Visit the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic

Overview

Say Czech Republic and many people still think of Czechoslovakia, despite the fact that Slovakia and the Czech Republic went their separate ways more than fifteen years ago.


In Czech the long name Česká republika is still widely used, despite efforts to switch to the short name Česko, which compares to Czechia in English.

 

Sites to See

Countryside

Many Czech city dwellers still own chatas, or holiday homes, on the Bohemian countryside, which is a very picturesque place to visit. There are plenty of farmhouses and even historic castles where you can spend the night. And when you wake up, the natural elements including a slow rising red sun and mist covered valleys are sure to wow you.

Prague

The main destination in the Czech Republic is of course the old city of Prague, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on a bend of the river Vltava. After the fall of Communism, the city quickly became a popular destination for Western tourists.


Prague’s churches, castles, synagogues and well-kept beer cellars provide most of the draw, but many visitors are also drawn to the melancholic atmosphere in this ancient city.


Excavations have established that Prague arose from a very early Celtic settlement, but the city became especially important from the 9th century AD onwards when the famous castle on Hradčany hill was built for the rulers of the Přemyslid dynasty. By the beginning of the late Middle Ages, the city provided a permanent home to many German and Jewish merchants, who settled between the Vyšehrad and Hradčany castles.


Prague was at the heart of Central European power because it was ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg dynasty from 1526 onwards, and the vast wealth that came with that is reflected in the opulent architecture.

Pilsen

Plzeň, the Czech Republic’s fourth largest city is of course the birthplace of pilsener (lager), and the hometown of Škoda. Škoda, once the largest industrial conglomerate in Central Europe, made anything from weapons to cars, trams, tanks and power plants. After the Communists were ousted from power in 1989, Škoda’s famous car manufacturing arm soon became part of German Volkwagen.

 

Casinos in the Czech Republic

Casino Palais Savarin, based in a beautiful Baroque building just two minutes walk from Prague’s Wenceslas Square, was extensively renovated in 1999. The casino offers a host of original games, and later additions such as a private VIP room and high-tech slot machines.


Casino de Prague Le Hilton is a well-established favorite amongst Prague’s expat community. This casino provides roulette, blackjack, poker, pontoon, Punto Banco and slots. The facilities are classy and comfortable, as you would expect from the Hilton chain.

 

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.