Mentality of Czech people

If you just moved to the country, you may have to deal with social behaviors that might seem quite different from those you’re used to. Language could constitute a great barrier too, that’s why we recommend starting learning Czech as soon as possible and attend one of our #MeetUps to familiarise with Czechs and expats with a longer experience of living in the context. Cutting to the chase, in now time to show you what we call Czech social awkwardness, and how Czechs really are!

Social awkwardness

  • Common way of socializing is to go to a local pub (hospoda) after a day at work to have one beer (na jedno). Needless to say it never ends with just one.
  • If you’re old or pregnant (or both) your chances of getting a seat in a public transport are incredibly high. It’s considered good manners to let old people or pregnant women sit down.
  • Czech people apologize all the time 🙂 At least it looks like “excuse me” or “pardon me” (s dovolením / pardon) are the most frequently used phrases. You’ll hear it the most in public transport, especially Prague metro. For example, when people try to get on/off the train or when you’re blocking the left side of the moving stairs.
  • Czechs are a little obsessed with doing sports. So in a random conversation you’ll definitely hear how someone went cycling (in summer) or skiing (in winter).
  • Ice hockey topic is always appreciated, not only during Ice Hockey Championship. You’d better know the names of the main players, or at least Jaromir Jagr. It also might come in handy to be aware, that two main football teams are Slavia and Sparta.

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How Czechs really are?

  • Czechs seem rather reserved when introduced to a new person. Usually, they do not trust people they do not know.
  • Their behavior may appear formal – the reason may be the use of the second-person in Czech language, the ‘polite’ form. It is used with people whom you do not know, in a formal social interaction, or when younger generation is addressing the older one. Another reason for the distrustful behavior comes from the communist era, when many people were forced to betray even their closest family members or friends.
  • Czech sense of humor or a general life attitude may be perceived as ironic or sarcastic. The same reason goes for maintaining their personal privacy and being intimate with people they know.
  • Czech people are naturally very polite and do not tend to be overly direct in communication.
  • They generally avoid confrontation – informal straightforwardness in dealing is common.
  • After getting to know Czechs better you become to love their cheerful and helpful character and you can experience what a warm and firm friendship is about.
  • They are very hospitable and enjoy to be a nation of realistic and very practical people.

Annie Fed

114 thoughts on “Mentality of Czech people

  1. Hello Anna , i will be visting the beautiful city of Prague for the 1st time in September, i have no fiends there and will love to make some acquaintances before i get there… Kindly assist in this regard .

    Thanks

    1. Hi Anna,I am Yue and I live in Prague.i would love to make acquaintance with you.and hope we can be more than a acquaintance if you wanna:)

  2. Thanks Anna for sharing such details…. I agreed with your points and I have seen this during my visit to Czech Republic in last 3-4 years.

    I feel Prague (or Czech Republic) as my second home after India…I feel safe, happy & ease during my whole travelling or stay…

    Czech people are very helpful and nice….

  3. I am a Vietnamese living in America and I LOVE the beautiful Czech people. I’ve been to your lovely land three times and will come again to preach the Holy Bible with a Czech brother in 2017. Your culture is so beautiful!!

  4. Hi people,
    Im greeting from czech republic. Like typical czech I will firstly apologize my bad english. Simply czech person 😀
    Honestly I was really surprised about this article I can say that its rly truth, u caught our nature well. Maybe better that czech people. But I must say that like in every country it always depend on locality. Despite a many faults which my country have, I love it here and mainly are language is beautiful. You all who want visit czech, are welcome and Im sure u back to home full of enjoyments

  5. You also have to mention that a big number of Czechs don’t really like or get along with Germans. This might be due to historical reasons but also the younger generation is acting differently towards them than to other nationalities.

    1. You are alright, but more than Germany, we really don’t like Russia. It’s because the history, they occuped us in 1968. It’s stronger, because there is still a big amount of people who remember it.

      1. I fell in love with Prague!!’ I am 66 and widowed. I spent 2 weeks there last fall. I made friends from everywhere. am selling my house and going. back to live. All you say is true. I love the way the Czech people speak English . Bonus. There’s a castle!! And Zizkov!

    2. My experience is totally oposite, Dan. I’m married to a German, we live in a tiny village in the Czech Republic and he’s really liked and welcome everywhere, including our local soccer team. The last person I met that was anti-German was my own grandmother. Even guys who are grudging about the Sudetendeutscher seem to be friendly to a modern German guy they actually meet. Russians, like Bara says, are a different story.

      1. Depends on where you live. If you live in former Sudetenland, there are many German descendants, but there are also Czech who still some raw nerves re the Germans seizing the region back in the 30s, and then invading the rest of Czechoslovakia. Then, after being free of the Nazis, it was the Russians….

    3. I Czech but I no care if a someone is German or Russian or anything I just was learned to care of the person not the nationality

  6. Hello,
    I am from Czechia (Záchlumí, Pilsen region). When I read this article, I was very pleased. I am very happy, that you think this sabout us. We will welcome everybody, that want experience czech culture. If I can recommend some beautiful places (without famous), so Loket castel, Koněpruské jeskyně (caves), Mariánské a Františkovy lázně, Pilsen and maybe Ještěd (in winter). Thank you very much for beautiful article.

