • The Na Františku Hospital (on the embankment next to Hotel InterContinental, Na Františku 1) has a new phone number: +420 222 801 111.
  • The General Hospital (right above Karlovo Náměstí at U Nemocnice 2, Praha 2) has a new phone number: +420 224 961 111.
  • Alfons Mucha's Slav Epic should be back on display at the Moravský Krumlov castle in spring 2021, until Prague's elected officials find a permanent exhibition space for these huge canvases in the city. We recommend that travelers check with the tourist information office or Mucha Museum for the latest details.
    • Moravský Krumlov is 4 hours by train or 3 hours by car from Prague, so a side trip to see the paintings is best for those traveling through Moravia en route to Vienna or Budapest, or visiting the Mikulov wine region.
  • Restaurace U knihovny in the Jewish Quarter has closed.

For books printed before April 2019, the following may also apply:

  • The National Museum has reopened following a seven-year renovation.
  • The Museum of Communism has moved to the Old Customs House, and admission has increased to 290 Kč (V Celnici 1301, entrance on Republic Square/Náměstí Republiky between Billa supermarket and Kolkovna restaurant).
  • The Image Theater has moved to the city center at Narodni 25.
  • The direct Prague–Vienna night train has been discontinued.

For books printed before March 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The Čedaz minibus shuttle from the airport is no longer running. Instead, try Prague Airport Transfers, which offers shuttle and taxi service.

For books printed before July 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The combo-ticket covering National Gallery sights now costs 500-Kč (still valid for seven days). Individual tickets are once again available at the following prices: 220 Kč each for the Museum of Medieval Art, Sternberg Palace, and Schwarzenberg Palace; 150 Kč for Kinsky Palace, and 250 Kč for Veletržní Palace.

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Tram routes (including #24) have changed, and several new lines have been added. For more information and a route planner in English, check www.dpp.cz.
  • The Maisel Synagogue (Maiselova Synagóga) has reopened after a renovation. Purchase tickets at the information center at Maiselova 15 (near the intersection with Siroka street).

Prague Day-Trip Destinations

For books printed before April 2021, the following may apply:

  • Konopiště Castle has new hours: in May–Aug, Tue–Sun 10:00–17:00; September, Tue–Sun 9:00–16:00; in April and Oct–Nov, Tue–Sun until 15:00. The castle is closed Monday year-round and from December through March.
  • Near Karlovy Vary, Moser Glassworks is open Mon–Sat 9:00–16:00, closed Sunday.
  • Buses from Prague to Terezín no longer leave hourly from Nádraží Holešovice on Metro line C. The new schedule is Mon–Fri at 9:00, 9:25, and 10:45, Sat at 9:30 and 11:00, Sun at 9:30 and 10:30).
  • In Kutná Hora, Restaurace Donna-U Žlutého Kola is now Restaurace Čtyři Sestry, with a daily rotation of Czech classics.
  • At the Kutná Hora Italian Court you can likely access many areas without taking a guided tour — just check at the ticket desk.
  • The Kutná Hora Alchemy Museum has permanently closed and the tourist information office has moved to Kolárova Street, just a few steps from Palacký Square.
  • Bus numbers have changed between Sedlec and Kutná Hora. To get from Sedlec Bone church to Kutná Hora, from the stop on the main street across from St. Mary's Basilica take bus #12, #14, or #91 (Sat-Sun) to the Stone Fountain stop or bus #11 to Na Valach.
  • Sedlec Bone Church has a new 220 Kč combo-ticket with St. Mary's Basilica and St. Barbara's Cathedral. It has a new website: www.sedlec.info

For books printed before April 2019, the following may also apply: