Czechia

Travel Guide
Czech Republic featuring a square or plaza, heritage architecture and a city
Ancient castles, medieval old towns and a longstanding beer-brewing tradition make this Central European country a true delight to explore.

The Czech Republic is a wonderfully picturesque European nation, dotted with ancient spires, forests and rivers. The capital, Prague, which has been nicknamed the “City of a Hundred Spires” because of its abundance of towering red roofs, overflows with history and culture. Further afield, discover the modernist buildings of Brno and the thermal springs of Karlovy Vary.

Spend a night or two in Český Krumlov, a city dissected by a river and presided over by an ancient bell tower. Towering over the city’s winding streets is the Český Krumlov Castle. It dates back to the 12th century but most of the building you see today is preserved from the 14th to 19th centuries. During a break from sightseeing, sip a locally-brewed pivo (beer), the likes of which have been brewed in the country since the 10th century.

In Prague, tourists flock to the Old Town Square to witness the Astronomical Clock, a mechanical clock that has performed its daily chime for over 600 years. Head to the square on the hour to see the clock’s moving sculptures, wooden figures of apostles and astronomical dial.

Another iconic Prague landmark is the cobblestone Charles Bridge, which was completed in the early 15th century. Arrive in the early morning to beat the crowds and rent an audio guide to learn more about the statues of saints that decorate the structure.

Also in Prague is St. Vitus Cathedral, a Gothic-style cathedral that features ornate stained-glass windows, the Chapel of St. Wenceslas and a 14th-century mosaic. Climb the Great South Tower to enjoy fantastic views of the city and get a glimpse of the church bell.

On the outskirts of Prague lies Vyšehrad, a fortified hilltop castle overlooking the city. Ride the metro or the tram here from the city center to view its church, Gothic cellar, cemetery and peaceful park.

The main airport in the Czech Republic is Václav Havel Airport Prague, which offers frequent bus links into the city. Ride the fast, efficient train system around the country and rent a bike to get around the major cities with ease.

Lose yourself amid the twisting streets of the Czech Republic and discover what makes this historic country so special.

Popular cities in Czechia

Charles Bridge featuring heritage elements, a bridge and a river or creek
Prague
Known for Historical, Castle and Romantic
Ancient castles, graceful bridges and hundreds of church spires characterize the Czech Republic capital, a city that seems right out of a fairytale.

Reasons to visit

  • Old Town Square
  • Prague Castle
  • Wenceslas Square
Brno showing a city
Brno
Known for Historical, Castle and Cathedrals
As well as art galleries, medieval landmarks and lively bars, this large Czech city is also a gateway to the rolling countryside of South Moravia.

Reasons to visit

  • Villa Tugendhat
  • Spilberk Castle
  • Old Town Hall
Karlovy Vary showing a city
Karlovy Vary
Known for Spas, Hot springs and Festivals

Reasons to visit

  • Elizabeth's Spa
  • Mill Colonnade
  • Hot Spring Colonnade
Cesky Krumlov featuring a river or creek and a city
Cesky Krumlov
Known for Historical, Castle and Rivers
Wander down enchanting streets lined by medieval monuments and atmospheric bars in this storybook town on the Vltava River.

Reasons to visit

  • Cesky Krumlov Castle
  • Church of St. Vitus
  • Church of St Jošt
Plzen featuring heritage architecture, a square or plaza and heritage elements
Plzen
Known for Beer, Historical and Museums

Reasons to visit

  • Pilsner Urquell Brewery
  • St. Bartholomew's Cathedral

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