This Czech city is driving distance from many U.S. Army and Air Force bases here in Germany (5.5 hours from Ramstein, 5 from Wiesbaden, 4.5 from Stuttgart and only 2.5 from Grafenwoehr) and with a little planning, can be a much more affordable trip than to Paris or Venice, without sacrificing the incredible architecture, wonderful restaurants and conveniences of it’s more well-travelled counterparts.
Prague has all the beauty and architecture of Paris, but in a more casual and laid back package. The pace here is less hurried and is a great place to visit a modern art gallery, do a little shopping, or experience the nightlife.
If you are driving to Prague from Germany, be sure to stop at ADAC (or just before the border) to purchase a registration sticker. The stickers are normally less than 20 Euro and are similar to a toll, allowing you to use the Czech highways as a tourist. Czech police are famous for searching out cars at rest stops and gas stations near the highway and the tickets they give cost far more than the original toll price, so don’t try your luck, and don’t forget your passport!
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article by Susan Melnyk