Czech Republic Key Facts
Czech Republic Location
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59% no religion
27% Roman Catholic
1% Czech Brethren
12% not declared
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In Czech Republic they drive on the right side of the road
When is the best time to visit?
Prague Spring Festival makes this the capital's most popular month.
Lovely strolling weather in West Bohemia's spa towns.
Svařák (mulled wine) and music at Christmas markets in town squares all across the country.
Czech Airlines runs a handful of flights weekly from Prague to the eastern city of Ostrava, but the country is small enough that air travel is usually impractical. There are no flights between Prague and Brno. Travellers are also able to bicycle, boat, bus ,car/motorcycle and train.
World Heritage Sites
- Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž
- Historic Centre of Český Krumlov
- Historic Centre of Prague
- Historic Centre of Telč
- Holašovice Historic Village
- Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc
- Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč
- Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec
- Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
- Litomyšl Castle
- Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora
- Tugendhat Villa in Brno
1 January - New Year’s Day
March/April - Easter Monday
1 May - Labour Day
May 8th - Liberation Day
5th July - Sts Cyril & Methodius Day
6th July - Jan Hus Day
28th September - Czech Statehood Day
28 October - Republic Day
17th November - Struggle for Freedom & Democracy Day
24th December - Christmas Eve (Generous Day)
25th December - Christmas Day
26th December - St Stephen’s Day
Why Visit Czech Republic?
Everyone who visits the Czech Republic starts with Prague, the cradle of Czech culture and one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. Prague offers a near-intact medieval core of Gothic architecture that can transport you back 500 years – the 14th-century Charles Bridge, connecting two historic neighbourhoods across the Vltava River, with the castle ramparts and the spires of St Vitus Cathedral rising above, is one of the classic sights of world travel. But the city is not just about history; it’s a vital urban centre with a rich array of cultural offerings, and a newly emerging foodie scene.
Things To Do In Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is one of the undiscovered gems of European golf, with new, quality courses springing up all over the place – the country has gone from having three 18-hole courses in 1990 to more than 100 in 2017. There are a couple of nine-hole courses within the Prague city boundary, but the nearest championship course is at Karlštejn.
Czech Republic Food
On the surface of it, Czech food seems very similar to German or Polish food: lots of meat served with dumplings and cabbage. The little differences are what make the food here special – eat a forkful of svíčková (roast beef served with a sour cream sauce and spices) sopped up with fluffy bread dumpling and you’ll be wondering why you haven’t heard more about this cuisine.
Czechs who eat snídaně (breakfast) at home generally have bread with butter, cheese, eggs, ham or sausage, jam or yoghurt. Commuters gobble down soup and frankfurters at a bufet (self-service, cafeteria-style place).
Traditionally, a big feed of meat and dumplings is taken at lunch time, although the meal is eaten quickly and there’s no time for a nap afterwards. The Western way of life is catching on, however, particularly in Prague, and most people are too busy to even take an hour out for lunch. The evening meal is usually no more than a plate of cold meats and condiments eaten with bread and washed down with a glass of beer.
Czech Republic Travel Safety and Warnings
The Czech Republic presents few dangers you wouldn't encounter in any other European country.
- Expect beggars or homeless people to occasionally ask for spare change, though there's no expectation that you need to give anything.
- Czech drivers are notoriously bad when it comes to yielding to pedestrians on cross walks. Before crossing, wait until you see the driver slowing down to yield the right of way.
- Rogue taxi drivers remain a problem. Never get into an unmarked taxi and, if possible, phone ahead to use the services of a reputable radio taxi company.
City Profile: Prague
The capital of the Czech Republic is built on 9 hills, with the Vltava River flowing through the heart of it. You won’t have to walk far along the maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards to experience the architectural styles that make up the city – from Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Classicist, Cubist, all the way to Functionalist. There are ancient chapels, gardens, cafes and old-fashioned bars to be explored and experienced on foot, and the historic centre of Prague is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list – including Prague Castle from the 9th Century, the Lesser Quarter and the Old Town, including the city’s oldest bridge, Charles Bridge.