Czech Republic

At a glance

The Czech Republic has more than 2,000 castles and chateaus, the largest concentration per square mile in Europe.

Towering above the city’s capital is the Prague Castle— the world’s largest, built 1,000 years ago. Aside from its impressive history and architecture, the Czech Republic is known for its peaceful scenery and lively cities.

Prague, the capital, is home to a 9th-century castle, preserved medieval Old Town and statue-lined Charles Bridge. eský Krumlov is a living gallery of Renaissance-era buildings housing restaurants and shops.

Come explore these beautiful medieval towns; drink beer at the Cesky Budejovice, home to Budweiser beer dating back to 1265; and take in the remarkable views from the glorious countryside!

Why cyclists love it

  • Diverse scenery
  • Well-marked cycling routes built on the idea that "all villages should be connected"
  • The Czech Greenways, a network of trails running from the Austrian border to Prague
  • Beautiful medieval architecture 
  • Modern cities with medieval histories

Tour spotlight

Bohemian UNESCO World Heritage Bike Tour
This tour leads cyclists through three of the most charming towns in the Czech Republic: Telc, Cesky Krumlov and Prague. Other sites include Trebon, Jindrichuv Hradec and Cesky Budejovice. Cesky Krumlov is recorded on the UNESCO list as the best preserved medieval town in the whole of central Europe. It is the home of the second largest chateau in the Czech Republic with a uniquely preserved Baroque theater, royal garden and open-air theater with a revolving auditorium. The historical center of Prague has become the most visited town in Europe following the fall of Communism. 
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Prague to Vienna via Cesky Krumlov
This tour will take you to the pearls of Czech Republic: Prague, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe; Cesky Krumlov; the Trebon ponds and woods of Czech Canada; the Renaissance towns of Trebon and Telc; the vineyards of South Moravia; the cultural centers of Znojmo and Mikulov. You spend the last night of the tour in Vienna, Austria. 
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Best of South Bohemia: Czech Republic to Its Fullest 
Thist tour is the perfect way to explore the southern part of the Czech Republic to its fullest! Visit the most beautiful historic and natural monuments, and float down the most charming section of the Vltava river on a boat. This route is ideal for those seeking history, natural beauty, and a slower pace of life.
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Czech Republic stories

On our blog:

  • 8 Hot Destinations for Bicycle Travel in 2013
    Excellent cycling routes are a surprising, positive byproduct of Communist rule, which mandated that every town be connected by “highways" in the Czech Republic. 
  • 7 Surprising things about bicycle touring Eastern Europe
    One tends to think of places like England or Bavaria for magnificent castles, but historically there were lots of knights and kingdoms dotting the landscape of Eastern Europe. In some places, the castles are very well-preserved and known tourist attractions.  Some of our favorites have been the ones that are a bit of a crumbling ruin. 

On Google+: tour advisor Chloe recently went on tour along the popular route from Prague to Vienna. Get a taste of the tour here with her photos from the journey. on Google+

Fast facts

Language: Czech
Currency: Czech Koruna (CZK)
Population: 10,190,213
Size: 30,450 square miles (78,867 square kilometers) - slightly smaller than South Carolina
Border countries: Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria
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