From the cosmopolitan capital of Prague to the back-in-time villages of Moravia, the Czech Republic’s cultural variety satisfies even the most demanding traveler. Even though the Czech Republic ranks among one of the smallest countries in Europe, its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty makes it one of the most visited European destinations. The country boasts 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites and world-renowned Spa towns. Apart from producing some of the best beers in the world, the Czech Republic also harvests great wine varietals in Moravia. In the Czech Republic you can enjoy everything Europe has to offer but without the Euro!
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the independent Czechoslovakia. Wait, Czechoslovakia doesn’t exist anymore, right? Here is a bit from the history:
• With the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy at the end of World War I, the independent country of Czechoslovakia was formed.
• The independence of Czechoslovakia was officially proclaimed in Prague on October 28, 1918.
Czechoslovakia existed for 75 years, until 1993, when the country peacefully split into two independent countries: Czech Republic and Slovakia.
In the context of this anniversary, we will tell stories of architecture and design (with focus on modernism and functionalism), stories of lifestyle (famous cafes, spas and the story of Czech beer), Czech brands (Czech glass, Czech cars and even Czech shoes and hats), and the formation of the Republic. The main storyline unfolds the period of prosperity of the country in the 1920s and 1930s, during the so-called “First Republic” era.
The Czech Republic in a nutshell:
• Ranked the 6th safest destination out of 163 countries in the world
• 12 historical sites on the UNESCO Heritage List
• 5 traditions in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List (Verbuňk Dance, Shrovetide, Falconry, Kings’ Ride, Czech Puppetry)
• 6 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (nearly 6 % of total area)
• Over 200 castles, chateaux and monuments
• More than 40 protected historical towns
• 33 spas
• 104 golf courses
• 4 national parks and 26 protected landscape areas (nearly 16 % of total area)
• 12 mountain ranges higher than 3,000 feet
• 25,000 miles of walking trails
• 27,000 miles of cycling routes