Travel - Hot Spots - Czech Republic
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Czech towns and cities
You will find history in the Czech Republic literally on every corner. The oldest cities were founded during the Middle Ages at the crossroads of trading routes. Coins were minted in them, heavy metals were mined and beer was brewed. Some towns, such as Tábor, were even established as a result of religious reformation. You may easily be able to recognize the most well known and oldest - all of them are located three hours by car from the Capital City of Prague.
There is nowhere in the world where you will find so many sights entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List as in the Czech Republic. Today you can find 12 sites, two intangible cultural heritage traditions and one geopark – all on World Heritage List. The sites are varied – from whole historical sections of towns to single buildings and if you were to travel to the Czech Republic only for them you certainly will not be bored. You will thus get to know the Czech Republic really well.
Castles and chateaux
The Czech lands boast an extraordinarily high number of cultural monuments. Over 2,000 preserved castles and chateaux (more per square mile than any other country in the world!) represent an important part of the national cultural heritage, both in terms of their number and in terms of their historical and artistic value; their significance transcends national borders, and more than a few of these structures are important even in the global cultural context.
Religious monuments and places of pilgrimage are a great part of architectural heritage of the Czech Republic. Although most of the churches, monasteries, chapels and pilgrimage places are Roman-Catholic, there also are many Jewish and Christian Orthodox sights. Religious architecture has gone through more than a thousand years' development.
Only a few countries have as many spa facilities as the Czech Republic do. Local citizens have been using them since the 15th century, when the first records of spas are seen. Today we have dozens and the healing effects of their springs are well known the whole world over. Spa towns also have a unique and authentic atmosphere. Time runs differently on our spa colonnades than elsewhere, particularly when you are taken such good care of while you are here.
Why go: Although it might be fading as the "it" European city to visit, we still think that fairytale Prague is an excellent city for a vacation. Prague's charming architecture and quaint streets are added to the city's love of music, (from jazz to rock), local lagers, ambient trams and an awesome café culture, (many of the cafés sidle the picturesque Vltava River), giving Prague its place as one of the top ten European cities.
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