When most people say they’re travelling to the Czech Republic, they really mean that they’re going to see Prague. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Prague is the historic and cultured centre of the Czech Republic, and is world-renowned for its food and entertainment. Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic, and also the 14th largest in the entire European Union, making it a popular destination for tourists.
Prague is also the capital of Bohemia, a historical region that occupies two thirds of the west of the country. Bohemia usually refers to the entire Czech territory, including Silesia and Moravia and especially the historic kingdom of Bohemia – once a country in the Holy Roman Empire.
During its 1,100 year existence, Prague has been a cultural, economic and political centre of Europe. Known all over the world for its fortunes in waning and waxing, the city flourished during the Renaissance era, and was founded during the Romanesque era. Once upon a time, Prague was also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, and is home to a variety of cultural attractions that have survived both world wars and the communist uprising.
For some people however, Prague may remind them of a number of other European cities. Although it’s beauty is known throughout the world, there are a number of other stunning features the Czech Republic has to offer, many of them just a small journey from Prague itself.
Cerna Hora Brewery
If you’re travelling to the Czech Republic, you’re going to want to try out the vast portfolio of beers on offer. Not only is the selection very cheap, but Prague has a great history of beer-making, meaning you might even learn a little something along the way.
The Cerna Hora Brewery is famous all over the Czech Republic, and their beer is sold even outside the country – sometimes as far as China! Hidden in the Moravian hills overlooking the town of Cerna Hora, the brewery is only accessible by road transport.
Punkva Caves and Macocha Abyss
Again, this amazing tourist destination can only be seen by car, so it’s best to arrange a rental company before you land in the Czech Republic. If you’re a budding hiker, then the Punkva Caves and Macocha Abyss won’t disappoint. Not only will you be able to take a riverboat (underground!) through the scary caves, but you’ll also be able to walk on the bottom of the abyss – the deepest in central Europe.
If you want to splash your cash, then make sure you buy the combination ticket. This ticket will allow you to take the gondola ride to the peak of the abyss after your cave tour, and you’ll also get a personal tour guide to educate you on the history of the caves!
Although absinthe is illegal in much of Western Europe, it’s not in the Czech Republic! Why not get back in touch with your artistic side and do a few shots of the strong stuff? Although Prague is the hotspot for absinthe bars, there are also many more in towns like Brno just outside the capital city.
*Post provided by Tony , a UK based travel blogger writing for Cheapflights. Visit their website to find fantastic deals on flights to Prague.