    1. Hi, Bara, I’ll do my best to answer your question ”Why are Czech people ashamed of being Czech”. As a Czech person, who has been living abroad for the last four years (U.K) I went through this ”not-good-enough-because-from-Czech times” myself. First of all, NO ONE in the Western Europe sees us a bad as we do see ourselves through our own eyes. None. Over the last years, when I had the chance to meet thousands of people from all over the World (no exaggeration here) – nearly all of them reacted extremely positive when I shared my origin. P O S I T I V E – so positive that I was always shocked by their enthusiasm. ”Yes, I am Czech, no big deal so calm down hun” always went through my mind. However, once some time passed, I started realising that some qualities that we as a nation possess (and take for granted) are ENTIRELY ABSENT in other places & cultures. First one worth mentioning is *high intellect & common sense* – it takes awhile to comprehend why others don’t see what’s pretty much obvious to you – they simply don’t have the capacity, or they never had to challenge their brains enough to observe the situation from different angles. *simple life*. Secondly, an enormous practicality – which is given us through our living conditions (lower wages/similar expenses). – So to be able to live within the means, in Czech you have to be able to use your resources precautiously – things like a meal deal for £2-3 (minimum salary £7.50/hour) don’t exist. Therefore there is no time for laziness in Czech, you need to be practical as hell to handle your finances, expenses and bills – and this requires some skills and pragmatism – which is not so common over here. Any Czechs who think about themselves this way needs some exposure to the World beyond the Czech borders so that they can find out, that the low-esteem has nothing to do with the actual skills, intelligence, looks or education. It’s just a habitual way of thinking passed on by the older generations. No, the western grass isn’t any greener than the Czech one. Period. Hope that you find this useful, Bara, there is no reason to feel like less if you know what the ”little” outside the borders is like. Have a nice day, dear. 🙂

      1. *high intellect & common sense*… ROTFL. Common sense is a flower that does not grow in everyone’s garden, and certainly not in a Czech one. As for high intellect, it can only be the result of the exceptionally good system of education in the Czech Republic. I really would like to see things from your point of view but I can’t seem to get my head that far up my ass. ROTFL.

      2. In my country (Cyprus) we have a saying for bad customer service: Czech service. I have never been to Czechia so I do not know if this is valid.

        1. Ναι Γιώργο. 🙂 I’m living in CZ and indeed a Czech will rarely go the extra mile in customer service. However, I am glad that basic politeness and gentle manners still prevail in public services, in which, by the way, you are usually assisted efficiently. I myself come from GR where… well, you know already about us. 😀 But yes, it’s common here in pubs and restaurants for the service to be fast but a bit “choppy” and abrupt, not the Southern friendliness and cheerfulness we got used to. (I don’t care though, food and beer taste sooo good that I’d enjoy even if the waitress placed it on the floor for me, haha!) Oh, and last good thing is that, unlike the heavily tourism- and services-dependent Greece, we don’t have the “client’s tyranny” here. If a pub or a bar closes at 23:30, it means that last order is to be taken by 23:15 and no new clients are welcome; already seated clients can stay, but they usually won’t stay for long. This is good news for the waiters – it means they can go home by 00:30 the latest instead of keeping the venue open until all clients sitting have no new orders and leave.

          1. Thabk you Demetri. I ought to commend on your excellent use of the english language!

        2. It is true, you complain, they talk back and never appology. If you challenge them, they shout at you…

      3. Hi Lucie, I agree wholeheartedly with you. I live in CZ and am in love with the everyday use of the intellect, common sense and prudence. These things are so normal here that I think Czechs dont even see it. Problems are solved with such swift intellectual elegance that it seems like nothing has happened because there has been no conflict or disruption. For me it was such a relief to find a culture and entire country where people think before they act, respect the privacy, ideas and freedoms of others, and take care of their belongings. It is wonderful to go to a shop and not have to make small talk with the stranger serving me. Other cultures seem to think good customer service involves becoming friends with the customer, goodness knows why. Instead in CZ you are treated to efficient, respectful service which focuses on providing the customer with a high quality product and the freedom to enjoy it however you please without comment. Here the respect goes both ways, the customer respects the fact that the server is working – and would much prefer to be home with their family. Czechs should be very proud of their wonderful ways.

    2. My Dad’s parents were from Czechoslovakia. I would LOVE to go there to visit. My first cousin just got back from her first visit there. I have always been very proud to be Czechoslovakian!

      1. I’ve known Czechs personally, and none-of-them would say they’re from ‘Czechoslovakia’! Most of the ones I know come from Prague & they all say they’re ‘Czechs’ .

  7. Social skills below zero.Friendliness ,humor below zero.Formality,typicality 9/10.
    Aka Very Boring

    1. Perhaps it’s the language barrier. After I learned even basic Czech, I could finally laugh with the Czechs. I am still disappointed with the dating market though. I have the impression that both men and women send a bit mixed signals and don’t actually date you (which means flirting, asking things about you). From an experience that an Italian close friend of mine had: guy went on date with a her (he asked her out first), suggested that they pay separately (each of them got just two drinks, nothing extraordinary) then they kissed outside, slept together two or three times and when the girl finally asked him whether they can be seeing each other more frequently than just two times a week, he played it surprised and said that he preferred to stay friends “as they were.” My friend freaked out, I mean, first he asked her out, then didn’t treat her on their first date (usually signifies the guy’s disinterested), then shows her affection, but hey, turns out all this time they were… just friends? Similar story happened to a male British friend of mine with a Czech girl who’d say she “is not into relationship right now, prefers being friends” but came to his home, slept with him, still “friends,” but when the guy stopped seeing her and started dating exclusively someone else, she got mad about it and started sending him messages like “I was so in love with you but you never got it.” Don’t get it nor do my expat fellows. Many say it feels like “they’re doing you a favor to screw you but at the same time want to keep things casual with you.”

      1. You’ve directly experienced a ‘culture-barrier’ between you and the Czechs! Theirs is a VERY complex set of especially-contradictory beliefs regarding family-ties, dating, morals, etc. which you hadn’t had any advance information about!

    2. We have had same experience,new neighbors,who spread terrible rumors about us!!! They don’t even know us..Trespass on our private property,thinking they got a bogo sale bought their house,and got ours for free…….BULLIESS AND RAISING BULLIES,SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOUR,EVEN THE SENIOR DAD FULL OF HATRED.,.EMPATHY,,RESPECT,,MORALLY CORRECT NOT PART OF THEIR LIFESTYLE….HOPE THEY WILL MEET SAME WHO DO SAME TO THEM MAYBE MAYBE THEN WHO KNOWS THEY WILL BE HUMBLED.

