The Old Town Hall with the famous Prague Astronomical Clock. The winding lanes of the Jewish Quarter, which you know from the novels of Franz Kafka, steeped in the legend of the Golem. Cafes enticing you to come and have a seat, boutiques and sight-seeing cruises on the Vltava. The Gothic Charles Bridge and Church of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Town, the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague. The Palace Gardens set away from the bustle of the city, Petřín with a lookout tower reminiscent of a small Eiffel Tower and Prague Castle … Each of Prague’s districts has its own characteristic atmosphere and unique charm. Prague presents itself to you as a changeable city, which likes to alternate styles: it is romantic and successful, ancient and modern, but above all it is a city that is cosmopolitan through and through, and is used to welcoming foreigners. It is time to get acquainted.
When you arrive in Cesky Krumlov, you will be captivated at first glance by the monumental panorama of the chateau here, which rises above the picturesque Renaissance architecture of the adjacent little town. Taking a walk through the historical centre will, thanks to its inimitable medieval character, leave you in no doubt as to why Český Krumlov is one of the gems included on the UNESCO list.
A region where splendid castles and chateaux await you, the valleys of several rivers, mining museums, silver mines and enchanting countryside! Even the furthest corners of Central Bohemia are a mere hour’s journey from Prague. In sight of Prague, a varied region spreads out, in which rivers wind through deep valleys, bordered by deep forests. What should you definitely see? Two of the most popular destinations are the castle of Emperor Charles IV Karlštejn and Kutná Hora, a town that is listed as a UNESCO monument. Get acquainted with the last of the Habsburgs at Konopiste Chateau and wander through several types of maze and labyrinth in the park around Loucen Chateau.
UNESCO monuments, castles and chateaux, wine, peculiar folklore traditions and unique technical monuments can all be found in Moravia. Four UNESCO monuments rank among the most attractive locations: the chateau and gardens in Kromeriz, the Baroque plague column in Olomouc, the Functionalist Villa Tugendhat in Brno and the Lednice-Valtice Complex, the most extensive landscaped countryside in the world. The Moravian Karst with more than a thousand caves and Macocha Abyss are also worth investigating. You will find two regions with unique folklore traditions in Moravia, Moravian Slovakia and Moravian Wallachia. It is also worth visiting the technical monuments in Ostrava and the former empire of the shoemaking company Baťa, the city of Zlín.
The incarnation of spa elegance, imposing colonnades, exclusive spa buildings and a wonderful layout in the heart of a forested valley. That is Karlovy Vary. The best known town in the world renowned West Bohemian Spa Triangle, in which some of the most famous figures in European artistic and cultural life have enjoyed treatment, is today the second most visited spot in the Czech Republic. Thanks to its unique architecture, it is one of Europe’s most beautiful spas. Legend has it that Karlovy Vary was founded by the Czech king and holy Roman emperor Charles IV in the 14th century. It is said that the ruler discovered a unique spring here while out hunting deer. Over the centuries a spa town has developed here whose fame has surpassed the borders of Bohemia, with Karlovy Vary becoming synonymous with charm and social standing. It has welcomed such figures as Goethe, Beethoven, Gogol, Paganini, Casanova, and Mozart, along with dozens of heads of state, while in recent times it has hosted many movie stars thanks to its film festival, which is one of Europe’s most important. Karlovy Vary’s greatest wealth is its 13 hot mineral springs, which are used to treat illnesses affecting the digestive system and metabolism disorders, along with problems linked to cancers and the motor apparatus. Accommodation is available at dozens of wonderful spa buildings, villas and complexes that offer top class services linked to traditional spa treatments, as well as first-rate modern wellness procedures. Its best known hotels are the Grand Hotel Pupp, commonly regarded as one of the best in the world, Hotel Imperial, and Hotel Thermal, whose large outdoor swimming pool offers a breathtaking view of the entire town.
Architectural gems on the UNESCO list in Kutna Hora Kutna Hora, the silver treasury and a true gem of the country, was present at the very start of the boom in the Czech Kingdom. Architectural styles, unique buildings from various historical periods and a long history full of wine making. This is precisely what you will find in Kutná Hora, a city whose historical centre with the Cathedral of St. Barbara and Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary have been included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Kutna Hora was one of the main pillars of power of the Czech rulers. Under the reign of Wenceslas II, the only mint in the country operated here. This former royal city, linked with silver mining and the dominant features of its two cathedrals, also offers a remarkable present.
Becherovka: A traditional herb liqueur with a secret recipe Carlsbad’s herb liqueur, a tipple with a long tradition, was first sold in 1807 and since that time has become incredibly popular. The percentage of alcohol in Becherovka is around 38% and essential to its specific taste are Karlovy Vary spring water, good quality spirit, sugar and a special blend of around 32 herbs and spices. The recipe is a closely guarded secret, which only two employees of the Becherovka factory know. The drink is taken cold but it’s also popular as an ingredient in mixed drinks. ‘Beton’ - Becherovka and tonic - is a popular concoction, but Becherovka can also be mixed with cola and juice. If you take a liking to this herb infusion, head for the Jan Becher Museum, located on the site of the first factory. You’ll learn a lot about the history of Becherovka and how it’s made, as well as enjoying the opportunity to taste the original Becherovka and other later versions.
This large city in North Moravia is one of the as-yet-undiscovered treasures of the Czech Republic. Ostrava’s main attractions include the fascinating technical monuments of European importance and recently also the famous Stodolní, symbol of fun and a street which never sleeps. The dominant feature of the city is the unique Lower Area of Vítkovice, which was included on the European cultural heritage list. Prague has Hradcany, Brno has Spilberk and Ostrava has Vítkovice! The Lower Area of Vítkovice is a unique industrial complex dating back to the first half of the 19th century, which provides a superb insight into the tradition of iron production in this area. Through gradual reconstruction, a unique world of technology was created here, which allows you to get to know the steel city really well just like in the Jules Verne novel. The Vítkovice Iron Works used to belong to the Rothschild family of bankers. Just like Baťa architecture is typical in Zlín, we can admire the typical Rothschild houses in Vítkovice which were used to house the employees of their business
You can wander around its courtyards, palaces, museums and garden all day long and whilst doing so, admire the overwhelming beauty of a place which has been the seat of Czech kings, emperors and presidents for a thousand years. The whole castle grounds are dominated by the monumental St. Vitus Cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Discover the secret of this symbol of the Czech Republic and a place which makes Prague one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The most famous dominant feature of Prague Castle is the St. Vitus Cathedral. When you enter it, you will find yourself in a place where time has literally stood still. The beautifully decorated interior created by medieval masters is lit to perfection by the rays of sunlight which stream through the beautiful stained-glass windows. Above all make sure to view the stained-glass windows by the Czech Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha. The cathedral also houses the tombs and remains of important saints and Czech rulers. You can see the tomb of St. Wenceslas here – the patron saint of the Czech lands, St. John of Nepomuk, as well as the last resting places of the emperors Charles IV and Rudolf II. Make sure to also take a look at the imposing mosaic of the Last Judgement above the Golden Gate and make the climb up to the main tower, which offers one of the most beautiful views over Prague, city of a hundred spires.