Czech Republic Destination Guide
Boasting historic towns and cities, amazing architecture, enchanting art history and a thriving entertainment and restaurant scene, Czech Republic holidays offer something for everyone.
With a rich history dating back to the 9th Century, the Czech Republic’s unique architecture reflects the country’s tumultuous past and boasts Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic features set against the stark modernist architecture of the Communist regime – much of which is wonderfully preserved.
The Republic has more than 12 UNESCO-protected historic sites in Ceský Krumlov, Telc, Kromeríž, Kutná Hora and its capital and largest city Prague.
Explore countless historic sights
Prague's atmospheric neighbourhoods radiate out from the winding Vltava River, which dissects the city. The city itself is divided into The Old Town, New Town and Lesser Town – which, despite its name, is no less impressive.
Prague tours operate throughout all of these districts, giving visitors a unique perspective of a city that boasts countless architectural treasures.
Some of the significant monuments you'll be able to discover include the Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St Vitus, Hradcany Square, the Valdgtejn Palace and the Gothic Charles Bridge.
Take your time because there's also the Romanesque Rotunda of the Holy Rood, the Old Town Square and the High Gothic Minorite Church of St James in the Stare Mesto.
While Prague may be regarded as the jewel of the Czech Republic, the beauty of the historic township of Ceský Krumlov should not be overlooked.
Situated on the banks of the Vltava River around three hours from Prague, Ceský Krumlov is based around a spectacular 13th Century Gothic castle considered by many to be one of the finest in Europe.
Go straight to the Pilsener beer source
Similarly, the impeccable gardens surrounding the Kromeríž Palace has to be seen to be believed, while the fairytale city of Telc boasts unique Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
The Czech Republic appeals to many for more than just its history and architecture, and present-day Prague is home to an ecletic arts and cultural scene.
Prague in particular has connections with many artists, musicians and eminent personalities including Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Kafka.
Rich Czech cuisine and world-famous Pilsner beers are another reason people fall in love with the country.
You don't have to go far to sample an excellent brew but if you want to go straight to the source, take a tour of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery in the city of Pilsner itself.
If you're more thirsty for some outdoor activities, then you're in luck because skiing in the Czech Mountains is exceptional and inexpensive.
Many mountains are located less than two hours drive from Prague and the season runs from December through March.