Top 6 Popular Cities to Visit in the Czech Republic

Although the Czech Republic is not a very large country in terms of area and population, it has a long and exciting history. From the beginning of time, Czechs, Germans, Jews, and Slovaks, as well as Italian stonemasons and stucco workers, French merchants, and deserters from Napoleon’s army, have all lived and worked in the region, each having an impact on the other and intertwining their cultures.

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For generations, they worked together to develop their land, producing masterpieces that are still held in high regard and admiration today. As a result of their ingenuity and talent, this tiny nation is endowed with hundreds of old castles, monasteries, and magnificent palaces, as well as whole cities that give the appearance of being complete historical relics. In addition to a huge quantity of architectural heritage, the Czech Republic is also home to breathtaking forests and mountains that complement it.

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Prague

The city is renowned for its distinctive medieval architecture, and the historic center of Prague is designated in the World Heritage List. Over a thousand years, the surface of the Vltava River has reflected this enchanted city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers, and church domes, creating a beautiful reflection.

Prague’s historic center, which was almost completely unharmed by World War II, is a magnificent combination of cobbled alleys, walled courtyards, cathedrals, and numerous church spires, all in the shadow of her towering 9th-century castle, which faces eastward as the sun sets behind her.

A contemporary and lively city, Prague is bursting with energy, musical and cultural events, excellent restaurants, and unique events that appeal to the independent traveler’s need for adventure and discovery. In recent years, along with Vienna and Krakow, Prague has risen to become one of Europe’s most attractive, vibrant, and picturesque towns, and it has become the most popular travel destination in Central Europe for many. Every year, hundreds of millions of visitors flock to the city.

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Brno

The city, which was founded about the year 1000, served as one of the ancient capitals of the area, and it is now home to a number of institutions dedicated to Moravian history and culture. Brno is considered to be the second most significant cultural center in the Czech Republic, and it is often compared to Prague in terms of reputation.

It also contains the second biggest historic preservation zone in the country. Unlike Prague, Brno has not yet been found by mass tourism, which means that costs and crowds are both modest and reasonable. A lengthy history in motor racing, as well as large exhibits and commercial fairs, can be found in the city.

The city is home to many ancient squares, cathedrals, and palaces, as well as famous castles, museums, and gardens. North of the city, Brno is surrounded by hills and a beautiful natural environment, with the Moravian Karst being the most prominent of these features. The most fascinating sites in Brno lie underground, in a maze of basements that includes Europe’s second-largest ossuary after the Catacombs of Paris.

Despite the fact that it has lost its status as a capital city, Brno continues to function as capital in everything but name, offering a diverse range of cultural events, clubs, bars, and other establishments, as well as many outstanding museums and theatres. The theatres in Brno are also famous for two reasons: the Reduta Theatrical is the oldest theatre building in Central Europe, and the Mahen Theatre was the first theatre in the whole of Europe to be lit by Thomas Edison’s electric light bulbs.

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Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary, which translates as “Charles’ Bath,” was established in 1370 and named after Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, who reigned at the time. It is well-known for its hot springs as well as its brightly colored and quirky architecture. As a result, it became a famous tourist destination in the 18th century, attracting visitors.

During World War I, tourist visits to the city were entirely halted, and the city never recovered its previous splendor. Following World War II, the mostly German-speaking city was depopulated and replaced by Czech immigrants, who became the majority of the population. Although Czech is still the dominant language today, there are still strong traces of German culture and history to be found.

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Zlín

Located on the banks of the Dřevnice River, Zlín serves as the regional administrative center for the Zlin Region. The Bata shoe company building, which was founded and constructed here before World War II, is notable for its fascinating functionalist architecture, which is well worth a visit. During the year 1894, when the city’s population was about 3,000 individuals, Tomas Bata built a shoe factory, which led to the rapid development of the city. The business supplied the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I since the whole Moravian region was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the time.

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Pilsen

Pilsen, the country’s fourth-largest city and the regional capital in West Bohemia, is an ideal starting point for exploring the Czech Republic’s West Bohemian region. It is the birthplace of the Pilsner beer style, which was originally produced in the city in 1842 by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll.

In 1839, the city of Pilsen founded the Bürger Brauerei, a municipally-owned brewery, and recruited Bavarian brewer Josef Groll, who produced the first batch of modern Pilsner beer on October 5, 1842. This beer was a sensation because of its brilliant, golden color, which was produced by combining pale color from new malts, Pilsen’s unusually soft water, Saaz noble hops from neighboring Saaz in Germany, and Bavarian-style lagering. Because of advancements in transportation, this new beer became widely available across Central Europe.

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Olomouc

Located on the banks of the Morava River and surrounded by the lush Haná plain, Olomouc is without a doubt the most underrated tourist destination in the Czech Republic. Numerous magnificent buildings, excellent culture (including the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra’s home), and hundreds of distinct restaurants, bars, and pubs can all be found in this city. Olomouc is far off the beaten path for most visitors, and it seems calm, typical, and relaxed even on a pleasant July day.

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