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.
The Czech Republic has more than 12 UNESCO-protected historic sites in Ceský Krumlov, Telc, Kromeríž, Kutná Hora and its capital and largest city Prague. 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 and Baroque elements to Gothic features and the stark modernist architecture of the Communist regime – much of which is wonderfully preserved.
Prague's atmospheric neighbourhoods radiate out from the winding Vltava River, which dissects the city. The city itself is divided into The Old Town, Lesser Town and New Town. Prague tours operate throughout, giving visitors a unique perspective of a city which boasts countless architectural treasures. Breathtaking Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St Vitus, Hradcany Square, the Valdgtejn Palace on the left bank of the river, the Gothic Charles Bridge, the Romanesque Rotunda of the Holy Rood, the Old Town Square and the High Gothic Minorite Church of St James in the Stare Mesto are just some of the significant monuments to be discovered in historic Prague. Prague has many connections with artists, musicians and eminent personalities as well, including Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Kafka.
Whilst 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 3 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. 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 for more than just its history and architecture and present-day Prague is home to an ecletic arts and cultural scene. Fine dining is also celebrated with festivals focusing on locally sourced produced and environmentally friendly foods. If you're into outdoor activities, the ski season on the Czech Mountains is exceptional and runs from December to March.