Recommend to Include Czech Republic in Your Travel Plans. Here are 8 Reasons Why.
Czechia might be a small country tucked in Eastern Europe but it has some grand claims to fame (who hasn’t heard of Prague eh!). After travelling to the country and with the hopes of revisiting, I found some interesting facts about this fascinating country. Some of these facts I learnt from tours, some online and some from my Czech friends.
I hope they will fascinate you as well to start looking at a proper trip to Czechia, which it totally deserves!
If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating country, check out my Czechia Country Guide to answer all your questions and also my Post about that famous Bone Church in Kutna Hora and how you could easily see it in a day.
1. Enjoy Western Europe While Being in Eastern Europe
Czechia is considered part of Eastern Europe, Czechs consider it part of Central Europe but the Capital, Prague is actually further West than Vienna which is Western Europe. Twisted Right! You can enjoy Western Europe at Eastern Europe prices and no one has to say a thing.
2. Feel Bohemian But Sensibly!
Czechs are some of the most literate people in Europe with 90% of the population with at least secondary education. Now if your idea of being Bohemian is sitting in a beautiful cafe reading Kafka while sipping Absinthe, just know you will be surrounded by educated and cultured people. The country also boasts some of the highest standards of living in Eastern Europe. Charles University in Prague is the oldest university in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the oldest universities in the world.
3. Castles, Castles & More Castles
There are more castles in Czechia per square km than any other country in the world with more than 2000 to pick and choose from. The Castle of Prague is the biggest in the world. You can spend an entire day in there without being able to explore it completely.
4. Drink Up, Mate!
If you are a fan of beer (no one will advise you to consume absinthe daily), Czechia is your dream destination! Czechs drink more beer than any other country in the entire world (per capita). Head to a hospada in any town and drink your favourite beer. If beer isn’t your thing there are plenty of other options especially spirits. It is also legal to drink in public, no wonder so many people head to Prague for stag and Hen do’s (Bachelor parties for my North American friends).
5. Prague is a Treasure Trove
Prague is the best city in entire Europe to enjoy original architecture some dating back to the Middle Ages. It was the least bombed capital during WWI and WWII. Most of the original masterpieces still stand like the Charles Bridge. The city also boasts some of the most diverse architectural styles from Cubist, Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque to Communist and Classical are all on display here.
The city is nicknamed ‘The City of Hundred Spires”, it actually has more than 500 spires today. The Astronomical Clock of Prague is one of the oldest in the world.
6. God, Who?
Czechs along with Estonians are some of the least religious people in Europe and world. Don’t be fooled by the massive cathedrals everywhere, the Czechs don’t really care much about God or religion. Most of the culture is based on history rather than religion. So, if you, like me, don’t care much about religious sensibilities, Czechia is your spot.
7. Multicultural is the Middle Name of The Czech Republic
Czechia has been part of so many countries and empires throughout history, they can claim links to a lot of areas. It started with the Kingdom of Moravia, Bohemia, Holy Roman Empire, Austro Hungarian Empire, Protectorate of Moravia and Bohemia (Nazi Era), Poland (Zaolzie region annexation), Germany (Sudetenland annexation), Czechoslovakia and now Czechia. Depending on where a person lived in the country, they could have been part of 3 or 4 different countries throughout their life, depending on age.
8. Spa Me, Please!
The area of Czechia next to Saxony, Germany is famous for its spa towns. These spa towns are relatively quite cheap as well as being beautiful. Considering it is a small country it makes for perfect weekend breaks. If you love spas as much as i do, you have to check it out. The most famous ones are:
- Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad)
- Františkovy Láznĕ (Franzensbad)
- Teplice (Teplitz)
- Mariańské Láznĕ