Practical Information for Everyday Life


Community Facilities in Jindrichuv Hradec

Jindrichuv Hradec is fully-equipped city for every day needs of local people and visitors. Following map should help you with basic orientation in the city. If you have any question, do not hesitate to ask your Buddy.

Community Facilities

Municipal ​​Office (1)

  • Klasterska Str. 135
  • Jindrichuv Hradec
  • Opening hours for public:
  • Monday: 7:30-17:00
  • Wednesday: 7:30-17:00
  • Friday: 7:30-13:30

Municipal Police (2)

  • Masaryk Square 168
  • Jindrichuv Hradec

State Police (Czech National Police) (3)

  • Nadrazni Str. 567
  • Jindrichuv Hradec

Hospital (4)

  • U Nemocnice Str. 380
  • Jindrichuv Hradec
  • Emergency for adults (Pavilion E, ground floor)
  • Opening hours:
  • Mon – Fri: 18:00 – 21:00
  • Sat – Sun: 9:00 – 18:00
  • Telephone: 384 376 157

Policlinic (5)

  • The health centre is a part of the hospital:
  • U Nemocnice Str. 380
  • Jindrichuv Hradec

Pharmacies

  • Pharmaland (6)
  • Business hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00 – 17:00
  • Dr. Max – in Kaufland Store (7)
  • Business hours: Mon – Sun: 8:00 – 20:00
  • Hospital Pharmacy (8)
  • Business hours: Mon – Fri: 7:30 – 18:00

Post Office (9)

  • Husova Str. 129
  • Jindrichuv Hradec
  • Business hours:
  • Mon – Fri: 7:00 – 18:00
  • Sat: 7:00 – 12:00
  • Stamp to the Czech Republic costs 13 CZK, to European countries 25 CZK; stamp to non-European countries costs 30 CZK. You can probably buy stamps at all places where the postcards are sold or in the post office.

Banks

It might be worth to think about founding a student account at a bank in the Czech Republic. It can save you money. In the following banks the favourable student accounts are offered. You must have a valid identity card or passport for their opening. You will also need a student’s approval from the study department of the Faculty of Management.

Commercial Bank (10)

  • Klasterska Str. 140
  • Jindrichuv Hradec
  • Business hours:
  • Mon – Fri: 8:30 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:30

Czech Savings Bank (11)

  • Nadrazni Str. 187
  • Jindrichuv Hradec
  • Business hours:
  • Mon – Fri: 9:00 – 17:00

ATMs

ATMs are usually located close to the banks and have continuous operation. Almost all ATMs accept VISA and Eurocard / MasterCard, Cirrus also, EDC / Maestro and American Express.

Supermarkets

Lidl Store (12)

  • Business hours: Mon – Sat: 7:00 – 20:00; Sun: 9:00 – 20:00

Kaufland Store (13)

  • Business hours: Mon – Sun: 7:00 – 22:00

Coop Store (14)

  • Business hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00 to 18:00; Sat: 8:00 – 12:00

Selection of restaurants, bars and pubs

There are dozens of restaurants, bars and pubs in Jindrichuv Hradec. They offer an opportunity to taste typical Czech cuisine or try Italian, Indian, or Asian style. So, do not grieve that the canteen is closed during the evenings and weekends.

Restaurants

Indian Restaurant CHARVI (1)

This restaurant is situated in the city centre. All meals are prepared by native from India. They prepare special lunch menu for reduced price during the week. The restaurant is open Mon – Thu: 10:30 – 22:00; Fri – Sat: 10:30 – 23:00.

Pizza Padrino (2)

In this restaurant you can eat pizza which is prepared right before your eyes, and other Italian speciality. In the restaurant you can smoke. It is open every day from 11:00 to 22:00 (extended opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays).

Udirna Restaurant (3)

In this tavern-style restaurant your meal is prepared on an open fire right before your eyes. It is an experience you must not miss. The restaurant is non-smoking. Opening hours are every day from 11:00 to 23:00 (extended opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays).

Kozlovna Restaurant (4)

This is a pub-style restaurant with traditional Czech cuisine and fresh tank beer. It is divided into smoking and non-smoking section, which are completely separated. The restaurant is open every day from 10:00 to 23:00 (extended opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays).

Cocktail Bar and Disco Paradise (5)

This bar offers over 70 types of cocktails. If you come here in happy hour time 19:00 – 20:00, you get one more cocktail for free. The bar is open Tue – Sat: 17:00 – 1:00. You can also visit the biggest discotheque in Jindrichuv Hradec which is located in the same building.

Tea Room and Shop U Zamku (6)

This a lovely tea room with unique atmosphere located in historical house near the castle. You can taste here dozens of tea from all parts of the world. There is also a fair-trade shop which offers products from developing countries. The tea room is open Tue – Wed: 14:00 – 20:00; Thu – Sat: 14:00 – 22:00.

Kolonial Steam Coffee (7)

This small shop and café offers various kinds of coffee, home-made lemonades, hot chocolate and delicious desserts. It is located just in the city centre and offers to consumer nice and quiet place for relaxation with first-class cup of coffee. The café is open every day from 10:00 to 20:00.


