Czech Republic

Overview

Introduction

For most visitors to the Czech Republic, all roads lead no farther than Prague—the country's most westernized, cosmopolitan city, known for its wondrous charm and stunning beauty. Less than 10% of tourists to the Czech Republic explore the country outside of the capital.

But if you really wish to discover the richness of this immensely cultured nation, venture beyond Prague. The magnificent, undulating landscape consists of mountains, upland plains, forests and farmland. Thanks to the fact that the country was spared widespread destruction during World War II, many of its cities and towns are a visual feast of medieval, baroque and art-nouveau architecture and sculpture. Bohemian spa towns and sleepy Moravian wine villages have a historical integrity and welcoming atmosphere that give visitors the feeling of being immersed in an open-air museum. The country also boasts more than 100 castles—from craggy fortresses to more refined, aristocratic chateaus.

Venturing off the beaten path doesn't mean leaving comfort and service behind. The number and quality of restaurants and hotels throughout the country is very good. And with the help of local tourist offices, the task of arranging accommodations or gathering information about local sites is easy to accomplish.

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