So very Central Bohemia: 5 reasons to visit the Region surrounding Prague

Few destinations can match the Czech Republic’s historic heart for spellbinding castles and glorious chateaux. The Region in the immediate vicinity of the Czech capital, Prague, is proud of its diverse range of historical, cultural, natural and technical monuments. Czech and international visitors, whose number are growing every year, come to enjoy varied and exceptional experiences.

No. 1: Fairy tale castles and châteaux

The Central Bohemia Region abounds with magical castles and châteaux. Perhaps the most famous is the magnificent Karlštejn castle built in 1348 by Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, for the safekeeping of Royal treasures and the Crown Jewels. Also, worth a visit is the medieval castle of Český Šternberk, with an enchanting view of the river below. Just a few kilometers away is Konopiště, a distinctive medieval Bohemian château full of rare art. It is one of the most important Czech chateaux, and boasts a host of attractions, including George the bear and a gorgeous rose garden.

The castles and palaces of Central Bohemia offer something for everyone. There’s Mnichovo Hradiště, home to a gorgeous park that’s perfect for a romantic stroll. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts should head to Veltrusy, another Central Bohemian gem. Here you can rent bikes and explore the vast castle park and observe fallow deer. Another reason not to miss Veltrusy is the picturesque palace, which is featured in the Oscar-winning film “Amadeus”.

If you have young children, then don’t miss the fairytale château of Žleby, with its mini-zoo. The magnificent interior of the château evokes mythical characters and your little soldiers will enjoy the armory, which houses one of the largest collections of historical weapons.

Also in Central Bohemia is the Presidential summer residence of Lány château, and its splendid park which is open to the public; then there’s the beautiful château in Hořovice, or the ruins of Okoř castle, which contrast with castles of Křivoklát or Kokořín, which are intact.

No. 2: UNESCO sites

Virtually all cities in the Region boast a historical city centre. One true pearl among them is undoubtedly Kutná Hora with its majestic Cathedral of St Barbara and the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady and St John the Baptist in Sedlec, registered on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage list.

A recent addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list is Průhonice park – a stunning English-style landscaped area of woodland, streams and glorious botanical gardens. Founded in the 1885 by Count Arnošt Emanuel Silva-Tarouca, Průhonice park has gradually expanded to its current size of nearly 620 acres. The park is set in a tranquil valley and provides hours of outdoor pleasure as you explore the network of paths, which cover some 27 km.

No. 3.: Natural scenery

Central Bohemia beckons you to visit exceptional natural scenery. Our extensive and varied complex of natural heritage sites is ideal for walking and cycling. To be explored on the territory of Central Bohemia are the protected natural areas of Brdy, Kokořínsko or the Bohemian Paradise, the oldest Czech geopark and the gateway to a picturesque landscape of sandstone rock formations.

Among the most important areas are the Křivoklát environs, as a UNESCO listed biosphere reserve, or the geologically notable Bohemian Karst with the well-known Koněprusy caves. Another natural monument listed by UNESCO is Průhonice Park, one of the largest garden parks in the Czech Republic.

No. 4: Diverse holidays

The reservoir water-works cascade on the River Vltava make a popular destination for holidaymakers, as do other waterways. Traditional destinations include the Sázava and Jizera river watercourses. The Elbe and the Vltava River are ideal for recreational boating and pleasure boats. For some quiet relaxation on the water, visitors opt for the reservoir cascade or the Slapy and Orlík dams.

Apart from its notable architecture, the region abounds with spas, wineries and breweries. There are fascinating exhibits at museums focused on folk architecture and art, glass making, mining and the automotive industry. Devotees of golf or agritourism are also very well provided for.

No. 5: Stylish and majestic accommodation

Visitors will appreciate the great variety of places to stay, from stylish accommodation with a family atmosphere and rural homesteads to stately-home accommodation at castles and châteaux. Add to that the top-class catering at fine restaurants, dishes made with local ingredients as well as the products of wineries and breweries and you can explore the Region’s varied flavors to suit your tastes.

Not only our historical monuments, natural charms, a rich cultural program, but also sports activities or treats for the youngest visitors make the Central Bohemia Region a compelling destination for a holiday or an impromptu trip.

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