Excursions

ZOO in Dvůr Králové nad Labem

If you like animals and safari is the best trip  in Dvur Kralove nad Labem. It is the most famous Czech Zoo, where there is perhaps the most African animals from antelopes to elephants. It is the only garden, which runs the Safari in summer season. Visitors can see the rhino´s pavilion, pavilion of beasts, birds or reptiles. 

More infrmation on http://www.zoodvurkralove.cz/en/

 

The Grandmother’s Valley

Close to Czech Skalice you can find one of the most famous book´s valley in Ratibořice. This valley and Ratiboř´s castle inspirated very popular czech writer Božena Němcová in her books and stories.  You can go for a trip around this valley and the castle as well. 

 http://www.zamek-ratiborice.cz/en/

 

 

 

Adršpach´s rocks

If you like rocks and rock  towns you can visit the climbing rock city Adršpach, which is located less than 20 km from Trutnov on the way to Teplice nad Metují. Climbers, but also tourists can find many interesting places here. Unique sandstone formations reminding human figures, animals or various items can be seen in the cliff cities. This place is open from May to October, daily from 8 to 18 pm. Moreover there can be done a boat ride on the lake. The entrance is at the Forest retreat or lake sand pit.Also you can visit the Cross Hill and the ruins of Adršpach.

  http://www.skalyadrspach.cz/en/turistika.html

 

The Kuks Castle

Towards the Dvur Kralove nad Labem, about 21 km from Trutnov is The Kuks castle, where are famous statues from the virtues and vices of Matthias Braun. Another major attraction is the  former baroque hospital pharmacy with period furnishings and Špork's tomb. Originals Braun's sculptures can be found in the lapidary chapel. As a part of the castle is Bethlehem around 3km from the Castle. In New Forest nad Žírčí used to be over 26 original Braun's sculptures. From these 26 sculptures were preserved only 8, but they definitely worth to be seen.
http://www.hospital-kuks.cz/en/

 

PRAGUE

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. It`s one of the most beautiful city with historic areas. The city lies on either side of the Vltava River in the middle of Bohemia. In 1992 the historical center of Prague was listed into UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register. Prague has always played very important role in the Czech history of the nation, the country and whole Europe.
North and Western 
This area is mainly residential and parkland, which encompasses Stromovka, the city's largest park. Originally a hunting ground, Stromovka is now filled with many top attractions including the Vystaviste Exhibition Grounds, the Prumyslovy Palace, the Planetarium, and the Lapidarium....
http://www.pragueexperience.com/sightseeing/sights_attractions.asp
http://contest.felk.cvut.cz/sights.html
http://www.prague.cz/

 

5 Fun facts about Prague

1. Largest castle area in the world
Prague’s famous castle has been the home to a Czech King, President and even Roman Emperor and is also able to boast the largest castle area in the world. It’s a whopping 18 acres in total with numerous courtyards and subsidiary buildings in its grounds.
2. Big beer drinkers
You might already associate beer guzzling with the hoards of stag party groups that flock to the Czech capital every year, but the locals give as good as they get. The Czechs drink more beer per capita than other country in the world. Each head will sink about 43 gallons a year on average.
3. Good King Wenceslas
Not to be confused with the one who “looked out on the feast of Stephen”. That one was actually more of a Saint than a King and was around in what was Bohemia around 935AD. He is thought to be a kind of Robin Hood figure, who gave alms to the poor around Christmas time. The actual King Wenceslas, who lies buried in Prague, was the King of  Bohemia until 1253 and was a great and ambitious King of the region, finding many cities and fending off many invasions from the likes of the Mongolians.
4. Making gold
The ancient and magical pseudo science of alchemy – turning minerals into gold – was a hugely popular fashion amongst the elite in Prague during the Middle Ages.
5. Tremors under foot
Many writers and academics have claimed to have felt strange and disturbing tremors coming from under the ground in Prague. Dark alleys and desolate squares have been known to produce many eerie sounds and have spooked many writers, including those such as Kafka and his friends, into thinking ghouls were beating drums underground.


