Famed for the splendour of its many chateaux, castles and cathedrals, you could be forgiven for thinking the Czech Republic came straight out of a storybook. Yet there’s much more to this place than fine old buildings. Ready to party? There are more bars and clubs in Prague than you could shake a stick at. Looking for culture? Check out Sedlec Ossuary, or magnificent Prague Castle. Want to relax? Indulge yourself with some spa treatments at Karlovy Vary. Whatever you're looking for, a Czech travel adventure is sure to deliver.
The Czech Republic is home to more sights than you could possibly cover in only one trip, so you've got some tough decisions on your hands. That's where we come in, so read on for our guide to the country's top 5.
Marvel at the iconic Sagrada Familla in Barcelona.
Gaudi’s majestic creation has been wowing crowds since it first began construction in 1882. Since then, multiple architects have taken up the reins on the project, some honouring Gaudi’s original designs, other’s redefining the creation completely. The multiple and varied facades of the building, plus its sheer size and majesty, make it a must do for any traveller visiting Barcelona.See all trips that visit Barcelona
Indulge in traditional Andalusian delicacies in Seville.
Seville is renowned for its gastronomic offerings, and whilst the traditional dishes may be simple to prepare, they’re bursting with fresh regional flavours. Gazpacho, Pescaito frito and Huevos a la Flamenca are all famed Andalusian specialities, or for those preferring traditional tapas, Seville has around 4,000 tapas bars to choose from – take your pick!See all trips that visit Seville
Live like a King in the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Get a glimpse of life as the other half live with a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The largest palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, though is only used formally for state ceremonies. Gorge your eyes on the many works of art by famed Spanish painters as you delve a little deeper into Spain’s rich history.See all trips that visit Madrid
Party till dawn in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza.
Nowhere on Earth will you experience clubbing quite like Ibiza. Home to some of the world’s most infamous clubs, come and join the party as night after night revered world class DJ’s play their hearts out to adoring crowds. Get into the mood with sunset cocktails at Café Del Mar then party till sunrise at Space, DC-10 or Ibiza Rocks.See all trips that visit Ibiza
Bask in sunlight on Barceloneta Beach.
Some cities are fortunate enough to have the perfect city/beach balance, and Barcelona is one of them. Whilst Barceloneta Beach may be man-made, the water is clear and refreshing and the beach is alive with travellers and locals alike chatting, swimming and generally loving life. Spend long leisurely lunches in the surrounding cafes and restaurants, hire bikes or rollerblades or just relax in the sunshine.See all trips that visit Barcelona
Explore the Islamic inspired fortress of Alhambra.
Rising from woods of cypress and elm, the Alhambra reigns supreme on the hillside of Gibraltar. Born in the 11th Century and then further developed over the 14th and 15th century’s, the fortress holds an extensive network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens and gives those who visit it a glimpse into the rich history of the Spanish empire and the influence both Islam and Catholicism had on the Alhambra’s design.See all trips that visit Gibraltar
1. Colours of Ostrava – A multi-genre music festival that is amongst the most popular in the Czech Republic, with 16 stages and a huge yearly attendance. It's held in Ostrava each July, with top name international acts performing against a stunning industrial backdrop of blast furnaces, ironworks and mines.
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2. Trutnov Open Air Music Festival – This legendary Czech rock festival has been taking place every year since 1990 - everyone from Motorhead and the Manic Street Preachers to Living Colour and Iggy Pop have topped the bill.
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3. Prague International Film Festival – Known as Febiofest, this is one of the largest and most prestigious of Czech cinema events. Its program of screenings is held at a modern 12-screen multiplex cinema near central Prague, with feature films and shorts from amateur and professional filmmakers.
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4. Prague Spring International Music Festival – If you're into classical music, then Prague Spring International Music Festival is for you. It's hosted at a number of spectacular venues around the city and features performances from leading soloists, ensembles and symphony orchestras from around the world.
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5. Prague Fringe Festival – Modelled on the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this offbeat festival of music, comedy, theatre and dance takes place in Prague during May and June, held in bars, clubs and theatres around the city.
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1. Prague Jewish Museum – This museum of Jewish history and culture is located in several buildings in the former Jewish Town in Prague's historic center, including various synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery, one of the oldest surviving of its kind in the world.
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2. Museum of Communism, Prague – Located right by Wenceslas Square, this museum documents the communist regime in the former Czechoslovakia, covering everything from propaganda and censorship to labour camps and the various details of everyday life.
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3. National Technical Museum, Prague – The Czech Republic's largest museum of technology was founded in 1908, and features a truly vast archive. Here you'll find exhibits on everything from metallurgy and printing to astronomy and architecture, as well as a large collection of railway vehicles.
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4. Prague National Gallery – Housed in several buildings around Prague, this excellent gallery features the Czech Republic's largest collection of art, with many masterpieces from the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh and Renoir.
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5. Moravian Gallery in Brno – Located in the Czech Republic's second city, the Moravian Gallery in Brno is one of the largest art galleries in the country. It features an excellent collection of contemporary art, design and decorative arts, divided over three buildings around the city center including the impressive Governor's Palace.
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Sumptuous stews, rich soups, delectable dumplings; Czech cuisine is a particular highlight of any Czech Republic travel experience. Meat products are big news here, particularly pork, with a variety of succulent roasted, baked and braised dishes waiting to tantalise your taste buds. These are often accompanied by the omnipresent knedlíky (dumplings), and you'll find a wealth of excellent Czech beers to wash them down with.
Guláš – This hearty and traditional Czech dish is a staple of Prague restaurants. A delicious stew of beef and onions, it's gently simmered until tender, and served with delicious Czech-style knedlíky (steamed and sliced dumplings).
Best eaten at –U Kalicha, Na Bojišti 1733/12, Prague
Koleno – This outsized chunk of roasted pork knuckle is a Prague food classic. With crispy skin and wonderfully succulent meat, it's typically served with mustard and horseradish and pairs excellently with an ice-cold Czech beer.
Best eaten at –: Restaurace KolonialŠiroká 25/6, Prague
Zelnačka – Zelnačka is known to the English-speaking world as 'cabbage soup', but it's infinitely more delicious than the name suggests. A rich and creamy soup made with cabbage, sauerkraut and smoky sausage, trying it is a Czech Republic travel 2016 essential.
Best eaten at – Kolkovna Olympia, Vítězná 7, Prague
Řízek – This Czech-style schnitzel consists of piece of meat - normally pork or chicken - beaten out until thin and tender, then coated in breadcrumbs and fried until crisp and golden. It's usually served with dumplings or potato salad.
Best eaten at – Restaurace Pod Slavínem, Svobodova 144/4, Prague
Svíčková na smetaně – A true Czech favourite, this dish of tender beef sirloin is cooked in a rich and creamy sauce, then served with dumplings and cranberry sauce on the side.
Best eaten at –Café ImperialNa Poříčí 15, Prague
A copy of 'The Castle' by Franz Kafka - The country's most celebrated author wrote this masterpiece in Špindlerův Mlýn, so there's no better place to read it.
A camera - With sights like Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge and Strahov Monastery, you're going to be taking plenty of holiday snaps here. Pack plenty of spare SD cards!
Warm clothing - The Czech Republic gets cold in winter, so you'll be in a much better position to appreciate the beauty of snow-covered Prague if you're wrapped up warmly.
An adapter plug - Voltage in the Czech Republic is 230V, with standard European 2-pin plugs. Bring a step-down transformer if you want to use appliances that run on 110V.
Comfortable shoes - No city in the world lends itself to on-foot exploration better than Prague. Look after your tootsies if you want to make it round all the essential sights!