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Travel by Car to Prague

We are considering about do a trip by car with some friends to Prague before Christmas, does anyone here ever done it? Is it safe? Must we take any special caution when driving on Swiss license plates in the Czech Republic? And what about Dresden?
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Old 24.10.2011, 23:14
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We did it from Lausanne a couple of years ago and didn't have any problems
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Re: Travel by Car to Prague

i also did one from zurich a couple of years back with a friend.
the hotel was a bit away from the center, and it had a garden garage with closed doors. and at the city center, we parked outside with no problems at night.

well, the car was not a luxury car, but still didn't encounter problems. maybe, luck
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Old 25.10.2011, 17:31
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We are considering about do a trip by car with some friends to Prague before Christmas, does anyone here ever done it? Is it safe? Must we take any special caution when driving on Swiss license plates in the Czech Republic? And what about Dresden?
Done it many times, it's a piece of cake. I've no idea how much long distance driving you've done, but the trip is much nicer in a solid 'cruising' car, though friends of mine have done it in a Renault 5 and had a blast .

Watch the speed on the autoroute there. The Czechs earned a reputation for crazy driving and guvment has been trying to reverse that image lately. 130 on the autoroute, 80 in tunnels, and it varies in the city. Make sure your GPS is up to date as they have been doing extensive road work and rerouting of the loop around the city the last year or so.

You'll need a vignette, available 10 days/monthly/yearly, a 10 day sticker is 250 CZK (Czech Koruna). You can get them just over the border at the gas station; just say 'vignette' and show 10 fingers. Lots of English speakers in Prague, but elsewhere- especially near the border- German is probably more common. Between the two and sign language you should be able to negotiate gas stations and pubs pretty well. No problems driving or parking there with Swiss plates. They WILL peek at your windshield for the vignette when they see that white cross though. And don't leave anything of value in the car when parked- that includes closed sacks with nothing in them.. too tempting. In 7 years of usually several trips per year I've never had a break in or other issue at all with my cars, but my MIL had her work-issued-Prague-plated Ford Focus' factory stereo stolen ().

Once you're on foot- be extra extra careful of pickpockets. They are experts there and of course look for tourist rubes for easy pickings.
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Re: Travel by Car to Prague

I did Dresden-Zurich & Zurich-Dresden 7 times in the last 2 years.

About 7-8 hours trip with 1 hour break for lunch and a couple of 5-10 min breaks for flower wattering (expect traffic jam up to 1 hour near Nuremberg though).

High ways quite good on the German side, though some pieces with 100km/h limit. Don't forget about the Austria high way tax (~2 euros per trip) which you can get at any gas station or machines on the frontier.
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