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In 1993, Czechoslovakia split into Slovakia and Czech Republic, so Czech Republic has only been around for a very short time. But this has had no bearing on the incredible amount of history you can see on a tour to Czech Republic. There are countless castles rich with tales of the once powerful, such as Lednice Castle with its sumptuous Italianate Gardens, as well as picturesque historic spa towns which are set to the backdrop of Bohemian Massif, a huge ring of mountains which rises 900 metres above sea level.
Czech Republic is made up of two ancient lands, Bohemia and Moravia, which for centuries have been affected by Europe’s various wars and imperial domination. But it is Prague, the famed capital of Czech Republic, which has been the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state for over 1100 years. Here you’ll find beautiful, wide spanning historic architecture as well as a thriving and dynamic nightlife.
Prague Castle is the world’s largest mediaeval castle complex so it’s steeped in tales from the past. It was here that three Habsburg councillors were thrown from a window in 1618, consequently sparking the Thirty Years War! Deeper into Prague amble along the cobble stoned Old Town Square, marvel at the Astronomoical Clock and climb the Petrin Observation Tower - the Eiffel Tower’s shorter sibling - for magical views of Prague. After a day’s exploring, let off steam at the amazing Cestlice Aqua Park or take a peaceful walk along the Vltava River which romantically catches the night lights in the early evening.
Czech Republic boasts of two golden ages, during which a large portion of the capital took shape. The period of Charles IV in the 14th century was a particularly flourishing time as Charles founded the striking St Vitus Cathedral (which you can find inside the enormous Prague castle), the Charles Bridge and of course Charles University, all in Prague. The second Golden Age was under the reign of Rudolf II, who in the early 17th century actually established Prague as the capital of Habsburg Empire.
Travel beyond Prague to Tabor, to get a taste for another important Czech city. Tabor was once the headquarters of the 15th century religious reformer, John Huss. Prefer culture to history? Czechs are very proud of their (great-value) beers, and a short trip to Pilsen will give you the chance to sample their finest wares fresh from the breweries. For more typically Czech towns try Schrems or pretty Brno, which was once the headquarters of Napoleon. Czech Republic has bags of history which it just begs for you to uncover.
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