THINGS TO DO IN CZECH REPUBLIC

Adrspach-Teplice Rocks

If you love rock climbing, you'll love the Adrspach-Teplice Rocks . These unusual sandstone rock formations form the basis of a nature reserve in the north of the Czech Republic, which is also home to contorted canyons and wildlife-filled forests – and make for unique rock climbing opportunities. You'll find many operators in the area.

Hluboka and Vranov

Two more castles located a little further from the capital are Hluboka and Vranov nad Dyji. The former is a grand and romantic baroque castle dating back to the 13th century, while the latter is an imposing Moravian château perched atop a giant rock overlooking the town.

Prague

The capital city is an obvious place to start, but you'd be mad to miss it. Soak up the atmosphere in one of Europe's most beautiful and cultural spots. Discover its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, medieval gothic Charles Bridge, and the spire-filled Mala Strana – including the world's largest castle.

Shopping in Czech Republic

Most souvenir stores in Prague are centered around the Old Town and Wenceslas Square, but a more relaxed place to pick up trinkets is on the other side of town. Walk the Golden Lane, under Prague Castle, and then visit the unique art and antique stores that line Nerudova Street. For utterly unique fashion, visit designer outlet Boheme, or for traditional Czech handicrafts make a beeline for the near ever-present market in the Old Town Square. There is also great regional shopping outside of Prague, and it's often even cheaper. Discover the china ornaments and geyser stone carvings of Karlovy Vary, the delicate lace and needle embroidery of Moravia, and the very distinctive 'Mrazek-style' pottery of Western Bohemia.

Shopping hours

Mon-Sat 0900-1800. Some stores, especially in smaller towns and rural areas, close at 1200 on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays, while others in larger towns and cities will be open 1000-1600 on Sundays. Supermarkets and food shops in large towns and cities are open from 0700 and stay open until late.

Sumava

Pack up your trekking poles and head for Sumava , the country's largest national park. A gobsmackingly beautiful region of forest-clad hills along the border with Austria, the giant park includes scenic lakes, trout streams, areas of virgin forest and important historic monuments.

Kutna Hora

Explore the ancient silver mine and marvel at the magnificent murals in St Barbara's Cathedral in Kutna Hora , a pretty medieval town and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This small city once rivalled Prague and even London in terms of size and importance, and this legacy can be seen in the fine Gothic and Italianate buildings that line the cobbled streets.

Nightlife in Czech Republic

As you’d expect, the hub of Czech nightlife is Prague. The Czech capital has an extraordinarily diverse after dark scene, incorporating a bit of everything, from live theatre, ballet and opera, to clubs, casinos and lap dancing bars. There are also a seemingly infinite range of cafes, bars and jazz joints dotted around the city centre and the riverside. The central districts of the Old Town and Mala Strana are crammed with pubs, nightclubs and music venues mostly aimed at the tourist market, while the area around Wenceslas Square has a concentration of sports bars and strip clubs – stay clear of this part of town if you want to avoid drunken stag parties.

Moravian Region

There are thousands of people every year who leave their cars and their hurries behind them and head off to the beautiful Moravian region of the Czech Republic. And why not. It is a truly wonderful feeling to drive, cycle, or wanders on foot through the stunning wine growing areas of this beautiful rolling countryside. Should you be a wine lover too - or even if you are not so crazy about wine - it remains a tremendously rewarding and magical experience. To do this by cycling is growing in popularity by the year and there are many firms who have packages tailored towards lengthy journeys or alternatively shorter trails. They will take you to some of the most famous wine regions where the tradition of wine making dates back for hundreds, if not a couple of thousand years, and you will be able to visit the quaintest and friendliest of villages where wine-production is their way of life.

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