The Czech Republic is a perfect destination for your trip due to its rich history, abundance of sightseeing attractions, good infrastructure and its location in the very heart of Europe. Prague (Praha in Czech), the capital of the Czech Republic, can be an excellent base for your trips to the popular Czech landmarks or even trips to the nearby countries such as Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia. As Prague has been mostly spared of air raids during the World War II, its historic center is well preserved and enscribed in UNESCO. This and the comfort of a modern European city makes Prague the most popular Czech attraction, but it is recommended to explore other beautiful Czech landmarks as well. There are 12 UNESCO sites in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is a member of EU and belongs to the Schengen Agreement border-less zone, so you do not need an extra visa when travelling to the surrounding countries if you have visa to the Schengen Agreement border-less zone or you are from the Schengen Agreement zone (kindly obtain the latest information from your embassy).
Why should you visit the Czech Republic?
- many beautiful sightseeing attractions
- 12 UNESCO sites
- good location in the heart of Europe
- good infrastructure, hotels and restaurants at European standard
- Prague – one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe
- EU member within the border-less Schengen agreement area
The most famous Czech spa town Karlovy Vary named after King Charles IV, the Roman and Czech King, is about two hour car drive from Prague. You can walk at the Colonnades of this colorful town enjoying drinking of the healing mineral springs. You can also visit the famous Moserglassworks, buy the local liquer Becherovka or take a bath in the hot spring water. The spa town of Karlovy Vary (or Carlsbad in German) was founded some time in the mid-14th century on a site where hot springs were discovered at an earlier period. The town boasts as many as 12 mineral springs with temperatures ranging from 42°C to 72°C, the most famous of which is Vridlo with a geyser of water reaching to a height of 10-15 meters. Bedded in a deep, wooded valley this famous spa was serving as a source of relaxation, recovery and recreation for more than 600 years even to emperors and kings, world-famous novelists, actors and musicians.
Located about 35 km south of Prague, Karlštejn Castle is one of the most famous of many Central European castles. Another project of King Charles IV that exemplifies the era’s ubiquitous Gothic style, the enormous castle was built to serve as a storage place for royal treasures. In 1422, the Hussites sieged the castle, leading to one of the most legendary historical confrontations. During the siege, the Hussites launched plague-ridden bodies over the castle’s defenses – an early example of biological warfare. Today, the castle brings thousands of visitors through its doors to witness the architectural and historical treasures kept within. Comprehensive guided tours are the only way to see the interior, and as of 2012, the cost of the tour is 270 czk, or 11 EUR. Tour highlights are the nearly 200-foot tall Great Tower and five-story Imperial palace.