    3. Your description fits my first encounter with my Czech coworker in the State. He doesn’t speak a good English but he is not aware of himself of that, and he has a tendency to give lots of hand gestures instead in communicating to the people who is different from him racially which I found him to be not so sophisticated. One day at work, he even flickered his finger right to my eyes instead of asking about strangeness he found of my eye( one of my eyes has drooping problem). I don’t think that that’s a normal behavior of anyone who has been brought up in a good culture. My first impression of Czech through him is not of top tier of sophistication, but rather a third I might say. It looks to me that he had lived in a country where norms of good and bad behaviors are not clearly defined.

  8. I came across this blog trying to find out about Czech characteristics. My mother was always referred to as German/Czech. She was born illegitimately and her surname was Turner (umlaut ‘u’), her mother’s name. I understood that as a German name so where was the Czech element? She was born in Brno, so that must be it! Her father’s name was Matthias Bunzl, which I assumed was German. All my life I have held the belief I am half German but I now believe that is incorrect. My 50% German has been reduced to 12 1/2%, I think.
    Firstly I discovered that my great’german’grandmother was Czech, and secondly that Matthias Bunzl was probably Czech also (though, I would like to confirm this). So that now makes me 37 1/2% Czech, hence my interest in Czech characteristics. If anyone has any advice on how I might find out more about my grandfather (apart from the little my mother told me), I would be very grateful as, so far, I can find nothing.

    1. Get a DNA test done through Ancestry.com. It tells you what Nationalities that you inherited, and will hook you up with relatives of yours that have taken the test. Your relatives might be able to shed some light also.

      1. Ancestry, DNA sites are collecting bio info from citizens and getting paid for it.

        I am going to be a bit of a Slav today and say, don’t trust these sites. Specially DNA matching sites.

    2. Many Czechs are mixed with Germans, that isn’t viewed as not being Czech at all. However the fact that you’re obviously American probably would be, Americans are Americans for most Europeans if you don’t speak Czech, your ancestry irrelevant.

  9. Sorry cech people are so weird, I was once there and when I politely ask some person for an adress info they didn t even look me, I ve visited a lot of country but this behavior wan t nowhere just in Czech, they are so rude and weird

    1. They probably didn’t understand you. I don’t agree with you.
      We can find rude people all around the world so don’t judge all Czech pople on one bad experience.

    2. Really really true,rude is putting it mildly.The only Czechs we know,need a lesson in kindness,compassion,and respect.It is all about them,greedy,bullies,who were born to make peoples lives torment!!! Quess what,they will soon stew in their own urine,& swallow their own vomit…
      Justice & revenge is best served cold.It is coming from a much higher power,that they can not even imagine..TEATER IS HE THAT ISS IN ME THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD..NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST IS SHALL PROSPER!!!!YOU’RE ALL GOING DOWN,,POWERED FROM A JUSTICE YOU CAN’T ESCAPE…..

      1. Sorry, but I just don’t believe the space station could possibly be involved in your struggle 😉
        In every country there are both bad and kind people, I can only wish some other czechs you’ll meet will change your opinion.

  10. Love Czech culture and people, was blessed to be there for studies. Very easy to make close friendships quickly but have heard from some older expats who’ve lived in CZ long time that the friendships while deep & warm strong connections at the time tend to be more superficial not lasting long-term, disappearing during adversity and hard times. Hope this isn’t true as I love my Czech friends but it hasn’t been long enough for me to know. Would be interested to know if anyone else can comment on that aspect.

    1. Hi, Tiffany. The friendships are fragile things. I am a Czech student living in the UK and have been working hard to keep my relationships in the Czech Republic alive. But when I am back there, they still last. I am sure if you returned, you will be warmly welcome.
      In contrast, I have found making friends in the international community of the UK really hard. People are very nice but in borders of politeness. It is always me who has to be the active element.

  11. Hi! Im from Czech Republic and I rly like your text.
    I would just like to comment about taking the seat to someone- we offer seat always to someone who truly needs it ( in because of their state of health also😊) – for many people (especially for olders) its sign of good manners.
    Using polite version of addressing (vykaanii) there is still in the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when the Czech had an Emperor. if you saw the films of the Emperor’s Baker and the Baker’s Emperor (the legendary Czech funny fairy tale, inspired by Empire times), you have seen the Emperor say something like ‘WE are the Empire, WE are the monarchy’. That was the time when vykání get label of respectfull and polite version of adresing. Until then there was no difference in it.😊

  12. Wow. ‘Naturally very polite’ and ‘avoid confrontation’. Clearly, you haven’t lived here very long. Otherwise yes, good description.

  13. Why do Czech people stare at women who have their legs out?? It’s so creepy and everyone does it?

    1. And how do you know they were Czech people? Do we have a sign on our head? If I look on a girl or a boy it is because I like their clothes or tattoo mainly. I am thinking where they bought it or admiring the tattoo etc. You might have met wrong people. I do not know. But you don’t need to generalize. We are not all the same. It is very rude.

    2. Well it depens.😅 umm I am a girl and have that too well most of the times from the old people and well from fuckboys of cource.😅yeah I am really sorry about people doing that.

    3. Yaaaaaa it’s called “ogling” totally unacceptable!!!OGLING GIVES YOU AN IDEA WHERE THERE BRAIN IS….BELOW THE BELT…I just say,you wanna end up like Cosby& Weinstein?????Thank God for the #metoo movement,it’s also taking the world by storm..DON’T KEEP SILENT,CALL THEM OUT AND SHAME THEMIN PUBLIC,INCLUDING ANY FORM OOF BULLYING,JOIN THE WORLD OF ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!YOU GO GIRL!!LET US FEM THE WORLD,REMEMBER WHO RULES THE WORLD…..WITHOUT THE MOTHERS VAGINA THESE GUYS WOULDN’T BE HERE!!! YA,YA YEH!!!WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!!!!UH HUH….

      1. All your posts make you sound like a seriously damaged person. I am sorry you had a bad time in Czech. But at the same time it sounds like you’re a very annoying person. So i could totally see some otherwise decent people brushing you off.

