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Overview to the Czech Republic: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

Czech Republic

One of the wonderful things about traveling in the Czech Republic is that (once you get out of Prague) large tracts of the country are still relatively undiscovered by travelers. And, as you set off into the country’s heartlands, it’s hard not to feel the thrill of exploration.

The whole country is studded with magnificent hills and spectacular mountain ranges. Of these, the National Park of Krkonose, which borders Poland, offers awe-inspring views and cheap winter sports, and Cesky Raj (famous for its astonishing rock formations) has excellent climbing and hiking.

And this spectacular landscape is also littered with dramatic castles and fortifications, like Konopiste and Karlstejn. Most sit in truly fantastic settings, looming high above valleys and gorges, or rising on rocky outcrops from the seemingly endless Bohemian forests.

Out to the west, the region of Bohemia is home to the attractive spa towns of Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne. Nestled into the arc of the River Vltava, Cesky Krumlov is one of Europe’s most attractive medieval towns. Also well worth a visit are the fortified towns of Tabor and, passing over into Moravia, Telc and Brno.

The brewing town of Plzen is famous for bringing pilsner beer to the world, whilst another beer, Budvar, was originally brewed in the picturesque town of Ceske Budejovice. But whilst the Czech Republic might be more famous for its beer, the wine-growing regions of Mutenice make for a wonderful, and out of the way, destination.

Essentially, though, traveling in the Czech Republic throws up one stunning old town after another, punctuated by stunning countryside. One of the continent’s true undiscovered gems, it's still a breathlessly beautiful rural idyll begging to be explored.

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