A charming and historic city with over a thousand years written into its fairy-tale church spires, ancient castles and beautiful bridges.
The Czech Republic is where east meets west. It may only be small (no bigger than Scotland) but this historic hidden jewel deep in the heart of Europe is jam packed with stunning fairytale castles, medieval towns, chic spa resorts and picturesque national parks. And of course, it was also the birthplace of the world’s finest beer.
Following the ‘Velvet Divorce’ in 1993 from Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic encompasses two geographical and cultural sections - Bohemia and Moravia. The Bohemian spa towns and laid-back Moravian wine villages welcome visitors with their relaxed rural lifestyle. With more than 100 castles dotted around the countryside, there is a vast amount for visitors to explore.
Practically everyone who visits the Czech Republic goes to Prague . Often cited as the most beautiful capital in Europe, its imposing castle, museums and galleries prove to be too enticing to ignore. It also makes an excellent base for exploring further afield such as the spa resort of Karlovy Vary, the historic towns of Mělník and Kutná Hora, and castles like Karlštejn and Konopiště.
Despite its growing popularity as a tourist destination, Prague has still maintained its distinctive character whilst transforming into a modern city boasting great hotels, restaurants and entertainment.
But the Czech Republic is a lot more than just its capital. Outside the city is an unspoiled expanse of mountains, spotted with small towns and villages. Boars, bears and deer still roam the mountains and forests with over a third of the country covered in woodland.
The Czech countryside is also a major draw card for hikers, cyclists and cross-country skiers, with hundreds of kilometres of marked trails networking the landscape.
The currency is the Czech Krona or Crown (CZK). Foreign currency and traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at all banks, authorised exchange offices, main hotels and road boarder crossings. Traveller’s cheques are rarely accepted (for payment) in hotels and almost never in restaurants. To avoid additional exchange charges, you are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars, Euros or Sterling.
All the major credit cards are accepted and ATMs are widely accessible.
Before travelling to Czech Republic you should check the Visa and Passport requirements at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.