  14. Additionally, I came to Prague with my friends who are mainly girls and since I’ve been here, I’ve seen men and worm glare at my friends up and down like they’re pieces of meat and that they’ve never seen a pair or legs before. It makes me feel sick seeing this from every person and even more that these people are with children (which sets a great example for them to look at tourist) and other people. Apart from that the buildings and country is beautiful just avoid the locals.

  15. I met my Czech husband in 1987 and we married in 1990 and we live in Texas. I finally had enough of his mother and one of his two sisters around year 23 (the first wife left after 13 years) and refuse to be around them. They are toxic poisonous snakes and our marriage would have been so much better if they had not been around. They have sucked the life out of that sister’s husband (who is not Czech). The rest of the family won’t tell them off, but I have started doing it. I cannot put into words how much I cannot stand them. If all the people those two talked ugly about knew about it, nobody would have anything to do with them and they would be banned from the family reunion. The queen mother is a huge liar and should not be allowed near a phone because she is so annoying and the daughter is the most negative human being who ever walked the planet. I hope they see this. I don’t have any complaints about other Czech people.

    1. As a czech I can confirm that some czechs are pure evil. I think it has to do with communism. There’s a lot of cool people here but those who were bent by the previous regime have really weird manners and completely distorted sense of what is right and wrong, I am so glad my family is normal in this regard.

  16. I want to learn as much about Czech people as possible. My last name is most definitely Czech. My father’s family is Czech. I am also part Slovenian. Both are small groups of people. I feel proud to belong to such special people. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities of the world. My ancestors come from there. So happy.

    1. I agree with your comment. Very racist. Half of them are like my cleaners back home in London and they show the arrogance in their country. Fy&£Ing idiots

      1. Cleaners ?
        You know where and how they work ?
        Judging people you know nothing about…
        While complaining about them , being arrogant , that tells a lot about you. 😉

    2. Thank you,I rest my case.If the people of any country can’t be inclusive,& transparent DON’T GO!!!!!GO TO A COUNYRY THAT GREETS YOU WITH OPEN ARMS& IT IS NOT CZECHO

  17. I’m in Prague at the moment and it is beautiful!
    I just had to google “chech people”, because everyday so far I’ve encountered so many rude people! In shops, restaurants, museums and any kind of service. Mostly female. I am generally very social and interested in new cultures and people. But I don’t understand this rudeness. It really affects the general feeling of being here in Prague :/

    1. Just returned from a 4 day stay in Prague with my wife and daughter.
      Beautiful city as anyone would agree. But comparing to Iceland, Oslo, Helsinki, Dubai and (Western) Turkey we’ve been visiting for the past 2 years I must say that in Prague especially the females working in the tourist sector are just plain rude and condescending.
      They just don’t seem to care about anything but them selves.
      Big exception were the waitresses at Hard Rock Cafe.
      Of course there are rude and polite people all around the world. But Prague struck me/us with their inhabitants and their “uncommon” behavior in this regard.

    2. I agree, I am so disappointed, this is my third time here in Prague accompanying my friends to visit the beautiful, historical place and most of all visit the Infant Jesus of Prague.Every year, I come across a an undesirable experience. Last night, I was with my friends shopping and I saw a very cute home made bag and I went inside the store with a big smile and asked the lady if they have other designs. She looked at me with a flat face and just stared at me. Now, I knew something was wrong so I broke the ice by saying, “do you like my new hat , I bought across your store?” With a smile, then she said” I don’t like you coming to my store not saying Hi”I was speechless for a moment , then I said, “oh I’m very sorry, Hi” and she said “Hi” and pointed me where the items where.
      Now, here I am in my room very upset, learning about Czechs culture and finding reasons why I got that kind of treatment.
      I am a nurse taking care of people and has the most sensitivity and respect to all.
      I understand, this is the culture,but I guess they have also responsibilities to learn about customer service, especially if they are catering in the center of tourist areas.
      I just wanted to vent. I know,there is no immediate solution to this.
      Just too bad, not the place I want to come back anymore.

      1. Hello
        Yeah that’s sad true ,even czech people are not comfortable with people in shops etc. It’s not unusual when we go with friends out of restaurant and are like ,,That waitress was a big jerk ,don’t ya think?” ,,Oh yeah I couldn’t stand her”

      2. Hi Olivia, as a Czech citizen im sad about your experience in our country. Yeah, the Czech mentality can be sometimes little bit rough. You can meet here very good profesionals, friendly people or total jerks.
        In general the natives here dont smile and are cold on surface. So don’t be frustrated by this too much, it is not to meant to be offensive. This is just the way how the people act on public here.
        People are not friendly, because they don’t know you. Trust here is not given automatically, it must be earned. If you get through this hostile barrier, then people are actually quite friendly. But this is task far beyound the simple shoping visit. Best way how to do it is in the pub with the glass of beer 😊.
        It is important to say “Hi/hello/dobrý den” in beginning of conversation with stranger. Not doing so, is considered very impolite. I sometime say “dobrý den/hi“ multiple times to one person during day, rather then not doing so.
        The services here are little bit lacking in PR department. The czechs natives prefers speed over everything else. So the small talk in shops are not common. The workers in services is also very often underpaid and work too much hours. This is specialy true for the workers in the pubs and the restaurants.
        I think the language skill here is not as bad. The people are just not confident enough to start talk with stranger in foreign language. Try somehow broke the language barrier. Use few czech words like “dobrý den, prosím”. Most natives will be amused by your attempt to use the Czech language.
        Long story short greet everyone, be polite, go fast to the point and you should be ok in Czechia.

    3. The problem here is that you went to Prague. It’s a beautiful city, but people in Prague live on an entirely different planet. Not even most Czech people that live anywhere else but Prague like them.

  18. Most Cypriots who have visited the Czech Republic speak very highly of the country but not of the people. I have never heard so many negative comments about any other nationality. I want to visit the country to form my own opinion but after all that I heard I am reluctant to do so.

