The past comes to life in Czech’s more than 200 impenetrable keeps, fairytale chateaux, and summer palaces. Join tour guides in historical costume as they tell tales of the kings of the past. You may even come across a ghost or two! One of the most popular castles in the Czech Republic is Karlštejn Castle, where the Czech crown jewels are displayed.
Capture the yule-tide spirit at Prague’s world-famous Christmas market or the fairy tale, UNESCO-listed Český Krumlov. Chase thrills amongst the snowy peaks of the Krkonoše Mountains and find the country’s longest ski slopes and best resorts, topped off with breath-taking views.
Can you ‘Czech’ out all 14 UNESCO Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic? Home to over twice the world average, highlights include the historic centres of Prague and Česk Krumlov, the stunning Modernist Villa Tugendhat in Brno and the two most recent additions: the Krušnohoří Mining Region and the National Stud Farm at Kladruby nad Labem. Vysocina boasts three UNESCO Heritage Sites, the most of any Czech region: The historic centre of Telč, the Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk and the Jewish Quarter of Třebíč
The Grand Pardubice Steeplechase, one of the world’s oldest horse races, is held every second Sunday in October at the Pardubice Racecourse. Known as the world’s most difficult race, the Czech equivalent of the Grand National is an insight into one of the country’s most unique traditions. East Bohemia is famous for its horses, so you’ll discover more at the UNESCO-protected National Stud Farm of Kladruby nad Labem, famous for its breed of carriage horse the “Kladruber”.
The Czech Republic is home to one of Europe’s oldest and proudest brewing traditions. Take a sip of history at the Pilsner Urquell Brewery, where the world’s first pilsner lager was brewed in 1842. The city of Pilsen also hosts an annual microbrewery festival that is something of a pilgrimage for beer lovers across Europe. Still thirsty? Head to Budejovice and explore the Budweiser Budvar brewery (the original Budweiser), where Czech lager has been lovingly crafted for 125 years.