Prague, Czech Republic

Visitors have been pouring in and reveling in the accessibility of this top tourist destination since things changed with a thump in 1989. The Czech Republic is still all things to all people. While Prague shakes with excitement, almost everything outside this astonishing city is still off the beaten tourist track and unspoiled. The Czech Republic is located at the very heart of Central Europe. This small nation boasts a host of spectacular cultural treasures and varied, rich tapestry of natural wonders. Those looking for a honeymoon with a pulsating city and countryside fortresses consider the Czech Republic as an option.

When To Go:
Best weather: Please note, that visas are each traveller’s personal responsibility, and it is recommended that plenty of time is allowed for visas to be applied for. Ensure that the proper research is carried out before you apply, and that you deal directly with the embassies or certified agents with regard to acquiring correct and timely information. We cannot take responsibility for customers whose visas are rejected or expired. It is a requirement of the embassies that tours are paid for in full, before visa support documentation is requested and applications are made.

What To Do:

Tour the Castle: Prague Castle, with its vantage on a hill above the city, is practically begging to be explored. Prague Castle is actually the place where the city began, founded in the 9th century. Perhaps the most impressive building in the castle complex is St. Vitus's Cathedral, the oldest parts of which date back to 1344. The cathedral's spires and the mosaic of the Last Judgment above the entrance are beautiful and unforgettable. Also at the castle, don't miss the Golden Lane, a row of tiny houses and workshops that give you a great sense of what life was like in the 17th century.

The Czech Republic's rolling hills and low mountains are perfect for hearty hiking, especially in the Sumava of western and southern Bohemia and the Krkonose mountains in northern Bohemia. Climbers should head to the Sandstone Rocks of the Labe in northern Bohemia and cavers should check out the Moravian Karst area north of Brno. The prime boating river is the scenic but unfortunately polluted Sazava. Downhill skiing is plentiful, popular and relatively cheap in the Czech Republic, though facilities are not up to Western European standards and queues are long. Hired gear is generally of poor quality, so it's best to bring your own equipment. The country's best downhill skiing can be found at Spindleruv mlyn in the Krkonose between January and early April; Sumava has the best cross-country skiing trails.

See the clock chime: One of Prague's most enchanting areas is Old Town, where the dramatic building façades and narrow streets seem like they're part of a movie set. Sit in Old Town Square -- with the Church of Our Lady before Tyn on one end and the Old Town Hall on the other -- and let yourself get lost in thought among the amazing surroundings. On the hour, make your way to the side of the Old Town Hall (there will likely be a crowd gathered with you) to watch the astronomical clock chime (it's nearly 600 years old!).

Go to the opera: Even if you're not a fan, it's worth seeing an opera at the Prague National Theatre if only to admire the space's auditorium. Check for performances and tickets during your trip.

Drink a pivo: The Czech take a great amount of pride in brewing fine beers (called pivo), so try a few different types for a fuller appreciation of Prague. Among the best are Budvar and Pilsner Urquell, or try a tall, tasty Velvet.

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