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The Czech Republic is a rather small country but thanks to a number of tourist attractions it can easily compete with other European destinations. Every year it becomes more and more popular and the capital city, Prague, alone is visited by about 5 million tourists every year.
The best time to visit is between April and June and during the months of September and October. ..as well as the Christmas period, of course!
Its borders are largely made ​​up of mountain ranges; most of them are parts of national parks (NP) or of protected landscape areas (PLA).
The national parks in the Czech Republic are NP Krkonoše (Giant Mountains), NP Šumava, NP Podyjí and NP Czech Switzerland.
The Giant Mountains National Park is the oldest national park in the Czech Republic. It lies on the northern border of the country and it is one of the most visited Czech parks. The highest peak in the Czech Republic - Sněžka (1602 m above sea) can be found in the Giant Mountains.

The fabulous Bohemian Switzerland National Park also lies in the northern part of the Czech Republic, but on the border with Germany, where it continues to the Saxon Switzerland National Park. The main features to preserve are its unique sandstone formations (rock towers, arches, ravines and labyrinths – infact, several scenes from the Chronicles of Narnia were shot there).
The symbol of this National Park is Pravcicka brana. It is the biggest natural rock arch in Europe, its span is 27 metres and it rises up to a height of 21 metres. Pravcicka brana inspired H.CH. Andersen.
The mountains on the border of the Czech Republic are popular areas for hiking and biking. The Czech Republic has one of the best marked and maintained hiking trails in Europe. In the winter many of them become trails for cross-country skiing. The Czech Republic is a suitable destination for sports-oriented activities, whatever the season. Water sports can also be included among the sports-oriented activities , the greatest tradition being canoeing. Canoeing is more than just a sport, because it provides the opportunity to learn a lot about Czech cultural heritage from an atypical perspective. It is possible to sail through the center of Cesky Krumlov, Karlovy Vary or around many castles and other cultural monuments.
A nice cycle path leads along the Elbe River to Germany.

The Czech Republic can also be proud of its cultural heritage and the very high concentration of UNESCO sites. 12 tangible monuments and one intangible monument appear on the World Heritage list. In the Czech Republic, UNESCO sites represent the most valuable historical centers but also castles or separate religious buildings.
12 Material UNESCO sites in the Czech Republic
• historical center of Prague (the largest urban UNESCO reserve in the world)
• historical center of Cesky Krumlov
• historical center of Telc
• historical center of Kutna Hora with St. Barbara’s church and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary
• Jewish Quarter and the Basilica of St. Procope in Trebic
• pilgrimage church of John Nepomuk in Zdar nad Sazavou
• Lednice - Valtice
• Archbishop chateau and gardens in Kromeriz
• Holasovice village
• chateau in Litomysl
• Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc
• Villa Tugendhat in Brno
The capital city, Prague, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, which attracts millions of tourists from the whole world. In the year 2011 it was the 6th most visited European city. Unique and very characteristic is the panorama of the Prague Castle. Prague is the cultural centre of the Czech Republic, there are many theatres, museums, galleries, cinemas…in year 2000 itwas awarded the title of The European Capital of Culture. Many famous artists and scientists have connections with Prague, such as Franz Kafka, Johannes Kepler or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You can see Prague in many famous movies like Mission Impossible (1996), La Môme – Edith Piaf (2007), The Unbreakable Lightness of Being (1988), Amadeus (1984), Alien vs. Predator (2004), Oliver Twist (2005), Casino Royale (2006) and many others.
Popular sites in the Czech Republic are castles and chateaux, among them the most visited are the Prague Castle, Cesky Krumlov, Lednice Castle, Hluboká Castle and Karlstejn Castle.
The Czech Republic is a popular destination for therapeutic spa stays. The most famous spa in the Czech Republic are Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne and Frantiskovy Lazne (Franzensbad). The development of this sector in the Czech Republic looks promising due to the wealth and diversity of its natural mineral resources and climate and also thanks to its long spa tradition.
Last but not least, Czech beer is worth a mention. It is considered one of the national symbols. Beer is the most commonly consumed alcoholic beverage in the Czech Republic. Not surprisingly, Czechs hold the record for world beer consumption per person per year. In the Czech Republic there are many breweries, big ones and also minibreweries, in almost every part of the country. Some of them can be visited. For example, there is one really small brewery next to the highest mountain Snezka! In the Czech Republic there are also numerous places where you can experience the beer Spa.