TRAVEL GUIDE 6 September 2009 Go Pushkin

Travel Guide

If you really want to have a good time in Czech Republic, you need to make sure that you completely explore its borders.

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Three Czech Regions

The Czech Republic is a great place to visit because of the wide range of activities that it offers. A lot of tourists from the United States, Australia and Japan come here for a laid back vacation. Travelers who are backpacking usually fly into Frankfurt, stay a few nights and then make the 3 hour drive. However, if you really want to have a good time, you need to make sure that you completely explore its borders. There are three principle regions within the Czech Republic and each of these regions is divided into still more districts. Each region has a number of things for you to see and do and the cream of the crop for each region is discussed below.

Bohemia

Bohemia is the region of the Czech Republic located the farthest west in the country, meaning that it is also the location of most of the population within the country. The capital city of Prague is located in Bohemia and all of the great historical and cultural landmarks in that city are great potential tourist attractions for people that visit the country.

Prague is by no means the only place where you can go in Bohemia however, as Ceske Budejovice is another great place to visit in the southern section of Bohemia. This city is perhaps one of the most beautiful urban centers in all of Europe and for that reason it is definitely a place you want to go. This city is also known as Budweis (where Budweiser originated) to some and many tourist maps colloquially use that term, so make sure you are aware that those two names refer to the same city.

In addition to these two cities, another great place to visit is Karlovy Vary, also known as Carlsbad in some colloquial tongues. It is one of the most famous spa resorts in Europe and it happens to be a place of some history as well, located in Bohemia along with the other cities mentioned above.

Finally, because Bohemia is about history as much as it is about culture, there are several historical cities within the region that you can visit. These include Pilsen (the home of Pilsner beer), Tabor (an old capital of the Hussites), Terezen (a fortress that was converted to a Jewish ghetto during the Second World War) and Cheb (a place in the western part of Bohemia that used to be a gigantic castle defence).

Moravia

After Bohemia, Moravia is the next most desirable region to visit in terms of the sheer number of things that there are to do. Moravia is generally thought of as being the most beautiful part of the country and for that reason many natural tourists that have no interest in anything else bypass the other regions altogether and spend their vacation completely in Moravia. Moravia is located in the eastern part of the country, providing a buffer between Bohemia and the country of Slovakia.

The first city to visit in Moravia would be Olomouc, which happens to be home to a historical centre that is larger than all but one of the others in the country. It is also a university town brimming with youth and energy and many people tend to really like that about the place.

Brno, another city in Moravia, is home to the Moto GP Grand Prix, which some tourists come to the Czech Republic specifically to see. Luhacovice is another spa resort similar to Carlsbad and of course Novosedly is a city nestled in the heart of the Moravian wine region. As you can see, Moravian tourism tends by its attractions to the natural and physical aspects of tourism, although there is still room for pampering as well.

Czech Silesia

Silesia is a region located in the north-eastern part of the country, next to the border with Poland. The reason the Czech qualifier is needed is that part of Silesia is located in Poland and part of it is in the Czech Republic. This situation is also what makes Czech Silesia the least visited part of the Czech Republic in terms of tourism, because most of the excellent historical tradition of Silesia can be found in the Polish part of the region.

However, this does not mean that you should avoid Czech Silesia, as there are still a number of fantastic things to see there. In particular, the city of Opava in Czech Silesia is a great place for tourists to visit because it contains a rich historical and cultural tradition unlike anything else that you’ll see in the Czech Republic. The combination of Czech and Polish influences on this city has created a very unique and desirable tourist attraction.