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Although Prague has become one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations in recent years (which is totally understandable!), the Czech Republic is not nearly as well-known.
This small country, barely 15% the size of France, has always been a crossroads in Central Europe. Before obtaining its independence in 1918, the country included the kingdoms of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia and was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. That multiculturalism had a powerful impact on the Czech Republic which, like its magical capital, is known for its artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers: Dvorák, Smetana, Janacek, Kafka, Miloš Forman and Kundera, not to mention Václav Havel who was the first president after the fall of the Berlin wall.
The country, known for its modest prices, has attracted many young people from the West who come for weekend visits, driving through Germany to get here. The best way to go there is to take your time and explore the wonderful castles in Bohemia (such as Karlštejn 30km south-west of Prague), the churches and Baroque monasteries, and the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
But the Czech Republic may also interest you for its traditional crafts (puppets, wooden toys, porcelain and Bohemian crystal), and the famous blond beers (pivos) made in Moravia, considered among the best in Europe!

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Czech republic : Must-see towns and regions

  • Ceský Krumlov

    Encircled in a loop of the Vltava, this medieval town dominated by a huge castle has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992. Its story began with the powerful Vitek family, but it was during the...

  • Karlovy Vary

    Goethe and a host of other European cultural figures took the waters at Karlovy Vary, the queen of spa towns in the Czech Republic. It is open year round, and its waters, from 12 springs, are rich in ...

  • Prague

    Dominated by «the beautiful and fabulous postcard of Hradschin» (Egon Kish), crossed by the Vltava which runs through, among others, the spectacular Charles Bridge linking Mala Strana to Stare Mesto, ...

  • Telc

    This peaceful country town in southern Moravia is surrounded by large ponds. Often referred to as the most beautiful town in the Czech Republic, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992. Du...

  • Trebon

    Located in southern Bohemia in a delightful landscape of forests and ponds, this small town dating back to the 12C is wonderfully peaceful. The town boasts a wealth of architectural treasures, includi...

  • In 1941 the Nazis emptied this gloomy fortified city of its inhabitants and turned it into a ghetto for Czech Jews, and subsequently from Germany and other countries. The misleading propaganda describ...

  • Kutná Hora

    The city of Kutná Hora owes its wealth to its extremely profitable silver deposits. In the Middle Ages it was one of the largest and most active towns in Bohemia, capable of taking on the construction...

  • Melník

    Sitting atop an isolated hill and visible from far away on the plains, the ancient town of Melník overlooks the confluence of the two largest rivers in Bohemia, the Vltava and the Elbe. The Church of ...

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