A holiday in the Czech Republic means a fascinating journey through a country rich in history, from its medieval castles to folkloric traditions. Book a hotel in the Czech Republic and envigorate body and soul with soaring mountains criss-crossed with hiking and ski trails and the recuperative spring waters of therapeutic spas.
Get your bearings
Land-locked in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is divided into the ancient regions of Bohemia and Moravia. The larger Bohemia is home to soaring sandstone mountains and the spa town of Karlovy Vary to the north with the capital Prague in the centre. Moravia encompasses the eastern third of the country is and home to Brno, the Czech Republic’s second city, and the country’s best vineyards in the south. The picturesque ski resorts of the Krkonoše Mountains on the north-eastern border with Poland are the place to head for skiing holiday in the Czech Republic.
Nature-loving Czechs cherish the backcountry delights of mountainous scenery. The plunging gorges in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park attract hikers and climbers while the ski-resort hub of the Krkonoše Mountains centres around Sněžka, the country’s highest peak. Meanwhile, the Berounka and Vltava rivers carry canoeists along for a leisurely paddle past castles, monasteries and beer gardens.
The spa season starts in May with ceremonies to bless the springs. Visitors flood to the mineral-rich waters, mud and gases of the country’s 37 spas, but the top three of the so-called Bohemia Spa Triangle remain favourites. Karlovy Vary, or Carlsbad, is the most famous with its annual International Film Festival and local spiced herb liquor, Becherovka. Františkovy Lázně or Franzensbad has waters to improve circulation and Mariánské Lázně or Marienbad comes beautifully lined with honey-coloured Renaissance facades.