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Czech Republic | Europe

The Czech Republic is a magical country in the center of Europe, rich in history and beautiful countryside. A crossroads of trade and cultures for hundreds of years, its diverse architecture is testament to its wide range of international influences.

Many great writers, composers and artists have found inspiration in its romantic countryside and grand cities. Many couples have discovered that a Czech destination wedding is one that combines old-world charm with a cultured and cosmopolitan spirit.

Towering over the capital city of Prague's cathedrals, medieval bridges, cobblestone streets and verdant parks, is Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. Venture out of the city to find a countryside filled with pastures, mountain villages, Gothic castles, and health spas. One third of the country is still virgin forest; beware of Carpathian bears!

Romance and Excitement

Are you of a sporting turn, and are your concepts of the romantic linked to a shared experience of extreme sports? Then during your visit to the Czech Republic you should seek out the many different sporting activities in which your love is further strengthened and flavoured with unexpected experiences.

  • Parachute jumps, balloon flights, paragliding, bungee-jumping
  • Tandem parachute jumps from 3-4000 metres, free-fall lasting 50-60 seconds, fall with open parachute 5-6 minutes.
  • Hot-air balloons were the first pioneers of the air, yet the magic remains.
  • Bungee-jumping – the highest leap and rebound is from the 55-metre high bridge by the medieval castle of Loket.
  • Jumping from the Zvíkov Reservoir bridge – in good conditions the instructors even allow contact with the water surface!
  • Tandem flights and paragliding courses can easily become a favourite activity.

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The Czech Countryside

Towering cliff formations, vineyards, lakes or quiet meadows - all these sights ideal for a romantic get-away can be found in the Czech Republic in astonishing numbers. If you enjoy views from mountain ridges, or strolls in the mysterious forests beside fishponds and rivers, you're in the right place. Thanks to the small size of the Czech Republic, travellers can pass through many greatly differing types of landscape in a matter of a few hours.

The Bohemian Forest (umava)
The national park umava spreads along practically the entire length of the Czech Republic's border with Bavaria. Its unspoiled forests and hills are ideal for a romantic holiday.

Tips for the visitor
In the most famous Czech virgin forest of Boubín you can stroll past romantic lakes or head off along one of the many marked hiking or cycling trails.

The Moravian Karst (Moravský kras)
The region of the Moravian Karst with its roughly 1000 caves is one of the largest cave networks in the Czech Republic. Open to the public are four caving routes: Balcarka Cave, the Sloup-Šošůvka Cave, the Kateřina Cave and the most famous, the Punkva Cave (Punkevní jeskyně), traversed by the underground river Punkva.

Tips for the visitor
Make your way into the deepest chasm in the entire country, Macocha (138.7 m below ground), accessible by rowboat along the river Punkva.

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Romance of Czech Towns and Cities

The great majority of Czech and Moravian towns have extremely long histories, with written records reaching back into the earliest medieval days. Set off to discover the smaller towns of Bohemia and Moravia and their fascinating historic centres, where you will believe you have somehow fallen back centuries in time.

Slavonice
The enchanting town of Slavonice was founded in the 13th century on the border between South Bohemia, South Moravia and Austria.

Telč
A UNESCO World Heritage site, romantic Telč is occasionally termed the “Venice of Moravia” – a title it well deserves, being founded as a moated royal fortress in the 13th century.

Litomyšl
The chateau in Litomyšl is another Czech UNESCO-listed monument. This charming example of the High Renaissance captivates the viewer at first glance: its façade is adorned with several thousand sgrafitto images (Renaissance stucco etchings) which are said never once to repeat the same motif.

České Budějovice
České Budějovice dates back as far as the 13th century and has a unique “chequerboard” street plan. In the Renaissance beer-hall “Masné krámy” (the former meat-market), enjoy the restaurant’s famed cooking and exceptional beer.

Tips for the visitor
Do not forget to taste the local beer Budějovický Budvar (the original Budweiser), which placed this city permanently in the world’s attention!

Kroměříž
The history of Kroměříž and its present architectural form were significantly shaped by the bishops and archbishops of Olomouc, who had a residence here. Thanks to their care, Kroměříž is regarded as one of the most visually appealing towns in Moravia.

Tips for the visitor
In Kroměříž, pay a visit to the Flower and the Chateau gardens (Květná – Podzámecká zahrada), which are entered along with the archbishopric’s residence itself in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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Night Tours of Czech Republic

The last frontier still left untamed and untrammelled is the time of night. You too can rank among the first colonisers of the darkness – while the rest of the world sleeps, come to see the other, nocturnal side of the Czech Republic. Only this way can you know the unknown and add to your visit to the heart of Europe a pinch of true adventure! On offer are many night tours of cities, castles, chateaux and even zoos and museums.

Night tours of castles and chateaux
Have you ever felt that night is a magic time when all the world is swathed in an inexplicable veil of mystery? Then you are certainly the ideal guest for a night tour of a castle or chateau. Under the shadow of night in those places where centuries have passed, long-forgotten legends come to life, obliterating the difference between the actual and the imaginary.

Night-time tours are offered by many castles and chateaux across the country:

Night tours of towns

České Budějovice
Chilling tales of ghosts and mysteries hidden in the ancient city walls are related by guides during a night-time tour of České Budějovice.

Český Krumlov
Another picturesque setting for a night-time tour is Český Krumlov.

