Situated in the center of Europe, the Czech Republic is geographically small but has a lot to offer its guests. Its capital Prague is an architectural jewel which was spared destruction during the two World Wars and is nowadays a major tourist attraction dazzling an increasing number of visitors, while the Bohemian and Moravian countryside offer a walk back in time with their medieval towns and castles, charming villages, and magnificent scenery.
The Czech Republic is also a walker’s and cyclist’s paradise. The Southern Bohemia region offers miles of trails winding through rolling farmlands, sleepy villages, deep forests, and past lakes and rivers, while the southern part of Moravia rewards with hikes through thriving vineyards and past medieval monasteries and hilltop castles. No wonder that the Adventure Travel Trade Association has put the Czech Republic at the top of its list of countries for adventure tourism.
If you have only a week and this is your first visit to the Czech Republic, your top priority would probably be Prague where you will need at least two full days to explore the highlights of the historic Old Town, the medieval castle, and the Jewish Quarter. Additional time can be added for day-trips to Kutna Hora (to see the Sedlec Ossuary and the UNESCO-listed St. Barbara’s Cathedral), to the Karlstejn Castle, or the former concentration camp at Terezin. Another great day-trip is to transfer to the Bohemian Switzerland National Park north of Prague for a walk through its fairytale countryside and magical gorges to enjoy the views and to listen to the murmuring of the crystal-clear streams.
Have more time to spend in the Czech Republic? Then head south of Prague for a day of hiking or biking trough the Bohemian countryside, stop at a local brewery to taste the famous Czech beer, and spend a night or two at the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov to tour its castle and old quarter. Venture further east into Southern Moravia and stop at Telc to see its Renaissance houses and castle, or explore the caves of the Karst region or the historic wine cellars around Mikulov.