Czech Republic

A modern country boasting an extraordinary capital, Prague; the Czech Republic is surely a great place to spend the holidays of your dreams. Not far from anywhere else in Europe, this small land boasts an amazingly rich historical heritage and lots of sights and monuments plus several picturesque mountainous holiday regions. The homeland of Kafka, Hrabal and Mucha, this fascinating country doesn't need a lot of hype to be appreciated worldwide as a tourist destination.

Prague, undoubtedly the most precious jewel in St Wenceslas' Crown, has already gained an incredible and fully deserved popularity among tourists. Known for its wonderful atmosphere, Prague offers  visitors a great variety of historical sights — the Old Town,  Hradcany Castle, St Vitus' Cathedral, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge and the National Museum are only some of the best known. After marvelling at monuments and historical sights, you can choose between numerous art galleries, theatres, nightclubs, or the many famous Czech pubs.

Indeed, pubs are an obligatory attraction on your Czech holidays travel schedule. Czech beer is recognised all over the world and it forms an important element of Czech culture. In  legendary Prague's pubs and inns you will have an opportunity to taste some delicious cold Pilsner. Drop in U zlateho tygra (‘At the Golden Tiger’) to see where Bohumil Hrabal and Vaclav Havel used to sit near a pint. Still, it's good to keep in mind that apart from beer, the Czech Republic — or more precisely the Moravia region — is famous for its excellent wine.

Besides Prague, there are of course other picturesque places  offering magnificent buildings, old towns, castles and monuments spanning several centuries. The Czech Republic is a paradise on earth for anyone  who is interested in architecture. Wherever you happen to be standing, you are never more than a few miles away from Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Cubism or Deconstructionist architecture. Worth visiting is the town of Brno – the second most important Czech city, the ancient Moravian capital.  Or take a trip to Olomouc or Liberec with its nice Town Hall and giant shopping and entertainment centre. The  pretty old town of Pardubice should be visited if you want to enjoy  world-famed horse racing — the Velka pardubicka steeplechase, run in October since 1874.

While in Czech Republic, don’t miss the many small, but picturesque and charming towns. You should see Bohemia - a charming region dotted with magic forests, old towns and castles, especially around Ceske Budejovice. Impressive castles and chateaux are to be found in Karlstejn, Konopiste and Cesky Krumlov. Another highlight, included in the  Unesco World Heritage list, is Kutna Hora with its splendid cathedral and ossuary. Lednice, a tiny town at the southern tip of Czech Republic, houses an impressive castle and enormous park.

The Northern edges of  the Czech Republic are covered with mountains, providing tourists with great skiing and hiking conditions. The not  particularly towering, but nonetheless  scenic range of the Krkonose Mountains, the area of Bohemian Paradise (Cesky Raj) and Bohemian Forest (Sumava) offer plenty of attractions. There are mysterious caves, spectacular rocks, vast forests in these regions and the modern skiing centre in Harrachov draws skiers with great skiing and ski jumping facilities. If you're looking to relak and take extra special  care of yourself, visit the trendy historical spa town ofKarlovy Vary.

In short the country can be described as historical, picturesque, attractive, easy-to-reach and really cosy — so why not visit Czech Republic this year? Nestled  in the very heart of Europe and served by  international airports, it is easy to get to, while trains are considered to be the best type of transport within the country; by travelling on the train one can explore the pleasant and relaxing countryside while not breaking your piggy-bank for it. The majesty of Prague, the mysterious aura of Czech towns, wonderful mountains and the specialities of Czech cuisine can easily become your personal experience, not just tourist guide slogans. Just remember: seeing the country and all its attractions is impossible in just a few days, so spare  enough time, or simply come back – you’re always welcome!