WHY TO VISIT CZECH REPUBLIC
It is still a country with few tourists but the Czech Republic is become increasingly popular: Cities with remarkable architecture and a welcoming countryside are the two main reasons. Do not miss visiting this beautiful country.
Prague is now a popular destination: Take a stroll to admire its architecture which dates back to several centuries ago, between the castle and Charles Bridge, you become absorbed in this dynamic and new city with its various cultural attractions, leave the inner city to visit the medieval castles, you will have many activities to occupy you during your stay in the city.
Do not miss Kutna Hora and its magnificent monuments, many of which are registered as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: The Ursuline Convent, the Church of St. Jacques, St. Barbara's Cathedral, the Jesuit school, and the facades of its medieval streets will not leave you cold.
Cesky Krumlov, in Bohemia, has a beautiful historical centre and an impressive castle, perched on a hill, there is a spectacular festival at the summer solstice. It is a must-see place.
Karlovy Vary is world famous for its ancient springs with multiple advantages: A beautiful thermal resort, it is the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries!
WHAT TO SEE IN CZECH REPUBLIC
Top destinations in Czech Republic are:
- Český Krumlov
- Karlovy Vary
- Bohemian Switzerland National Park
- Kutná Hora
- Liberec Mikulov
- České Budějovice
WHEN TO GO TO CZECH REPUBLIC
Weather in Czech Republic
Best period to visit Czech Republic is from May to October.
In general, the climate is continental, with short, fairly hot summers and chilly winters. Spring can be the best time to visit, as the days tend to warm quickly, with consistently pleasant, mild weather for most of May. This is also the blossom season, when the fruit trees that line so many Czech roads are in full flower. Autumn is also recommended, with clear and settled weather often lasting for days on end in September and October. With much of the country heavily forested, this is also a great time to appreciate the changing colours of the foliage.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Czec Republic
- May 30–June 5: Festival of Song, Olomouc
- May 27–June 4: Prague Fringe Festival (offbeat theater)
- May 7–June 4: "Prague Spring" Music Festival
- May 28–June 4: Khamoro World Roma Festival, Prague (performances and events celebrating Roma culture)
- Mid-June–mid-July: Prague Proms (musical festival)
- June 23–25: United Islands of Prague (cultural events and world music on the city's islands)
- June 23–26: Strážnice International Folklore Festival, south of Olomouc
- June 17–19: Celebration of the Rose, Český Krumlov (medieval festival and knights' tournament)
- July 3–5: Rock for People, Hradec Králové (eclectic concert series in north central Czech Republic)
- July 1–9: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, western Czech Republic
- July–August: Summer of Culture, Olomouc
- Late July–early August (2 weeks): Telč Vacations Festival (folk music, open-air theater, exhibitions)
- July 15–August 6: Český Krumlov International Music Festival (classical music and opera)
- Late August (4 days): International Folklore Festival, Brno
- September 4–24: Dvořák's Prague Music Festival
- December 5: St. Nicholas Eve (St. Nicholas, devils, and angels walk the streets in search of nice — and naughty — children)
- December: Prague Christmas festival (markets, musical events, lights)
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH CZECH REPUBLIC
To travel within the country, you can choose between the train and the bus, both are not very expensive and quite effective. In Prague, the trams and metro allow you to visit the entire city.
by plane, main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON CZECH REPUBLIC
country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa
health tips & vaccination: none
local currency: Czech koruna
local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)
electricity: type C and E (230 V - 50 Hz)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN CZECH REPUBLIC
typical food in Czech Republic
- Vepřo-knedlo-zelo: This omnipresent Czech classic consists of roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut.
- Goulash: A thick beef stew with a rich onion base, usually served with bread dumplings.
- Svíčková na smetaně: This strangely-satisfying sweet-savoury mash-up consists of pot-roasted beef tenderloin and vegetables with a sweet cream sauce, topped with cranberries.
- Smažený sýr: Edam-style cheese covered in breadcrumbs, deep-fried, then served with a side of French fries and tangy tartar sauce.
- Česneková polévka: A water-based garlic soup with melted cheese and croutons.
- Bramborák: Pancake of grated potato with egg, breadcrumbs and garlic.
- Tatarský biftek: A Czech take on steak tartare, this dish is made with seasoned raw beef and egg yolk.
- Budweiser Budvar: A world-famous Czech beer, the fight for naming rights with the US brand is still brewing, but this is the victor where taste is concerned.
- Vánoční kapr: Slices of carp covered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried – a Christmas staple.
- Ovocné knedlíky: A sweet dumpling filled with fresh strawberries, plum, apricot or fruit preserves, typically topped with melting butter and a dusting of sugar.
- Pilsner Urquell: This popular beer brand spawned a beer style named after it (pilsner), and is still served in most Czech drinking establishments.
- Wine: Moravian wine available in white (such as Mopr, Pálava and Hibernal) red (Cabernet Moravia and Neronet) as well as rose and sparkling.
- Becherovka: A herbal bitters spirit with a cinnamon-like taste from Karlovy Vary.
- Slivovice: A potent plum brandy, though other fruit varieties are also available.
- Fernet: A bitter and aromatic, liquorice-like spirit usually served as a digestif.
souvenirs from Czech Republic
- Puppets manufactured in different materials
- Wooden toys
- Bohemian crystals
- Glass or crystal items
- Wrought-iron items
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Thank you: Děkuji
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