Vacation is always fun and memorable. Now, suppose you wish to visit Czech Republic and enjoy a nice, gorgeous place to spend your next vacation. If that is the case, you may not know where to start searching for an ideal location to relax, soak in the sun, and experience the culture of this rich country.
Whether you are a business looking to create a customized itinerary, or someone who has nominated yourself travel advisor of your group, Czech Republic is sure to offer a compelling destination that will capture each and every person’s imagination. It’s true that I often boast of Czech Republic in my blogs and newsletters, but it is only because the country is so beautiful that I cannot help but be penning some keepsake words about it.
There are a lot of awesome locations for vacation in Europe and one of the most visited places is Czech Republic. This country is perfect for those who want to see some new places and unique monuments. Czech Republic has something for everybody with its various attractions and cultures that can’t be found anywhere else. Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic, is the most visited city in this country due to its extraordinary beauty and staggering sights.
Vacation In Czech Republic
After suffering a stroke in 2007, I recuperated from a broken neck and had to learn to walk again. It was the best time of my life, because I traveled with my son to Czech Republic . In 2010, I went to Prague again, but this time with my wife. She also loved it there! We toured the city and saw many places where filming for Amadeus took place.
Although one of the continent’s smaller nations, the Czech Republic won’t disappoint travelers looking for some of the best places to visit in central Europe. Given its size – and thanks to a first-rate public transit system – it’s an easy country to get around, particularly for those planning on spending the bulk of their time exploring the nation’s beautiful capital, Prague, which has nearly endless sightseeing opportunities and things to do.
Yet while Prague boasts an inordinate number of excellent attractions, there are enough out-of-the-way attractions to warrant exploring by car. Highlights of a trip to the Czech countryside include many excellent national parks and conservation areas. One of the most popular is aptly named Bohemian Paradise, an area of outstanding natural beauty characterized by numerous splendid rock formations and many fine old castles.
Another area worth visiting is Podyjí National Park in Moravia, popular for its large, unspoiled forests. Along the way, you’ll stumble across numerous old villages and towns, many unchanged since medieval times and home to fine old churches, palaces, and public squares, all of them worth a visit. For ideas on the best places to visit, read our list of the top tourist attractions in the Czech Republic.
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1. Prague Castle
For most travelers, the focal point of a visit to the Czech Republic is Prague Castle (Pražský hrad). It’s on all Prague itineraries. Located in the city’s Hradcany neighborhood and dating from the late 10th century, Prague Castle has been central to Eastern European history for centuries, and has been home to Holy Roman Emperors, the Habsburgs, Bohemian kings and, more recently, the Czech Republic’s President.
Over the course of its 1,000-year history, the castle – the largest in the world in terms of area – has undergone many dramatic changes in architectural style, evidence of which can be seen in the numerous buildings constructed within its walls through the centuries.
Highlights of the castle include beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Powder Tower, and the Golden Lane with its medieval workshops. Of particular note is the Old Royal Palace with its magnificent Vladislav Hall, so big it was used to host knightly jousting tournaments, as well as the adjoining 16th-century Royal Garden with its spectacular Singing Fountain. English language guided tours and audio-guides are available.
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2. Prague’s Charles Bridge
It’s impossible to visit Prague without taking the time to traverse the city’s most important river crossing, the spectacular Charles Bridge (Karluv Most).
This famous structure spanning the River Vltava was built in 1357 and has many unique points of interest along its 520-meter span, including numerous fine statues. Perhaps the most famous are those of the bridge’s namesake, Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, as well as the 1683 statue of John of Nepomuk, which honors the country’s most revered saint who, ironically, was deliberately drowned in the Vltava.
The bridge is extremely popular with tourists and a fantastic place for photographers for its fine views. Some of the best views are actually captured during off-peak hours, at dawn and at dusk, making for a much less crowded visit.
3. St. Vitus Cathedral
Part of the Prague Castle complex, St. Vitus Cathedral is best known as the home of the Bohemian Coronation Jewels, as well as the tomb of the Czech people’s most revered saint, St. Wenceslas.
The cathedral has a long history. Dating back to the year 925, when Prince Wenceslas built a chapel on the site, the building grew along with Prague’s importance, and it soon became a basilica after the Prague bishopric was established. There was another period of expansion between 1344 and 1419 when it began its transformation into a Gothic cathedral, and the St. Wenceslas Chapel was built. Construction and repairs resumed in the late 18th century, adding neo-Gothic elements.
Highlights of a visit include seeing the bronze doors adorned with reliefs of the cathedral’s history, ornate stained glass windows in the chapels, and the Royal Mausoleum. Tourists should be sure to visit St. Wenceslas Chapel to admire the murals, which are original 14th-century depictions of the stations of the cross, as well as scenes depicting the life of St. Wenceslas.
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4. Prague’s Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square
Prague’s Old Town Square was the city’s first market. Situated at the intersection of trade routes, it still has buildings dating back to the 10th century. In addition to its many medieval houses, the square is home to significant historic landmarks, including Old Town City Hall, which holds the Astronomical Clock, as well as St. Nicholas Church.
This square has been the site of many defining moments in Czech history, including public executions and political protests. A statue of Protestant reformer Jan Hus stands in the center, and this is a popular sightseeing area that hosts Prague’s traditional Christmas markets each December.
Just a five-minute walk from the Old Town Square sits Wenceslas Square in the heart of New Town. Not as new as it sounds, this large public space was laid out in the 14th century as a horse market. Today, it is used for parades, festivals, and at times, demonstrations. This is a popular tourist area that is filled with hotels, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. The National Museum’s main building makes for a stunning background to the square and is one of the city’s most popular attractions, with a collection of 14 million items.