Prague town centre, Czech Republic Travel. Photo by Dilliff.
Czech Republic Travel
With its location at the crossroads of Europe the Czech Republic offers a fascinating mix of tempestuous history and varied, colourful culture.
It has many spectacular buildings and monuments scattered around the country and more than ten places – including some entire towns, Prague for instance – have been listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Prague, the capital, is one of the Europe’s most visited cities but the rest of the country is still well off the regular tourist route so its unspoiled nature is a great asset for outdoor activities.
The Czech Republic is relatively safe, good value, has excellent transport, superb sights and both outdoor and indoor activities in good supply.
Prague summertime tourist overload at Kafka’s house.
– Crowds in Prague, especially in July/August, are barely tolerable.
– The country is not a party place, other the wild and stag-ridden Prague.
– Service people are not, generally, brimming over with the milk of human kindness which you can understand with their beautiful places overcome by vast herds of tourists.
Best May – September but check Prague weather
Worst: November – March when many sights are closed, except in Prague. Winter months, however can be fun in Prague if you don’t mind offsetting the cold with a wee glass of something warming on a regular basis.
Avoid July- August in Prague if possible, it’s screamingly crowded.
OK: April, October.
Length of stay?
Minimum worthwhile stay, not incl. flights: Prague only or including a quick whizz around the Bohemian states – 3 days
Recommended: Prague & nearby towns/Bohemian Spas – 7 days.
Czech Republic Attractions
** Moravske Slovacko (South Moravia)
One of the richest regions of central Europe for genuine, undiluted folk traditions – and a lovely place to boot.
The area is an open air museum of local arts and culture in typical villages, including colourful architecture, costumes, cuisine, folk music and dance.
Try to go Straznice for its annual folk festival.
The local wine (especially white) is said to be the best in the country, though not suited to the Bugbog palate.
** Moravsky Kras (Moravian Karst)
One of the most scenic area of densely forested hills, sliced by gorges and with hundreds of caves, including some of the most spectacular – Punkevni and Macocha Abyss.
A boat trip on the underground river is a popular way to explore these caves.
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, is the most picturesque town in the country, with a gorgeous town square and a glorious Renaissance Castle. Founded in the 13th century, it hasn’t changed much since. It’s a 2. 5 hour bus ride from the capital.