Everyone has heard of Prague, with its winding cobblestone streets and myriad medieval buildings that make it a gateway to a past that few other European cities can claim — nearly all of Prague's structures were left untouched by World War II. And, yes, this modern metropolis is enjoying a renaissance as a travel destination. But there's much more to the Czech Republic. Its many spa towns, like Karlovy Vary and Mariánské Lázne, and outdoorsy enclaves, such as Ceský Ráj, Sumava and the Krkonose mountains, are also worth visiting. And don't forget the castles and the beer, in the country where Pilsner originated in the city of Plzen.
CZECH REPUBLIC IN GENERAL
BOOK A ROOM Hotels in the Czech Republic
If your next vacation destination is the Czech Republic, make sure to go prepared. These hotel reviews, ratings and room photos should help you find your ideal accommodations.
WHY WE LOVE PRAGUE! Forget the Watch, It's Prague
Why do we love Prague? Because it's a beautiful, romantic city that still looks like an eighteenth-century engraving recalling Mozart composing his Don Giovanni here. But there's more to it. Find out what's hot in the city on the River Vltava.
HOTELS Four Seasons Prague
Modernity meets classicism at this unique hotel, which sits on the banks of the Vltava River and overlooks both the Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle. The 162 rooms are spread among the four buildings, including three classic structures from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
72-HOUR VACATION Czech It Out
Get lost in the enticing maze of Prague's Old Town, where medieval Europe is more than just a memory. But there's plenty that's modern in the Czech capital, too. Stumble down any street and you'll find exciting new restaurants, hidden shops and amazing architecture.
ROMANTIC PRAGUE Top Romantic Destination
The sense of romance in this picturesque city is timeless. Skip the obvious tourist traps and check out our take on Prague for couples. Home to Prague Castle, classical music, a lively Bohemian spirit and a charming Old Town that's lined with cobbled streets, it's sure to fan the flames of love.
THE WORLD'S BIGGEST PARTY Top Spots for New Year's Eve
Nobody does fireworks on New Year's Eve quite like the Czechs, so don't be surprised when Prague bursts into an explosion of light and color at midnight. Head to Old Town Square or Charles Bridge, or spend the evening on one of the riverboats.
TRAVELER'S TALES Prague and the Czech Republic
This collection of true stories, the latest from the Travelers' Tales series attempts to paint a portrait of a country through the experiences of many visitors. The forty authors — ranging from professional scribes to a former supermodel — write personal impressions in sometimes funny, sometimes nostalgic voices about their relationships with the city that inspired Mozart's music.