THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Welcome to a place that can justifiably be referred to as a melting pot of European civilizations. Although devoid of the benefits of proximity to the sea, the Czech Republic, located in the heart of Central Europe, prides itself on magnificent scenery and an immense cultural heritage, an asset that fully offsets this apparent drawback. The concentration of so many tourist destinations in such a small area is unique even in the European context.
The country is enclosed by a belt of extensive mountain ranges and the majority of its frontiers run along this natural boundary. Although in terms of size (less than 79 thousand square kilometres) and number of inhabitants (10.2 million), the Czech Republic ranks among the medium-size to small European countries (it is somewhat smaller than Austria and somewhat larger than Belgium and its population practically equals that of Hungary), its territory is a diverse mosaic of regions. That is why it is worth taking the effort to travel to individual regions in order to get to know their distinctive features. Moreover, it will not take much time as you can travel from one end of the Czech Republic to the other in a few hours.
Many foreigners have chosen this country as their temporary or even permanent home, which bears witness to the fact that the Czech Republic is a pleasant country to live in. In the 1990s, Prague was even compared to the Paris of the 1930s. Not only the forces of nature have shaped and moulded the picturesque Czech landscape; human beings have also set, like little beads, numerous historical towns, thousands of small villages and the glistening expanses of fish ponds into the countryside. To climb the summits of Czech mountains is a relatively easy task. The highest of them is the Sněžka, reaches just to a height of 1,602 meters above sea level. You will be rewarded by breathtaking views as you will be able to see a large part of the country as though from a bird’s eye view. The place with the lowest altitude can be found in Hřensko, on a site where the River Labe (Elbe) leaves the Czech Republic and enters Germany.A host of rivers, including the Labe, the „national“ River Vltava (Moldau), which forms the axis of Bohemia, the Morava, the axis of Moravia, and many others, are suitable for boat cruises and water tourism. The Czech Republic takes good care of its visitors. There is a wide range of accommodation facilities, restaurants and a well-functioning transportation network. A wealth of historical towns, castles and chateaux are prepared to open their gates wide to visitors; alternately, those tired of the hustle and bustle of civilization can relax amidst beautiful scenery.