The Czech Republic is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt countries in the whole of Europe, and if you’re a girl with romance at heart, you’ll love the almost Disney-like castles that rise up into the sky, the beautiful scenery, and the quite old-fashioned feel the country has about it. Put simply, any time spent in this part of the world will certainly fill your camera memory card!
If you can drive, you will find it much easier to get around, and you’ll have total freedom to stop and look around as you go, however if not, the train network in this part of the world is reliable, cheap and quite comprehensive, so the choice is really yours. If you’re driving, be sure to check up to date information on driving licence requirement and road rules ahead of time.
The landscape can only really be described as being stuck in medieval times in some ways, at least that’s the way it appears to me, and that’s the word that comes to my mind to describe it. Of course, we know that Prague is the capital and the largest city, and the great new is that countless low cost airlines fly here all year around, so you could easily grab yourself a bargain if you fly in and out of the city’s airport.
Prague is quite safe for a female visitor, so no need to worry, although do keep safety hints at the forefront of your mind, and simply remember your common sense, like anywhere in the world. If you’re driving distances between towns and cities, make sure you have a charged phone, and supplies in the car, and don’t stop for anyone.
Okay, so Prague is our first stop. The great thing about this city is that it appeals on two sides – the cultural and historical part, and the modern city girl part. Prague is a vibrant city, but it has such a beautiful architectural background that you might not want to leave it to continue your trip around the country! A few must visits during your time here are the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, St Vitus Cathedral, and Prague Castle, which watches over the city. Night-life here is particularly cheap and raucous, so do be aware of that if you’re heading out at night – Prague is a magnet for stag weekends due to the cheap beer.
From Prague you have total choice over your direction, but these are just a few suggestions which I think you should factor into your itinerary.
Cesky Krumlov – During the winter months you can ski here, and the landscapes are so magical and beautiful it’ll probably move you to tears! Located in Southern Bohemia, you can walk around the area, try some authentic cuisine, and certainly head to the castle for amazing views to take in.
Plzen – This is a quite popular town which can get quite busy, but if you’ve been out in the countryside for a couple of days you might welcome a bit of noise and hustle and bustle. The Pilsner Brewery is quite a big pull in this part of the country, so if you’re into your beer, certainly head there.
Mikulov Wine Region – We all love a nice glass of vino, and here you can wander around the beautiful scenic countryside, find out how they make their best wines, and of course, sample a few – it would be rude not to, I certainly would be!
Karlovy Vary – This is spa town in Western Bohemia, and one that is perfect for finishing off your Czech Republic adventure, before heading back to Prague for your flight home. Totally relaxed, you can fill you boots with scenery, enjoy treatments, and explore to your heart’s content.
There is too much to list to tell you everything about the Czech Republic and where you might like to go, because obviously that’s a personal choice, but for me, as a female traveller, these places would be my hotspots.