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Czech Cities

Czech Cities and RegionsMany Czech cities and towns can be proud of their long history and rich architectonic heritage. Many of them were founded as early as the Early Middle Ages. This is one of the main reasons of such a popularity of the Czech Republic among tourists from all over the world.

Administratively the Czech Republic is divided into thirteen regions called kraje and the capital city of Prague as a separate administrative unit. In tourist ads and guides the country is very often divided according to historic regions and local peculiarities.

The main tourist destination is naturally the capital city of Prague, the political, economic and cultural center of the state. Prague is situated in the very center of Europe and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities on the continent. There are vast number of theatres, museums, art galleries and exhibition facilities. Prague can boast of huge number of architectural marvels of various historic periods. The whole historic town center is an item of UNESCO World Cultural and Scientific Heritage list and is under protection.

The area that surrounds the capital (sometimes it is called Prague Environs) has considerable recreational significance due its beautiful vistas and landscapes. A lot of Czech inhabitants and foreign tourists visit it during short excursion trips. Two marvelous and quite old castles - Karlstejn and Krivoklat - are situated there. Prague Environs can offer a lot of private cottages for renting. Besides, the area is good for camping purposes and there are a number of campsites to be found there.

Czechia is famous for its spas, the most well-known are situated in West Bohemia in Karlovy Vary. According to the legend, the town was built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, who was very impressed by healing power of local thermal springs. There are 13 main mineral springs and about 300 smaller ones. In the 19th century Karlovy Vary became a very popular tourists destination and one of the main European spa-resort.

One more Czech icon is situated in western Bohemia – namely Pilsen. This town is famous around the globe for its local beer – so-called pilsener type - that has been brewed there since the town’s foundation. The most well-known local beer factories today are the Pilsner Urquell founded in 1842 and Gambrinus established in 1869. But Pilsen can be also proud of its rich historic heritage and number of architectural treasures. The old town is declared a historical landmark and is under government protection.

And Olomouc located in Moravia is a very strong Prague’s competitor concerning architectural treasures. It is one of the oldest Czech cities. Besides, Olomouc is the ecclesiastical metropolis of Moravia since the olden times. Its inner city is the second-largest historical monuments preserve in the country along with Prague. The main square of Olomouc is decorated by Holy Trinity Column which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Saint Wenceslas cathedral is the most noticeable church in Olomouc. Other fine examples of city’s architecture are the Saint Moritz Church and the Saint Michael’s Church as well as a neo-baroque chapel of Saint John Sarkander located on the place of former town prison.

Brno

Brno is the second biggest city in the Czech Republic located in South Moravia. It has population over 380,000 inhabitants and takes area of 230...

Cesky Krumlov

Český Krumlov (Bohemian Krumlov, Krumau) is a small town in South Bohemia located on the Vltava river. It has population of 14,000...

Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary (sometimes also named Carlsbad) is the largest spa city in the Czech Republic situated in 120 km distance from Prague. It is located...

Kolin

Kolín is a town in central part of Bohemia (Central Bohemian Region) situated on the river Elba about 55 km east from Prague. It covers the...

Kutna Hora

Kutná Hora (Kuttenberg) is a town situated in the central part of Bohemia on the river Vrchlice. It has an area of 33 square km and its...

Olomouc

Olomouc is a city in Moravia situated on the Morava river in the heart of the so-called Haná region. It has a population of over 100,000...

Pilsen

Pilsen (or Plzeň in Czech) is the fourth biggest city in the Czech Republic. It is situated in western Bohemia at the confluence of four rivers -...

Prague

Prague is the biggest city and the capital of the Czech Republic. It is the political, cultural, and economic center of the country. It has...

Pribram

Príbram is a district town in Stredoceský kraj (Bohemia) situated on the Litavka river some 60 km southwest of Prague. It is located...

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Beer Festival begins in Pilsen
This year the festival will be held from July 31 to August 1 and promises to be one of the most exciting beer events of the summer.
Exhibition of unique photographs of Vaclav Havel opened in Prague
Photo exhibition dedicated to the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, was opened in Prague today. From June 25 to July 6 its visitors will be able to see unique photos provided by the journalistic agency ČTK. On these photos Vaclav Havel appears not only as a president, but as a vibrant, eccentric and temperamental personality.
Czech castle invites for wine tasting
Wine fair, where will be presented the best products of Czech and Moravian wineries, will be opened at 9 am on May 26 in the castle courtyard.