A country’s tourism industry always starts with one place. The gateway town or the destination-unique attraction and from there on in it is the country’s Ministry of Tourism’s job to persuade people to go further, to leave the known surroundings of a particlar destination and explore what else makes a country and its people great/interesting/fun.
Available AND Accessible
Partly it’s about educating tourist markets about what is available and partly it is about providing the infrastructure to make it accessible: be it roads, accommodation or understanding. It’s all about getting to know each other.
So, the Czech Republic, for example, says “Hello” in Prague, but “How are you” in Karlovy Vary.
Of course most visitors will never go further than the city walls – enjoying Prague’s culture alone – and it is not surprising when Prague by day and Prague at night has so much to offer – but just a few miles outside of town there is much to recommend the country if only you knew it.
Of course that is a problem that is recognised by Czech Tourism and much is done to make nationwide tourism easier and as attractive as possible. Consequently, destinations are presented as themes – say Český Krumlov and no-one will know what you mean; say Christmas Market Town and you know exactly what to expect and you’ve probably already booked your ticket!
So here are four reasons to go to the Czech Republic, when next you visit Prague, and where to find them!
- Bohemian architectural treasures, cliff top fairytale castle and traditional markets – Český Krumlov
- Gothic Architecture, the vaulted ceilings and stain glass windows and the world famous “bone chapel” – Kutna Hora
- An adventure lovers dream landscape of caves, gorges, and wilderness – ready to be explored by bike, canoe and on foot – Moravian Karst
- Luxury Spa town built on a thermal network of hot springs – Karlovy Vary
How to say Hello in Prague
And if you are spreading your wings, here are some helpful phrases so that you can say “Hello!” in Prague AND “How are you?” in Karlovy Vary!
Prosím (pro-seem) means “please”, “you’re welcome”, “what did you say”, “can I have” and pretty much anything else you want it to mean!
Ahoj (ah-hoy) means “Hello” or “goodbye!”
What is your name? is “Jak se jmenujete?” (yak se menooyete)
My Name is … “is jmenuji se”… (menooyi se)
How are you? is “jak se máte?” (jak se mahte )
Fine thanks and you? is “Devkuji dobre, a vy?” (dyekooyi dobrzhe, a vi)
“Děkuju” (dyeh-kooyoo) is Thank you
“Ano” (ah-noh) means Yes! BEWARE – it is sometimes shortened to “noh”!
“Ne” (neh) means No.
“What is it?” is Co je to? (tso yeh toh)
Do you speak English? is “Mluvite anglicky?” (mluveete anglitsky?)
I don’t understand “Nerozumim” (nerozumeem)
Where is (the Bathroom ) is “Kde je (Toaleta)”
How much does it cost? is “Kolik to stoji” (kolik to stoyee)
The bill, please! is “Platit, prosim” (platyit proseem.)
And my favourite and especially important in the Czech republic… I’ll have a beer, please is Dám si jedno pivo prosím!