new country with a glorious past'
Tourism in the Czech Republic dates from the 1989 Velvet
Revolution and is largely focused on Prague
(near the middle of Bohemia), with its great museums, concerts,
galleries and many other attractions. Many day trips are available
from Prague, including the great western spa towns of Karlovy
Vary and Mariánské Láznì,
settlements like Kutná Hora and castles
like Karlštejn. The rest of the country has
much to offer the independent traveller. Although prices have continue
to rise over the past decade, the country still represents very
good value for money.
The Šumava Mountains of south Bohemia
offer an excellent range of sports, and well-preserved medieval
towns like Èeský Krumlov. Northeastern
Bohemia’s mountains, like the Èeský
Ráj, offer great hiking amidst unusual scenery.
In Moravia, the eastern half of the country, life
is less hectic; Brno provides an great base for
exploring historic towns like Olomouc and Kromìøí.
The country is home to an immense number of fascinating castles,
churches and other architectural
gems. It has always been famous for its musicians,
and there are a number of all types of concerts and festivals to
choose from. Best of all, the Czechs are very hospitable people,
eager to make any visit as enjoyable as possible.