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Start your Czech journey in Prague and explore this beauty with one of our city break deals, which has buildings stretching from the 11th century to the 21st. Enjoy a cold pivo (beer) in one of the many beer gardens before heading to the rail or bus station to explore the scenic countryside. Castle Karlštejn and picturesque Olomouc are both easily reached by bus or train. It's baffling, how the Czech Republic is still one of the more underrated travel destinations in Europe.
The Czech Republic has two international airports. The one in Prague is called Václav Havel (PRG) while the second is Tuřany (BRQ) in Brno. The latter is smaller but a good choice if you plan to explore the wine-producing region of Moravia. Buses and trains connect the capital and other major cities with countless European destinations, and are among the most economical ways to travel.
As the country is part of the European Union and the Schengen Zone, you can enter without a visa if you're a Schengen resident, and need to carry only a valid personal photo ID card. Residents of other countries will normally get their visa upon Schengen entry. For more information, check with your embassy before your holiday in the Czech Republic
Prague is a budget-friendly travel destination, especially if you opt for accommodations outside city centres. Hostels and small pensions run at a fraction of UK prices, and food and drink at neighbourhood pubs are also much cheaper. Prague has long been a popular destination for UK visitors thanks to its low prices. True, prices have risen since Prague's boom in tourism popularity, however, a pint of the excellent local beer still only costs around £1.50.
The country still has its own currency, the Czech koruna. It's best to only exchange money at banks, which tend to offer better rates than money exchange booths. The Czech language is said to be one of the most difficult to learn. However, English is widely spoken, especially in the capital as it is regularly frequented by travellers.
Prague is famous for its beautiful architecture and has endless sights to see and things just waiting to be discovered. It's so hard to choose our favourites, but if you're only there for a weekend getaway or a very short break, our top three would be:
Founded in 880, you can see the castle from most places in the city. You can even walk around most of the grounds for free if you're looking to keep costs down. Or you can buy tickets for exhibitions and access to other parts of the castle (prices vary depending on what exactly you want to visit).
First installed way back in 1410, visitors flock to this engineering masterpiece right in Prague's old town. The clock chimes every hour, so get your video cameras at the ready!
One of the most famous bridges in the world, a walk across the romantic Charles Bridge is essential during your break in Prague. We recommend waiting until dusk when the lighting makes this spot even more special.
The city has something to offer in every season. Being a beautiful but relatively cheap city makes Prague great value for money but it also means that it gets very busy. Spring is a great time to go, although there will still be crowds, but nothing like in summer. There's also magic in the air in winter, with Christmas markets and snow if you're lucky, although it can get very cold! Here are the highlights:
In winter, explore the magical Christmas markets that are dotted throughout the city
Spring is the best time to visit the capital and its many flower-filled parks, as the temperature is very pleasant
In summer, take a day trip away from the city to visit Šumava, a national park and biosphere with many hiking trails.
In autumn, explore Moravia, a wine-producing area in the south of the country and near the country's other airport in Brno