Although there's good reason for Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, becoming one of the most visited cities in Europe, few travelers have explored the rest of the country. The names of Moravia and Bohemia resonate very rarely in the minds of travelers, who understandably, head for the capital to admire its magnetic aesthetics.
Yet it is in these extraordinary regions that the Czech Republic draws on its splendor and authenticity to create such charm. The Bohemian lifestyle, both literally and figuratively, must be experienced and its charming provincial towns should be explored, isolated within a lyrical countryside, like the Sumava National Park. You mustn't miss the rococo architecture and decorative splendor of small spa towns such as Mariánské Lázně and Karlovy Vary, very different from the great city of Prague ... The latter, the city of Kafka and Alphons Mucha are the beating heart of the Czech Republic and magical beating heart, at that; especially when you walk across the unmissable and majestic Charles Bridge at dawn, avoiding the crowds of tourists and street peddlers. Monuments abound in the neighborhood of the Old Town, where you'll find the imposing castle of Prague, with, inside it, a magnificent cathedral housing a Gothic facade and huge rose window. Prague is a city of dark charm, in contrast to its other flagship province: Moravia. More mountainous than its Bohemian sister, Moravia has a myriad of attractive cities with medieval architecture, like Brno and the little Telč. This province is charming, generous and timeless, like its people with whom you'll share a pivo, the famous beer, and the Czech Republic's national treasure! Whether you choose Bohemia or Moravia, there is some wonderful hiking to enjoy in the surrounding countryside, with, for example, the footpaths around the princely castle of Valtice and its very Austrian feel.