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Days off, public holidays and holidays

The following are non-working days on which banks and most shops are closed.

  • 1 January – Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State, New Year’s Day
  • Easter Monday
  • 1 May – Labour Day
  • 8 May – Liberation Day
  • 5 July – Saint Cyril and Methodius Day
  • 6 July –Jan Hus Day (burned at the stake in 1415)
  • 28 September – St. Wenceslas Day
  • 28 October – Independent Czechoslovak State Day (created in 1918)
  • 17 November – Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
  • 24 December – Christmas Eve
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – St. Stephen’s Day

School holidays

Summer holidays in the Czech Republic begin at the start of July and last until the end of August. Apart from the fact that schools are closed, timetables for public transport are usually slightly altered.

Christmas holidays are usually slightly longer than the days off that apply for the whole Czech Republic; spring holidays are determined by individual regions. However, these days off have practically no impact on foreigners staying in the Czech Republic.

How to…at the weekend…

  • change money – banks are mostly closed, bureaux de change are usually open
  • buy food – look for large shopping centres and hypermarkets
  • find a doctor – there are always doctors in the emergency department in hospitals


Source: CzechTourism