Czech Republic is where Eastern Europe and Western Europe meet. The capital Prague is by far its most famous destination – a medieval riverside city with a buzzing cultural scene and scattered relics of the country’s communist past. But explore further afield and you’ll discover beautiful national parks, winding river valleys and fairytale castles. Allow Luggage Mule to ship your luggage to Czech Republic and discover this fascinating central European country at your leisure.
Customs: Czech Republic is situated within the EU, so travel from other EU countries is. Be aware though that meat products not originating from EU member states are forbidden, as is the transport of pets. Check the The Customs Administration of the Czech Republic website for full details.
Price: One way shipping from £29.99!
Shipping times: 5 working days
Flights: Flights to Czech Republic usually take about two to three hours. Most international airlines provide a service to Czech Republic but flights from Africa and the Australasia and Pacific region usually involve at least one change. Major gateways include Prague, Pardubice, Ostrava and Karlovy Vary and Brno.
Currency: Czech Koruna (Kč)
Power: 230V, 50Hz
Visas: Holders of British Citizen passports or any other EU state citizens are not required to have a visa to travel to Czech Republic. Other nationalities however may need a Schengen visa. To check the visa requirements of your country visit Schengen Visa Information website.
Time difference: GMT+1
Packing for Czech Republic
Those visiting outside of the short high summer season between May and June should pack for all eventualities. Be sure to check the weather for the entirety of your stay and certainly consider cagoules and waterproofs as well as a few thick sweaters to ward off the cold. In May and June, suncream, sunglasses and a hat are essentials. If you’re heading out into the countryside, bring hiking gear, including sturdy boots – there’s some fabulous walking out in the Czech Republic’s national parks. With Luggage Mule’s 30kg allowance, you can ship whatever you need to the Czech Republic and still have space for souvenirs.
Ship your bike to Czech Republic
Away from the big cities, the Czech Republic has a good network of quiet B-type roads, so cycling around the country is easy – and it’s a perfect way to take in the medieval castles and beautiful countryside. Popular routes include the beginner and family-friendly Elbe River trial from Spindleruv Mlyn to Hrensko and the Sumava Trail from Domazlice to Cesky Krumlov, which includes a few steep climbs. Wherever you decide to explore, Luggage Mule can ship your bike to Czech Republic ahead of you at reasonable rates. If you’re city-based, it can still be worth shipping your bike to Prague and hiring a car to get around – many trails are within one to two hours’ drive of the capital.
Ship your skis to Czech Republic
Czech resorts might not have the reputation of French or Swiss après-ski, but with beginner-friendly runs and some of the cheapest options in Europe, the ski season here is fast becoming a bit of a best-kept secret. Much of Czech Republic’s skiing is located in the east – in the northeast there are Jeseníky and Cervenohorské, both close to the border with Poland, plus Rícky and Deštné in the Orlické hory mountains. In the southeast there’s Pustevny, close to the border with Slovakia.
For those wishing to try out something a little different, the Liberec region in the Jizera mountains is the home of Czech Republic’s longest cross-country ski races (Jizerská 50 and Bieg Piastów) and is a popular place for tobogganing and sledging. Wherever you choose, let Luggage Mule ship your ski gear to the Czech Republic ahead of you, so you can just turn up and hit the slopes.
Ship your golfing gear to Czech Republic
By far the largest golf resort in the Czech Republic, Golf Resort Konopiste offers two 18-hole courses – Radecky Course and D´Este Course – as well as a 9-hole course for youngsters and beginners. For those seeking a challenge, the Golf Club Podebrady in the famous spa town east of Prague and the course at the Golf Country Club Svobodne Hamry should fit the bill. Whatever your golfing level, Luggage Mule can ship your golf gear to Czech Republic at reasonable rates, giving you the chance to enjoy your holiday on the greens.
What to ship home from Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is renowned for its delicate glass and crystal – famous names include the 1857-founded Moser Glass based in Karlovy Vary, and Erpet Bohemian Crystal, the home of classic Czech chandeliers, porcelain, and jewellery. With Luggage Mule’s 30kg allowance, you’ll be able to buy a few items for the table or the mantelpiece. Always take special care when packing delicate items such as glassware.
For beer fans, a trip to the Czech Republic is a chance to stock up on the country’s legendary Pilsners. Look out for the classic Pilsner Urquell and Koutska 12.