Czech Republic

Czech Republic quick facts

  • Population: 10.5 million

  • Language: Czech

  • Currency: Czech

  • Dialing code: +420

Trains in Czech Republic

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Places to visit

Prachov rocks
Prachov rocks

Be daring

What better way to see a country than from 4,000 metres above, whilst hurtling downwards at almost 300km/h. Skydiving is an experience you’ll never forget and why not try it in the Czech Republic. There are a number of sky diving centres located around the country. If you prefer keeping your feet firmly on the ground that’s possible too. Although not quite comparable to the Alps, the Czech Republic has mountains dotted all over with good conditions for winter sports. The Krkonoše mountains have a number of top resorts with good downhill runs and cross-country trails.

The Krkonoše mountains (depending on where you go) are covered by a mixture of train and bus route.

Cave in Movarian Karst
Cave in Movarian Karst

Caving, hiking and biking

The Moravian Karst located in the east, includes around 1,110 caverns and gorges. 4 of these fascinating cave systems are open for public tours and exploration. You’ll get a glimpse of limestone columns, an underground river and wild stalactite formations. The Czech Republic is a nation of keen hikers, so join the locals on one of the many hiking trails around the country. Stretching from Prague all the way down to Vienna (Austria) are 400 kilometres of excellent hiking and biking trails, known as the Prague-Vienna Greenways.

To reach the Moravian Karsts it is best to take the train to Blansko and from there take a short taxi journey to the site.

Českŷ Krumlov
Českŷ Krumlov

Enchantingly Czech

The Czech Republic was not blessed with just one fairy-tale city, but two! Českŷ Krumlov is the country’s second tourist-puller and it’s easy to see why. The River Vltava majestically weaves through the little town, uniquely cutting it into two and of course a must-see is the remarkable medieval castle that adorns the hillside. Another city worth a visit, though quite different in style, is the spa town of Mariánské Lázně. It’s lined with luscious green mountains and its inners are laced with elegant buildings and pretty parks. The top attraction is the collection of 100 mineral springs.

The best way to reach Českŷ Krumlov is to take the train to nearby České Budějovice and then take a bus into the town. Mariánské Lázně can be reached by train and then it is a 10-minute walk into the centre.

Pilsner Urquell brewery
Pilsner Urquell brewery

Home of pilsners

Plzeň is a buzzing student town famous for creating pilsner beer, all the way back in 1842. Visit the Pilsner Urquell brewery to find out how they make the stuff and more importantly savour a few refreshingly cold glasses in the Na Spílce pub within the brewery. Later in the evening move on to Plzeň’s favourite music venue, Anděl café music bar, which is usually banging out music from talented touring Czech bands. By day this place is a hip ‘n’ happening café.

The Pilsner Urquell Brewery is a 10-minute walk from Plzeň’s main train station and the Anděl bar is a 15-minute walk from the station.

Towers of the Charles Bridge, Prague
Towers of the Charles Bridge, Prague

Prague: Europe’s fairy-tale capital

Step into Prague (Praha) and you’ll feel like you’ve tumbled into a fairy-tale. From the right bank of the River Vltava admire glittering views of Charles Bridge, joining the two parts of the city with Prague Castle towering high above all other architecture. As well as absorbing the great visual splendours, there are cafés, bars and restaurants aplenty. Prague was once home to the writer, Franz Kafka, who lived in Josefov – the Jewish quarter. The informative Franz Kafka Museum, located in the old town, provides an insight into the renowned author's life and works.

From the main train station it is about a 20-minute walk to the right bank of the river. The Franz Kafka Museum is a 5-minute walk from the Malostranská metro station.

Events

Olomouc Beer Festival
Olomouc Beer Festival

Olomouc Beer Festival

May 27 - May 30, 2016

Each year Olomouc hosts the Czech Republic’s biggest beer festival. Spread over 4 days, there’ll be unlimited beer, Czech cuisine and a selection of local and international bands attending.

From Olomouc’s main train station it is best to take a short taxi journey to the festival.

United Islands festival
United Islands festival

United Islands

June 23 - June 25, 2016

This 3-day festival is one the music highlights of the summer with some international acts and plenty of Czech bands in full swing.

The festival can be reached by metro from the centre of the city.

Prague Fringe festival
Prague Fringe festival

Prague Fringe Festival

May 26 - June 3, 2017

This fringe festival is modelled on the successful Edinburgh fringe festival and brings together more than 200 artists of music, dance, theatre and comedy.

The festival is held in venues across the city, which are within walking distance of the main train station or can be reached by metro.

Interrail passes for Czech Republic

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Interrail Czech Republic Pass from € 50

The Interrail Czech Republic Pass is the best way to discover all Czech highlights, like Prague, Bohemia and Moravia.

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Interrail Global Pass from € 175

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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