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Czech Republic

Capital city: Prague
Population: 10.5 million
Total area: 78.866 km2 (30.450 sq mi)
The highest point: Sněžka at 1.602 m (5.260 ft)
Government: Parliamentary republic (President: Miloš Zeman)
Annual tourist traffic: 6 680 400 (2007)
Official language: Czech
Currency: Czech Crown (Koruna)

Ancient towns reflecting the rich history of Central Europe in the past millennium, stone castles and ruins on rocks, splendid chateaux surrounded by fancy parks, noble religious monuments, folk architecture and traditions, museums, galleries, music events, cultural festivals, cosmopolitan Prague, health-conscious spa towns and peace and tranquility in the country. Included in active vacations there are numerous sporting activities, adrenalin to order, many shopping opportunities with the latest European trends, culinary adventures, interesting national cuisine and famous Czech beer. This is the Czech Republic – original scenes for your travelling experience. Historical Towns not only Czech rulers, but also national and foreign aristocracy and, later, the ever-more powerful bourgeoisie boasted their power and wealth. Forty Czech towns have maintained their historical downtowns intact; now, they are protected as conservation areas. But you will surely find interesting and well maintained monuments and unique architectural pearls in any large or small town. The most attractive towns include Český Krumlov, a unique Gothic-Renaissance town with narrow medieval lanes and a large castle over the river (the second largest castle after Prague Castle); Kutná Hora, a royal town that became rich in the Middle Ages from silvermining; unique pearls of Renaissance, the towns of Telč and Slavonice; the archiepiscopal towns of Olomouc and Kroměříž; the winery-towns of Znojmo or Mikulov; and the center of South Moravia – Brno.

 

Prague

It is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The hundred-spired pearl, the magic mother of towns. Its rare, well-maintained and mutually interlocked architecture of all styles depicts eleven centuries of medieval history. Just like the splendid stone bridge connects both banks of the river Vltava, Prague is the place where the Czechs, Germans and Jews had lived ever before; it is an intersection of Europe where tradesmen, politicians, scholars and artists from all over the world have met. The special inspiring atmosphere of Prague has fascinated foreigners from the Romanic times to date. The historical quarters have still maintained their magic: the unique Old Town with a large square where a medieval astronomical clock chimes every hour, with a university, multiple spires and remnants of a large Jewish Town; the Lesser Town on the hills below Prague Castle - a braid of zigzag lanes and staircases, a quarter full of religious monuments and gigantic aristocratic palaces and refined gardens; Hradčany - a picturesque quarter next to the impressive seat of the Czech rulers. Prague is abundant not only in historical monuments, museums, collections of art, bookstores, theaters, opera, musicals, cinemas or music clubs, but also offers boulevards with luxury shops selling fashion, glass, jewelry and antiques with excellent restaurants, stylish cafes, traditional beerhouses and folk pubs. Prague is a modern European metropolis with all services and opportunities for entertainment, business and education. When you become tired of all that, take a rest in one of the numerous parks, participate in sports or go for a trip into the countryside.

 

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