Czech Republic

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Medieval Magnificence

With the medieval highlights of Prague at its core, the Czech Republic enchants tourists across the globe. The country’s sweeping countryside hosts castles, chateaux and Gothic ruins, with rivers meandering throughout. While the nation zooms into the future, forward-thinking locals still uphold rich folklore and tradition through festivals, music and dance. World-renowned brews are another star attraction, which the Czechs have been famous for producing since the invention of Pilsner Urquell.

The Danube EU macro-regional strategy encompasses the Czech Republic. The strategy addresses a range of objectives, such as protecting the environment, building prosperity and strengthening the region, which is evident within the country’s tourism industry. Five incredible cultural routes cross through the Czech Republic. Highlights revealed by these routes include thermal towns, Jewish heritage, Napoleonic era sites and areas traversed by one of the world’s most influential music composers, Mozart.

How to get there?

Most international tourists arrive in the Czech Republic via Prague airport. Other cities with international airports include Ostrava, Brno and Karlovy Vary. Car and bus travel from neighbouring countries are popular forms of transport, as well as trains from numerous capital cities, including London, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin and Zagreb. Especially in Prague, the public transport system is excellent, with the metro, trams and buses. Cyclists enjoy country trails and roads crisscrossing cultural sites, including the Prague-Vienna Greenways. EuroVelo routes 4, 7, 9 and 13 pass through the Czech Republic.

  • Time Zone
    GMT +1
  • Population
    10.6 million
  • Capital
    Prague
  • Official language
    Czech
  • Currency
    Kč or CZK (1 EUR = 25.64 CZK)

No visa is required for citizens of the EU

Cultural Routes in Czech Republic

Five cultural routes cross the Czech Republic and connect other countries in the Danube macro-region – such as Austria, Germany and Hungary – through fascinating cultural heritage. These routes also span much of Europe, immersing travellers in rich legacies that remain very much alive today. They include European Mozart Ways, Destination Napoleon, the Route of Cistercian Abbeys, the Historical Thermal Towns route and the European Route of Jewish Heritage.

European Mozart Ways

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart travelled through the ten countries on this route, linking the Czech Republic with Belgium, Germany, England, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Slovakia. Retracing his footsteps is a journey into his inspirations and achievements, across palaces, piazzas, opera houses and concert halls. Mozart experienced great successes, but also failure and illness in Prague. It was here that he conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni at the Nostitz Theatre, now the famous Estates Theatre.

Destination Napoleon

In Europe today the influence of political leader, Napoleon Bonaparte, is seen throughout many countries. Destination Napoleon spans 60 cities in 13 countries, including other Danube macro-regional countries such as Germany, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Along the route, travellers are brought to cities portraying the Napoleonic era through monuments, works of art, architecture and exhibits. A major highlight is featured in the Czech city of Slavkov u Brna, home of the Battle of Three Emperors, otherwise known as Austerlitz, and the historic halls and salons of Slavkov Castle.

European Route of Cistercian Abbeys

The Czech Republic’s picturesque Vysočina region is a stop on the European Route of Cistercian Abbeys. Encompassing 11 countries, this route follows the legacy of the Cistercian Order, which was founded in 1098 and is still active within the Roman Catholic Church today. Travellers can experience their rich legacy among 1,000 monasteries and 750 abbeys. The route also focuses on rural areas, whereby the Cistercian Order played a role in the development of advanced techniques for modern living.

European Route of Historical Thermal Towns

The healing waters of mineral springs have enhanced health and wellbeing for centuries. Travellers explore Europe’s spa towns, including the Karlovy Vary region of the Czech Republic, on the European Route of Historical Thermal Towns. The route covers over 40 spa destinations across 15 countries, encompassing other Danube macro-regions of Hungary, Croatia and Germany. Highlights include hot and cold mineral springs, wellness treatments, historic architecture and the scenic landscapes of thermal culture.

European Route of Jewish Heritage

As an intrinsic part of European civilisation, Jewish heritage crosses much of Europe with synagogues, cemeteries, archaeological sites and museums to discover. This route is prominent in the Czech Republic via the Federation of Czech Jewish Communities and the 10 Stars Project, encompassing ten towns, ten synagogues and ten stars on a map of the Czech Republic. Visitors traverse Jewish destinations such as Mikulov in South Moravia and Plzeň in West Bohemia. Along the route, travellers are encouraged to delve into educational and cultural events, in order to understand the significant role of Jewish heritage throughout the ages.

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