Today, the Czech Republic is a thriving regional player and one of the most visited places in Europe. Beyond the darkened spires and cobblestone streets of Prague, a traditional haunt of poets, artists, and itinerant alchemists, you’ll find plenty to divert you.
Brno, the former capital of Moravia, is over a thousand years old and a storehouse of architectural treasures, home to fine churches, regal public squares, ornate monasteries, royal gardens and a castle. Likewise, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Český Krumlov is endowed with fine Medieval structures bound by a web of narrow stone streets. Not to be missed, the macabre chapel of Kutná Hora is hewn from human bones and serves as a fascinating meditation on mortality. The Pilsen brewery is a must-see for lovers of the amber brew. Finally, the handsome 19th century spa town of Karlovy Vary is always popular for its curative hot springs.
Travel off-the-beaten track and you’ll find even more diversions, including verdant wine-growing valleys, striking karst areas, caves and endless traditional villages.