Travel to the Czech Republic
The 5 Star Hotels and Luxury Resorts in the Czech Republic will help create a perfect family vacation or European getaway.
Most people know the Czech Republic for one thing – its cosmopolitan, capital city of Prague. And for good reason, Prague is set in a stunning location and has enough to do and see that most visitors would be more than satisfied.
However, there’s so much for to the Czech Republic. Its unspoiled landscape of mountains, upland plains, forests and farmland make it picture perfect. And, many of the towns throughout the country are a haven of architecture, sculpture and art.
The 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in Prague and the Czech Republic are sure to help capture the essence of a family vacation or European getaway.
CZECH REPUBLIC TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
Sightseeing in Czech Republic – While most people are drawn to Prague, there’s plenty to see outside the city. If you want stay close to the capital, visit Konopiste Castle, which was was originally built in the 13th century and has been rebuilt and restored many times since. If venturing out, travel down to Cesky Krumlov. It’s located in beautiful wine producing country and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved medieval heritage.
Prague, Czech Republic – This beautiful European capital city has played a pivotal role in the evolution of Eastern European politics, art and culture. And, its sites and people greatly reflect it. Take a walking tour of the Old Town, with its cobbled streets, and the Jewish Quarter, birthplace of Franz Kafka. See the Gothic Town Hall in Old Town Square, famous for its astronomical clock. Visit the Jewish Museum, which houses the largest collection of Judaica in Europe, the Old New Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery. Be sure to visit Prague’s Castle District (Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Basilica of St. George and more).
Nature in Czech Republic – Any walk outside will show you the abundance of nature in the Czech Republic. Its range of landscape and beautiful countryside is refreshing. If your visit includes time in the country’s Bohemia region, visit the Koneyprusy Caves for a one-hour sightseeing tour. The country’s nature reserves are perfect for leisurely hikes and are known for its untouched scenery.
Shopping in Czech Republic – Shop for Bohemian hand-cut crystal, garnets, antiques, jewelry, handmade tablecloths and puppets, peasant frocks, hand-knit shawls, wooden toys, embroidered clothing, hand-painted eggs, caviar, fur hats, classical music, ceramics and china. Prague offers the best shopping options.
Dining in Czech Republic – Restaurants in the Czech Republic include a variety of international cuisine – especially Italian and Chinese. For the local fare, try Roast pork, sauerkraut and dumplings, which constitutes the traditional national meal. Czech beers are known to be some of the best in Europe (the locally brewed Pilsner Urquell and Budvar).
CZECH REPUBLIC FAST FACTS
Population of Czech Republic – 10.1 million
Languages in Czech Republic – Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Russian, German, English.
Religions in Czech Republic – Atheist, Christian (Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox).
Time Zone in Czech Republic – One hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+1 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the end of March to the end of October.
Voltage Requirements in Czech Republic – 220 volts
Currency in Czech Republic – Czech Koruna (CZK)
Weather in Czech Republic – May-September are pleasant weather months where days are warm and nights are cooler (great sleeping weather, but take a sweater). Spring can be a bit rainy and winter is cold and snowy.
Czech Republic Geography – Czech Republic is bordered by Germany, Poland, Austria and Slovakia. The country’s landscape is a mix of rolling hills, lower mountains, dramatic rock formations in the higher mountains, farmland and fertile hillsides and river valleys.
Safety in Czech Republic – The Czech Republic is a very safe destination. However, always use common sense by keeping valuables out of sight and purses and wallets close at hand.
CZECH REPUBLIC FUN FACTS
- Since the Middle Ages, the region that is now the Czech Republic has been a major political and cultural force in the Great Moravian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
- Czech Republic joined the European Union in May 2004.
- The first Protestant faith has its roots in Prague.
- The Nazis preserved many Jewish buildings in Prague and warehoused Jewish religious artifacts there because they wanted to have an ethnological museum of an extinct race.
- Prague’s Charles University, founded in 1348, was the first university to be established north of the Alps and east of the Rhine.
- The Czech Republic is one of the least religious countries in the world. Census results showed 32.4% “had no religion.”
CZECH REPUBLIC – INSIDER TIP
If you’re dining out and would like a beer, put a “beer mat” down in front of you. This small action tells the wait staff exactly what you want. (And you’ll improve your status from “tourist” to “in-the-know-out-of-towner.”)