While the Czech Republic has far more to offer than just its capital, Prague should still have a firm place on any serious travel itinerary. Considered by many to be the ‘cradle of Czech culture’, this fantastic city is bursting at the seams with things to see, do, try and taste in every corner of the thriving metropolis.
With a long and sword-studded history of warring dynasties, the Czech Republic’s landscape is littered with an impressive collection of aesthetically crumbling ruins. So whether you prefer to scale the walls of a battle-scarred fortress and pretend to lead the troops into battle, or set up a picturesque picnic on the grounds of a beautifully preserved summer palace, there’s a historic monument just waiting to be explored.
If you’re a fan of the open air and glorious nature, a holiday to the Czech Republic will be just the ticket. Mountains, lakes and wide-open plains abound in this scenic section of the world. The summer months offer opportunities to relax by babbling brooks after a long day’s hike, whereas the winter brings flurries of powdery snow that turn mountain ranges into ski parks. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, it’s bound to be spectacular.
Of course, when people think of Prague, they think of Europe’s best beer, and we recommend that you start thinking about it too. The country is home to more than 40 breweries and is riddled with plenty of bars and pubs that serve the dark golden elixir. However, for a real taste of prized Czech beer you simply have to make a day trip to the city of Pilsner. This barley-laden town will spoil any tourist for choice as there are more than 30 varieties of craft beer here alone. If beer isn’t your fix, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in a delicious bottle of Czech Republic’s finest wines.
Delicious, decadent and delightfully doughy, the national dishes of the Czech Republic are the ideal accompaniment to a sip or three of their finest beer. Start with Kulajda, which is a creamy potato soup, shortly followed by Knedlo-vepřo-zelo (Baked pork and cabbage) with perhaps a side of Knedlíky (bread dumplings) and rightly rounded off with a slice of Frgál (a doughy pie filled with seasonal fruits).
Your social media may already be full to bursting with snaps of this stunning locale, but there’s one more stop all budding photographers need to make - a trip to ‘The Dancing House’ of Prague. This bizarre yet beautiful building, which was built in 1996, is a stand out amongst the grandeur of Prague’s more traditional landmarks. Originally nicknamed Fred and Ginger by the Canadian-American architect who helped to build it, the structure is said to resemble two dancers. Additionally, the top-floor restaurant is aptly named Ginger and Fred, serving sumptuous cuisine in an elegant setting as well as offering glorious views over the entire city.
Prague’s Old Town Square is a sensational sightseeing opportunity, certainly not to be missed on a holiday to the Czech Republic. The square is also packed with plenty of historical spots for you to feast your eyes and fuel your imagination. Whether the baroque architecture of churches like the Church of Our Lady before Týn are what interest you, or spotting the niche touches like the Prague Meridian line, this one small area has you covered for days.
The best time to visit Czech Republic is during spring (mid-March to mid-May) and fall (September to mid-November). This is when the crowds are just right, and the weather is consistently pleasant. The high season in Czech Republic is from June to August. The weather will be quite warm in July and August, and the crowds will also peak around these periods. The winter weather in Czech Republic can get rather cold, and a lot of smaller places of accommodation will shut down for the season, but the Christmas markets are a sight to see during these months.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Czech Republic and are visa exempt for 90 days. For more information on entry requirements and travel regulations, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/czech-republic/entry-requirements.
In the Czech Republic, the currency is the Czech Koruna (CZK).
The language spoken in the Czech Republic is Czech.