Introduction to Czech Republic
Welcome to a historic wonderland. With its many castles, chateaux, historical cities, museums and galleries, it’s hard to believe the Czech Republic was only formed in 1993. Of course, the buildings and history have been around for a lot longer, but prior to the ‘90s the Czech Republic, along with Slovakia, were once one country known as Czechoslovakia. The two separated in the peaceful Velvet Revolution after the Soviet era.
In the Czech Republic, you can really delve deep into the past and learn about the history of Bohemia and Moravia, the ancient lands that now form the Czech Republic. You can see epic castles like Prague Castle, the Gothic Karlštejn Castle and also the Neo-Gothic Hluboká Chateau. And unlike many places, you can see these castles all year round – even in the dead of winter. The ancient fairytale architecture, winding lanes and monuments also blend perfectly with the modern. There’s a dynamic arts, music and foodie scene in Prague, backpacker havens like Telč and Český Krumlov and arguably the world’s best beer to try in Plzeň and České Budějovice.
The Czech Republic is also an adventure destination. Go rafting along Morava River, hike up the picturesque Krkonoše Mountains or strap on your skates or jump on your bike (or horse) and cruise along the many paths by the rivers and canals.
Bound by Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria, the Czech Republic is the country where Eastern Europe meets Western Europe. It’s an increasingly popular holiday destination with the capital, Prague, a major drawcard for many tourists. Make sure you stop by to see its historic monuments, buildings and icons. There’s even an UNESCO World Heritage site that covers 866 hectares here.