By many measures, the Czech Republic is one of the safest countries in Europe. But it isn’t always a walk in the park. Stream International’s Honest Guide series has made a name for themselves by saving tourists from unscrupulous taxi drivers, ripoff exchange offices, and conmen right in the center of Prague. But this week, Honest Guide delves into some of the natural dangers one might encounter not in the tourist center, but throughout the countryside. Among those dangers are ticks, which have a high prevalence in the country during the summer month; the rates of tick-born diseases such as Lyme disease in the Czech Republic are among the highest in Europe. By the way, the unseasonably warm October weather means that tick season in the Czech Republic isn’t over quite yet. Other natural dangers in the Czech Republic include stinging nettles, wasps and hornets, poisonous mushrooms, and… deadly vipers? We haven’t encountered any of those, either, though this recent study recorded nearly 200 instances of viper bites in the Czech Republic over a 15-year period (no fatalities). We’re in agreement with the Honest Guide’s conclusion: Prague (and the Czech Republic) is not a dangerous place.
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The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.