A guide to proper etiquette and customs in the Czech Republic
Step 1: Do: Introduce Yourself With a Firm Handshake
This is expected upon the first introduction.
Step 2: Do: Bring a Bottle of Wine And/or Flowers When Visiting a Home
Small gifts, such as these, are the ideal gestures for showing appreciation.
Step 3: Do: Remove Your Shoes When Entering a Home
Many homes provide slippers to wear for guests.
Step 4: Do: Attempt to Learn Czech Phrases
Locals appreciate when foreigners begin the conversation in Czech before continuing in English. A simple “dobrý den or dobrý večer” (good day or good evening) goes a long way.
Step 5: Do: Give Up Your Seat on Public Transportation to an Older Person or a Child
Respect your elders is the rule of thumb in the Czech Republic.
Step 6: Don't: Ask “How Are You?” While Making Small Talk
The Czech people are very private and this question is considered intrusive.
Step 7: Don't: Discuss Business
Czechs separate their business and personal lives
Step 8: Don't: Move to Using Someone’s First Name Without an Invitation
Referring to someone with his or her first name is a sign of true friendship.
Step 9: Don't: Expect a Lot of Personal Space
Czechs have a different sense of physical space. Don’t be surprised if you feel crowded on the tram or if someone tries to get by you without saying excuse me.
Step 10: Don't: Assume Everyone Speaks English
While most of the young population does speak English, they appreciate if you ask first.