    1. No, do visit it. It’s just that many people here struggle with their English, especially the fluent speakers (and you Cypriots speak English native-level, really). And, of course, the typical big problem with the city center that has turned into a theme park overflown with tourists (see also Barcelona and other famous destinations) of which the consequences and the pressure is most felt among the locals. Don’t even get me started on many souvenir shops in the Old Twon owed by Bulgarians and Croatians, further exacerbating the locals’ sense of unwilling alienation from their own place. I was surprised, however, when I’d learn some survival phrases and try speaking to Czechs, how much they liked it and a sincere smile on their face would appear. Kindness goes both ways. Give this destination a chance.

    2. I think it’s really a nice place to visit. Yes there are high chances of getting scammed or ripped off if one is not careful. Don’t let the stupid bunch deter you from visiting this place. Come, if encounter any idiot Fu&k them and enjoy he place

  19. Prague is full of scam and those Czech in tourist area are just there to rip your money. It spoil my reputation towards Czech and some are really annoying…
    My first time to Prague and my last too.. Will never return.
    Switzerland and Southern France are so much better !!

  20. Hello, I am at Prague airport right now, waiting for my flight back to London. I have a mixed feeling about Czech people. I did find quite a few good and polite Czech people however I did find some non friendly Czech people too. My observation and experience from last one week says that some of them ( I think the decent lot) are quite helpful, there are plenty of Czechs with little tolerance and lack of politeness too. A simple example would be whilst shopping at one of the branded outlet, the girl at counter was too less tolerant of me being unable to understand her, due to her poor English not mine. That was ridiculous. For a moment, I thought to give her the lesson of the day by escalating her attitude to the manager but then decided to let it go. This was not one off but had faced couple of other instances like this. I also noticed that any shop you enter they look as if people are going to steal the stuff away, they should get the theft prevention system at doors rather than looking at shoppers with suspicious eye.

    1. Hi I am Eliška and I live in Brno. I just wanted to say that people just don’t trust to easily also when you walk in to/out of the shop it is considred (I am really sorry for my spelling) rude not to say hello(dobrý den) and bye (nashledanou) also I think if you say (I am not saying that you didn’t said them) those lines in czech people will be nicer (not in every case. So that’s it I hope it did what it was supposed to do. Bye and have a nice day.😁

    2. “A simple example would be whilst shopping at one of the branded outlet, the girl at counter was too less tolerant of me being unable to understand her, due to her poor English not mine.”

      I assume you’re from UK if you were waiting for a flight back to London. Why would you expect the Czechs to understand English, and then get furious when they can’t? And you seriously wanted to escalate that to management? No wonder Czechs hate tourists.You give them perfect reason.

  21. In Czech i found most of the local people quite harsh and rude to foreigners. I myself is foreigners. This country is not at all diverse like other cosmopolitan cities but still i dont understand why it is so overrated. Its too much of history and it is so boring. Everything closes at 5 or 6 in evening, even the public toilets. In my life i had been to so many countries even to the 3rd world countries but still the cities don”t close the public toilets which is a basic necessity for anyone (foreigner or local). Brno is more worst than Prague in this case. People rudeness in Czech Republic is very popular. They dont have manners to speak to foreigners. There are million times better countries and people than Czech Republic.

    1. Most of tourists behave like drunken fools.
      That’s why Czech people dont like you.

      People are judged by their behaviour , I sometimes go out on walk in the evening , enjoying sunset on Charles Bridge .
      Once some tourist dude grabbed me , he did not get to anything else , because I hit him so hard that his nose made a crunchy noise .
      I continued walking while he was swearing in English.

      Cheers 🙂

      1. I concur. I had a similar encounter with a group of English men in a restaurant garden. They thought I was a Czech woman (I’m a native english speaker) and were talking about what they would do to me in the bedroom. It was disgusting and I told them to improve their behaviour. Instead they tried to grab me so I threw my beer on them and left. The barman smiled at me as he added water to their beer 🙂 Tourists in Prague are often horrible and best avoided.

  22. My husband is a native Praguer, and what you describe seems to be on the mark in describing him and his family. My husband, however, is not much of a sports fan, but his father was and I know most Czechs are. My husband and his family and friends in Prague are very much into the arts of all sorts. I’m not sure if most Czechs are, but Prague is very rich in this respect.

    My husband is a very sweet man, but he definitely can be somewhat formal around some people; new people as you said. However, with Czech friends he’s very close. He was, however, pretty friendly with me the first time we met.

  23. Come to live and creating roots here and after 25 years, I would like to read your comments.

  24. My image of an average Czech is of someone who would step over his/her dying grandmother to steal a buck sticking out of my back pocket and consider the theft justified by my supposed non-Czechness, that I have it coming. This after 27 years in country and Czech citizenship to boot. Banana-munching monkeys swinging from tree branches believing their monkeyhood a superiority.

  25. Can not stand with ripping off in Prague. I am really fed up. I have never ever seen any sorry or face expressions when they hit you in Tesco or anywhere. I paid 47czk for tap water despite drink coffee and ordered food. Normally that place (Kavarna Creperie-Novy Smichov-Plzenska8 praha5) serving water for free when you ordered coffee for Czechs. I am foreigner and need to pay for tap water. I asked how much a bottle of water? The waiter said:50czk.Endless rilping off started in the airport when I bought ticket for bus to main station in Prague in tourist advisor place next to exchange bureau in the airport. I paid to the person 100czk but she pushed and used technique and I realised on the bus The girl didn’t give my money exchange. It must be one of the most trusted place in the airport. A person needs to have good moral skills in order to work for airport tourist information. I do feel the people are hunger and do not scare of the government. Need lots of time to change. So sad.

    1. Hi,
      also Czechs pay for tap water. We are used that in a restaurant/café we pay for being at the place, not exactly for what we are served. I never saw water for free i na reestaurant/café, not even tap water for free for Czechs. Sorry for your water schock 🙁 We know that water is not for free so everytime we take bottles with water from home with us if we go somewhere or just buythe cheapest bottle in a supermarket.

