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Czech Republic Highlights - An Itinerary

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A January 2006 trip to Czech Republic by captain oddsocks

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Czech Republic Highlights - An Itinerary

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Puštìvny Photo, Czech Republic, Europe
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An obvious must for any visit to the Czech Republic is Prague, the ancient Bohemian capital and possibly Europe’s most beautiful capital city. East of Prague, by one hour, is Kutná Hora, famous for it’s unusual ‘bone-church’, but also home to the country’s most spectacular gothic cathedral and several national cultural monuments connected with the town’s rich history of silver mining. Even further east is Moravia; one of the two historic la...Read More

Daytrips from Olomouc

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Štramberk Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Nestled below the foothills of the Jeseník Mountains, on the edge of the Haná plain, and blessed with a dense network of public transport connections, Olomouc is the perfect base for day trips into the Moravian countryside.The closest destinations are in the hills to the north. The Olomouc zoo and the pilgrimage church on ...Read More

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Ceský Krumlov

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Bridge Photo, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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Ceský Krumlov is a town of around 15,000 inhabitants in south bohemia, just a few miles from both the Austrian border and the Šumava (Bohemian Forest) national park. It’s an almost unimaginably popular destination for tourists, so much so that if people are rushing through the country, the only places they will visit are Prague and Èeský Krumlov. And t...Read More

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Kutná Hora

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Kolin Photo, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
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Kutná Hora is a beautiful and fascinating town about one hour east of Prague. In its silvermining heyday it rivaled Prague’s wealth and splendour and was on occasion the preferred seat of the Bohemian kings (particularly Vaclav IV and Vladislav Jagellonský).A large percentage of visitors to Kutná Hora stay only a day, and return to Prague in the evening. It’s difficult to see everything in such a short time, and staying overnight is rewarding. There’s a good range of accommodation at prices considerably below what you would pay in the capital.The ...Read More

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Olomouc

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Olomouc night Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Olomouc is a city of 105,000 inhabitants on the banks of the Morava River. Its historic core is the second-largest urban preservation zone in the country (after Prague). For much of its 1000 years of recorded history Olomouc was the capital of Moravia and remains an important centre of culture and education....Read More

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Prague, the castle and Malá Strána

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Memorial Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Crossing the Charles Bridge from the old town brings you to Malá Strána , a quarter of picturesque narrow lanes and grand palatial buildings, many of them now home to government departments and foreign embassies, and on the hillside above; the jewel in Prague’s crown, the castle. Nerudova street is the main artery through Malá Strána (Lesser Quarter), for people walking from the bridge up to the castle, but the narrow cobblestone side streets are lined with 17th-century Baroque palaces, hidden courtyards and tiny parks, and are well worth taking the time to explore. This is the Prague you’ve seen in international films such as Mission Impossible and local films such as the ac...Read More

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Old Town Historic Center of Prague

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Attraction | "Prague, the old town"

Old Town Historic Center of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Highlights of Prague’s old town/staré mìsto district are the old town square, the Jewish quarter and the boulevard-like Wenceslas square. The old town square was originally a marketplace. Its dominant buildings include the old town hall, Týn church and the church of sv Mikuláš/St Nicholas. On the town hall is an astronomical clock that must be among the most recognisable monuments in Europe. Every day thousands upon thousands of photographs are taken by the hordes of tourists that gather to watch the hourly mechanical show. The double-towered facade of the Gothic Týn church peers over the square towards the baroque church of sv Mikuláš, and the art nouveau monument to reformist...Read More

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Old Town Historic Center of Prague
Staromestske Namesti
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Prague: Things to avoid

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Drug dealers Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Much has been written about Golden Prague, the Paris of the '90s, city of a hundred spires whose glory will touch the stars, but like in any major tourist destination, there are a number of things that visitors would do well to avoid, or at least be aware of.The area around the old-town end of Wenceslas square can be fairly seedy at night; you might notice lots of small groups of tough-looking men just standing around not doing anything special. Every so often someone will stroll across and chat to another group of tough-looking men. Ten years ago they would have been money-changers, with a half-dozen scams to relieve tourists of their foreign currency. The best known ...Read More

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Historic Center of Telc

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Historic Center of Telc Photo, Telc, Czech Republic
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Telè is a town of around 6,000 inhabitants in southern Moravia, just 20km from the Austrian border. Its historic centre was added to the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage in 1992, thanks mainly to the beautifully preserved main square. The square is a colourful, busy place ringed with outdoor cafes and restaurants and echoing to the chatter of the dozens of tourists who are passing through at any given time. In the aftern...Read More

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Historic Center of Telc
Main Square
Telc, Czech Republic

Trebíc

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Laneway Photo, Trebic, Czech Republic
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Tøebíè is a town of around 40,000 inhabitants that straddles the Jihlava River towards the southern end of the Czechomoravian highlands. Approximately halfway between Olomouc and Èeský Krumlov, it’s a good place to break the journey, and a good base for exploring the region, with interesting towns such as Telc, Znojmo, and Jihlava nearby. Until the Second World W...Read More

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