Landlocked in central Europe, the Czech Republic consists of two regions. In the east, the rolling hills of Bohemia are bordered by the Sumava mountains, with Germany just beyond them. The western region of Moravia is characterized by rolling hills and highlands. The densely layered history of the Czech Republic resonates in its architecture and culture. The cobblestone streets of Prague pave a path back to medieval times. The world’s largest ancient castle looms over this storied city. Moravian villages offer a glimpse into a less imposing side of the Czech Republic’s past. Quaint and accommodating, the folk traditions of the Moravské Slovácko Region provide for a relaxed opportunity to familiarize oneself with home-grown music, fashion and cuisine washed down with local vintages of wine.
The Moravian Karst is a protected area with an extensive underground cave system containing evidence of ancient human remains and massive waterfalls. In Pizen, one can tour the brewery where the famous Budvar beer is made, then relax with a cold one and a traditional Czech meal. For the denouement of one’s Czech adventure, a trip to the healing springs of Karlovy Vary can be augmented by a massage at one of the town’s many luxurious spas.