The Czech Republic may be one of the smaller nations in Europe, and what the country lacks in size it makes up for in offering visitors an authentic and unique view of Europe. Thanks to surviving the world wars virtually unscathed, as well as coming under the influence of different nations during its history, the Czech Republic boasts a rich diversity in architecture, history, cuisine, and culture. All this adds up to create a charming country that offers a window into a less travelled and underrated, but nonetheless magnificent part of Europe.
The central European country is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, and below we take a look at 5 of the best places to visit in the Czech Republic:
1. Moravian Karst
Moravian Karst is a geological formation that features a series of massive limestone caverns and gorges stretching for thousands of miles. The region where the formations are located is a protected area but visitors here can also take advantage of demarcated hiking paths as well bike trails to explore the amazing natural wonders of the area.
Like most cities in the Czech Republic, Prague boasts a wealth of beautiful architecture, stunning landscapes and a rich culture and heritage. As the capital of the Republic, it is also the largest city in the country and the many highlights here include the picturesque Charles Bridge, and a number of castles, museums, and cathedrals. Going to the Opera in Prague is also highly recommended, as venues such as the Prague State Opera are renowned for the quality of the arts performances and programs they provide.
3. Kutna Hora
Kutna Hora is another Czech city that’s well worth visiting. Situated just 80 kilometers away from Prague, the city was once the leading producer of silver in Europe and thus boasts a wealth of stunning architecture that was financed by the mining industry. Kutna Hora is now a declared UNESCO world Heritage site with highlights including St Barbara’s Cathedral with its Baroque architecture, and a Palace that was once the residence of the Bohemian King Vaclav IV.
4. Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary, also commonly referred to by its old German name of Karlsbad, has been a magnet to some of Europe’s most famous citizens since 1358. The town offers a natural spa experience thanks to 13 main natural hot springs as well as several smaller ones. It also features magnificent fountains that are channeled from the springs as well as being home to a number of cultural destinations that include museums and art galleries.
5. Bohemian Paradise
The Bohemian Paradise is another UNESCO site that features huge rock formations that seem to defy the laws of physics in the manner they rise towards the sky. This spectacular area of the Czech Republic is popular with hikers and sightseers with trails and scenic driving routes allowing visitors to immerse themselves in this amazing natural habitat. Again, in addition to the rock columns, sandstone hills and naturally formed bridges, the area is also home to a number of impressive castles and architecture.
From the great outdoors to stunning architecture and a rich, unspoiled culture, the Czech Republic is fast becoming the top destination for those looking for a European experience that is off the beaten track. So if you haven’t been yet, it may be time to consider the Czech Republic for your next trip!