Introduction: How to Show Respect in the Czech Republic – Dos and Don’ts

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.