If you like romantic cities, beautiful nature, locally brewed beer and wine, then Czech Republic should be your next travel destination! In this post you will be able to find all the information you need so you’re all set for your trip.
Czech Republic is famous for its romantic capital city, Prague, its rich history and beautiful architecture which attracts millions of visitors each year. But did you know that the country is also famous for its 2000+ castles which makes Czech Republic one of the countries with the highest density of castles in the world?
What we find to be the most fascinating thing about the Czech Republic is the fact that the country has only existed as we know it today since 1993! Prior to that it was known as Czechoslovakia, and before that it was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Talk about being rich in history!
Czech Republic is the perfect travel destination for slow travelers that are just waiting to explore the many hidden gems and the rich history of this country. Explore the capital as well as the castles and the beautiful countryside with a pint of local beer or a glass of Moravian wine! No matter where you go, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Czech Republic.
Historically, the Czech Republic has since 1918 been made up of three regions called the Czech Lands.
Bohemia in the west (this is where the big cities are located and the most-visited region)
Moravia in the south east (the wine region)
Czech Silesia in the east (bordering Poland and Slovakia)
Czech Republic is divided into 14 administrative centres that each have something unique to offer.
Plzeň (or Pilsen / Pilsner)
Ústí nad Labem
. South Moravia
It’s easy to find outdoor adventures in the Czech Republic. In the summer you can hike Sněžka, the tallest mountain of Czech Republic which borders Poland at the top! Go skiing in the same area in winter and soak in one of the many spas after. In the summer you can also go mountain biking, canoeing down the famous Vltava river that runs through the country, or wander around the Czech countryside and explore the many national parks the country has to offer.
No slow travel trip is complete without learning the culture. From beautiful viewpoints and unique landscapes to national and cultural museums on Czech’s communism and war history - you could spend months getting familiar with the culture here.
Another thing that stands out is Czech’s rich history in alcohol; beer brewing, winemaking, and homemade slivovice (a plum spirit) as well as their love for sports (and the combination of the two). If you want to act like a true local you better crack open a beer and go support the local football team!
Czech Republic can be visited any time of the year. But there’s a few things to keep in mind when planning your slow travel trip. Below you can learn when to avoid the tourist peak and specific dates that you might like to know about.
Czech Republic has mild weather and the climate is moderately continental. Bring a warm jacket for the winter and get those cute summer dresses ready for the summer. In the summer, you’re looking at a mild average of 24 c (about 75 f). Rainy and cloudy days are common throughout the year however, with an average of 90 days of rain a year. As for snow in winter, it’s not guaranteed in Prague although snowfall is likely to occur from December to February/March. It is very common in the countryside though and the mountains get lots of snow almost every year.
There is only one main language in the Czech Republic which is Czech. Over 95% of the country speaks Czech. English is spoken too, especially with the younger generation since most students now learn English in school from a young age.
In Prague, you'll find that both the younger generation and the older generation speak English quite well. Unfortunately, that can't be said for the rest of Czech Republic. Especially in some of the more rural areas English is still not that common but it's definitely growing!
So knowing a few basic words and phrases in Czech will definitely help you out when you’re exploring all the other regions of the Czech Republic.
Czech is said to be one of the hardest languages to learn. Not only do they have a ton of different accents over their letters, they also have different endings to words depending on which setting the specific sentence structure is used in. The grammar is also very different from the English grammar as Czech is a Slavic language which makes it challenging for people coming from Germanic-speaking countries.
However, for people from Slovakia, Russia, Croatia, and other Slavic-speaking countries, Czech shouldn’t be too difficult to learn as they have a lot of overlapping and similar words.
Vaclav Havel Airport Prague is the main airport within the country and is a major international airport. Katowice Airport located in Poland is another option if you’re planning on visiting the Northern Czech Republic.
All major towns have train stations. Smaller towns often have one too.
Getting to Czech Republic via the bus or coach is a super affordable option.
Most motorways in the Czech Republic require a sticker. The price starts at 310 CZk for 10 days and up to 1500 CZK for a full year. Stickers can be bought at pretty much any gas station or post office in the country. For more information, click here.
You’ll probably run into traffic in the city as well as some difficulties with parking. Prague has a ‘blue zone’ parking system so any parking area marked with blue requires a parking permit. However, there are lots of options for paid parking so it is not impossible to find a spot but it might add some expenses to your budget.
Road signs are in Czech but are easy to follow if you know the direction you’re going in. Fuel is pricey compared to the cost of living in the country, but you don’t have to drive long distances. For convenience and harder to reach locations, renting a car is a good option too.
Czech Republic has a great public transport system.For travel within the country, Czech has a great railway system and you can get to pretty much anywhere by just a few connections. In the cities, You can stick to the trams and buses. Prague has a metro as well! Check out the city guides for detailed info!
Going on foot is the easiest way to get around the cities. Use our map to find out what’s near you and walk or combine with the tram or metro for an easy, hassle-free day out.
major cities such as Prague, Plzeň and Brno have scooter stands and many use a rental system called “Lime”. All you need to do is download an app on your phone. Be careful when riding it though as Prague is a hilly city, the sidewalks are full of cobblestones that make it easy to crash (especially when it rains). Furthermore, the roads are busy with cars, buses, and trams going in all directions. We don’t really recommend biking within the cities as the traffic is busy, there are no proper biking lanes and drivers aren’t used to bikers.