  26. Can not stand with ripping off in Prague. I am really fed up. I have never ever seen any sorry or face expressions when they hit you in Tesco or anywhere. I paid 47czk for tap water despite drink coffee and ordered food. Normally that place (Kavarna Creperie-Novy Smichov-Plzenska8 praha5) serving water for free when you ordered coffee for Czechs. I am foreigner and need to pay for tap water. I asked how much a bottle of water? The waiter said:50czk.Endless rilping off started in the airport when I bought ticket for bus to main station in Prague in tourist advisor place next to exchange bureau in the airport. I paid to the person 100czk but she pushed and used technique and I realised on the bus The girl didn’t give my money change. It must be one of the most trusted place in the airport. A person needs to have good moral skills in order to work for airport tourist information. I do feel the people are hungry and do not scare of the government. Need lots of time to change. So sad.

    1. Hi I am sorry about that. It just the way people do things also for other people reading this. Never change your money on the street. People will definitely give you fake money and watch your bags and don’t put your walet or phone in your backpokets (sorry for my english) or you will loose it. Also the best way to have your things safe in public transpor is to have your backpack in your hands when there is lot of people in bus or tram (that’s what locals do). Also when you catch somebody stealing out of your pocets don’t be afraid to speak up or scream out laud that will leave you alone most od the times. So that’s it. And again I am sorry that people here do this to you guys.

  27. interesting to learn this page about CZ. I’m verry surprise to see, young generation dont speak english.. or exeptional situation, I’m no happy to see CZ people dont like touriste, dont make effort for make transportation, museum in English… for my is like close country whitch close mentality. I’m verry sade so see beauty for girls, but shee dont want discover if u not speak english 🙁 the most ridiculus situation are in international aiport of Prague the guys tell my: No English, WTF… really!! Museum the most are not in English, People try always to scame you.. that not friendly, that no welcom, and personnaly I dont want to back in Liberec …. and CZ in general. Maybe in 20 years should be a better mentality.

    1. Hi I am Eliška from Czech republic. I want to explain some things and give you some informations. So firstly about airports… umm… I have never been at the airport before so sorry that I can’t explain. When it comes to english.. well I am 17 and people my age can mostly speak english. When it comes to older people it is quite questionable my teacher is 28 and she doesn’t speak english so… yeah. I was in Prag once and I agree when it comes to museums and stuff tho I still remmember seeing some paper explanation in english next to exposition. When it comes to people not liking foreigners it is partly true. Prag is so full of you do people just got sick of it.. like that can’t even go to market place to buy some things without tourist everywhere. I live in Brno it is second largest city in Czech republic. There is not much tourists here so people are nicer and somehow we actualy have signs (sorry don’t know if I am spelling this right) in english and you can take those paper thing that has information in it and they are in more languages than english to. Also we have a people that will show you for example around the castle and will tell every information in english if you don’t know czech well that ofcource depens if there will be persone that does this kind of job I mean he can be ill or they just don’t have a part timer for it😅 sorry if this was confusing. Well sorry for my English and I hope this helped a bit. Have a nice day

    2. The language in Czech Republic is Czech, not English. If you are uncomfortable in a country that doesn’t prioritise english then it is probably best not to visit it.

  28. We just returned from Prague and stayed there in Žižkov, for the 4th time. I find that over the years the czech mentality is getting worse, more racist then several years ago. Now if you ask something they just say: no english and they do not make any effort to help you. I visited several other countries but never met so many rude people and so less people who do not speak ANY other language. I was born in Germany and my father is from Belgium so I can speak both. Later one we moved to Belgium and here we learn at school english and french. English is a language that most people understand so that should be a basic issue at schooleducation. And not speaking or understanding another language is no excuse to being rude and impolite… History is neither an excuse to treat people like …It is such a beautiful country with so much oppurtunity but how can you educate yourself if you can only understand one language?

    1. Hi I am Eliška from Czech republic. Pardon my bad english please😅. So I wanted to apologize about people that were rude to you. I have been to Prag just once and to be honest people there were rude to me too. I think it is because of lot tourists visiting Prag nowadays. There is soooo much people that locals there can hardly buy things on market for example and another thing is that there has been lot of foreigners visiting my country just to get drunk. I am not trying to defend actions of the people that were rude to you I am just pointing out what could have caused it. Also yunger generation (People around 14) are really rude. I am 17 and 8 year kid told me to fuck of.. that is the fault of electronics. I saw woman giving her 3 years old daughter phone to play with so that she(mother) could be on fb. Also older generation doesn’t speak english so that’s it😅 I have nothing more to say😅😅 I hope that it explained something and again I am not trying to defend the people had were rude too you or too somebody else

  29. Museum the most are not in English, People try always to scame you.. that not friendly, that no welcom, and personnaly I dont want to back in Liberec

  30. Im from Portugal. I did my Erasmus in Praha and I simply followed in love by the city. I think czech people are a bit reserved but they are very polite. Prague is simply beautiful, clean and conserved compared to other europe cities. Love from Portugal. Im on vacations in prague now and I will come again every time possible.

  31. I travel a lot and Czech Republic is the 5th country on my current trip. I find people’s mannerism mixed. Some are very friendly (younger generation), some are very rude. You don’t have to speak English perfectly to smile or help someone. I entered several stores and was completely ignored. I am an African American female. I also got stared at in restaurants, just weird. I guess tourism is not important to Czech. Don’t complain when wages are low. This country isn’t warm and I will not return and I will not encourage anyone to visit. I will return to France, Spain and Mexico a million times. Tourist spend lots of money and I feel you should appreciate me bringing a income. I’m not asking for red carpet. Just do your job help a customer. Show enthusiasm. Churches on every corner but no love. What bible are these people reading?
    We are one human race. I guess heaven will have borders. Love one another.

    1. Hi Mel,
      I can feel you disappointment and am sad for this. Well still I think there were some points you might have misunderstood and I would like to help you see those things were maybe much better than you thought.
      You said you were ignored in a store. I don’t know how exactly you mean. Sometimes people from other counties dont say hello or thank you to shop assistent, and should do. Maybe you asked the staff in English, maybe they were confused what to do, cause shop assistents often have lower education and the knowledge of languages is quite problematic among Czech people – idk why, we are educated, maybe we are just very shy and are not used to be surrounded by other languages. Maybe you only experienced our reserved nature without smiles or small talks which I consider something that gives you an opportunity to live calmly, not being pushed to talk and share your information with anyone if you dont want to. We don’t do small talks, as it is felt as not neccessary and something not coming from the bottom of our hearts. Like – if you are not my close friend, I will not botter you with small talk or with my feelings, so I will be reserved. I know, sometimes it feels too cold, however, it is much more common in Prague than anywhere else in the country.

