The Czech Republic, or Czechia as it is sometimes called, is in the heart of Europe. Landlocked by Austria, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia, it boasts good road and rail links to all of them. It is the perfect place to start when visiting Central Europe.
A great value vacation
An EU member since 2004, the Czech Republic is yet to join the Euro and in late 2013 devalued its currency by about 10%. As a result, prices are even lower than its neighbors to the west. Even without that, costs for transport, entertainment and eating out are much lower than in Germany or Austria. Travel to Prague and the Czech Republic is less expensive now than in recent years. All this adds up to a very affordable vacation destination.
See the Czech Republic's highlights
The capital, Prague, is one of Europe's most charming and beautiful cities. As an all-year-round destination it is hard to beat. While visiting the Czech Republic some of our guests enjoy taking a break from Prague to spend a night in the gorgeous UNESCO-listed town of Cesky Krumlov. The elegant spa town of Karlovy Vary northwest of Prague and Brno southeast of Prague provide more options. You could combine them all with Prague for a relaxed self-drive trip. See our 10 Days Exploring the Czech Republic itinerary for some inspiration. For a change of pace between Prague and Vienna a sojourn in Mikulov in the heart of Moravian wine country can fit right in too.
Czech travel specialists
We are a specialist Czech Republic tour operator. Prague is one of our main offices so we know every corner of the country, as well as the highlight destinations listed below. We provide Prague and Czech Republic travel services to all of the destinations listed below. Would you like to visit Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Brno or other cities in the Czech Republic? We are ready to create the perfect vacation. We also have destinations throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Our clients come from the US, Canada, Australia, the UK and Europe. Contact us for a free travel consultation or request a call back at your convenience.
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Popular Czech Republic Vacation Itineraries
Our suggested itineraries in Czech Republic and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our Czech Republic vacation packages make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.
Most travelers don't get beyond Prague but there's more to the Czech Republic than the capital. This 10 day tour itinerary will show you what many are missing. Of course there's Cesky Krumlov, medieval Bohemian gem, but you'll also visit rising star Brno, reliving its late-Habsburg era heyday on the back of a tech boom. Last stop is Karlovy Vary, an ornate spa town founded by Charles IV, the 'Greatest Czech' that ever lived. read full itinerary
Experience two splendid and contrasting Central European capitals with an 8 day/7 night trip. Start off in magical Prague, with its picture-postcard Old Town before continuing to bustling Budapest, crowned 'best city in Europe' by CN Traveler readers. read full itinerary
Visit three grand Central European capitals in 10 days. Start off in enchanting Prague, with its picture-postcard Old Town. Then take in the Imperial grandeur of Vienna. You will finish your Central Europe tour in Budapest, crowned 'best city in Europe' by CN Traveler readers for 2015. read full itinerary
If you would prefer to stick to cities in the former Eastern Bloc countries, this itinerary substitutes Krakow in place of Vienna. Known as Poland's cultural and historic capital, Krakow offers a unique atmosphere. This route is popular with guests of Jewish heritage but it truly offers something for all tastes. read full itinerary
Visit three very different yet equally alluring Central European cities on a custom tour. Combining capital-of-cool Berlin with magical Prague and phoenix-city Dresden will give you a great understanding of what makes this such a fascinating part of Europe. read full itinerary
See some of the best Christmas markets in Central Europe on an 11 day tour, traveling by private transfer and train. You will visit Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. read full itinerary
Visit three grand Central European capitals and the historic Polish capital Krakow in two weeks, traveling at a relaxed pace. Start off in enchanting Prague, with its picture-postcard Old Town. Then take in the Imperial grandeur of Vienna. Next stop is in Budapest, voted 'best city in Europe' in 2015. The trip ends in Krakow, Poland's most popular destination and still its cultural capital. read full itinerary
This 12 day itinerary encompasses the highlights of the old Austro-Hungarian empire. From increasingly cool Budapest, impressive and imposing Vienna, musical Alpine town Salzburg to the beautiful Czech capital, Prague. read full itinerary
With 2 weeks at your disposal and spending a little less time in each city you can explore a large area of Central Europe. Start in the ubercool German capital, Berlin then head south to enchanting Prague. After a few days it's time to head south again, to fairy-tale medieval Cesky Krumlov. From here it's on to the grand old Imperial capital, Vienna. After that you reach Budapest to see for yourself why Condé Nast Traveler readers voted it best city in Europe in 2015. The trip ends in the historic Polish capital, Krakow. read full itinerary
Combine some of our most popular destinations this two week itinerary. You'll have some time in two of Central Europe's most beautiful and enjoyable cities then some seaside relaxation as you head to the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. To top it all off, all 5 of Budapest, Prague, Dubrovnik, Hvar and Split are on the UNESCO World Heritage List! read full itinerary
Kick off your tour in the hip German capital Berlin before moving on to magical Prague. From there you'll proceed by train to Vienna where you'll be impressed by the old imperial grandeur. You head west to Salzburg, the town of Mozart. Your final stop is in Munich, the cosmopolitan Bavarian capital. read full itinerary
Many travelers in Central Europe love taking pictures of all the magnificent architecture. But as anyone who has tried it knows, there's a big difference between the photographs you see in National Geographic and
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Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Czech Republic
Can I pay with Euros in the Czech Republic?
