When the people think of the Czech Republic they picture Prague. This town has a many cultural, architectural, and historical attractions, there is much more to be explored outside of the country's capital. Castles, monuments, medieval towns, quaint villages and beautiful natural areas are just some of the sights waiting to be explored.
Prague is the "city of a thousand spires." As you glance over its 1,100-year-old skyline you'll be rewarded with countless splendid views of lovely old towers to make Prague one of Europe's architectural gems. Everywhere you look Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau styles dot the city. Possessing one of the best-preserved historic city centers in Europe, Prague's narrow laneways open up onto spectacular squares, each home to fine old homes and historical buildings just waiting to be explored. Must-sees include the famous Charles Bridge over the Vltava River, the splendid Jewish Quarter with its old synagogues, and the many historic churches. Today, this important UNESCO World Heritage Site serves as a major tourist draw, luring visitors from far and wide for its lively entertainment as well as its rich theatrical and music scenes.
The main attraction is Karlovy Vary's superb hot springs, which literally burst into the Tepla River as it flows through the city, with tremendous jets of water shooting to heights of up to 14 meters, shrouding the riverbanks in a seemingly constant cloud of steam. All told, the city boasts 13 main springs (and up to 300 smaller ones), with numerous opportunities for visitors to steam, soak, and drink the waters for its many curative attributes. The city's spa-influenced architecture is another big draw, with many beautiful examples of Neoclassical and Art Nouveau styles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It's also a cultural hotspot boasting a performing arts center, art galleries, and a number of museums, and is famous for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of the longest running such events in Europe.