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The Czech Republic - Land of stories

 

... is not only one of the most beautiful countries in Europe; it’s also one of the most affordable to visit. 

It is a country characterized by its fairytale-like architecture, red-tiled villages,

riverside streets made of cobblestone, historic spa resorts, and remarkably-pretty market squares.

The hilly, Czech countryside is no less inviting as its forests, mountains and scenic valleys are dotted with lovely towns, sunny vineyards and unimaginably beautiful castles once belonging to the ruling Bohemian kings.  It’s a country where folklore, music, history, and oodles of Central-European charm intersect. 

And then there’s the beer – and the wine! 

All in all, this magical place is quite unlike any other country you can visit in Europe.

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Its fascinating history has been frequently entangled with the Holy Roman Emperors, the Austrians and its Slovakian neighbors to the east.  During much of the 20th century, this former communist country was unknown to western travelers.  That’s changed – and it will continue to do so; this European-Union member country is now a prosperous, post-communist success story.  Without a doubt, Prague is now a bonafide darling of vacationers traveling to Europe, and the word is spreading on the many treasures found throughout the rest of the country.

 

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So if you’re looking to capture truly good value in a faraway paradise, the Czech Republic is an ideal country to consider for your next vacation to Europe.  Its hotels, restaurants and sightseeing still offer affordable prices.  Many guidebooks, visitors and locals think in terms of the historical Czech regions of Bohemia and Moravia, and we’re inclined to do the same. 

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Therefore, our preview feature many of the best towns to visit in Bohemia, the western, more well-known face of the Czech Republic – and then we’ll follow up with a pictures solely dedicated to beautiful heritage filled Moravia.  But Let's start with the diamond. Prague, the enchanting, must-see capital of Bohemia and the Czech Republic, works as a great base to visit many of the cities, spa towns and castles we’ll highlight below, so without further delay – here are our Top Favorite Places To Visit in Czech Republic...

 

" If European cities were a necklace, Prague would be a diamond among the pearls "

 

PRAGUE

 

According to one legend, Prague’s magnificent destiny was prophesied even before its founding:

“I see a great city whose glory will touch the stars.”

 

These words utter by the mythical Princess Libuše supposedly determined the place in the deep forests around the river Vltava where the first inhabitants were to build a castle and thus the foundation for a new town.

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Prague, Golden City of a Hundred Spires, a UNESCO monument and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Get to know it in person!

 

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The Old Town Hall with the famous Prague Astronomical Clock. The winding lanes of the Jewish Quarter, which you know from the novels of Franz Kafka, steeped in the legend of the Golem. Cafes enticing you to come and have a seat, boutiques and sight-seeing cruises on the Vltava.

The Gothic Charles Bridge and Church of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Town, the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague. The Palace Gardens set away from the bustle of the city, Petřín with a lookout tower reminiscent of a small Eiffel Tower and Prague Castle

Each of Prague’s districts has its own characteristic atmosphere and unique charm. Prague presents itself to you as a changeable city, which likes to alternate styles: it is romantic and successful, ancient and modern, but above all it is a city that is cosmopolitan through and through, and is used to welcoming foreigners.

It is time to get acquainted.

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"Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws"   Franz Kafka

 

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Castles and chateaux – the greatest Czech treasures

 

Proud royal castles and lovely chateaux, charming gardens, ancient treasures, legends and mysteries.

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Impregnable fortresses, defiant forts, fairytale chateaux and whimsical summer palaces in expansive landscaped parks – these are places where the past comes to life. Tours are livened up by guides in historical costume, period music and dance, swordsmen and falconers.

 

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You will sometimes even come across a ghost! One of the most popular castles in the Czech Republic is Karlštejn Castle, where the Czech crown jewels are displayed. The castle and chateau in Český Krumlov with the Baroque theatre and revolving auditorium in the chateau gardens are presented to you as whimsically playful.

 

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"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."  Edmund Burke

 

 

Intangible heritage – traditions, aromas and flavours of the Czech Republic

 

 

Joy from discovering the best the Czech Republic has to offer is supported by the magic of traditions, the renowned taste of the local cuisine and also by a selection of great wines or beers.

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Natural heritage

Explore caves and rock cities, climb to the tops of mountains and observation points!

 

A wonderful rest in the open air, beautiful scenery, and the charming corners of national parks – all that can be had from trips in the Czech countryside. Explore caves and rock cities, climb to the tops of mountains and observation points! Places you will never forget and where you will always be happy to go back to

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 Wellness at spas and beyond them

Recharge your batteries at Czech spas and wellness resorts

Ethereal scents from exotic plants, a wealth of natural resources, calming massage, relaxing baths, soothing wraps and all this to the sound of comforting music and the flicker of candles – welcome to the magical world of wellness, a world that blends a deep knowledge of human health with a feeling of relaxation and an escape from stress, fatigue and the problems of our overworked age. Come and take it easy at Czech wellness resorts, where in the wonderful setting of elegant spas, wellness hotels, ostentatious chateaux and rural farms you can leave the everyday hustle and bustle behind and restore your appetite for life.

 

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Winter activities – active holidays in white

 

Winter: Great downhill runs, fun snow parks, cross-country trails or sledging runs? Winter in the Czech Republic will not allow you to sit idle!

 

A winter rush in powdery snow – that is true winter in the Czech ski centres. You will discover something new here every year, ranging from stylish hotels, restaurants and cafes right on the slopes, right through to ski mountaineering trails.

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