 

CITIES AROUND PRAGUE

Karlovy Vary
Is a spa city situated in western Bohemia, Czech Republic, on the confluence of the rivers Ohře and Teplá, approximately 130 km (81 mi) west of Prague (Praha). It is named after King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, who founded the city in 1370. It is historically famous for its hot springs. In the 19th century, it became a popular tourist destination, especially for international celebrities visiting for spa treatment. The city is also known for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the popular Czech liqueur Karlovarská Becherovka. The city has been used as the location for a number of film-shoots, including the 2006 films Last Holiday and box-office hit Casino Royale, both of which used the city's Grandhotel Pupp in different guises.

 

Plzen
The most prominent sights of Plzeň are the Gothic St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, founded in the late 13th century, the tower [102.26 m] is the highest tower in the Czech Republic, the Renaissance Town Hall, and the Moorish Revival Great Synagogue, the second largest synagogue in Europe. There is also a 20 km historic underground tunnel/cellar network, among the longest in Central Europe. Part of this network is open to the public for tours of approximately 750 metres in length and up to a depth of 12 metres. The former water tower was built in 1532 as part of the city waterworks and at the same time as a component of the city wall as the Prague Gate. Another storey was added in 1822 in French Imperial style. The Gothic portal (dating from the 1500s) was added in 1912, coming from another house that was demolished. Above the portal a commemorative plaque was dedicated to dr. Josef Skoda (a professor at the Vienna University) was born next door on 10 December 1805. Plzeň is also well known for the Pilsner Urquell (since 1842) and Gambrinus (since 1869) breweries, currently owned by South African Breweries. A popular tourist attraction is the Plzeňský Prazdroj brewery tour where visitors can discover the history of beer. The pilsener style of beer was developed in Plzeň in the 19th century. Plzeň has been selected to be a European Capital of Culture in 2015, along with Mons, Belgium.

 

Kutna Hora

Kutná Hora and the neighboring town of Sedlec are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the most important buildings in the area are the Gothic, five-naved St. Barbara's Church, begun in 1388, and the Italian Court, formerly a royal residence and mint, which was built at the end of the 13th century. The Gothic Stone Haus, which since 1902 has served as a museum, contains one of the richest archives in the country. The Gothic St. James's Church, with its 86 metre tower, is another prominent building. Sedlec is the site of the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady and the famous Ossuary.

 

Konopiste

This castle is famous, because the visitors can observe the residential rooms of Franz Ferdinand who was also an enthusiastic hunter, a large collection of antlers, a shooting hall with moving targets and a garden with Italian Renaissance statues and greenhouses.


 

 

 

 

 

Karlstejn

Is a large Gothic castle founded 1348 AD by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor-elect and King of Bohemia. The castle served as a place for safekeeping the Imperial Regalia as well as the Bohemian/Czech crown jewels, holy relics, and other royal treasures. This city is located about 30 km southwest of Prague. Is one of the most famous and most frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic.

 

 

Ceske Budejovice

The old town preserves interesting architecture from  Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and 19th century period. This includes buildings around the large town square, the old town hall with murals and bronze gargoyles, and the town tower "Černá věž" ("Black Tower"). The most valuable historic building in České Budějovice is the Dominican convent with the Gothic Presentation of the Virgin Mary church on Piaristic Square. The horse-drawn railroad line connecting České Budějovice to Linz was the second oldest public line in continental Europe. The ruins of the home castle of the Czech national hero Jan Žižka, Trocnov, are located some 10km southeast of the town. A bit further away (approximately 30 km) is the town Český Krumlov.

 

Cesky Krumlov
In 1992, it was added to UNESCO list of World Heritage Sitesis an important cultural center, hosting a number of festivals and other events each year. The downtown area is recreated as a medieval town with craftsmen, artists, musicians, and local people dressed in costumes from the Middle Ages. Various activities such as jousting, fencing, historical dance performances, and folk theatre take place at the castle, local park, and the river bank, among other places. The festival is concluded by a fireworks show above the castle. The International Music Festival Cesky Krumlov is one of the summer's cultural events. The Festival begins in July and ends in August, and features International music from varied musical genres. In addition, various other festivals are sprouting up throughout the year. Summer music festivals in Cesky Krumlov also include the latest blues, rock, and soul festival Open Air Krumlov, which is held annually in late June at Eggenberg Brewery Garden in Cesky Krumlov.

 

Tabor

 

It is named after Mount Tabor, which is believed by many to be the place of the Transfiguration of Christ, however, the name became popular because of its history.