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Why Travel Czech Republic?

The Czech Republic, in Central Europe, is known for its ornate castles, native beers and long history. Prague, the capital, is home to a 9th-century castle, preserved medieval Old Town and statue-lined Charles Bridge. Although one of the continent's smaller nations, the Czech Republic won't disappoint travelers looking for a taste of Central Europe.

 
Yet while Prague boasts an inordinate number of excellent attractions, there are enough out-of-the-way attractions that you can explore by car. Highlights of a trip to the Czech countryside include many excellent national parks and conservation areas, one of the most popular being the Bohemian Paradise—an area of outstanding natural beauty characterized by numerous splendid rock formations and many fine old castles.

 
Along the way, you can also stop by the numerous old villages and towns, many of which remian unchanged since medieval times and are home to fine old churches, palaces, and public squares--all of them worth a visit. Also, don’t forget to visit the Prague Castle, Prague’s Charles Bridge, Brno’s Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Cesky Krumlov Castle, and Czech Crypts, Tombs and Cemeteries.


You could also take a short drive north of the city of Ceské Budejovice, the huge white Neo-Gothic Hluboká Castle (Hluboká nad Vltavou) which is often said to be the most beautiful of the Czech Republic’s many fine castles. But incase you love rock climbing; you will rather love the Adršpach-Teplice Rocks, which have unusual sandstone rock formations.

 
On your drive you could also head to the upper reaches of the Vltava at Borová Lada for an exciting day of canoeing. This section of the river is picturesque, with gentle rapids and weirs, which makes it ideal canoe-touring territory for beginners.

 
But out of all these, one of the most beautiful corners of the Czech Republic is in Eastern Bohemia: the spectacular Bohemian Paradise (Ceský ráj). This area of outstanding natural beauty is notable for its many massive rock formations that seem to stick up out of the ground like so many giants, seemingly unsupported and defying all laws of physics. Now a UNESCO Geopark, the region draws hikers and sightseers from across Europe for its stunning sandstone hills, natural bridges, and tall basalt columns and outcroppings, all accessible by a first-rate network of trails and scenic drives.

 

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