Czech Republic (Czechia)
The Czech Republic, sometimes now called Czechia, is a landlocked nation in central Europe with a long, rich history. It’s know for castles, beer, and storybook settings. The capital city, Prague, is home to Baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and the famous medieval Astronomical Clock. Down the Vltava River a bit, deep into Bohemia and towered over by a 13th century castle, is Český Krumlov. Moravia, to the east, is full of rolling hills and vineyards.
Though small, you can drive from one side of the country to the other in about five hours, there are countless sites to see, beers to taste, and puppet shows to watch in the Czech Republic. So, whether you’re looking for history and culture, golf and cycling, or spas and relaxation, this nation is full of lasting memories and unique experiences.
Best Time to Visit?
Late spring and early fall are when the weather is best and crowds are a little lighter.
Winter, while cold can be especially beautiful in December with everything decorated for the holidays and Christmas markets in each town.
- Stroll through the Christmas Market in Prague’s Old Town Square while sipping hot chocolate or mulled wine and
- Climb through the Tisa Wall sandstone formations in Bohemian Switzerland National Park. Some scenes from The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe were filmed here.
- Walk through Sedlec Ossuary, The Bone Church, in Kutna Hora. Over 40,000 skeletons make up chandeliers, candelabras, a family crest, pyramids and more.
- Czechs take pride in their beer and they’re happy to show you their many breweries while telling the story of their long history with beer in Bohemia.
|Currency:||Czech Crown (CZK)|
|Visa Requirement:||None from USA|
|Time Zone:||GMT+1, Daylight Saving Time is observed|
|Voltage:||230 V/50 Hz|
|Plug Type:||Type C/E – Two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin.|
|Transportation:||The Czech train & bus systems are extensive, but a car will get you around faster and there is very little traffic outside of rush hour.|
All photos courtesy of the Czech Tourism Authority.