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Hradec Kralove, Czechia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Hradec Kralove, Czech Rep. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Hradec Kralove?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Hradec Kralove, they said:

"Hradec Kralove is a city in the Czech Republic, known for its rich history and beautiful architecture. Before moving there, expats should know that the official language is Czech, and while English is commonly spoken in tourist areas and by younger generations, it might not be widely understood by everyone, especially the older population. The cost of living in Hradec Kralove is generally lower than in other European cities, but it's still advisable to have a clear understanding of your financial situation and budget. The city has a good standard of healthcare, with several hospitals and clinics, but expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage. The city has a continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers. It's important to have appropriate clothing for the different seasons. The city is also quite safe, but like any other place, it's always important to be aware of your surroundings and take basic safety precautions. Public transportation in Hradec Kralove is reliable and efficient, with a network of buses and trams. However, many people also choose to walk or cycle as the city is quite compact and easy to navigate. The city has a rich cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries, and theaters, as well as a vibrant nightlife. It's also home to several festivals throughout the year, which can be a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Czech cuisine is hearty and meat-based, with dishes like goulash and sví?ková being popular. Beer is also a big part of Czech culture, and the country is known for its high-quality brews. Lastly, it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Czech people are generally reserved and private, but they are also hospitable and friendly once you get to know them. It's also customary to greet people with a handshake and to say "Dobrý den" (Good day) when entering shops or restaurants," commented one expat who made the move to Hradec Kralove.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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