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No country has burst more colourfully onto the world’s stage since the collapse of the Iron Curtain than the Czech Republic. It’s one of the youngest countries in the world – born as the result of the Velvet Divorce with the Slovak Republic in 1993, which in turn flowed from the Velvet Revolution and freedom from the USSR in 1989.
The star of the Republic’s show is its capital Prague, the resplendent, glorious jewel in its crown. Left largely unscathed by bombing in the Second World War and then hidden behind the Iron Curtain, its architecture is beautifully intact. The Golden City, with its sprawling castle, gargoyle-festooned cathedral and historic Charles Bridge, deserves all its top billing but the Czech Republic has much more waiting in the wings. There is no better place to start than Prague but don’t forget that along with its awesome sights it is also home to cosy pubs and street cafés – perfect places to watch the world go by and taste some of the best beers in the world.
Beyond Prague lies a fairy tale land of castles, forests and picturesque towns such as Ceský Krumlov, embraced by a meander of the Vltava River, and the medieval city of Kutná Hora in the heart of Bohemia. Visit at Christmas time and be enticed with the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread. The great news is that the Czech Republic is also sprinkled with spa towns – the perfect way perhaps to soak away a few too many dumplings!
The largest medieval castle in the world and the jewel of the Czech capital. The castle also contains an exhibition of Czech history and a collection of Bohemian art.
First they were vineyards, then Italian-style Renaissance gardens, and after the 1648 Swedish incursions, Prague Castle’s Palace Gardens changed again to take on a Baroque air, complete with terraces, sculptures, steps and fountains.
The oldest Jewish settlement in Europe, consists of beautiful historic buildings comprising six synagogues. Discover the tragic part of Jewish history at the Jewish Museum.
Dating back to 1357 this statue-bedecked bridge is a popular tourist spot in Prague, vibrant by day or night, scattered with vendors and entertainers. It offers some magnificent views, especially early morning and around sunset.
This Art Nouveau building is lovely and houses the biggest concert hall in town.
Sit back and be entertained by light and shadow shows. The performances are not classical theatre but shows full of magic, tricks of black light, fun and modern dance.
In the heart of the Old Town surrounded by charming Baroque, Gothic and Rococo architecture, the Old Town Square is a great place to hang out, lunch at one of its cafés, browse market stalls or just wait for the Astronomical Clock to do its thing.
Get to know the history of the city and work up your appetite to enjoy dinner with traditional Czech folklore - Czech folk music, dancers, and typical Czech dishes.
The UNESCO cultural and natural heritage town of Cesky Krumlov is nestled in beautiful countryside with views along the Vltava River. The town centre boasts over 300 historical houses and the second largest castle in the Czech Republic with magnificent Baroque gardens.
Explore this protected UNESCO World Heritage Site which was home to several Czech Kings and which its origins can be traced back to the first part of the 13th century. Visit the most important and historical places in this once most important Bohemian town.
Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and lodges in Prague, Czech Republic.
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