Practical Information for Everyday Life

Foreigners Reporting to the Police

EU citizens are only required to report to the state police place of their residence within 30 days after the entrance into the country. We are able to assist you; you will get more information during the Orientation Week.

Visa

  • EU Countries: If you are the EU citizen, you are not required to have a visa for long-term or short stay in the Czech Republic. You must have a valid passport or ID card. We strongly recommend you to have a passport.
  • Non-EU Countries: Students from countries outside of the EU usually must have a long-term visa. Please, check actual information via your Ministry of Foreign Affairs or use the English version of the Czech Ministry for Foreign Affairs www.mzv.cz

Health Insurance for Foreigners

We recommend you to arrange your own health insurance before you arrive to the Czech Republic. Otherwise you will have to insure at any Czech insurance company. In this case, we do our best to help you with the insurance process.

Czech Holidays

  • Easter – Originally it is a pagan holiday welcoming of spring. Easter Monday is the only day of the year when boys can whip girls to be fertile and healthy during the year. The boys go from house to house, where they whip girls. They get the ribbon on the “pomlazka”, painted egg, and shots, but it depends on the region.
  • May 1st – The first of May is known as the Czech Valentine’s Day. Every woman should be kissed under a cherry blossom. The first May Day is also associated with building the maypole on the squares of the cities, towns, or villages. The maypole must be guarded because it is a tradition between the villages cut off the maypole and stole it.
  • St. Nicholas Day – St. Nicholas with devils and angels walks on households with children in a night from December 5 to December 6. As a tribute to St. Nicholas, who became famous for his generosity, he gives children candies as a present.
  • Christmas – December 24 is the most enjoyable day of Christmas holidays. Christmas Eve is associated with many superstitions that usually relate to life, love, and destiny that awaits one in the year to come. Christmas dinner consists of carp and potato salad, sometimes preceded by mushroom, sauerkraut or fish soup. After dinner, everyone around the table may sing Christmas carols before moving to the Christmas tree. By then, presents have been placed under the tree. Czech children believe that Christmas gifts are brought by Baby Jesus who comes into the room through the window to leave the presents.

Other Czech Holidays

  • January 1 – Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State, New Year
  • May 8 – Victory Day
  • July 5 – Saints Cyril and Methodius Day
  • July 6 – Jan Hus Day
  • September 28 – Day of Czech Statehood
  • October 28 – Day of the Independent Czechoslovak State
  • November 17 – Struggle for Freedom and Democracy
  • December 25 – 1st Day of Christmas
  • December 26 – 2nd Day of Christmas

Telephone Calls and Emergency Numbers

Country code of the Czech Republic is 00420 or +420.

You should check your phone operator if you can use your phone in the Czech Republic with access to roaming services. Cheaper alternative is to become client of our local operator. Prepaid phone cards are perhaps the most efficient options for short-term use. Please, check the web sites for more information:

In case of emergency, call one of the following numbers (free, 24 hour service):

  • Emergency calls central number: 112
  • Emergency ambulance: 155
  • Firemen: 150
  • Police: 158
  • Municipal police: 156

Electrical Plugs

Electrical sockets in the Czech Republic usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. The sockets are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The “Type C” Europlug and the “Type E” and “Type F” Schuko. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance’s plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into.

For more information visit http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=143

Currency

The Czech national currency is the Czech crown. The currency consists of coins (1; 2; 5; 10; 20; 50 CZK) and banknotes (100; 200; 500; 1000; 2000; 5000 CZK).

You can easily change your money in all banks or exchange offices. The approximate exchange ratio is:

  • 1 EUR = 27 CZK
  • 1 USD = 24 CZK

The Costs of Living

In the city like Jindrichuv Hradec it is possible to have a very comfortable life with as little as 6 000 CZK (approximately 200 EUR) per month. This sum of money does not include accommodation expenses.

You can find average prices of selected items via this web site http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Czech+Republic

Tipping

There is no universal protocol concerning tipping. The waiter tell you total sum for your meal or drink and it is up to you if you decide to tip the waiter or not. The Czechs usually say the sum with tip which is rounded up to the next 10 CZK. Anyway, this is not the rule; it always depends on the total sum and your contentment.


Glossary of Basic Czech Words and Phrases

Word / phrase Czech translation Pronuncination
Hello dobrý den do-bree den
Hi ahoj a-hoy
Thanks díky deek-y
Yes ano a-no
No ne ne
Excuse me s dovolením zdovo-le-neem
Please prosím pro-seem
Entrance vchod f-chot
Exit východ vee-chot
Send odeslat o-de-slat
Cancel zrušit zroo-shit
Departure odjezd o-dee-yest
Arrival příjezd przhee-yest
Beer pivo pee-voh
Transport ticket jízdenka yeez-den-kah
Newspaper noviny noh-vin-ny
Help! pomoc! po-motz
Cheers! na zdraví! naz-zdravee-
I am lost ztratil jsem se strat-yil-I-sem-seh
I love you miluju tě mill-oo-yoo-tyeh
I don’t speak Czech nemluvím česky nem-loo-veem-chesky
How are you? jak se vede? yak-se-veh-deh
How much is it? kolik to stojí? koleek-toh-stoy