The Czeck Republik is big, very big, on the tourist trail. Thanks largely to Prague. And a government and people who quickly understood the benefits tourists could bring to the economy. But no matter how you look at it, there is a reason Prague is so popular. It is beautiful. And that is an understatement. Prague is medieval glory at its best. The Charles Bridge alone is glorious, but it is only one of many such magnificent sights in the city. You could walk around for days and still not discover every hidden gem the place has to offer.
But it would be unfair to dwell on Prague alone, because the Czech Republic is more than just its capital. This is the land that gave us the word Bohemian after all, named after Bohemia a region of the country. It is also the nation that gave us beer as we know it, the pilsner. You can see where it all happened in Plzeň, a worthwhile destination in its own right. Hike or spelunk in the Moravian Karst, or go skiing in the Sudeten Mountains. Visit pretty Český Krumlov with its huge castle, or Karlstejn Castle, one time seat of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Soak your weary bones in the hot springs of beautiful Karlovy Vary, you will be in good company, as Peter the Great, Beethoven and Goethe have all done the same. Feast your eyes on the splendours of Kutná Hora, with its sumptuous Baroque St. Barbara’s Cathedral.
There are so many more treasures hidden in this little country, it is no wonder everybody goes there. Find out for yourself, and uncover your own secret gem. Go, seek, and discover…
Highlights from Czech Republic
- If there is one city you have to visit, Prague (aka Praha) is it, with the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, the Castle district, the cemetery and much, much more
- After getting tired from all that sightseeing it might be a good time to hike, cycle or go spelunking in the Moravian Karst (aka Moravský Kras)
- For more outdoor activity like skiing head to the Sudeten Mountains in winter
- By now your muscles will be yearning for a break and the hot springs at Karlovy Vary will be very welcome indeed
- There are many good places to drink beer in the Czech Republic, but to see where the humble pilsner originated you must go to Plzeň
- Visit Karlstejn Castle on a day trip from Prague to see how an Emperor once lived
- Stroll around Český Krumlov with yet another magnificent castle as an added extra
- To see paradise, hike around the Bohemian Paradise, a National Park with beautiful rock formations.
- More beautiful churches, houses and whatnot can be found in Kutná Hora
- For something different the ‘Bone Church’ in Sedlec is worth a look. Find out what you can do with human bones when used creativily
Hints and Tips for Czech Republic
- As the Czech Republic is part of the EU and of the Schengen Zone you either don’t need to worry about visa’s, or if you do, an Schengen Visa will do for all the Schengen countries, including the Czech Republic.
- With so many tourists coming language shouldn’t be a problem. Just in case, bring a phrasebook. Also if English isn’t understood, try German.
- Prague is not particularly cheap, and that is an understatement. It is as expensive, or more expensive than many other European cities, including Paris.
- There is excellent food and excellent beer to be had in this country, so eat, drink and be merry!
- Speaking of drinking there are several beer festivals around the country, the biggest is in May in Prague, or you can go for the Pilsner Fest in Plzeň in October which celebrates everything pilsner