With its beautiful cities, magnificent castles and fascinating history, there’s plenty to be enjoyed on holiday to the Czech Republic. The country’s capital of Prague is listed as a UNESCO Heritage site and continues to prove particularly popular with tourists, perhaps because of its alluring architecture and many cultural attractions. Sample the finer things in life with a trip to the opera or ballet, or simply make the most of the city’s excellent restaurants serving up a variety of traditionally Czech food.
If you don’t fancy sauntering the cobbled city streets, however, take a day trip to discover some of the Czech Republic’s most scenic backdrops. The Krkonoše Mountains and mini canyons of Bohemia make for a great place to visit, particularly for lovers of the great outdoors. Those with a love for water will want to make the most of this destination’s vast lakes. Windsurfing, sailing and fishing are particularly popular pastimes.
With its blend of gothic architecture and gorgeous riverside parks, this city isn’t short on beautiful places to uncover. Prague is home to a number of museums and art galleries designed to inject a dose of culture into your getaway, while shops, bars and restaurants can be found around every corner.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this charming old town is known for its medieval buildings and majestic castles. The town is surrounded by rolling hills and glorious gardens, making it particularly popular with those in search of a walking holiday. Additionally, you’ll find the stunning Blansko Forest to the north, a hotspot for hikers.
Located around 20km from Prague, this quaint village offers a real step back in time with its meandering cobbled streets and laid-back pace. Karlstejn castle is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Czech Republic, making it well worth the day trip.
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Explore its magnificent castles
For real life fairy-tale castles, Czech Republic is your best bet. Within reaching distance of the city of Prague you’ll find Karlstejn and Konopiste, both boasting beautiful works of architecture that wouldn’t look out of place on a picture-postcard. The 14th-century castle found in Karlstejn is hidden between the forested hills, while the spectacular Baroque-style chateau found in Konopiste was once the last residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Embrace the great outdoors
For true adventure-seekers and adrenaline junkies, Krkonose is a must. This heady mountain range is located on the border between Poland and Czech Republic and boasts a variety of activities to keep you captivated. The highest peak in the country, it is favoured by tourists for its hiking and cycling opportunities.
Experience the charm of Cesky Krumlov
A short jaunt from the capital will bring you to Cesky Krumlov, which is a great day trip. Often considered to be Czech Republic’s most picturesque city, you’ll stumble across photo-worthy castles, meandering medieval streets and the majestic Vltava River.
Sightseeing in Czech Republic
If it’s historic ruins and ancient architecture you’re looking for, Prague should be first on your list. Taking a cruise on the Vltava river that runs through the city is a great way to spot the most iconic sights, or you could take a wander through the easily walkable city.
The Old Town has managed to retain many of its charms, as well as now being a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ll uncover an array of unique shops and delightful eateries on your trip. Catch a glimpse at the medieval-style Charles Bridge, or marvel at the old-style buildings and charming open squares. The Mala Strana district is a must-see, where you’ll find Prague’s iconic castle.
Cuisine in Czech Republic
Traditional Czech cuisine has developed over hundreds of years, influenced by both Austrian and Hungarian food. Most dishes are created with local ingredients, mixed to create unique dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Hearty stews and traditional goulash are popular menu options, and you’ll find many meat dishes in the Czech Republic. Czech pork feast, or Zabijacka, is a typical speciality and you’ll find black pudding and white pudding on the menu in many restaurants. Some regions within the Czech Republic have particularly specialities, too. A visit to Olomouc in Moravia will introduce you to its local curd cheese, while Pardubice is home to delicious gingerbread treats.
For must-try dishes on your getaway, opt for koleno, a braised pork knuckle served with pickled vegetables, or Bramboraky, potato pancakes. Those after something sweet might like to order Palacinky, thin Czech pancakes that are often served up with fresh fruit, jam and cream.
Restaurants in Czech Republic
There are a great many restaurants in Czech Republic, with plenty serving up traditional Czech cuisine. That’s not to say that international flavours don’t have a place here – there is everything from European to Mediterranean influences as well as middle-eastern and Asian cuisines.
For those seeking great food alongside glorious views, there are a number of restaurants overlooking the Vltava river, offering a great setting for a meal or a Czech beer or two. Meanwhile, the Vinohrady district in Prague is a great spot for quality food, with many restaurants popping up in recent years.
From its impressive landscapes and ancient architecture to its unique cuisine and beautiful castles, a holiday to Czech Republic should be next on your list to travel to. Enjoy its historic sites, take in the glorious views from its mountain range or take part in cycling or hiking – there’s more than enough to keep you occupied.
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