      I personally think that racism to African-like people is rare in here. Yes there are a few racists, but most people consider racism very stupid and bad. Africans or Afri-Americans are still rare in here though so it happens to me sometimes that if I see one, I might just look at the person, not even realising it or just thinking something nice like “oh the beautiful hair” or “yes, this guy looks like the famous jazz or gospel musicians”. If I sometimes stare at an Afri-American, I am very sorry, but I don’t mean anything bad… similar if a Czech person has a nature similar to an Afri-American nature, it is so funny to be with them!

      Yes there are many historical churches, yet the Czech Republic is said to be one of the most atheistic counties in the world. So most of them read no Bible…

      You noticed Southern countries and Mexico. This was very interesting. I think this tells something about your nature which would feel good among easy-going, laughing people or so. These are much more frequent in the countries you mentioned. I can understand. These natures are so funny and lively… but for people, who were born like me, it is also a bit tiring, I don’t understand being open to anyone, to people who you don’t know, kind of scaring me to give my feelings out in this way… love is probably shared in different ways, needs to develop…

      Czech is not a place where we are ready to embrance everyone. Here it takes more time, testing and deep relationships to trust, sometimes even for basic trust. So even though you as a person can be valuated here to visit Czech, and your interest is definitey and very welcome, but if tourists just come, do tourism, spend money… it is not something that we evaluate in our own lives. This nation evaluates more practical things. I think some Czech people feel a bit awkward among many tourist, like… am I at home or am I not welcome in my town by these many people? Should Ieave this (any popular) place to make more space for crowds of tourists? But interest for Czech anything is highly and sincerely appreciated, cause we dont expect a sincere interest. We expect tourists who are not really interested from heart.

      So, dear Mel, please dont feel as if something bad was meant about you in this country. Definitely you are welcome to see, only the problem is maybe much more often in the totally differently expressed emotions or values or, eventually, the touristic pressure on Prague seems to be more than the city can bare. Big apologize for your not so happy vacation but big thank you for coming and seeing, too.

  32. Intresting to read the comments. I am of Czech origin living abroad. Have studied the czech culture a lot and visit Prague 4-5 times per year, the city that is the Nothern Port of the Roman Empire.
    Czechoslovakia was amounth the richest and most industrilized countries of the World before WW2. The people are strongly influenced by the Austrians and Bavarians even if they spoke a slavic language. Genetics have shown that they are similair, there are also Celtic influenses. Prague is together with London, Paris and Rome the most visited towns in Europe. If you seek for erratas, and dig out negative things, you will always find some. Still all above is facts and the Czechs attracts millions of global people in increasing numbers. I travel also a lot and can see why it is so.

  33. Mel, I have just been in one of the countries you will visit ”millions times”. After two weeks with cold food, hired car that was a wreckage, just hot water in shower, overpriced dining, delayed flights and lost luggage (Things that works well in Czech Republic, eventhougt the people are a bit reserved in Nordic manner), I fully understand why 8.5miljon visitors prefer Prague for their visit…….

  34. Just passing some time in Prag.
    I have ro say, that locals are the most unfriendly and rude people I ever have met on all my trips arround the world. And I have visited quite some.

    I can’t wait to leave that country. It is a nightmare here. Never coming again and don’t want ever to have to deal with those people again…

    1. Hi. Czechs can be rude, but especially those from Prague.
      They think, that they are the best, they are offending even Czechs, whose are not from Prague.
      It seems their pride is endless.
      They are a bit diferrent, because they are tired from all the tourist visiting Prage each year.
      Average Czech is very polite and kind.
      I believe that you have bad experiences, but the reality is diferrent outside of Prague.

  35. Hi!
    I’m new here in Prague, I recently moved her to study and I’m really lonely here, I was hoping I could find someone to roam the city with
    loved your article btw !!

  36. Hi everyone
    My name is Jatin Ledwani , planning to send my son Naman for higher studies .
    I am basically Indian but settled in UAE since few years .

  37. We have a czech friend. Who was nice and accomodating told us he would treat us in prague and in his hometown 4 hrs away from prague. So he booked our accomodation telling its free because were friends and he lived in our country for a couple of times FOR FREE. But on our last da, he was like you should pay me this amount each person. And that amount is too much. So we researched the accomodations he got for us. And surprisingly those accomodations are around 300-500 crowns per person per day only. Just the cheapest hostels near florenc. Why tell us you would treat us? We can book ourselves? And no receipts? And the thing is. This guy thinks lowly of people in third world countries( even if we have more money and more sucessful in life) this guy is so mad to germany. Very negative. He just wants to talk all about himself. Imagine it this guy doesnt have an open mind about everything. Everything he say is czech food is better czech people are better just to summarize everything is about him and his kind. Brags alot but has nothing? Funny. Be careful of cashiers. They give less than your real change. U have to double check. Im not generalizing. Because i met his parents. Very kind and accomodating. Just want to share the experience. He is very bitter about almost everything czech people export to germany. He is like “ we should be more rich because we make the metals for the cars of some brands in germany. He likes to mock german language every now and then. Then will say that in czech its better bragging about it again.super arrogant even if we know him for more than 5yrs now. I just knew his real annoying attitude because we visited prague. After the experience i just want to leave this country and pay what he wants me to pay but i wont come and go to that country again. Typical attitude is they think they are always higher than other people. A toxic trait i dont want to copy.

