Ornate architecture, a rich history and world-famous beer
Straddling the Vltava River with a series of beautiful bridges, Prague is perfect for a weekend city break. A serene riot of architectural history from Gothic to Baroque and Art Deco, its medieval centre is crenulated with church spires, domes and gold-tipped towers. Its castle, founded in the 9th century, enjoys imperious views over the city. Watching the sunset from this vantage point is the perfect way to start your Czech Republic holiday.
Over the years, Prague’s streets have witnessed the trauma of WWII, years of Soviet repression and the extraordinary events of the Velvet Revolution. Today, the city is alive with music, art, culture and fine dining, giving you plenty to explore.
The Czech Republic’s lesser-known cities are home to palaces, breweries and spas. Marienbad is an historic jewel tucked away in verdant mountains in the west of country. It’s home to aristocratic houses, churches and spas. Its picturesque parks and ornate architecture reflect the city’s golden era in the second half of the 19th century when European rulers flocked to its curative springs.
There's also Pilsen. The water here has a slightly stronger taste thanks to the city’s famous brewery. A brewery tour will be a highlight of your trip, particularly the sampling sessions. You can also visit the city's 13th-century Gothic cathedral, Renaissance Town Hall and miles of subterranean cellars.