The Czech Republic is in many ways the crossroads of Europe. Despite technically being a very young country, only assuming its current name after the split from Slovakia in 1989, the Czech Republic has a rich and vibrant history that fuses the best of Western European culture with the unique charm of the east.
Most of the country’s tourist industry is concentrated around the capital, Prague. The city is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world and is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The city has retained its great value for money and attracts many different types of British holiday makers from stag dos to culture vultures.
Prague’s popularity means that the rest of the Czech Republic has remained a well-kept secret. For such a small country, the Czech Republic boasts some magical towns and awe inspiring scenery. Our top tip is the stunningly picturesque spa town of Karlovy Vary. Visited by film stars and royalty, the town is just one example of the splendour that the Czech Republic has to offer.
One reason why the Czech Republic has become such a popular tourist destination is down to the incredibly good value food and drink. Obviously Czechs are famous for their lager, which is still available for between £1-2 a pint. The value and quality of the local brew looks set to fuel many a stag do long into the future!
Food in the country is still relatively cheap, so long as you avoid tourist traps in the most popular areas of Prague. Visitors will find plenty of fast food and international favourites, particularly in towns and cities where Czechs have developed very Western taste buds.
Away from the cities you’ll be more likely to encounter traditional Czech cuisine, usually at a fraction of the price. Local favourites are usually variations on hearty stews and soups served with dumplings and cabbage.
For over a decade Prague has been one of the UK’s favourite destinations for a budget city break. With cheap flights and even cheaper beer, the city has undergone a huge tourism boom. Visitors can marvel at the city’s castle or take a walk across the world’s oldest stone bridge. We recommend taking a guided tour of the city’s Wenceslas Square, where you can learn about the Velvet Revolution of 1989 - when the city’s residents peacefully opened the door for the democracy the country enjoys today.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Czech Republic has some stunning alpine scenery to explore. Perhaps the country’s most beautiful spot is the secluded ‘Devils Lake’. Set high in the mountains and only accessible by foot, the majestic lake is said to have been carved by the Devil himself as he fell from earth back into hell. The lake is a popular hiking spot for tourists and locals so we’re sure you won’t get yourself lost in the wilderness!
For those looking for some hands-on history, there is no better place than the T.R.A.P experience in Prague. T.R.A.P stands for ‘Team race against puzzles’ and is a recreation of life as a secret agent living in 1970’s Prague. Punters are locked inside a secret agent’s room and have to piece together various clues in order to make their escape.
The exquisite stone bridges, the peculiar clock in the town square and the sight of the city lighting up at night make Prague city breaks a must in Europe. The capital of the Czech Republic is a sparkling gem and did we mention that it's home to the best beer in the world?