Until 1989, the Czech Repulic was the hidden gem known only to the savviest of travelers to Europe. Since it has been rediscovered by the masses it remains the gem, but is no longer hidden. Visitors have been pouring in and reveling in the accessibility of this top tourist destination in Eastern Europe. The Czech Republic offers a wide spectrum of lifestyles, landscapes and architecture. Prague buzzes with excitement, while everything outside this astonishing city is still off the beaten tourist track. Cesky Krumlov, near the Austrian border, is one of Europe's most romantic medieval villages and a nice contrast to bustling Prague.
The Czech Republic generally has a moderate climate, with hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Spring and summer are the rainy season.
A landlocked country set in central Europe, the Czech Republic is bordered by Germany in the west, Poland in the north, the Slovak Republic in the east, and Austria in the south. It is about one-third the size of the UK.
With rivers, valleys, hills and mountains, its picturesque landscape is delightful. Prague, the capital and largest city, straddles the Vltava River.
Major Holidays & Events
In addition to the customary holidays, the Czech Republic traditionally celebrates:
March or April - Easter & Easter Monday
May 1 & 8- Labor Day & Liberation Day
July 5 & 6 - Saints Cyril and Methodius Day & Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jan Hus
September 28 - Czech Statehood Day
October 28 - Independence Day
November 17 - Freedom and Democracy Day