The Czech Republic was formed in the late 9th century as the Duchy of Bohemia and came to be a cultural, academic, and scientific leader of central Europe. It was part of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the end of World War I it merged with its neighbor to the east, Slovakia, forming Czechoslovakia, and fell under the control of the Soviet Union after World War II. The communist regime collapsed in the 1989 Velvet Revolution, and the country redivided into the Czech and Slovak Republics in 1993. Its many industries through the years have, of course, produced some excellent plumbing.
These pictures are from a brief visit to the Czech Republic, part of a trip from Athens to Paris by train.
For travel pictures and suggestions from the Czech Republic see:
Czech Toilet Logistics
|Where is the toilet?|
|Kde je záchod?|
How do you find the correct restroom?
The Prague Metro system has some toilet facilities. You have to pay to use them, but that payment helps to keep them much cleaner than they otherwise would be.
Paying a nominal fee keeps some of the mess from happening in the first place, and the money collected can be used to pay cleaning staff and buy cleaning supplies.
You will also need to pay to ride the Metro: 18 Kč for a ticket that lets you ride up to five stations away and for a period of 30 minutes.
Make sure to validate your ticket when you enter the system and hold onto it until you leave the system at the far end.
See the blue and red printing across the bottom, that's the validating mark on mine.
You buy the tickets in little shops near the Metro station, a place you can buy snacks and smokes and magazines. It can be a little tricky to find them on Sunday evenings. The locals buy several in advance when they have the opportunity.
Here is the clean and modern toilet and sink in my room at Hotel Anna in Prague:
It features the standard rocker switch and grounded 230V outlet found throughout western and central Europe.
The City Night Line passenger train provides great service north and west from Prague through Berlin, Köln, and Amsterdam.
The City Night Line includes the common couchette overnight accomodation, but it also has luxury first-class sleeper compartments.
This is the nicest overnight train I have ever ridden!
The gymnastic minded toilet seen above is in the spacious handicap accessible lavatory in a couchette car on board the City Night Line train.
The luxury First Class sleeper compartments on the City Night Line train have their own compact but private toilet and shower!
It is not as cramped as you might expect — there is no need to stand straddling the toilet as you shower. The private lavatory is oval in shape, with the toilet at one side and a sink and shower area at the other.
This washroom is on board a EuroCity train running from Budapest to Prague.