Czech Republic

Bohemia

Bohemia is a region consisting of beautiful and unusual wilderness, vineyards, spa resorts, small villages and eclectic cities. The region is divided into north, south, east, west and central Bohemia, each one with a unique environment. Central Bohemia is the surrounding garden region of Prague. With many sights within an hour’s drive from Prague, it’s no wondering the attractions of Central Bohemia draw crowds on the weekends of hard-working city-dwellers. Opulent chateaux, ancient fortresses and charming villages sprinkle the landscape of rolling hills, lovely parks and hiking trails. This is Prague’s glittering garden. East Bohemia is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts. The region boasts the country’s highest mountain range, the Krkonose. For skiers, hikers, climbers, and photographers, the Krkonose promises endless beauty and activities for nearly every hobby. The East Bohemian towns are just as picturesque and interesting. From Renaissance squares to Art Nouveau facades, there seems to be an old church for every valley and tower for every peak throughout this fascinating region. North Bohemia is both beauty and beast. Its quieter areas feature some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes and historic towns with fine museums, while other areas remain the industrial hub of the country. Mines, factories and their chimneys are rarely far from view. South Bohemia is a land of lakes, forests and fields, peppered with quaint villages with baroque motifs. Here is where the magnificent Sumava Forest lies along with sparkling rivers, deserted hills and some of the most esteemed beer halls in Europe. The less-visited communities of South Bohemia offer the most colorful insights into the Czech culture. West Bohemia is a region of soothing spas and sunflower fields, of peaceful forests and magnificent mountains. If you crave a change of pace from Prague, come to West Bohemia. The town of Plzen is famed for its Pilsner Urquell brewery. So after a day spent soaking in the spa, hiking the Sumava Mountains and touring castles, you can always enjoy the local brew at a quaint pub.