With more than 380 000 inhabitans, Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. It is the administrative center of the South Moravian Region. There are 14 universities with more than 80 000 students residing in the city. Read more about the city:
- Visa: Holders of all European passports and holders of passports of many other countries may enter the Czech republic without pre-issued visa. The complet list is here. The holders of passports from countries not listed here is required to obtain visa prior to their arrival.
- Smoking: All public buildings, means of public transportation, bus and railway stations and platforms are strictly non-smoking. The restaurants and pubs are also non-smoking; smoking is generally allowed outside the pubs and restaurants or in specials rooms for smokers.
- Currency: "Česká koruna" = Czech crown, sign "Kč", code CZK. FX rate EUR/CZK fluctuates around 26 CZK for 1 EUR.
- Payment cards: Most of the of shops and restaurants accept Visa and MasterCard (usually indicated at the entrance door). The contactless cards are widely used. There are many ATMs in the city, especially in the downtown, in shopping malls and near supermarkets.
- Phone numbers: Country calling code: +420. National phone numbers have 9 digits, except special services. Emergency calls (always toll-free): general emergency 112, fire brigade 150, ambulance 155, police 158, municipal police 156.
- Time zone: Central European Summer Time = GMT + 2 hours, from March to October.
- Electricity: 230 Volts AC, 50 Hz; power socket Type E for power plugs Types C and E.
- Language: Czech. Young people and students (there are many students in Brno) usually speak English, too.
- Tipping: Tips are expected in bars, restaurants and pubs. Tipping usually expresses your satisfaction with the service, food, drinks. The usual tip in restaurant is less than 10 % if the service was good, more than 10 % if the service was excellent; giving no tip is rude, it is used only if you are really disappointed with the service. Round the sum in bill accordingly. When paying by card, it is usual to give the small change directly to waiter as a tip. No tips are expected in shops, hotels, room services (maid) or on guided tours.