Bohemia

Bohemia is the largest and most populous of the three historical Czech lands, the other two being Moravia and Czech Silesia. Nowadays, these regions no longer exist as administrative entities, but they are mentioned in the Czech constitution and their symbols appear in the Czech coat-of-arms. The symbol of Bohemia is a white lion on red background.

The region of Bohemia has nothing to do with the song Bohemian Rhapsody nor with bohemianism and Bohemians in the sense: “socially unconventional persons”. Nothing. Really. The name is derived from the name of the ancient Celtic tribe Boii, who once inhabited the area, and the Proto-Germanic word haimaz, meaning “home”. Thus, Bohemia originally meant “the home of the Boii”. Modern-day population of Bohemia doesn’t have much in common with the ancient Celtic Boii, as the Czech language belongs to the Slavic family. However, it is believed that West Slavic tribes settling in that area assimilated the remaining Celtic population.

In the Czech language, Bohemia is called simply Čechy. This name should not be confused with Česko, which is the short name of the whole country, known as the Czech Republic or Czechia. In other words: Česko = Čechy + Morava + České Slezsko. The same in English: Czechia = Bohemia + Moravia + Czech Silesia.

There are many amazing places in Bohemia. Below we present some of them!

All Place Types
Castle
City
Lookout
National Park
Natural Landmark
Protected Landscape Area
Region
Ruins
Town
  • Bohemian Paradise - Rock Town
    Bohemian Paradise
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    Bohemian Paradise
    Bohemian Paradise, known in Czech as Český ráj, is a region and a protected landscape area about 90 kilometers north-east of Prague. It belongs to the...
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  • Panorama of Český Krumlov, Czechia
    Český Krumlov
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    Český Krumlov
    Český Krumlov is a stunningly beautiful town in southern Bohemia, and after Prague, Czechia's second most visited tourist attraction. The historic cen...
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  • Large Square, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
    Hradec Králové
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    Hradec Králové
    Hradec Králové is a city in north-eastern Bohemia and the capital of the region with the same name. It belongs to the oldest cities in Czechia. At the...
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  • Karlovy Vary, Bohemia, Czechia
    Karlovy Vary
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    Karlovy Vary
    Karlovy Vary is a town in Bohemia, in the west of the Czechia. In English it is sometimes called also Carlsbad (after the German name Karlsbad). It is...
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  • Karlstejn Castle and Town, Czechia
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    Karlštejn
    Karlštejn is a small market town in the Central Bohemian Region, named after the famous castle located there. The castle is obviously the most importa...
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  • Czechia Loket Town
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    Loket
    Loket is an extremely picturesque small town in Karlovy Vary region in western Bohemia. The word loket means "elbow" in the Czech language. The town o...
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  • The Skyline of Písek, South Bohemia, Czechia
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    Písek
    Písek is a medium-sized town on the Otava river in the South Bohemian Region, about 44 km northwest of České Budějovice. The town is most famous for t...
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  • Prague Skyline at Sunset
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    Prague
    Prague, called in Czech Praha, is the capital of Czechia and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and worldwide. Many people conside...
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  • Sumava National Park - Czechia
    Šumava National Park
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    Šumava National Park
    Šumava National Park, called in Czech: Národní park Šumava), is one of four national parks in Czechia. It is located in two southern regions bordering...
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  • Aerial view of Velhartice, Czechia
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    Velhartice
    Velhartice is a large village and a municipality in the Plzeň Region in western Bohemia, not far from Šumava National Park. The village was first ment...
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  • Červená Lhota Chateau, Czechia
    Červená Lhota
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    Červená Lhota
    Červená Lhota is a Renaissance chateau in the small village of the same name in southern Bohemia, near the town of Jindřichův Hradec. The location is ...
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  • The Golden Lane in Prague, Czechia
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    Golden Lane
    Golden Lane, known in Czech as Zlatá ulička, is an iconic, tiny street located in Prague Castle. The colorful small houses give it a unique charm and ...
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  • Ruins of Hazmburk Castle, Česke stredohoři, Czechia
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    Házmburk
    Házmburk is the name of a ruined medieval castle and the hill on top of which it is situated. Thanks to its elevated location and the relatively flat ...
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  • Castle Karlstejn. Central Bohemia, Czechia
    Karlštejn Castle
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    Karlštejn Castle
    Karlštejn Castle  (hrad Karlštejn) is a large medieval castle located in the town of the same name near the capital city Prague. Karlštejn Castle is v...
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  • Litomyšl Castle, Czechia
    Litomyšl Castle
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    Litomyšl Castle
    Litomyšl Castle is the most important landmark in the small town of the same name in the Pardubice Region, in eastern Bohemia. It is one of twelve (as...
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  • Panská skála, Czechia
    Panská Skála
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    Panská Skála
    Panská Skála is a natural landmark situated near the town of Kamenický Šenov in the Liberec Region, in northern Bohemia. The name can be translated as...
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  • Petřín Lookout Tower, Prague
    Petřín Lookout Tower
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    Petřín Lookout Tower
    The Petřín Lookout Tower, known in Czech as Petřínská rozhledna, is a tower situated on Petřín hill on the left bank of the Vltava river in Prague. Du...
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  • Prague Castle at Sunrise, Czechia
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    Prague Castle
    Prague Castle (in Czech: Pražský hrad) is the largest ancient castle in the world. It is perhaps the most important landmark in the magnificent city o...
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  • Prague Astronomical Clock (Orloj) in the Old Town of Prague
    Prague Orloj
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    Prague Orloj
    The Prague Astronomical Clock, commonly known as the Orloj, is one of the most popular sights in the Czech capital. It is very easy to find, because i...
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  • Pravčická brána, Bohemian Switzerland National Park, Czechia
    Pravčická Brána
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    Pravčická Brána
    The Pravčická brána is the largest natural arch in Europe. It is located in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park (Národní park České Švýcarsko), in ...
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  • Radošov Bridge, Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia, Czechia
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    Radošov Bridge
    Radošov Bridge (Radošovský most) is a wooden covered bridge over the Ohře river in the village of Radošov, which belongs to Kyselka municipality. The ...
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  • Vltava Meander near Teletín, Central Bohemia, Czechia
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    Vltava Meander
    This great view of the Vltava river was taken from the place called in Czech Vyhlídka Máj, meaning more or less "the Máj Lookout". It is located near ...
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