The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. Its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava and Pilsen.
The Czech economy gets a substantial income from tourism. Prague is the fifth most visited city in Europe after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome. The spa towns, such as Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně and Jáchymov, are particularly popular relaxing holiday destinations. Architectural heritage is another object of interest to visitors – it includes many castles and châteaux from different historical periods, namely Karlštejn Castle, Český Krumlov and the Lednice–Valtice area.
The country is also known for its various museums. Puppetry and marionette exhibitions are very popular, with a number of puppet festivals throughout the country. Aquapalace Praha in Čestlice near Prague, is the biggest water park in central Europe. Moreover, influenced by Germany, the Czech Republic has a number of beer festivals, such as the Czech Beer Festival which is usually held for 17 days in May in Prague.
In recent years, its arts and media industry have grown substantially and produced many established and aspiring artists. It is also said that Prague is gorgeous during Christmas with the streets’ festive lights and the city’s fairy-tale-like architecture. Therefore, the Czech Republic is now one of the top winter destinations on my traveling list!
Fun fact: Czechs love eating mushrooms and also hunting for them. Every year on St. Wenceslas Day (at the end of September), towns would be empty as everyone is out looking for these delicious cuties in the woods!
Sources: Wikipedia, Intrepid Travel