Taking a Rail Holiday in the Czech Republic
A Holiday in the Czech Republic
Bordered by Poland, Germany, Austria and Slovakia, the Czech Republic is one of the most central of the European countries. People have lived in the region for thousands of years, and the Bohemian or Czech state was born in the 9th century. It was a significant European power in the middle ages, but gradually lost power as the more powerful Habsburgs gained control. The first and second world wars were a time of turbulence in the country, and afterwards, the communist party gained control. For 41 years, Czechoslovakia was considered a part of Communist east Europe, until 1989 when the famous Velvet Revolution took place, and democracy returned. A few years later, the separate states of The Czech Republic and Slovakia went their own ways, leaving the country that we see today.
Since that time, tourists have been increasingly attracted to the country. Prague, the capital city, is one of the most popular destinations, but the Czech republic has far more to offer than just this one place. It has areas of outstanding beauty that include forests, lakes and mountains, spa resorts, beer festivals and dozens of incredible castles. An excellent way of seeing the country and experiencing what it has to offer, is by taking a railway holiday in the Czech Republic, some ideas for which are described in the next section.
Great Rail Holidays in the Czech Republic
Some of the more popular train holidays in the Czech Republic link its capital city Prague with Vienna in Austria and Berlin in Germany. It is also possible to take a train from the UK to Prague, which can prove to be a most memorable way of crossing the continent.
Arguably the most scenic railway journey in the Czech Republic is the trip between Prague and Karlovy Vary. Although only a three and a half hour journey, much of it follows meandering streams at a relaxed pace, revealing the beautiful Czech countryside.
Essential Travel Information for the Czech Republic
Language – The main language spoken in the Czech Republic is Czech, which to put it quite bluntly, is basically unintelligible to anyone from outside the country. Learning some simple words such as pleas and thank you will go a long way though! Most younger people will have learned English as a second language, whilst older people may have an understanding of German.
Currency – Whilst the Czech Republic is a part of the European Union and has expressed a strong desire to join the Euro, this is not likely to happen quite yet with the turmoil surrounding the Eurozone. For now, the Czech republic retains the Czech Crown or Koruna.
Weather – With a temperate continental climate, the Czech republic experiences hot summers, but cold and snowy winters. As much of the country varies in height, this also can play a role in the temperatures and rain found during a holiday in the Czech Republic. People visit at all times of year, with there being some excellent skiing during the winter months in some fine ski resorts, and the summer months appealing more to those that prefer good weather.