Destinations

Ostrava

city in the Czech Republic

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Mutěnice Wine Region

The Mutěnice Wine Region is composed of four villages - Mutěnice, Dubňany, Ratíškovice and Milotice.

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Pilsen

Czech city

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Prague

capital city of the Czech Republic

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České Budějovice

city in the Czech Republic

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Mariánské Lázně

spa town in the Karlovy Vary Region, Czech Republic

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Giant Mountains National Park

mountain range

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Karlštejn

market town in Czech Republic

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Bohemian Paradise

protected area in the Czech Republic

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Český Krumlov

municipality in the Czech Republic

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Brno

city in the Czech Republic

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Olomouc

city in the Czech Republic

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Kutná Hora

municipality in the Czech Republic

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Karlovy Vary

spa city in western Bohemia, Czech Republic

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Sights

Třebíč

town in Vysočina Region, Czech Republic

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Plzeň

Czech city

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Hradec Králové

city in the Czech Republic

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Znojmo

– The Rotunda of the Virgin Mary and St Catherine with the oldest frescoes in the Czech Republic.

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Kroměříž

town in Czech Republic

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Děčín

town in Czech Republic

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Telč

town in the Czech Republic

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Litomyšl

Litomyšl (German: Leitomischl) is a small city (10,000 inhabitants) in Eastern Bohemia. Its renaissance chateau is one of the twelve Czech sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the town is famous as the birthplace of composer Bedřich Smetana.

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Beroun

Town in Czech Republic

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Hodonín

Town in Czech Republic

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Hluboká nad Vltavou

town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic

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Terezín

– A red-brick baroque fortress 70 km north of Prague beside the Ohře river. It was used during World War II as a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp.

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Charles Bridge

Connects Old Town with Lesser Town. Its construction started in the 14th century and it is one of Prague's most beautiful structures. During the day, it is a bustling place of trade and entertainment, as musicians busk and artists sell their paintings and jewelry.

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Valtice

community in the Czech Republic

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Mikulov

town in the Moravia, Czech Republic

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National Gallery in Prague

Its most important collections are in the Sternberg Palace (up to the Baroque), St George Convent (Czech Baroque and Mannerism) and Veletržní Palace. The first two are located near and in the castle respectively. Do not confuse them with the Castle Picture Gallery (see above) which is worth visiting on its own right.

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Prague Castle

castle complex in Prague, Czech Republic, dating from the 9th century

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Villa Tugendhat

The villa is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Designed by Mies van der Rohe, it is seen to be a classic example of Bauhaus architecture, and was also the location of the meeting which decided upon the Velvet Divorce that separated the Czech and Slovak republics in 1992. It is possible to visit the Villa by guided tour; tours are led hourly and must be booked in advance (see the Villa website). The building reopened in March 2012 after an extensive restoration.

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Theresienstadt Ghetto

Nazi concentration camp in Terezín, Czechoslovakia

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Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou

town in Třebíč

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Strahov Monastery

church complex in Prague

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Lednice

village in Břeclav District of South Moravian region

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Svatý Jan pod Skalou

Municipality and village in Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic

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Milotice

Municipality in South Moravian, Czech Republic

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National Museum (Prague)

An association of various museums. The main building is at the Wenceslas Square and is dedicated to natural history. Other branches include museums of the Czech composers Dvořák and Smetana, Czech Music Museum, Historical Pharmacy Museum, Prince Lobkovicz' Collection at the Prague Castle, Czech Ethnographical Museum and Naprstek Anthropological Museum.

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St. Vitus Cathedral

Roman Catholic cathedral in Prague

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Kuks

Village in Trutnov District of Hradec Králové region

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Křivoklát

market town in Czech Republic

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Carpathian Mountains

The Carpathian Mountains are mountains in Central Europe from Poland to Romania.

