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About Czech Republic
A visit to the Czech Republic includes medieval castles, picturesque villages, museums that display the heights of the Bohemian region, and lush forests, but what really sets the country apart from its neighbors is its beer. Entire towns have develop around the success of their breweries, with brewing histories beginning in the 1300s and even earlier.
Then of course, there’s Prague, a city that seamlessly combines a hulking castle, an animated 15th century clock, and the Lobowitz Palace with a cutting-edge music, art, and nightlife scene.
Here are some select tips to help guide you on your trip to the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is landlocked and borders Germany, Austria, Slovania, and Poland. The best way to get around is by train or bus, both of which run regularly and are reliable. Renting a car is another good option, especially if you want to get to remote locales, but make sure to brush up on the country’s traffic laws; most importantly, there’s a zero tolerance law in regard to drinking and driving, and drivers must purchase a toll sticker in advance to drive on expressways.
If you enjoy touring castle-studded country side and afterwards relaxing with a pint, definitely check out Cesky raj (Czech Paradise), where the beauty of restored and abandoned castles is only rivaled by natural rock formations. The Czech Republic’s most notable brewery towns include Plzen, Ceske Budejovice, Chodova Plana, and Prague (there’s good beer on tap everywhere).
Towns known for their architecture include Cesky Krumlov, Brno, Karlovy Vary, and Kutna Hora; this last city is home to a creepy bone cathedral, located in the gothic Church of All Saints. If Prague’s booming tourism industry has you overwhelmed, check out the less touristy city of Olomouc or the pristine village of Telc.
As of May 2011, U.S. travelers do not require a visa for stays of 90 days or less. The Czech Republic is part of the European Union, but the Czech Crown is the official currency, not the euro. The official language is Czech, and English is widely spoken within the tourism establishment and larger cities.