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Destination Weddings in the Czech Republic

Is there a better time to be a princess than on your wedding day? And where better to be a princess than the Czech Republic? With over 2000 castles, you'll find more storybook settings here than almost anywhere else in the world. The heart of Europe, with its old world beauty and grace, and fairy-tale ambiance, the Czech Republic is the perfect setting for a romantic destination wedding.

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Czech Republic Castles

A visit to the castles and palaces of the Czech Republic guarantees romance. And what’s more, there are over 2000 of them! A tour of the buildings themselves can be conjoined with a visit to an art gallery, a concert of period music, a fencing tournament or medieval fair. And more than a few chateaux and castles offer accommodation and a truly romantic night.

Pernštejn
Pernštejn, one of the best-preserved Gothic fortresses in Europe, is the true goal of those who desire a return to the age when knighthood was in flower. Even today, this castle, the survivor of many a harsh siege, evokes the enchantment of the era of chivalry, and the tumult of medieval times.

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Czech Romantic Activities

The Czech capital is one of the most beautiful places on earth – a space of magic, and a true paradise for the romantic spirit. Here you can walk along narrow medieval streets lit by authentic gaslight, row quietly together along the Vltava River or stop in a cosy café where time stopped a century ago.

Prague’s gardens and parks
Prague’s parks and public gardens are ideally suited for a romantic stroll:Petřín Hill
A cable-car leads to the very top of the hill, where it is possible to visit the Štefánik Observatory , the Hall of mirrors and chiefly the Petřín Tower, a miniature copy of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Following the paths through the parks and orchards below the tower only adds to the romantic atmosphere.

Vrtba Garden (Vrtbovská zahrada)
A palace garden with an intimately romantic atmosphere just below the Petřín Hill, the Vrtba Garden is also the location for outdoor chamber concerts in the summer months.Wallenstein Garden (Valdštejnská zahrada)

Hvězda [Star] summer palace and game park
The star-shaped Renaissance summer palace Hvězda, surrounded by a former game park of the same name, is the ideal place for a pleasant stroll.Letná Plain (Letenská pláň)
A fascinating view of the medieval heart of Prague, along with outdoor seating over coffee or beer, is offered from the park atop Letná plain.Kampa
Kampa, a romantic island with an oval-shaped central square directly below the western end of Charles Bridge, is a truly magical location, linked with more than one legend as well as the legacies of a number of Czech writers and composers who once dwelled there.Tips for the visitor:

Carriage ride
Ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the medieval Old Town of Prague

Romance on the river
Rent a rowboat for two along the river Vltava, or enjoy dinner on a steamboat (www.paroplavba.cz)

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Czech Republic Weddings

If your nature is truly romantic, why not arrange to have your wedding in one of the countless fairy-tale castles or palaces of the Czech Republic? A more romantic setting can hardly be imagined! Another choice would be a ceremony in the medieval town hall of one of the historic royal towns of Bohemia.

Among the most romantic – and hence the most popular – locations for plighting one’s troth are the castles of Hluboká nad Vltavou, Český Krumlov, Loket, Červená Lhota or Jindřichův Hradec. And yet the list of places available for a wedding is much more extensive:

A wedding of medieval fantasy at Karlštejn Castle
The matchless Gothic interior of Karlštejn Castle gives special power to the atmosphere of the special ceremony, which is invariably capped with a unique feature – a wedding toast with wine from the castle vineyards, once the pride of medieval sovereign Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor.

Wedding at Dobříš Chateau
Pledge your assent in the sublime Hall of Mirrors of the Rococo chateau in Dobříš! Underscoring the most unforgettable day of your lives is a stroll in the uniquely designed Rococo French garden, known as the “Czech Schönbrunn” for its resemblance to the imperial residence in Vienna. An unforgettable wedding night is promised in the charming newlyweds’ suite in the chateau itself.

Wedding at the chateau in Valtice
The hotel occupying the lovely Baroque chateau of Valtice offers the promise of the most romantic night of your life. With the morning light, you can awake to an unforgettable view of the exquisite gardens of the chateau park.

Tips for the visitor:
From April until late October, the nearby chateau of Lednice organises romantic boat trips along the meanders of the river Dyje.

Wedding in Kutná Hora
A wedding fit for a fairy-tale can be arranged in the Royal Audience Hall of the Italian Court in Kutná Hora – giving your marriage-day such an aura of magic that you will hardly believe it real.

Tips for the visitor
An authentic medieval wedding feast in the renowned Kutná Hora restaurant Pivnice Dačického will put the finishing touches to one of the most beautiful days of your life.

Useful Information
For holding a wedding in the Czech Republic, foreign citizens are required by law to have:
  • A valid passport
  • An official birth certificate
  • An attestation of the legal right of both parties to conclude the wedding, which must contain their names and surnames, dates and places of birth, permanent address, citizenship and current marital state. Divorced persons must also supply a divorce certificate, while widowed persons must include the death certificate of the deceased partner.
  • Confirmation of legal presence in the Czech Republic, issued by the Czech Immigration Police (no older than 7 working days)
Tips for the visitor:
If you are planning a wedding in the Czech Republic, make sure to arrange your ceremony well in advance. For the most popular locations, the waiting list can be up to several months long!

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Czech Republic Travel Info

  • Climate: 
    Prague has a somewhat humid, continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers. The best months to visit, in terms of the weather and availability of rooms and services, are the months of May, June and September. July and August, while the country's busiest tourist months, might still be fine if you are venturing into the countryside.

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  • Currency: Czech Koruna (Will be changing to the Euro.)

  • International calling code:  +420

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