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1.Moravian-Karst

Moravian Karst 

 

Location: Blansko, South Moravian Region. Train connections from Brno and Prague to Blansko.

This karst landscape is one of the most important of its kind in Central Europe. It is a protected nature reserve. It is approx. 92 km² wide and there are more than 1100 caverns and gorges in the area and 4 caves are open to public. There are Punkvevní jeskyně (Punkva Caves) with the underground river, where cruises is being held for visitors and here  a visitor can see the bottom of the famous Macocha Abyss. Another cave is Kateřinská jeskyně with its unique limestone columns. The Balcarka Cave is full of colorful stalactites.  Very suitable sight for an outdoorsy person.

Kuva: Jaroslav A. Polák

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KarlCastle

Karlštejn Castle

Location: Karlštejn, Central Bohemian Region. 30 kilometers southwest from Prague. Train connections from Beroun and Prague to Karlštejn.

This enormous Gothic castle is founded 1348 and it served as a location for the Imperial Regalia as well as the Bohemian/Czech crown jewels. It one of the most beautiful historical sights in Bohemia. Nowadays it is a popular wedding place and part of the Castle Road. Guided tours available.

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Tanssiva talo

Dancing House 

Location: Rašínovo nábřeží 80, Prague.

This funny-looking building is an example of Deconstructivist architecture and belongs to Nationale-Nederlanden. It was builded between 1992-1993 by designation of the architect Vlado Milunic  in cooperation with architect Frank Gehry. Its shape it supported by 99 concrete panels.

Old-New-Synagogue

Old-New Synagogue 

 

Location: Josefov district, Prague.

This remarkable Gothic Old-New Synagogue is the oldest site of Prague’s Jewish Town and the oldest active synagogue in Europe. It has been the main synagogue of the Prague Jewish community since 13th century. There are various legends about it, including the legend of Golem.

http://www.czechtourism.com/c/prague-old-new-synagogue/

Kuva: Adam Jones

Malá Strana

Malá Strana

Location: Prague

Located in the west bank of the Vltava river, this historic Baroque district is a splendid sight for promenading and sipping coffee in cozy cafés.  Notable sights include the Wallenstein Palace, the Petřín lookout tower and the Charles Bridge.

Kuva: Roman Boed

6.Terezin

Terezin

Location: Litoměřice District. Train connection from Prague.

This place in idyllic Northern Bohemia is part of the tragical side of European history. It is a former military complecx consisting a citadel and adjacent walled garrison town, originally build 1780 during the Austo-Hungarian regime and known as Theresienstadt. During the Nazi occupation of former Czechoslovakia 1939-1945, it was constructed as a ghetto and concentration camp, where appr. 30 000 prisoners, mostly Jews from various European countries, died between 1942-1945. In 2002, the fortress was listed in the 2002 World Monument Watch program by the World Monuments Fund.

Notable attractions located in the area are the Jewish cemetery with a crematorium.  the Ghetto Museum, the Magdeburg Barracks with an exhibition of music and art in the ghetto, and a prayer room.

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Kuva: Pedro Cambra

Sedlec-Ossuary

Sedleci Ossuary

Location: Kutná Hora, Kutná Hora District

This Catholic ossuary is one of the twelve World Heritage Sites in Czech Republic.  It is estimated to contain the remains of between 40,000 – 70,000 people. Human bones have  been arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

Allegedly containing of small amount earth from Golgata on its lot, the chapel became popular burial place between 10th and 13th centuries.  During the Black Death in 14th century and after the religious Hussite Wars in the 15th century, many thousands were buried in the abbey cemetery, so it had to be enlarged. Around the 1400, the church was built on the place in order of being an ossuary for human remains buried in the cemetery lack of space.

The main sight of an ossuary is an enormous chandelier made of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vault. Also the Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms made of bones is a remarkable must-see.  This peculiar place is for a soul, who loves the extraordinary.

Kuva: Henry Burrows

Frantiskovy-Lazne

Františkovy Láznen spa town 

Location: Cheb District. Train connection from Prague.

This idyllic town in Western Bohemia is well-known its spa complex,  which is one of the most famous in the world.

20 cold mineral springs, natural mud treatments, outdoor pools and saunas welcome a stressed visitor. Františkovy Lázne is one part of the famous Bohemian spa triangle, the other two being Karlovy Vary and Mariánské Lázně.

Kuva: stachelbeer

Skiresort-Cerna

Skiresort Cerná hora

Location: Janské Lázně, Trutnov District. Train connections from Prague, Brno and Ostrava.

Located nearby of Janské Lázně spa town,  this ski resort is ideal for many kind of winter activities. It has two localities for children.  Of  the 15 kilometres of ski slopes,  70% are equipped with artificial snow.  Also night skiing is available for special tariff, on the Protěž slope.

Cesky-Krumlov

Český Krumlov

Location: Český Krumlov District. Train connection from Prague via České Budějovice.

This pearl of South Bohemia is known for well preserved medieval architecture, car-free city center and classy-looking castle. Housing just appr. 15,000 residents, the city is calm and suitable for peace-seeking mind. Many city’s hostels reside in beautiful medieval houses. Notable main sight is Český Krumlov Castle,  which is a Czech national monument and has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. Other attractions include an art museum dedicated to Austrian painter Egon Schiele, who lived in the town, and the Šumava National Park nearby.

Kuva: El Coleccionista de Instantes Fotografía & Video

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