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About the Czech Republic

You will find history in the Czech Republic literally on every corner. The oldest cities were founded during the Middle Ages at the crossroads of trading routes. Coins were minted in them, heavy metals were mined and beer was brewed. Some towns, such as Tábor, were even established as a result of religious reformation. You may easily be able to recognize the most well known and oldest - all of them are located three hours by car from the Capital City of Prague.

czechThere is nowhere in the world where you will find so many sights entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List as in the Czech Republic. Today you can find 12 sites, two intangible cultural heritage traditions and one geopark – all on the World Heritage List. The sites are varied – from whole historical sections of towns to single buildings and if you were to travel to the Czech Republic only for them you certainly will not be bored. You will thus get to know the Czech Republic really well.

What to see

Prague (Praha)

pragueHundred-spired Prague, Prague – the mother of cities, magical Prague. These are just three titles which the capital of the Czech Republic proudly wears. Since the very beginnings of the Czech state, it has been its natural political, business and cultural centre. This historic yet modern city is more than 1,000 years old. It has an extraordinary charm about it which can be sensed in every season. Its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site speaks for its worth.

Ceský Krumlov

Ceský Krumlov is a unique architectural jewel, whose importance is underlined by the fact that it was included in the UNESCO List of the World Cultural Heritage in 1992. Above the meanders of the river Vltava a unique complex of municipal housing developed, mainly in the 16th century, along with an extensive castle and chateau complex, the second largest in the country after the Prague Castle.

Olomouc

czechrepublicLocated roughly halfway between Prague and Krakow, Olomouc boasts a concentration of Baroque architecture second only to Prague. Olomouc was founded as a royal town near the river Morava in the early 13th century. The history of settlements here is much older. In the mid-11th century a Przemyslid castle is mention; the Moravian bishopric was founded here at that time. There are numerous religious monuments, such as the Bishop's Cathedral of St. Wenceslas.

Brno

The second largest town in the country and Moravia’s traditional capital, Brno was also the historic seat of the Premyslid dynasty. King Wenceslas I awarded Brno municipal status as early as 1243. The city’s skyline is dominated by the Špilberk castle, where an early-Gothic palace with two chapels is still standing. Later on, the castle was converted into a baroque fortress, and in the 19th century it became known as the infamous "Jail of Nations".

Plzen (Pilsen)

czechThe West-Bohemian metropolis with 170,000 inhabitants is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic. Its historical predecessor was a former watch castle dated from the 10th century on the place of the recent Starý Plzenec. The pre-Romanesque Rotunda of St. Peter dates back to that period. Plzen is famous for its world-famous Pilsner Urquell beer; the brewery offers guided tours and tastings.

Ceske Budejovice was founded in 1265 on the confluence of the Vltava and Malše rivers by King Premysl Otakar II. The town is famous for the Budvar brewery; here you can not only sample the famous brew (the Budweiser name is derived from the German name for Ceske Budejovice), but also tour the brewery itself.

Hradec Králové

Hradec Kralove is among the oldest Bohemian towns. It was built on the place of an old Slavic settlement and historical sources date it back to 1225. In the Middle Ages it was a dowry town of Czech queens. From the 14th century the brick Cathedral of the Holy Ghost has been preserved, while the neighbouring White Tower was built in the 16th century.

Holidays in the Czech Republic

In the footsteps of history

The Czech Republic lies in the heart of Europe, which also means that its history has been everything if not peaceful. It has always been situated at the point of contention between the East and the West. The Byzantine and Roman empires once fought for the Czech lands, and not much changed until the fall of communism twenty years ago. The Gothic castle and border fortifications from World War Two are remnants of those turbulent times.

czech_honeymoonFrom time to time, we all need to make time for ourselves and our families to wash away all our fatigue and stress. This means we want to spend our holiday in a relaxing and interesting place. The Czech Republic can offer hundreds of such places. Whether you want to spend your holiday actively in the countryside, purely relaxing in a spa, or you want to take in some culture and go somewhere to learn more, this small country in the heart of Europe has so much to offer!

In search of romance

Those who are romantic at heart always happily return to the Czech Republic. This is because many places look like they have been taken straight from a fairy tale. This means beautiful countryside, but especially the historical towns with their enchanting squares, Gothic castles and Renaissance and Baroque chateaux, which there are more than 2,000 of in the Czech Republic. If you then so desire, you can even hold your own wedding in one of them.

Family holidays

You won’t find a better destination for the family than the Czech Republic. The Central European climate and conditions are a guarantee that nothing will spoil the time you have set aside for your family alone. What is more, the offer of activities in the Czech Republic is so varied that the young and old are sure to have fun the whole time. Set out for mysterious castles, or visit the dinosaurs even further back into the mists of time.

Active holidays in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic does not only mean the best beer in the world, sports fans will also come into their own here. Practically everybody will find something to their taste in the diverse countryside of Central Europe. In summer, you can play golf, cycle or head for the water. In winter, ski centres are open for you and you can take part in adrenaline sports and geocaching the whole year round.

Relaxation holiday

If your idea of the ideal holiday is peace and quiet, you will certainly be taken by the varied offer of Czech spa and wellness programmes, which can be supplemented to include getting a taste of Czech cuisine. If you are one of those for whom a holiday in the countryside is music to your ears, there is an ever growing offer of agrotourism here for you. You can make a visit in any season more pleasant by taking in one of the many music festivals.

Practical information

Entrance to the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union. Citizens of EU countries, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland may stay temporarily within the territory of the Czech Republic without any permit whatsoever on the basis of a travel document or ID card.

czechCurrency

Although the Czech Republic is a member of the EU, it is not so far a member of the Eurozone and for this reason, the euro is not the official currency here (yet despite this it is possible to exchange euro for Czech crowns without any problems).

Language

The official language in the Czech Republic is Czech, which is a Slavonic language (the same as Slovak, Polish, Serbian, Russian, Croatian or Bulgarian). It is sometimes possible to make yourself understood in English or Russian. German is a little less widespread.

Time and climate

Time zone and time: The 24-hour clock is generally used in the Czech Republic in printed materials and on digital clocks. The 12-hour clock is also used when speaking colloquially or in relation to analogue clocks. The week starts on Monday and ends on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday are not working days.

This landlocked country in the centre of Europe does not abound in extremes. The climate is moderate with four seasons. People ski in the mountains in winter and the hot summer is excellent for bathing. When there is more substantial rainfall in the summer or when the snow and ice melt in the spring, there are sometimes problems here with local flooding, especially in the areas along the rivers (the same as in the whole of Europe). Cities are however well prepared for these situations and the capital for example has established a special system for protection against flooding.

Source: http://www.czechtourism.com

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