The best activities and experiences in Prague and the Czech Republic
Karlovy Vary was founded in the 14th century by Charles IV, who granted the town privileges. It enjoyed its greatest fame during the 19th century and the Belle Époque. The mild climate, the beneficial effects of thermal springs and the town’s vibrant social life attracted leading aristocrats, artists and scientists from all over Central Europe.
It’s no surprise that when tourists come to the Czech Republic they mostly focus on Prague. But we recommend exploring the areas beyond the capital, where you’ll find magnificent historic monuments and castles such as Karlštejn, which is situated roughly 30 kilometres from Prague.
Kutná Hora was founded in the Middle Ages and stands on the site of an extensive network of silver mines. In the 14th century it was, after Prague, the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia, and Kutná Hora flourished until the 16th century. The town’s most beautiful sights date from this golden – or rather silver age.
Visit Terezín fortress, an essential stop on the route to understanding the tragic fate of the Czech Jews during the Second World War. The fortified town of Terezín was built by Emperor Joseph II at the end of the 18th century to defend the northern borders of the Austro-Hungarian Empire against the Prussian enemy.
The picturesque small medieval town of Český Krumlov is located on the banks of the River Vltava in South Bohemia and enjoys global renown. The historic centre, above which towers the colourful chateau tower, is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Karlštejn Castle was built by order of the Czech king and Roman-German emperor Charles IV to store royal treasures, collections of sacred relics and crown jewels. Its amazing arrangement on several levels according to the importance of the different parts of the building gives it a unique and inimitable character.
The small town of Kutná Hora has something to surprise visitors. Located in the heart of the Czech countryside, its rich past has endowed it with a great architectural wealth and an authentic charm.
Bohemia has made a name for itself in the history of the crystal industry with the creation of its innovative artificial crystal and the unparalleled skills of its glassworkers. Glasswork has become one of the specialties of the Czech Republic and the crystal factory in the small town of Nižbor is one of the most famous in the country.
This small town in South Bohemia, dominated by the colorful keep of its castle and crossed by the picturesque Vltava River, is a true gem of urban planning and medieval architecture. Its historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the must-see places in the Czech Republic!
Ever since Emperor Charles IV discovered its thermal springs, Karlovy Vary has been attracting the European cultural elite in search of peace and relaxation. The city experienced a particularly flourishing period during the Belle Époque.
The town of Terezín, which is steeped in our history, is far from being just another tourist site. This town, now almost a ghost town, allows us to understand all the atrocities of the genocide of the Second World War.
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