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Czech Republic

A land-locked country of castles, chateaux and charming medieval towns, the Czech Republic has a fascinating story to tell. Despite created relatively recently in 1993, this small country has a long, intriguing history, having been formed from two ancient lands.

The remnants of old Bohemia and Moravia remain throughout, set against a diverse landscape of brightly blooming fields and meadows, numerous fishponds, deep forest and borderland mountains. From quiet villages to vibrant cities, inhabitants are proud of their heritage and keen to preserve its traditions.

The great Czech writer Franz Kafka spent a large portion of his life in Prague, the stunning capital famous for its skyline of spires and world’s largest medieval castle. It is also the city One Traveller showcases in two of our holidays, Prague Deluxe, ideal for first-time solo travellers, and Prague, Vienna & Budapest.

Some highlights outside the city which are well worth a visit are the Spa town of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad in German) where the country’s favourite tipple “Becherovka” is made. This is a herbal liquor which is said to be extremely good for you. The other is the pretty village of Karlstejn which is famous for its picture perfect castle and the village itself is very atmospheric. Telc is another gem of a place; a renaissance town which is used as the backdrop for many period films.