  38. I’m pretty blown away by these comments. I’m an American, born to Czech parents who escaped during communism. I visited Czechia for the first time (when it was still Czechoslovakia, in 1992, shortly after the Velvet Revolution and the fall of communism), and I’ve been returning every five years or thereabouts. I never learned a word of Czech in the US (because my Dad was very disillusioned by his homeland and didn’t want to teach us his native tongue– a decision of his I really lament now as an adult). Each time I traveled to Czechia I always made a point of learning a few more words. I have found this goes A LONG WAY in winning over the kindness and warmth of the Czech people (two attributes I feel they have in droves– but who are we do DEMAND it???).

    I have learned enough Czech to cover the basics– order food, ask questions about something I’m buying, or directions somewhere (always with abhorrent grammar, but that’s not the point– the point is to demonstrate that you respect their language and that you don’t expect them to bow down to you, the almighty tourist!).

    It was my experience in Prague that the moment I started using my very labored Czech, they responded in English. Nowhere in Prague have I experienced the aloofness or crass disregard for the customer that some people here are describing. Not once. In fact, I struck up a wonderful conversation (in English) with a gentleman working at the Museum of Communism in Prague that lasted 1/2 hour (while my poor wife and kids patiently waited for me to finish).

    Outside of Prague the people were on an entirely different level of friendliness. In one small town in Southern Bohemia where I stayed this past summer, I asked (in Czech) the girl behind the counter at a bakery if she understood English because I had some rather complicated questions to ask about the pastries I was interested in, and it was beyond my very limited Czech vocabulary. She not only spoke English, she was tickled that she was able to put her English to use to help someone! It was one of the most pleasant experiences of my entire trip. I know English speakers are generally no longer a novelty in Czechia, but this small town may have been the exception, I’m not sure. But my point is, if you go to visit Czechia, try to learn a few words and use them humbly. The locals will see this as a sign of respect. This applies to any country you visit, as well.

    I am so, so in love with the Czech people.

  39. Prague is quite popular for tourism “According to data on inbound tourists in Czech Republic, 9,004,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.” (source: http://www.confiduss.com/en/jurisdictions/czech-republic/ )
    I can suggest for you to visit Prague Castle “The largest castle complex in the world, this vast fortress requires considerable time to tour, but it’s time well spent (particularly rewarding are the excellent views over the Vltava River with the old town and its many beautiful spires in the background). Highlights include the Old Royal Palace’s main hall, the Vladislav Hall, so large it could be used for jousting tournaments, and staircases wide enough to allow mounted knights to use them. ” (source: https://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/pr… )

  40. Hi. This text is fine, I’m Czech and I agree with almost everything you wrote about.
    But let me explain this – it was Czechoslovakian Socialist Republic, never communist. We were not forced to betray our closed ones, we are naturally reserved.
    This misinformation you wrote is totally false and very offending. I don’t know where you found this information, but it’s historically inaccurate, and you would offence a lot of Czechs easily by this.
    So please it would be better if you would rewrite it or fix it somehow.
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Klara,

      thank you for your comment. Everyone’s experience with the previous regime was different and we acknowledge that some people were affected more while some were affected less. Of course, different experiences also affect people’s opinions so it is only natural that our views on this topic will differ (like in this case).

      Kind regards,

      Anna

  41. I never been to Czech before but I have awful impression of people in Czech Republic. I don’t want to be rude but I am really disappointed. March this year I was defrauded money and my identification by someone online in Czech Republic. I never thought this could happen to me. I randomly found a feline website and politely asked the so called seller if the cat I was interested still available and showed my intention of buying it. At the very beginning everything looked totally fine. I never made a purchase of a cat online before and I was lack of buying experience. I did not realize this was a trap- the seller asked me to send a picture of photo ID and I stupidly thought that was for custom purpose so I emailed a picture of my driver’s license to the seller. A day later, the seller emailed two contracts-deposit agreement and final agreement and asked me to sign on the papers. I was so stupid and even thought that looked professional and I trusted the seller and signed and emailed back to the seller. When it comes to the payment option the seller said that they wanted to use Western Union as they can receive money quicker. I then transferred the first $530 deposit to the seller without any doubt. A month later(due to covid19)the seller emailed me about the cat’s tracking number along with transport company contact information. Later I received a confirmation email from that company also an inquiry of payment of $1200 for a cage and this was 95% refundable. I though it was reasonable so I sent money to that company through WU. A day later, that company emailed me again saying the cat did not react positively after get vaccinated and needed veterinarian immediately and the cost was $460 and non-refundable and I believed without even asking for proof. On the same day I sent the remaining amount to the seller and promised I would be getting the cat next Monday. I thought I was gonna get the cat within two three days. However, next day I received email from transport company again asking me for cite permit. I did not know about it and the seller did not informed me before. I emailed to the seller and the seller told me they discussed about it and offered me two options: apply the permit now but it would take up to two months to get the certificate meanwhile the transport company would hold the cat but I need to pay for it and it would be a lot money. The second choice was the seller would split up the money with me to get EXPRESS certificate depends on cat value. And I refused it and asked to ship the cat back the seller. Both them promised would return money back to me but I did not receive anything back ever since. I finally realized I was being scammed by them and the whole thing was a lie the scammer does not even have the cats. I am really frustrated and with little information of these scammers.I am just wandering if anyone in Czech Republic willing to help search for the scammers. I know I probably won’t be able to get all the money back but I am concerned about that they might commit criminal activities under my name. I am not sure if anyone will be able to see my post. Thank you for your time!

    1. Hello,

      We are very sorry that this happened to you. Unfortunately, you’re not the first person with this experience – a similar thing happened to one of our clients. You can read about that in this article.
      If you aren’t located in the Czech Republic, I would advise you to contact the police in your country or try to connect with the Czech police at pp.okvv@pcr.cz and ask them about your situation. They will surely be able to deal with the scammer and hopefully, your story will have a happy ending!

      Kind regards and fingers crossed,

      Anna

      1. Hello Anna,

        Thank you for all the information. I just emailed to Czech police and hopefully it’s not too late and they are able to help me to deal with the scammers😭

        Regards,

        C.

  42. Yea very strange people to work with. No smiles, No heart warming greetings. It came from somewhere out of their reach so i dont blame them..

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