Learn some Czech before you travel:
The Czech National Revival was the Czech Renaissance, during which time there was a rebirth for the Czech culture and language, which brought new-found appreciation and pride to the Czech people in the 18th and 19th centuries. It also called attention to the language and national identity of the Czech people after having been under Germanic rule for so many years. Some of the most important figures during this period of history were František Palacký (one of the fathers of the Czech nation), Josef Dobrovský and Josef Jungmann.
Dobrovský published a Czech grammar book in 1809. This was instrumental in solidifying the Czech language for future generations.
Several decades later Jungmann published the five-volume Czech-German dictionary. This was a incredible literary feat, involving 5 volumes, published over 5 years. His work was composed of vocabulary from various sources as well as from other Slavic languages, and the use of neologisms, which is the creation of new words.
His brilliant works were published by a Czech publishing house and cultural institution and a branch of the National Museum, Matice česká. The institution had been created by František Palacký in 1831 as a branch of the National Museum. He himself was instrumental in restoring and preserving many Czech historical works and was also known for his political activism during his lifetime.
Due to the incredible work and effort of these men, institutions and so many more, the Czech language, culture and identity grew and blossomed. They were given importance and acknowledgement throughout Europe and brought much pride to its people. Since that time, Czech has been the official language in what is now the Czech Republic.
Important Information: Prague is located in the Schengen Zone, which is a free-travel zone within the European Union. It includes 26 countries in total. Depending on where you are coming from, you might need to secure a visa for the Schengen Zone before visiting the Czech Republic. Please be sure to consider this fact before making plans to visit Prague so that you do not experience any problems upon arrival. Also be be aware that the Czech Republic uses the Czech Korona (czk) rather than the euro since we are not in the eurozone. We look forward to your visit!