Ancient times are combined with the unadulterated present in several locations – you will see this for example when visiting Ceský Krumlov or Kutná Hora. Why not also set out to places where famous works of the past are presented in a lively and interactive style! Where? For example Museum Kampa in Prague, where the largest collection of paintings by František Kupka can be seen!
South Bohemia is a dream paradise for holidays whether you decide to spend time sightseeing or relaxing. The countryside here offers endless possibilities for visiting places of natural beauty, but also has lots of historical monuments and great conditions for cycling and water sports. Include some charming historical cities into your programme, the most charming of which are Ceský Krumlov and the village of Holašovice; both places have been listed as UNESCO monuments! A great tip for romance is the neo-Gothic Hluboká Chateau, fans of sports and active holidaying are catered for at the Lipno Reservoir.
The main tourist attractions in Bohemian Switzerland include the Pravcice Gate or boat trips through the gorges of the Kamenice River. You will also find lookout towers here, attractive lookout points on the rocks and mazes or famous pilgrimage sites. You can take a cable car up to the modern television transmitter on Ješted or set out for the highest mountain in the Krkonoše Mountains and in the Czech Republic Snežka (1,602 m). You can also set out on a trip to the source of the Elbe and to visit some of the waterfalls in the Krkonoše Mountains.
Four UNESCO monuments rank among the most attractive locations: the chateau and gardens in Kromeríž, the Baroque plague column in Olomouc, the Functionalist Villa Tugendhat in Brno and the Lednice-Valtice Complex, the most extensive landscaped countryside in the world. The Moravian Karst with more than a thousand caves and Macocha Abyss are also worth investigating. You will find two regions with unique folklore traditions in Moravia, Moravian Slovakia and Moravian Wallachia.
There is nowhere in the world where you will find so many sites entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List as in the Czech Republic. Today you can find 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites. The sites vary – from whole historical sections of towns to single buildings and if you were to travel to the Czech Republic only for them you certainly will not be bored. You will thus get to know the Czech Republic very well.
Historic Centre of Ceský Krumlov
This picturesque town lies in a deep, meandering valley of the Vltava river in the very South of Bohemia. Its golden age came about during the rule of the Lords of Rožmberk (Rosenberg), in 1302-1602, who made their residence there. At that time, Krumlov was a point of contact between the Czech interior, the Austrian/German Danube region, and Northern Italy.
Holašovice Historical Village Reservation
This South-Bohemian village from the 13th century is considered a true pearl of the rustic Baroque style. Its 22 farmhouses with painted Baroque gables in the front and gardens in the rear are situated around a central pond. The pond was used for breeding freshwater fish; the entire area is still known for its fish industry. The village is a living monument to the rustic traditions.
Gardens and Castle of Kromeríž
In 1777, this town, located in Central Moravia at the foot of the Chriby hills, became the seat of the bishops of Olomouc. The splendid Kromeríž chateau and its beautiful gardens are considered an especially attractive and well-preserved example of Baroque palatial and garden design. They played an important role in the development of Central European Baroque architecture of gardens.
Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St. Barbara and Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec
During the Middle Ages, profits from the Kutná Hora silver mines brought fame to the lands of the Czech Crown, and Kutná Hora became the richest and most powerful town in the Czech lands. At the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries, Kutná Hora became the seat of King Václav IV. The Gothic St. James’ Church (1330) and the St. Barbara’s Cathedral (1388) are devoted to the patroness of miners.
The Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
An extensive Baroque complex built for the Liechtenstein family by renowned architects like C.Tencalla, D.Martinelli, J.B.Fischer von Erlach, and J.Ospel. The area is spread between the little towns of Lednice and Valtice southeast of Brno, and covers 250 square kilometers. The complex consists of various chateau buildings, garden structures, and more.
In the small town of Litomyšl, the aristocratic family of Pernštejn had a mediaeval castle remodeled into a Renaissance chateau the second half of the 16th century. The chateau is an exceptional example of an original Italian arcaded structure which was adapted for the Czech environment. It is a fine illustration of an aristocratic residence built during mediaeval Renaissance, with later developments under the influence of new styles.
Historic Centre of Prague
The capital’s historical center, more than ten centuries old, enchants its residents and visitors alike through its unique symbiosis of many architectural styles – from Romanesque rotundas, Gothic towers, and Renaissance burghers’ houses and palaces to the Jewish synagogues, Baroque churches, convents and monasteries. The city is full of crooked lanes, gold-tipped towers and churches.
The Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc
The Baroque column came into existence between 1716 and 1754 and is a testament to the onetime religious fervor of this bishopric town. The column unites the motif of ecclesiastic triumphalism and faith with its architectural and artistic expression.
Historic Centre of Telc
Originally a royal water keep founded in the 13th century on the crossroads of several busy trade routes. It obtained its current appearance in the 16trh century, when the chateau as well as the town center were rebuilt. This development was in part the work of the Jesuit order, which then had a significant presence in the town. Beside the chateau and its park, among the most important monuments is the square – a unique complex of Renaissance and Baroque houses.
Trebic – Basilica of St. Procope and Jewish Town
Trebíc is the town of uncommon religious sights, the most famous of which is the Romanesque-Gothic Basilica of St. Procope. The abbot cathedral was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, but after being damaged during the wars, it had been used for secular purposes for more than two centuries. After its renovation the Church has been using it again.
The Villa Tugendhat
The Tugendhat Villa, built between 1929 - 1930, is a gem of Brno’s architectural modernism and world’s functionalism. It is the most prominent building designed by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Europe. Its importance was recognized in 2001 by its inclusion in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Cultural List. The family villa of the Tugendhats is mainly famous for its original space design, unique technological equipment and elegant interiors with precisely defined functions for every single piece of its furniture.
The Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora (Ždár nad Sázavou)
The abbot of the Ždár monastery had this pilgrimage church built to celebrate the memory of the Czech martyr and saint, John of Nepomuk. It is a unique testament to the genius of the Prague architect Giovanni Blasius Santini, who decided to use the five-pointed star as the principal symbol in his remarkable structure. According to legend, a crown with five stars appeared above the body of the drowned martyr.
A wonderful rest in the open air, beautiful scenery, and the charming corners of national parks – all that can be had from trips in the Czech countryside. Explore caves and rock cities, climb to the tops of mountains and observation points! Places you will never forget and where you will always be happy to go back to – such as the fairy-tale landscape of the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, the gorges of the Adršpach Rock City or Punkevní Cave in the Moravian Karst.
Why sit at home when so many attractions await you outside? Why not take a trip on rafts along the Morava River and allow yourself to be enticed up to the peaks of the Krkonoše Mountains! Visit the Old Kladruby Horses in the oldest stud farm in the world in Kladruby nad Labem and take a carriage trip through the surrounding countryside! Long-distance paths for cyclists and in-line skaters which take you along rivers and canals are no less popular. Why not set out for a wander along the Elbe, along the Ohre on foot, by bike or on the deck of a pleasure cruiser on the Bata Canal!
A winter rush in powdery snow – that is true winter in the Czech ski centres. You will discover something new here every year, ranging from stylish hotels, restaurants and cafes right on the slopes, right through to ski mountaineering trails – for example in Šumava and in the Krkonoše Mountains! Take a trip on cross-country skis along one of the many prepared cross-country skiing trails and why not also try the longest ice skating track in the world at Lipno! If you prefer sledging, you will certainly enjoy yourself on the Zvonková cesta from Cerná hora to Janské Lázne!