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Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, and fast becoming one of the ‘must-see’ destinations on any European traveller’s wish list, The Czech Republic is an enchanted and enchanting land that is sure to enrapture even the hardiest trekkers. Split from Slovakia in 1993, The Czech Republic has firmly established itself as an important part of Europe – with its popularity set to remain steady in the years to come.
The most significant times in the history of Prague included the rule of Charles the IV, which was during the fourteenth century and who was one of the frontrunners in establishing many of the institutions that make Prague what it is today. Similarly, the reign of Rudolf II was one of the most important for encouraging art, science and philosophy in the country. Any visit to the country would not be complete without a visit to Prague. As one of the top weekend haunts for party animals and culture lovers alike, there is something for everyone in this gorgeous example of Czech dwelling. Hiring a car here will make the city all the more accessible, although it is also easy to negotiate on foot. The most popular areas for tourists include the Old Town, Jewish Quarter and delightful Castle Area – all of which are sure to leave you captivated. Prague also enjoys a great shopping and recreation scene – so make sure you leave some time to go out and enjoy the nightlife in this wonderful capital.
Aside from Prague, there are many smaller examples of towns in the country that will more clearly demonstrate some of the ancient rituals of the country’s past. Many of these are brewery towns, such as Plzen and Ceske Budejovice, where you can best sample the Czechs’ finest export – ‘pivo’ or beer. You should also leave some room to sample some of the local delicacies, which include fruit filled dumplings and apple strudel.