The Czechs have yet to (and may never depending on how things progress with the Euro) move away from their own currency, the Czech Koruna, or Czech Crown. Prices are usually displayed as, for example, 99,00Kč = 99 Czech Crowns. Some establishments may accept Euros but there is no legal obligation for them to do so and large Euro notes (over €50) are unlikely to be accepted. Also bear in mind that the exchange rate that will be used will definitely not be in your favour.
What is Czech food like?
Typically Czech food is quite heavy, lots of meat, dumplings and potatoes, but there are other aspects to Czech cuisine. Classic hearty dishes such as goulash with dumplings (thicker and with larger pieces of meat than Hungarian goulash), or roast duck with dumplings are great on a wintry day. There's also a lot of pork, in the form of the Czech standard vepro-knedlo-zelo (pork, dumplings, cabbage) or a roasted and/or smoked pork knee, usually accompanied with horseradish. A pork or chicken schnitzel with potato salad is among the lighter choices. Vegetarians don't get many options on a typical Czech restaurant menu, with deep-fried cheese or deep-fried cauliflower the most common offerings. Read our Czech Food Primer for more details and recommendations on where to try some of the best of Czech cuisine in Prague.
Do I need a visa to visit the Czech Republic?
Visitors from all EU and EEA countries, as well as Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Salvador, San Marino, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City & Venezuela can stay for up to 90 days without a visa. Visitors from the UK are an exception and get 180 days. Visitors from Singapore can stay for up to 30 days without a visa.
If you have a passport issued by any other country you will need to arrange a visa before you arrive. We are not able to make these arrangements for you.
What's the weather like in the Czech Republic?
The Czech Republic experiences all four seasons quite dramatically.
In winter (late November/December - February/March) it can get very cold. In Prague the temperature usually never gets below -20C/-4F but in the countryside, temperatures as low as -30C/-22F are not uncommon. Usually the weather in Prague hovers around 0C/32F however, and there is occasional snow.
Spring (mid March - June) is a very pleasant time to visit with temperatures typically between 15C/60F and 20C/68F.
During summer (June - August) it can be quite hot and in high summer it often gets over 30C/90F.
Fall (September - mid November) sees temperatures similar to springtime, dipping lower towards the end of autumn.
The Czech Republic's public holidays are on set days every year (apart from Easter Monday) so when they fall on a weekend, workers don't get a replacement day off. The public holidays are:
1.1. (New Year's Day), Easter Monday, 1.5. (Labor Day), 8.5. (Day of Liberation from Fascism), 5.7. (Day of Slavic Missionaries), 6.7. (Master Jan Hus), 28.9. (St.Wenceslav), 28.10.(Independence Day), 17.11. (Struggle for Freedom and Democracy), 24.12 (Christmas Eve, shops are often open till midday however), 25.12 (Christmas Day), 26.12.(St. Stephen's Day)
On all holidays but Christmas and Easter you can expect shops and restaurants to be open as well as most tourist attractions. When the 5th and 6th of July fall on weekdays, it seems like the whole country goes on vacation for the week and the residential parts of the city may seem deserted.
What time zone is the Czech Republic in?
Like most other countries in Europe, the Czech Republic is on Central European Time (GMT+1). European Summer Time (last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October) is GMT+2.
What are the smoking laws in the Czech Republic?
Since 31st May 2017 smoking has been banned in all bars and restaurants. Non-smokers breathed a huge sigh of relief, while owners of some of the city's more downmarket pubs started to fear the worst.