Czech Republic

Whether scenic views or the latest fashion is your thing, the Czech Republic is a country rich in history, excitement and breathtaking landscapes.

Czech Republic

Capital City: Prague

Czech Republic Key Facts

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  • Size

    78,867 km²

  • Population

    10.6 million

  • Czech Republic Location

    Eastern Europe

  • Travel Insurance

    For Czech Republic travel insurance, select Europe Region

  • International Calling Codes

    420

  • Cities

    Prague
    Brno
    Ostrava

  • Language

    Czech

  • Religions

    59% no religion

    27% Roman Catholic

    1% Czech Brethren

    1% Hussite

    12% not declared

  • Currency

    Czech crown 

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  • Driving

    In Czech Republic they drive on the right side of the road

Tourism website:

czechtourism.com

When is the best time to visit?

May 

Prague Spring Festival makes this the capital's most popular month.

 

September 

Lovely strolling weather in West Bohemia's spa towns.

 

December 

Svařák (mulled wine) and music at Christmas markets in town squares all across the country.

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Transport Information

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 

Official Holidays

  • 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

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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.

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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. 

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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.
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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.

 

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