The Czech Republic was only formed in 1993. Yet not only is it home to one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Prague – it also embodies the historical lands of Bohemia and Moravia, and Czech Silesia.
This is a country of castles and grand mansions, once home to the richest and most influential of Europe’s elite. Among the most impressive of these is Karlštejn Castle, which looks like something out of a fairy tale. The best way to explore it is to take the official tour; uncovering the incredible history of this special building is fascinating.
Aside from the history, there are lots of modern cultural attractions too, from museums and galleries to restaurants and brewery tours. And if you’re more into grapes than grains, the beautiful Mikulov region has a great magnitude of top grape producers as well as the staple picturesque towns and villages.
Getting around by bike is a great way to explore the Czech Republic’s larger cities such as Prague, and as you traverse the cobbled streets, there are opportunities to jump off and revive in one of the many charming cafes.
As tempting as it is to stick to the delights of Prague, you’ll be rewarded for branching out to explore the more rural side of the country. As you encounter beautiful towns such as Český Krumlov, you might get the urge to park up and go canoeing in the river or hike up into the inviting rolling hills.
But the best thing to do in the Czech Republic, whether living it up in the city or relaxing in the countryside, is to take it all in at your own pace.