There are several popular holiday destinations in Europe, such as France, Spain and Italy. These countries attract many Dutch holidaymakers every year. But in addition to these popular holiday destinations, there are many lesser-known countries in Europe that are definitely worth going on holiday to.
A good example of this is the Czech Republic. The area is very beautiful and there are plenty of nice towns and villages to visit. You can easily travel there by car from the Netherlands.
The Czech Republic is a country that has faced quite a lot of problems in the past. Religious wars in particular were a major problem. After the First World War, the Czech Republic was part of the independent republic of Czechoslovakia. After the Second World War, Czechoslovakia was added to the communist Eastern Bloc, but this seemed to end during the Prague Spring in 1968. This was a popular uprising against communist leaders. Yet the communist Eastern Bloc did not end. Only in 1989, after the Velvet Revolution, was the communist dictatorship ended. In 1993, Czechoslovakia was divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Czech Republic is located in the heart of Europe and can be divided into five main areas. These areas are:
- Eagle Mountains
- Giant Mountains
- Eastern Bohemia
- West Bohemia
- South Bohemia
South Bohemia and the Giant Mountains are the most popular areas among tourists. Other areas are also regularly visited by tourists.
The nature in the Czech Republic is beautiful and very diverse. There are many lakes and rivers, but also enormous forests, forests and caves. Because the country has many mountain ranges, it is also suitable for winter sports. There are also all kinds of nature parks in the Czech Republic. The largest national park is the Bohemian Forest. This is an area that borders Austria and Germany and where nature has been able to take its course for centuries, because this forest was a forbidden area. All kinds of wild animal species can be found in the forests of the Czech Republic, such as deer, boars and foxes.
The Czech Republic as a holiday destination?
Many people probably still have the image of the Czech Republic as a poor Eastern Bloc country with little to do. More and more tourists are starting to discover that this is not true, because in recent years the Czech Republic has slowly become more popular as a holiday destination. That is not surprising, after all, the country has a lot to offer for both summer and winter sports holidays. In summer there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, boating and other water activities in the Czech Republic, because the country has many lakes and rivers. There are also nice villages and towns with beautiful buildings and shops. Some of these cities are:
- Ceske Budejovice
- Cesky Krumlov
Of course, visiting the capital Prague is also definitely worthwhile. Prague is a beautiful city with a historic center. There are many different shops in Prague. For example, there are large department stores, but also small boutiques. Cozy restaurants and cafes are also plentiful in this beautiful city. There are also many castles and fortresses in the Czech Republic that are fun to visit. The castles are built in different styles and all have their own story. It is often possible to get a tour in German or English.
In addition to the beautiful nature and nice towns, there are even more advantages associated with a holiday in the Czech Republic. An advantage that many people know is that everything is very cheap. You can rent a nice holiday home in the Czech Republic for little money, and the food and drinks are also very cheap. The Czech Republic is well developed in the culinary field. You can eat well there for a good price. It is also nice that you can travel to the Czech Republic by car. It of course depends on which area you want to visit, but it is usually easy to go to the Czech Republic by car. The roads in the Czech Republic are generally good and safe, and the traffic rules are almost the same as those in the Netherlands. A small disadvantage is that in the Czech Republic people do not pay with euros, but with the Czech Koruna. Exchanging money is simple and possible in many places in the Czech Republic.