If you are new to the Czech Republic and have encountered some of the Czech public holidays, you might have noticed that the opening hours of the various shops can change during these days. Sometimes it can cause a bit of trouble: you ran out of milk, pop by the closest store and wind up in front of the closed doors. Let’s get it straight and find out once and for all: which shops are closed and which are open in the Czech Republic during public holidays?
Stores, which are bigger than 200 square meters, are closed during public holidays. There are 13 public holidays in total in the Czech Republic. If you are used to buy your groceries in the large stores such as Tesco, Lidl, Albert etc, you will have to buy them at least one day before a holiday. However, the stores and sales areas, which are smaller than 200 square meters will remain open. Thus, if you are struggling to get food on a public holiday, pay a visit to the smaller grocery shop and you won’t end up hungry and devastated. In Prague a common small store is Žabka, in Brno – Brněnka, in other towns like Olomouc, Frýdek Místek or Hodonín it is Hruška.
In conclusion, let’s look at the summarised list of the public holidays during which large stores will be either open or closed:
- January 1
- Easter Monday
- May 8
- September 28
- October 28
- December 24 – open before 12:00
- December 25
- December 26
- Good Friday
- May 1
- July 5
- July 6
- November 17
- December 24 – open before 12:00.
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