Czech Republic Holidays 2019 / 2020
The Czech Republic, situated in Central Europe is a historical and cultural hub. Home to medieval, Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic influences, these different periods have helped to shape the Czech Republic into the country it is today. The country’s capital of Prague has a preserved old town with many architectural sites and landmarks which date as far back as the 9th-century. Due to its Bohemian history, the Czech Republic has a colourful past and this continues to be reflected within the country.
Top resorts in Czech Republic
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Top attractions in Czech Republic
The majority of the main attractions in the Czech Republic can be found in its capital, Prague. The city survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe and has since preserved its historic centre and it was even recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. If you’re interested in architecture, the city of Prague is the perfect spot for you to bear witness to some stunning structures and influences. Visit the Old Town of Prague where you can walk down winding cobblestoned streets, shop at little boutique stores and encounter Prague’s medieval Astronomical Clock outside it’s city hall. The Prague Castle is a beautiful complex in which you can see the city’s architecture which dates back to the 9th-century. Full of Roman and Gothic influences, it really is a sight to see.
Even in the wonderful little town of Cesky Krumlov, located in the south of Czech Republic, there is tons of buildings which hold Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque influence. These buildings are often restaurants and shops now, but you get a sense of each period through experiencing these different buildings.
Eating out in Czech Republic
Food in Czech Republic is usually full of meaty soups and filling main courses. Try Hovezi which is a clear meat soup, this will sometimes also be served with noodles or meatballs. Borsc is yet another soup with Russian influence, it is similar to a goulash soup and it includes beetroot, sausage and cabbage (a big favourite in the Czech Republic). You may also get slices of bread or a bread roll to have with Borsc. Main courses will typically be meat along with a side. Svickova na smetane includes pieces of beef with sliced bread dumplings. The meat will be seasoned with gravy and may be finished off with a topping of lemon, cream or even cranberry jam.
Czech Republic for families
If you plan on visiting the Czech Republic with the whole family, no doubt you’re looking for some fun activities for the kids. Czech Republic has some great sights, especially in Prague, but you may want to balance this with something slightly more entertaining in order to keep the children occupied. When in Prague, visit the Wax Museum which include models of Albert Einstein and a child favourite, Harry Potter. There are a wide range of museums around Prague which are interesting for the whole family. As you walk along the Jewish Quarter, Josefov, you’ll find the Speculum Alchemiae which is an alchemist’s workshop dating back to hundreds of years ago. You can visit the inside of this workshop for an insight into where the alchemists worked.
If you’re looking for a more active family holiday, try your hand at some skiing. The winter resort of Lipno is close to Austria and a fun ski resort for the whole family. The great thing about choosing to ski here is that you’ll be close to the little historic town of Cesky Krumlov and only a 3-hour drive away from Prague.
Action and adventure
Looking for a bit more action and adventure during your Czech Republic holiday? Skiing might be up your street. Although the Czech Republic may not be on the top of your list initially as a ski destination, there are a few ski resorts on offer here. Spindleruv Mlyn and Lipno are probably the top two ski resorts in the country where you can try out a variety of runs. Lipno mainly has easy slopes for beginners and those at an intermediate level. Otherwise, you can enjoy some offroad action in the Czech countryside with ATV’s and quad bikes.
When to go to Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has a fairly continental climate where the summers can be fairly hot, and the winters can be bitterly cold. The best time to visit Czech Republic is most likely in the spring time. During the spring, the days are quite warm, mild and pleasant, particularly during May. Autumn is also a decent time to travel to Czech Republic, as the weather during September and October is quite settled and mild.
Nightlife in Czech Republic
If exciting nightlife is what you want in the Czech Republic, Prague is the liveliest place to be during the night. There are many bars and clubs dotted around the Old Town Square, where you can unwind with a drink or two, or party the night away if you wish. Beer is a huge part of Czech nightlife, in fact, it is said that many Czechs drink one glass of beer per day (at least!). As a result you will find many traditional beer halls or pubs, where beer is the principal drink for many locals. When it comes to clubbing, you’ll find mainly clubs that play 80’s music or house and techno, anything other than that will be hard to find. But, you can also find some great live music venues which play jazz, rock and roll or alternative.
Czech Republic for couples
Czech Republic can be a romantic getaway destination for couples, especially if you’re looking to stay in Europe. The various settings in this country are perfect for couples, from the city of Prague to the magnificent countryside. A trip to North Bohemia is a great countryside location in Czech Republic where there is a wealth of ancient architecture and small local cafes and restaurants. Of course, there is so much on offer for couples in the capital of Prague. Perhaps the most romantic is Charles Bridge which connects the Old Town of Prague to the new towns. Although it can be quite busy, there is always a lot of action on this iconic bridge, including artists and musicians. Pilsen is another great spot for couples in Czech Republic, particularly the Pilsen Cathedral. It’s only an hour and a half on the train from Prague and once you climb to the top of the cathedral, you will have stunning views of this city.
Culture and history
The nation of Czech Republic has been a hub of various influences from the past, in particular due to its geographical positioning in Central Europe. With many Roman, Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque influences reflected throughout the country, this in turn has helped shape the Czech Republic of today and its characteristic culture. The country is rich in art, with one of its most well-known artists being Alphonse Mucha, mainly known for his large canvas work called The Slav Epic. The capital of Prague is full of theatres, street art and musicians, once again portraying the strong artistic ties that this country has within its culture.