Gorgeous medieval towns, historic breweries and vineyards, famous spa resorts, a dynamic music and arts scene, and the highest density of castles in the world… the Czech Republic is a dream destination full of enchanting attractions.
In beautiful Prague, stroll across the Charles Bridge to the popular Prague Castle, with its stunning St Vitus Cathedral. Explore the Jewish Quarter and the winding streets around the Old Town Square, and wander the grounds of Veletržní Palace and historic Vyšehrad fortress.
Escape to the beautiful castles of Karlštejn and Konopiště. Explore the spectacularly creepy Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora, taste the wine of Mělník, and contemplate the ravages of war at the prison fortress of Terezín and the Children's Monument in Lidice. Visit the pretty riverside town of Český Krumlov, and see the gorgeous Renaissance architecture of Slavonice. Experience the beautiful town square of Tábor, the beer halls of Česke Budějovice, and the Gothic castles of Zvíkov and Orlík.
Taste the brews at Plzeň, where Pilsner beerwas first invented, and relax at the spa towns of Mariánské Lázně and Karlovy Vary. Take in the stunning Sandstone Rocks of Labe, the picture-perfect town of Litoměřice, and the dramatic castle at Děčín. Go hiking in the Bohemian Paradise nature reserve and skiing in the Krkonoše Mountains. Linger at the bizarre rock formations of Adršpach-Teplice, and the fantastic castle of Litomyšl.
See the Holy Trinity column in lively Olomouc, and traditional wooden architecture at the Wallachian Open-Air Museum. Explore cosmopolitan Brno, the historic estates of Lednice and Valtice, and the modern architecture of Zlín. Hike in the Beskydy mountains, sample the wines of Znojmo, and wander around the stunning castles of Pernštejn and Vranov.
Probably the best way to travel is by Czech Railways, which has an extremely comprehensive network and discount passes for extended travel periods.
That said, buses are usually cheaper, and depending on your route, can be faster and more convenient. Since bus and train stations are usually found together, you can take your pick. However, for long-distance journeys, do book tickets in advance.
Car rentals are easily available and road infrastructure is good. Don't forget to buy a toll sticker if you're planning to take the motorways. For the physically fit, cycling is an excellent option, as paths are well marked and scenic, and trains have bicycle racks.
City taxis are reasonably priced, but do ensure that the driver uses the meter. Prague in particular has an excellent public transport system that integrates metro, tram and bus.
The Czech national sport might very well be mushroom hunting. From May to September, thousands of mushroom fanatics head into the forests, baskets in hand, to hunt for edible mushrooms. Go with a local - you'll need their expert help in identifying mushroom species.
Before the 1840s, beers were dark and cloudy. Enter the brewers of Plzeň, who used new techniques and paler malts to create Pilsner, the world's first clear golden lager. Try Pilsner and other Czech beers at any pub, and take your cue from the Czechs, the greatest beer drinkers per capita in the world.
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