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New Town, Prague

New Town was established as an extension of Old Town in the 14th century, though much of the area has now been reconstructed. The main attraction here is Wenceslas Square, a rectangular commercial square with many stalls, shops and restaurants. At the top of the square is the National Museum which is well worth a look (see below). Midway down this historic boulevard, one finds trendy discos and Art Nouveau hotels, as well as quaint parks and arcades, while just off the beaten path are some wonderful panoramic views (Henry Tower), romantic restaurants and the dazzling, Disney-colored Jubilee Synagogue.

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Vranov nad Dyjí

market town in Czech Republic

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Srbsko

Municipality and village in Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic

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Dubňany

Town in Czech Republic

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Bouzov

municipality of the Czech Republic

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Ore Mountains

low mountain range in central Europe

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Rabí

town in the Czech Republic

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Český Šternberk

market town in the Czech Republic

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Convent of Saint Agnes in Prague

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Malá Strana

Across the Vltava River from the city centre and leading to the castle, this quarter also offers beautiful streets and churches (of which St. Nicholas Church is the most renowned). The Lennon Wall, which used to be a source of irritation to the communist regime, is also found here, near a Venetian-like canal with water wheel and close to the Charles Bridge. On 17 November 2014, the Lennon Wall was vandalised by a group of art students and painted over in white.

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Estates Theatre

theatre and opera house in Prague, Czech Republic, operated by the National Theatre company

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Jewish Museum in Prague

This covers six separate places (four synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Memorial Hall) but does not include the Old-New Synagogue, although entrance tickets can either include or exclude the last named. The Old-New Synagogue is expensive in relation to the museum but in view of its age, it's worth including it. The Memorial Hall is particularly moving with exhibits of the writings of children in death camps.

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Old Town (Prague)

Prague's historic centre includes numerous historic buildings and monuments, most notably the famed 50.086980214.42071381 Astronomical Clock (Orloj), the pure Gothic 50.0877214.422691 Týn Church, the mural-covered 50.08725314.4219031 Storch building, and the Jan Hus monument. Nearby, the Estate Theatre is a neoclassical theatre where Mozart's opera Don Giovanni was first performed. Old Town features many historical churches (St. James Church, Church of Our Lady before Týn among others) and some other interesting historical buildings like the Old Town Hall.

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Holašovice

Village in České Budějovice District of South Bohemian region

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St. Barbara's Church, Kutná Hora

The works on the church started around 1380 by Peter Parler's workshop, whose other great work in the Czech Republic includes the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle. The eye-catching spires are truly magnificent. If you're looking for some fantastic Gothic Bohemian style, St. Barbara Church is certainly one of them alongside St. Vitus in Prague (although as you might see it soon after Prague, it might not make the same impression as seeing Vitus, which is even more grand).

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Moravské zemské muzeum

museum

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Sychrov Castle

castle in the Czech Republic

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Saint Wenceslas Cathedral

A thousand-year-old cathedral, dominates the city’s skyline with the tallest spire in Moravia (second tallest in the Czech Republic). Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa have both visited the cathedral and the holy relics of Saint Jan Sarkander are interred within.

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Battle of Austerlitz

battle of the Napoleonic Wars

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Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Plzeň)

church in Plzeň-město District of Plzeň region

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Powder Tower, Prague

The Powder Tower or Powder Gate is a Gothic tower in Prague, Czech Republic. It is one of the original city gates. It separates the Old Town from the New Town.

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Konopiště

château located in the Czech Republic

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House of the Black Madonna

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Holy Trinity Column, Olomouc

was built in the early 1700s and consecrated by the Empress Marie Theresa in 1754. With a height of 35 metres, it has dominated the Upper Square (Horní náměstí) ever since and was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage in the year 2000. The column features sculptures of the Holy Trinity (predictably), the assumption of the Virgin Mary, all twelve apostles, three virtues and the most important saints of the Baroque period. The base of the column contains a small chapel with amazing acoustics and the raised pedestal is a very nice place to sit and eat lunch. It is one of the traditional rendezvous points in the city.

