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Scams in Prague

Tourist Scams in Prague

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On top of reviewing Anthony Bourdains, Parts Unknown (Los Angeles) TV show we decided we would give you review of another TV show that shows you a side that most shows, guide books do not talk about. The hidden underbelly of the tourist trade, scams, lies and general mistrust faced by tourists globally. Today I am reviewing, Scam City, Prague, I have embedded the full tv episode to watch below.

Cab Scams in Prague

- No Euro Taxi, AAA Taxi (Buttons speed up fee, ask fee before moving, $1.5 max per km) (50% of the cab drivers carry guns as well.)

- Make sure you know how much change you are handing over. 100 CZK note can be quickly replaced with a 10 CZK and you may be told you accidentally gave the wrong note.

Drugs in Prague

- Drugs are legalized to an extent, (buy/sell illegal, holding is legal).

- Cops often side with Drug dealers as they are ‘paid’ or general low amounts for this East European city is not considered a big issue.

- Usually drugs are a concoction of miscellaneous products and not safe to buy but generally available everywhere.

Pub Crawls in Prague

- “Drunken Monkey” pub crawl provides 2 hours of unlimited drinking for a low fee. Generally a rowdy crowd for college students from Western Europe.

- Count change always, a little different then from cab drivers. If you hand $2K, you will always get change back for $1K).

- Currency exchange scam (make sure you ask the amount you will get after the exchange including fees.) There are no ‘refunds’ here as well. Advice here, try to go directly to the bank at your home country or the Bank’s in Prague. Very few of these exchanges may include fake notes as well (Very common in other countries like Argentina).

Common Scams in Prague

- Pick pocketers everywhere, especially near the metro / subway in camera’s blind spots.

- Adult Entertainment (Note: Cabbies, door men and everyone is getting a kick back and you can get charged for anything, this includes having a drink and having to pay up to $100USD per beer before being ‘allowed’ to leave). Make sure you are going to the most popular pubs only and are not smaller, less touristy bars where these scams are more prevalent.

Closing thoughts

Prague is a beautiful city to travel to, it is great if you have a local friend to travel with as they would be less susceptible to scams. A slight proactive approach to keeping safe, and alert will ensure you have a great time. Always budget for unforeseen issues that may arise and have fun. Leave any issues you may have had/witnessed in Prague in the comments below.

Watch Scam City – Prague Full Episode on Youtube

Little History (Review) of Prague

Basic information about Prague
Area: 496 sqkm
Population: 1 262 000
Geographical situation: north latitude 50° 05′, east longitude 14° 27′, height above sea level 235 m (average)
Time: Central European (GMT+1), summer time – Central European +1 (GMT+2)
Climate: average temperature 9,0°C
summer season – July 19,0°C
winter season – January -0,9°C
Main river: The Vltava river flows through the city in the length of 30 km, its maximum width being 330 m
Electric voltage: 230 V
Parts of the historical centre: Hradcany, Mala Strana (Lesser Town), Stare Mesto (Old Town) including Josefov, Nove Mesto (New Town) and Vysehrad
Administrative division: 22 administrative areas

The capital of the Czech Republic, has always played an important role in the history of the country and Europe. Since the Middle Ages Prague has been famous as one of the most beautiful cities of the world and has been attributed adjectives such as “golden“, “hundred-spired“, “the crown of the world“.

The unique character of the city is also partly a consequence of its natural environment: Prague, similar to Rome built on seven hills, was built on nine hills along the Vltava river, which flows through the city for a distance of 31 km and forms a perfect unit with the city.

The dominant features of the city architecture are reflected in the river: towers, church spires and cupolas, palaces and town houses, along with the greenery of gardens, parks and islands.

It is regarded by many as one of Europe’s most charming and beautiful cities, Prague has become the most popular travel destination in Central Europe along with Budapest and Krakow. Millions of tourists visit the city every year.

Prague was founded in the later 9th century, and soon became the seat of Bohemian kings, some of whom ruled as emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. The city thrived under the rule of Charles IV, who ordered the building of the New Town in the 14th century – many of the city’s most important attractions date back to that age.