The Czech Lands have been at the crossroads of Europe for thousands of years. It is a small country endowed with abundant natural beauty and many cultural sites. Here are my top 10 reasons to travel to the Czech Republic
Surrounded along its borders by mountains, the countryside is dotted with charming towns, and the most castles and chateaux per square mile of any country in the world!The Castle Road is part of a romantic route which begins near Mannheim and concludes in Prague.
The Czech Republic has a tradition of balneology. The curative powers of local springs have been used for centuries to heal and refresh. People from the world over come to spa towns such as Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne and Frantiskovy Lazne for rest and relaxation.
Cesky Krumlov, is one of the most frequently visited towns because of its location snuggled within the bend of the River Vlata. The Cesky Krumlov Castle and Chateau complex is situated on the hill overlooking the lovely town below.
Twelve Czech towns are listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The village of Holasovice is listed for its remarkable traditional rural architecture.
Karlstjen Castle was built by Emperor Charles IV to safeguard the crown jewels and holy relics. The Chapel of the Holy Rood is located on the highest floor of the tower and is adorned with gold and semi-precious jewels. It is also decorated with a rare collection of Mid-14th century paintings depicting Catholic Saints.
Cesky Raj (Bohemian Paradise) is known for its varied landscape and abundance of opportunities for outdoor pursuits. There is a vast number of well-marked hiking and cycling trails maintained by the Czech Hiking Club. And steep canyons and sandstone towers offer rock-climbers hours of thrilling fun.
The country has not adopted the Euro as of yet; it still uses its national currency, the Czech crown. And that means bargains for the American visitor. Prices in the Czech Republic are less expensive than in countries who have adopted the Euro.
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It escaped the destruction of war and built on its natural beauty with great architecture. A walk through the city will surprise you with its unique blend of architectural styles. Gothic, Renaissance, Art Nouveau and even Functionalsim all live happily together in Prague.
Prague’s Jewish Quarter with its Cemetery has several thousand Renaissance and Baroque tombstones, making it one of the most valuable Jewish Historical monuments in the world. The Gothic Synagogue (Staronova synagoga) built in the late 13th century is one of the oldest preserved synagogues in Europe. The Jewish Museum has as its mission to educate and sustain the memory of the history of the Czech Jewish community.
Prague Castle is an important cultural and historical monument. The crown jewels are kept in Prague Castle, as are the relics of Bohemian kings, precious Christian relics, art treasures and historical documents. Events important for the whole country have taken place within its walls. It is the embodiment of the historical tradition of the Czech state, linking the present with the past.