If you are familiar with the history of Medieval Europe, then you surely know how much the continent was shaped by religion. It used to be an important part of people’s lives and religious figures held a lot of power. No wonder that a lot of money was spent on construction of sacral buildings such as churches, cathedrals, or monasteries. Churches and cathedrals had to be as beautiful as possible so people would respect (or fear) God and be willing to overcome their mundane suffering to rejoice later in the afterlife. Monasteries, on the other hand, were modest – one could not possibly reject earthly pleasures while surrounded by opulence!
If there is something history teaches us, then it’s that, for many various reasons, the past should not be romanticized. Sure, it has given us a lot of awesome things like castles, beautiful art, and so on, but in many ways, it can also be the source of nightmares. Even places that look like from a fairy tale can have a very dark past. That’s also the case of Velké Losiny – a picturesque village located near the city of Olomouc. At first glance, it looks all lovely but don’t let the village fool you by its cute exterior – it has quite a story to tell!
The Czech Republic has a lot to offer – be it culture, beautiful châteaus, tasty food and drinks or captivating nature perfect for peaceful strolls. But what about those who appreciate slightly more exciting places such as mountains? If you are one of these people, then don’t worry – you can visit the fascinating Jeseníky Mountains. But you know what? Even if you are not that adventurous, Jeseníky might be perfect for you – instead of hiking you could relax in a spa and enjoy the local springs. There is something for everyone!
High temperatures make most people seek relief in swimming pools, lakes, seas and rivers. But what about the people who can’t swim or those who get sunburnt easily, for example? Well, those non-swimmers and all people who’d like to avoid sunlight can always hide in the underground places in Brno! It’s nice, dark and cool there – perfect places to visit during hot summers when the city feels like a frying pan.
There are two kinds of people: those who prefer to spend their free time in busy cities and those who like to slow down a bit in more peaceful places. If you belong to the latter group, you probably won’t enjoy that much cities like Prague, Brno or Ostrava or places crammed with tourists such as Český Krumlov or Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape. In that case, small towns such as Moravská Třebová may be perfect for you. It’s a beautiful small town mostly forgotten by Czech and foreign tourists alike. And that’s a big shame.
If you’re visiting South Moravia, there is no way you wouldn’t eventually visit the town of Znojmo. I mean, how could you not? It’s historically and culturally one of the most important places in South Moravia and for a good reason! Znojmo is famous for its wine, pickles, history and beautiful architecture. You could say there is something interesting for everyone.
Unless you’re a passionate fan of spelunking, you might think that caves are boring. After all, they’re dark, wet, narrow, and probably full of bats – who are known carriers of dangerous diseases, among other things – and that’s pretty much about it, right? No? If you are one of those people who agree with that statement, then let me try to change your mind because there is one area in the Czech Republic known for its fascinating caves. It lies in the middle of beautiful forests that look like from brothers Grimm’s fairy tales. But don’t worry – there are no evil old witches lurking within!
The Czech Republic has a lot to offer – majestic castles, beautiful châteaus, picturesque squares and streets, Art Nouveau architecture, lovely cafés and fascinating nature. But is there anything for the people who are looking for something authentically Czech as well? Something for those who’d like to learn more about the common people of the past instead of listening to stories about the affluent live-style of aristocrats? Maybe you are also one of those people who are tired of opulence and would rather learn about the local people’s lives and traditions. In that case, you will surely appreciate the region called Moravian Slovakia.
Kroměříž is a city of colorful flowers, cultural gentility, and elegant architecture, which will absolutely amaze you with its appearance. It is is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic. The picturesque historical city, the monumental archbishop’s chateau, the wonderful gardens spreading around the area represent a spectacular beauty included in UNESCO World Heritage List.
When visiting the Czech Republic, most tourists will simply settle for Prague – the Czech Republic’s famous capital. The more curious of them will also go visit Český Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, and other well-known tourist places but the smaller towns remain largely unnoticed, which is definitely a shame because they have a lot to offer. Take Mikulov, for example – this picturesque town in the South Moravia is located near the Austrian border and it is the perfect combination of sun, wine, culture, history, and the Central European architecture. Yet it’s unknown by most. So it’s about time we fix this.