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Church of Saint Michael (Olomouc)

The church appears quite plain from the outside. Upon entering, however, most first time visitors find their breath stolen away. Inside is one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Central Europe. One notable feature is a painting of an apparently pregnant Virgin Mary, quite rare in a Catholic church. It’s also possible to enter the old monastery attached to the side of the church and climb its bell tower.

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Great Synagogue (Plzeň)

The second largest synagogue in Europe and the third largest in the world (after the synagogues in Jerusalem and Budapest).

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Josefov

This historic Jewish ghetto is interesting for its well preserved synagogues. The Old New Synagogue (Czech: Staronová synagoga) is Europe's oldest active synagogue and it is rumoured to be the resting place of the famed Prague Golem. Another interesting synagogue is the Spanish Synagogue, a highly ornamental building of Moorish style. Other attractions include the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is the oldest in Europe, and Kafka's house. The Old New Synagogue is not a part of the Jewish museum, so if you wish to see everything, it is recommended that you buy a combined pass to all of the Jewish attractions for 480 Kč.

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Church of Saint Maurice (Olomouc)

A beautifully preserved gothic church dating from 1398. One of its highlights is the massive Engler organ, one of the largest in Europe. The organ is the focus of the international music festival in September/October and the Christmas Music festival every year. The tower of the church offers a magnificent 360 degree view over the city and countryside and is accessed via a graceful double-spiral staircase.

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České Středohoří

mountain range

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Dancing House

One of the most fascinating architectural expressions of Prague co-designed by Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry. Accessible from Karlovo náměstí  B  metro station.

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City of Prague Museum

Has several branches throughout town. An absolute must-see for the incredibly detailed cardboard model of nineteenth century Prague by Anton Langweil. The detail is amazing, even down to the colour of the doorways and the design of the windowsills.

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Museum of Romani Culture

A museum dedicated to the Gypsy minority in Moravia.

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Antonín Dvořák Museum

museum in the Czech Republic

Petřín Lookout Tower

A smaller version of the Eiffel Tower on the top of Petrin Hill overlooking Prague.

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Prachov Rocks

nature reserve

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Bohemian Switzerland

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Sedlec Ossuary

This impressive bone church, is better known as the Sedlec Ossuary. The beginning of its story date back to 1278, when Henry, the abbot of Sedlec was sent to the Holy Land. On returning, he brought soil from Golgotha and sprinkled it on the ground here. As a consequence, the burial ground was considered holy and became extremely popular. In 1511 a chapel was constructed to house the bones from abolished graves. The chapel is open to the public, and contains the bones of about 40,000 people, arranged by František Rint in 1870. Rint's work includes an enormous chandelier including every bone in the body, and a crucifix style arrangement near the main altar. The ossuary is open 8am - 6pm (April - September), 9am - 5pm (October, March) and 9am - 4pm (November - February). Closed on 24th December. It is no longer closed noon-1 pm during the off season, though the nearby information center is. Admission is 60 Kč adults and 40 Kč students, though combination packages can be purchased to see other attractions more cheaply. The fee to take photos and videos has either been ended or is now merely ignored.

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Ostrava Zoo

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Znojmo Castle

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Olomouc Zoo

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Techmania Science Center

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Olomouc Astronomical Clock

was constructed in the 15th century, but takes its present appearance from the 1950s, during a refurbishment to repair damage inflicted in World War II. Czechoslovakia was under Communist rule by then and the clock reflects the values of the day, the saints and angels being replaced by scientists, sportspeople and labourers. At noon the clock has a presentation that is unique to its structure and construction. There is one other astronomical clock in the Czech lands (in the other ancient capital, Prague), but as a surviving example of Socialist-Realism, the Olomouc Astronomical clock is unique world-wide. It is another popular rendezvous point in the city.

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