Gothic in Czechia

Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Square

Old Town Square, in Czech known as Staroměstské náměstí, is the central square of the historic part of Prague. The square is of the greatest tourist attractions of the Czech capital, along with Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. It is almost impossible to miss it if you’re coming to Prague as a tourist.

Třebíč Castle and St. Procopius Basilica, Vysočina, Moravia, Czechia

Třebíč

Třebíč is a small Moravian town in the Vysočina Region, situated on the Jihlava river, about 65 km west of Brno. Centuries ago, it belonged to the most important towns in Moravia. Nowadays, it is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Jewish Quarter and St. Procopius Basilica. It is one of three World Heritage Sites in Vysočina.

Charles Bridge In Prague on a Foggy Morning, Czech Republic

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge (in Czech: Karlův most) is an iconic landmark in the very centre of Prague. The bridge crosses the Vltava river and connects the Old Town (Staré Město) with the Lesser Side (Malá Strana). It is not the oldest Czech bridge, because this title goes to the Stone Bridge in the town of Písek in South Bohemia. But Charles Bridge is definitely the most famous bridge in Czechia and perhaps also in the whole…

Kutná Hora Skyline, Bohemia, Czechia

Kutná Hora

Kutná Hora is a small town in Central Bohemia, about 70 km east of Prague. It may be a small town today, but centuries ago it competed for importance with the Golden City. Looking at Prague today, it may not be easy to imagine, but it is nevertheless true. Kutná Hora owed its position and wealth to the silver mines that had been established there in the Middle Ages. At the end of the 13th…

St. Bartholomew Cathedral in Pilsen (Plzeň), Bohemia, Czechia

Plzeň

Plzeň, in English known also as Pilsen, is a city in western Bohemia, in the southwestern part of Czechia. After Prague, Brno and Ostrava, it is the fourth largest city in the whole of Czechia. Pilsen is one of very few Czech cities that have English names different from the original. This small group includes also Prague (Praha) and Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary). In English, the name Pilsen is used interchangeably with Plzeň, as it is…

České Budějovice, Czechia - Premysl Otakar Square

České Budějovice

České Budějovice is the capital city of the South Bohemian Region. It is internationally famous for its beer, known in other countries as Budweiser, after the German name of the city: Budweis. The city also played a role in one of the greatest works of Czech literature: “The Good Soldier Švejk” (in the original: Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války).

Panorama of Český Krumlov, Czechia

Český Krumlov

Český Krumlov is a stunningly beautiful town in southern Bohemia, and after Prague, Czechia’s second most visited tourist attraction. The historic center of the town was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1992. The historic center of Prague was inscribed at the same session and these were the first two Czech World Heritage Sites. The abundance of beautiful old architecture, the location in a horseshoe bend of the Vltava river and the nearby hills,…

The Skyline of Písek, South Bohemia, Czechia

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 the Stone Bridge over the Otava river. It is the oldest surviving bridge in the whole of Czechia and one of the oldest in Central Europe.

Prague Astronomical Clock (Orloj) in the Old Town of Prague

Prague Astronomical Clock

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 it is mounted on the Old Town Hall in the magnificent Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí). At full hours between 9 AM and 9 PM, you will see there crowds of tourists watching the parade of 12 wooden apostle statues appearing in two windows.

Karlstejn Castle, Central Bohemia, Czechia

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 very popular among tourists and it is a perfect place for a day trip when you’re staying in Prague. It was founded by the Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1348. The castle was completed in 1365 and Charles IV used it for storing royal treasures, holy…