We would like to welcome you to the attractive Central Bohemia region, in an area forming a wide ring around Prague. This area offers an inexhaustible number of scenic beauties and cultural and historical monuments. Visit ancient cities, towns and villages, castles, forts and chateaus, museums and galleries, as well as many modern sights. Restore your strength in our health resorts, relax in sport and entertainment, or take a rest in the charming nature. The offer, the more attractive for its ease of accessibility, extensive choice of accommodation and excellent services, is broad.
Relaxing in Virgin Nature
Central Bohemia is a place of rich and varied scenic beauties. The heart of Bohemia offers anything you desire. The vast lowlands of the Elbe Basin, the hills of Středočeská pahorkatina with the spurs of Českomoravská vrchovina, Rakovnická pahorkatina, or Křivoklátská vrchovina and the foothills of Džbán, merge with the mountain ranges of Brdy to the south. The regions of Kokořín and the north part of the Mladá Boleslav region proudly expose their typically bizarre sandstone formations. The streams of the Berounka, Litavka and Sázava, as well as the Moldau river in the southern section of the region, or the Jizera to the north often wind through deep ravines, lined with dense woods. There are narrow canyons in many places, creating unforgettable natural scenery. The landscape relief is complemented by numerous creeks and streams.
The region around Křivoklát with its valuable mixed woods is both a protected landscape area and a listed biosphere reserve of UNESCO. Not far away, there is another protected area of Czech Karst, where you can visit the largest karst formation in Bohemia with a vast system of Koněprusy Caves .
The Romance of Medieval Castles and Fairytale Chateaus
Castles, chateaus and forts form the background of Central Bohemia. Admire the majestic castles of Czech kings, small, unpretentious residences of the gentry, or castle ruins hidden in the woods or dominating strategic heights.
The best-known example of our castle architecture is , named after its founder, the Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. The castle soon became the place of keeping of both the Czech and imperial crown jewels and later a symbol of the Czech Kingdom. The mastery of Gothic art is evidenced in the Chapel of the Holy Cross with its unique cycle of panels created by master Theodoricus. One of our oldest noble castles is Český Šternberk, founded before 1241 by Zdeslav of Divišov, whose descendants own the castle to the present day. East of Prague, there is the town of , which used to be the most important economic centre of the Czech Kingdom, because of its silver mines. The town centre is a part of the UNESCO world heritage list.
Other examples of medieval construction mastery include Michalovice , Zvířetice, Okoř, Valečov, Jenštejn, Týřov, Točník, Žebrák, or Krakovec.
The most remarkable Renaissance edifices of the 16th century in Bohemia include the Chateau Nelahozeves of the House of Lobkowicz. Another architechural treasure is the chateau in Mnichovo Hradiště with its original interior and rich collections of art. A classical example of the Empire conception of chateau construction is Chateau Kačina with its unique library. The period of historicizing styles is more than adequately represented by the pseudo-Gothic adaptation of Chateau Žleby, romantic rebuilding of Kokořín or the Chateau Konopiště.
Besides the above-mentioned monuments, the region can also offer religious edifices. Svatá Hora ("The Holy Mountain") situated above the town of Příbram has become one of the most famous pilgrimage places of Central Europe and is one of the most precious edifices of the Czech early Baroque. A place no less significant for Czech history is the Church of St. Wenceslas in Stará Boleslav.
Hobby, Sports, Entertainment
The surroundings of Prague offer a virtually unlimited choice of sports, both in summer an winter. At the same time, it provides many opportunities for rest and relaxation. Water sports are concentrated mainly along the largest streams. The most sought-after areas are the ones by water reservoirs such as Slapy, Kamýk and Orlík on the Moldau river in the southern parts of the region. The focal point of many aquatic sports are the Berounka and Sázava rivers. Water tourism brings unforgettable experiences, enhanced by the charm of the virgin scenery with rocky cliffs and deep woods along the water routes. The water areas are suitable for fishing and a great catch is not unusual, as evidenced by the number of catfish, carp, silver salmon and perch-pike caught.
An extensive network of airports often organizing observation flights provide gliding and hang gliding. Other sporting opportunities include golf, hunting, or motor racing.
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