Fall in love with the captivating Czech Republic when you explore beyond the city of Prague
The versatile and beautiful Czech Republic has more to it than just the popular city of Prague. On your next trip to the country, skip the usual tourist haunts to unearth a memorable experience waiting in the picturesque Czech countryside. Experience a bygone era in small towns steeped with heritage. Wander through and enjoy the splendid regions that look like straight out of a fairytale with resplendent castles, graceful chateaux and flourishing landscapes. The magnificence of the country is sure to enthrall you with its magical aura.
Here are the top five places that absolutely need to be on your list on your next trip to the Czech Republic:
- Charming Bohemian Switzerland
Discover a slice of heaven in Bohemian Switzerland (main image), which is full of attractions that are sure to catch your fancy. Nature enthusiasts will be overjoyed to spot rare flowers and birds while soaking in the region’s beauty. An unforgettable experience awaits you at the spectacular gorges of the River Kamenice. There is more than one way to enjoy the gorges - take a romantic stroll along the river across narrow footbridges, or ride a boat through the lush greenery and past striking stone walls. Visit HÅÂÂensko from which several nature trails lead into the surrounding gorges. For a change of scenery, take a detour to Pravcicka Brana, Europe’s largest sandstone archway, and a prominent landmark.
- Historical Loket
If you are a history buff, don’t miss out on the small town of Loket, home to the eponymous medieval castle, a majestic historical monument perched on a massive rock and surrounded by the serene Ohre River on three sides. Considered a historical gem, the town is a popular stop for people travelling by boat along the OhÅÂÂe River. Explore the Loket Castle any time of the year and enjoy the lively fairs, craft markets, and grape harvest festivals!
- Romantic Lednice & Valtice
Immerse yourself in the architectural grandeur of the past with a trip to the Lednice and Valtice Complex spread over a vast area of 300 square kilometres. The romantic Lednice and Valtice chateau is a spectacle to behold and also finds its place on the UNESCO list. Take a leisurely jaunt through the manicured and elegant surrounding parkland replete with rare trees, quaint buildings, and beautiful corners you’ll love to explore.
- Modern Zlín
Take a day’s trip to Zlín, the birthplace of world-famous shoe brand Bata. The city is situated in eastern Moravia, a 95-kilometre drive from Brno. Experience the impressive architecture from the inter-war period juxtaposed with modern establishments. Tour the shoe museum at Bata’s imposing skyscraper, Tomas Bata Villa, or visit the grand cinema; Zlín has so much to offer!
- Peaceful Sumava
Be mesmerised by the stunning display of nature’s beauty at Šumava, the largest national park in the Czech Republic. Embark on a photo tour to capture the untouched visual delight, no matter the season! Breathe in the fresh, crisp air of its deep forests, and let go of stress and clear your mind by gazing at the shimmering surfaces of its glacial lakes.
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