Landlocked Czech Republic (also known as Czechia) is known for its rich culture and history, picturesque cities, striking castles and world-class beer. With well-marked cycling roads, this is one of the most bicycle-friendly countries in the world.
Capital Prague known for its long and wealthy history, is a melting pot of traditional and modern cultures. The city’s architectural heritage, art galleries and museums are a true delight. Walking on the 14th century Charles Bridge and navigating the labyrinth of historic buildings, museums and galleries of Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world are must-do activities. The Old Town Square, St Vitus Cathedral, Prague Astronomical Clock, and Dancing House are some notable highlights in Prague.
Around 70km away from Prague lies the UNESCO listed historical city of Kutna Hora. This medieval city is known for its Bone Church – Sedlec Ossuary, which contains over 50,000 human skeletons. In the country’s northwestern region lies a historic spa town – Karlovy Vary, whose International Film Festival is one of the major festivals in Europe. Plzen (also known as Pilsen) is known for its great quality beers and beer lovers should visit the Pilsner Urquell Brewery – where the world’s first lager beer was brewed.
The UNESCO world heritage listed town of Cesky Krumlov is home to the impressive Cesky Krumlov State Castle. Around 45km northeast from the Cesky Krumlov lies Trebon – a town dotted with fishponds and spas. Trebon Chateau is the best example of the town’s rich Bohemian architecture and the Trebonsko Protected Landscape region offers great hiking.
Telc – another UNESCO listed town displays Italian Renaissance architecture like the classic Renaissance chateau and well-preserved historic squares. The university cities of Olomouc and Brno are great places to have a beer and explore the Olomouc Castle and museums. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape is another addition to Czechia’s long list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Located in Lednice town, it is home to two royal castles and a wonderful botanical garden.
In recent years, Czechia has become a global tourism hub. With exciting historical and cultural elements, a trip to Czech Republic, the beauty of Eastern Europe can never go wrong.
Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle complex in the world.