The Czech Republic is an exquisite reflection of Europe’s cultural and architectural diversity. With over 2000 castles, keeps and ruins, it boasts one of the highest densities of architectural history in the world – so much so, Hollywood regularly rolls into town when it needs to shoot ‘Ye Olde Europe’. There's no better place to step back in time than on the cobbled streets of Prague’s Old Town, where the scent of chestnut and linden trees fills the air on a warm summer’s eve.
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Getting an ‘Easter birching’ in the Czech Republic
Posted on Mon, 14 Apr 2014 by Sue Elliot
Easter is one of our most important feasts in the Czech Republic. Celebrations are similar in your country, except for one thing... the Easter whipping.Read more
Prague’s golden nightingale
Posted on Wed, 19 Dec 2012 by Sue Elliot
"Pilsner beer, Bohemian dumplings and Prague citizen Karel Gott are arguably the most well-known exports of the Czech Republic..."Read more
Czech Republic Highlights
About Czech Republic
At a glance
- Trips Available:
- Capital city:
- Prague (population 1.2 million )
- 10.2 million
- Time zone:
- (GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague
- Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)
- Dialing code:
Best time to visit Czech Republic
The Czech Republic enjoys a pleasant central European climate, which means the summers are hot and dry, and the winters are often a wonderland of snow-covered cobblestones. If you’re after the more balmy weather, then June through to August is perfect. Although, this is the high season for tourists, so expect to be darting between the crowds. The cooler spring months of April and May are usually sun-filled, and you’ll find the attractions less busy. For those who want to experience the quintessential ‘winter wonderland’, why not head over from December through to February - there’s even a strong chance of a white Christmas.
Geography and environment
The west of the Czech Republic is known as Bohemia, and is surrounded by low European mountains that stem from the Alps. The foothills lead into lush rolling plains and beautiful green countryside. In the east, Moravia is blessed with a variety of dramatic landscapes, with hilly countryside punctuated by the famous limestone cave system - the Moravský Kras.
Top 10 Beer Moments in the Czech Republic
1. Beer Spa
The Czech Republic is famous for both its spa towns (Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lasne) and its beers. Enjoy a combination of the two in the country’s first beer spa, where you can submerge yourself in a specially brewed bath full of your favourite brew.
2. Brewery Wars
Visit the epicentre of Czech beer in the town of Ceske Budejovice (Budweis in German). Decide for yourself which of the two breweries is master of the genre - Budvar or Burgerbrau. After a long legal stoush over the Budweiser name, the Czech makers have retained the right to call their beers 'Budweiser' and limited the American brand's naming rights in some European countries.
3. Brew with a View
With an incredible view of Prague’s Old Town, visit Letna Hill, Prague’s very own beer gardens, where cheap beer is sold from kiosks for you to enjoy from the comfort of a park bench.
4. Travelling Ales
Ride the tram pub. That’s right, the Czech Republic has its very own tram pub - the Prvni Pivni Tramway.
5. Festival Flavours
Head to one of the Czech Republic’s many beer festivals – pivni slavanosti. Held on almost every weekend of the year in various towns and cities, breweries will celebrate their particular tipple and provide some apt entertainment alongside the beer-swigging.
6. Tank Tipples
Discover the sweet taste of the world’s only unpasteurised variety of Pilsner. Sold in special ‘tank’ pubs, where kegs are replaced by high-volume brewing tanks, treat yourself to this Czech Republic speciality.
7. Savour Something Strong
Push your beer-drinking limits with the Czech Republic’s specialty strength beers. Try U Medviku’s X-33, where the alcohol level of 12.6% will have you pushing the limits of sobriety.
8. Gallery Gulps
Take a trip to Prague’s beer gallery where one can peruse the aisles that house over 200 different varieties.
9. Pass the Beer Glass
The Czech Republic is famous for its incredible glass and crystal, so why not head to the Novosad Glassworks in Harrachov, where the glass-blowers are lucky enough to have their own brewery on site.
10. Beds n' Beer
At the end of all this beer drinking, you’ll need a suitable place to rest your weary head. So why not camp down in one of the Czech Republic’s brewery hotels and finish off with a night-cap in front of the fire.
FAQs on Czech Republic
Metro pass = 40 CZK
Street food snack = 40 CZK
Lunch at a café = 100-120 CZK
Dinner at a restaurant = 150- 300 CZK
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 May Day
May 8 Liberation Day
Jul 5 Day of the Apostles St Cyril and Methodius
Jul 6 Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jan Hus
Sep 28 Czech Statehood Day
Oct 28 Independence Day
Nov 17 Freedom and Democracy Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/czech-republic/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
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Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Czech Republic Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Czech Republic
1. Be considerate of the Czech Republic’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In the Czech Republic, the Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
Fond Ohrozenych Deti (Fund for Children in Need)
Based in Prague, this organisation helps children and families in crisis by providing financial help, tutoring, housing and recreation activities. Staffed mainly by volunteers and part time staff, this not-for-profit group helps marginalised people who don't receive help from the government.
Image supplied by Fond Ohrozenych Deti (Fund for Children in Need).
To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org
|The Book of Laughter and Forgetting||Milan Kundera|
|Bohemia in History||Mikulas Teich|
|Closely Watched Trains||Bohumil Hrabal|
|My Golden Trades||Ivan Klima|
|The Engineer of Human Souls||Josef Skvorecky|
|Sister City Silver||Jachym Topol|