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Czech Republic Information

Population: 10.25 million

Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 1 (Central European Time)

Driving side: Drivers drive on the right hand side of the road.

Languages: Czech German Slovak Hungarian

Religion: 40% Roman Catholic
10% Protestant

Emergency #: Police: 158

Czech Republic Culture

Czech art and architecture is famous but they have also excelled at less noticeable art forms such as religious sculpture, marionette and puppet theatre.

From classical music to jazz and punk, the Czechs have made their mark on the world's stage. Renowned too, have been a number of Czech novelists who have made an international impact.

Czech cuisine features huge portions of roast pork, dumplings, potatoes and rice topped with thick sauces and cooked vegetables or sauerkraut. Caraway seeds, bacon and salt are common flavourings in most of the dishes.

Czech Republic Popular Destinations

Maticka Praha 'little mother Prague' This amazing city comprises cobbled streets, ancient courtyards, dark passages and many churches watched over by a 1100 year old castle.

Karlovy Vary The oldest of the Bohemian spas, the elegant colonnades and boulevards complement the many parks and wooded hills surrounding the town.

Krivoklat This drowsy village situated in the Berounka valley is dotted with bungalows and hemmed in by limestone bluffs. The castle, built in the late 13th century as a royal hunting lodge contains a Gothic chapel, impressive halls, prison and torture chambers. The Berounka basin, which is one of Bohemia's most pristine forests is now a UNESCO preservation area.

Kutna Hora Just 65km southeast of Prague, Kutna Hora was once considered one of the most important towns in the Czech Republic due to its rich reins of silver below the town. At one time, the silver minted here was the hard currency of central Europe. Dotted with cafes, medieval alleys and a cathedral to rival any in Prague this picturesque town is well worth a visit.

Mikulov Sitting on a hill in the centre of the flat wine growing region of Palava this town, with its lovely castle, is totally underrated. In the cellar of the castle, which was restored after WW11, can be found the largest wine barrel in central Europe, magnificent displays of regional folk traditions and wine making. Here too you will find a 15th century Jewish Cemetery and the town still has a synagogue.

Moving Around Czech Republic

In Prague the best way to get around is to walk, use the trams or the metro, which is the most beautiful and efficient in the world.

Coaches and trains are the best way to travel around the country. They are reasonably priced, clean and efficient.

The best way to see the towns and villages is to walk. Bicycles can be rented in most places.

National festival and holidays

Festivals and public holidays are widely acknowledged in the Czech Republic.

Paleni Carodejnic (Burning of the Witches) is a pre-Christian festival to ward off the evil spirits. Kampa Island and suburban backyards see all night bonfire parties to celebrate this day.

Prazske jaro International Music Festival This is celebrated throughout the country in September.

Mozart Festival The wonderful music from this Austrian composer is celebrated throughout the land in September.

Festival Jiein Town of Fairy Tales The festival takes place in September for one week from Monday to Friday. Starting with a masked procession, the major gives the town to the children to run. Dramatic performances, concerts, fairy tale readings, exhibitions are held throughout the week and it is brought to a dramatic finale with a wonderful fireworks display.

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Cesky Krumlov - An alternative Czech Holiday
Cesky Krumlov and surrounding area, including Sumava National Park and Lake Lipno

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