Home to thousands of crumbling castles, picturesque historic towns, and lots of pretty and peaceful landscapes; it is easy to see why Central Europe’s Czech Republic is now such a popular place to visit. Due to its strategic setting at the heart of the continent, it exhibits a wide array of architectural styles and cultural influences with everyone from the Celts and Slavs, to Habsburgs, Napoleon, and the Nazis having passed through at one time or another.
Mostly made up of endless hills, forests, and countryside, the landlocked country lies surrounded by Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria. Traditionally divided into the three historical territories of Bohemia, Moravia, and Czech Silesia, it also has several rivers and low-lying mountain ranges that snake their way through its bucolic landscapes.
The first place everyone heads to is of course the Czech Republic’s incredible capital, Prague, which is widely regarded to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Packed with amazing medieval architecture and centuries-old cathedrals, a castle, and the charming Charles Bridge, its large historic center with its scenic streets and lively ambience really is a treat to explore.
After having seen the Astronomical Clock and other attractions, many people either go and explore nearby castles, vineyards, and rock formations or venture to Brno or Plzen. While the former is most known for its museums and monuments related to Moravian history and culture, the latter is famous for its brilliant brewery and acts as a good base for travelling about West Bohemia. Cesky Krumlov is yet another popular draw to its lovely old town and huge chateau as are Kutna Hora’s silver mines, cathedral, and ossuary.
Besides its cities, towns, and castles, the Czech Republic also has the awe-inspiring rock formations of Bohemian Paradise and Krkonose to enjoy where you can hike, rock climb, and ski. In addition to the gorgeous Mutenice Wine Region, visitors can relax and unwind at small and scenic spa towns such as Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne, and Karlova Studanka.