Czech Republic overview
In the past decade, the Czech Republic has become one of Europe’s most popular destinations. The capital, Prague, is crammed full of history and culture and draws many visitors. Venture a little further afield and you will find many equally well-preserved old towns rarely visited by tourists. Take time to discover the two charming regions of Moravia and Bohemia and uncover more of what the country has to offer.
Best places in Czech Republic
Prague is a showcase of historic architecture with examples spanning 900 years. The city is dominated by the enormous, elevated Hradcany Castle, with many attractions inside, including St Vitus Cathedral. Charles Bridge takes you across the Vlatava River, where you will reach the Old Town and Wenceslas Square with its markets, buskers and tourists. The Jewish Quarter is picturesque and historic and Petrin Park a haven to escape the crowds.
Bohemia is known for its spas and the oldest, a favorite with tourists wanting to take advantage of the medicinal properties of the hot springs, is Karlovy Vary. World Heritage site Telc is a quaint 13th-century town in South Moravia with cobbled lanes, ancient houses and a Renaissance castle. UNESCO’s list also contains one of Bohemia’s most charming towns, Cesky Krumlov.
Accommodation in Czech Republic
Prague has a fine selection of accommodation to suit all budgets. Here you can opt for first-class hotels, cheaper modern boutique hotels and smaller hotels for a lot less. If you do head for some of the less frequently visited areas, accommodation is more basic and choices limited.
Czech Republic airports
Most visitors arrive in the Czech Republic by air at Prague’s Ruzyne International Airport, 10kms northwest of the city. Airlines arrive here from European, trans-Atlantic and Asian cities. Being located in the centre of Europe, the Czech Republic is also accessible by bus or train from Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, and Warsaw. Daily trains also run between Prague and many European cities including Paris and Amsterdam. The roads to the borders are good, with border crossings into Poland, Slovakia, Germany and Austria.