You have probably guessed by now that Prague might just be my favourite place in the world. The gothic architecture that makes your bones go all funny, the hearty dishes that make you need an afternoon nap even after a little snack and the immense amount of things to do from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep. Prague is bloody ace!
What people don’t usually realise is that Prague does not equal the Czech Republic. There’s so much more to see! What I’d love to do one day (given I had a hefty amount of cash on my hands – scroll to the bottom for a cheeky tip) is to take a month or two off and travel around the whole country. Czech Republic (or Czechia as it’s now called) has so many hidden gems you wouldn’t even dream of!
Note: Please don’t let let the title of this post fool you – you definitely don’t need millions in your bank account to visit Prague. It’s in fact incredibly affordable! I’m talking all expenses paid for travel across the country for a couple of months kind of holiday here, one where you throw money at people because you WANT IT ALL.
WHAT TO SEE WHEN VISITING CZECHIA
Moravia (the Eastern part of Czechia) is full of beautiful hidden places that tourists are not aware of. One of them is definitely the Moravian Karst. You will find this vast complex of underground caverns and gorges in the very South of Moravia, not far from the local capital Brno. You can take a boat down the underground river Punkva and admire all the strange stalactites and stalagmites around you. The Macocha Abyss is a sinkhole in the very same complex and it’s absolutely magical with fog floating above it pretty much most days.
🇨🇿 Sedlec Ossuary
🇨🇿 Forest Kingdom Dam
🇨🇿 The Sumava Mountains
Sumava is a region on the border between Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. The summers there are gorgeous – you can spot a deer and even a lynx there! You can climb up the mountains and find the exact border of the three countries where you can experience what it’s like to be in 3 countries at the same time (mind-boggling or what). Or you can explore the wild brooks where the longest river in Czech Republic originates – amongst warm humid swamps and large velvety boulders covered with the greenest moss.
🇨🇿 South Moravia’s vineyards
You didn’t know did you? Czech people actually make a damn good wine! And about 94% of all our vineyards are in the South Moravian region. Together with the stunning karst and an abyss I mentioned earlier the region is dotted with hundreds and hundreds of wine cellars luring you in on every step. And it doesn’t help that Moravians are ever so hospitable – I’m pretty sure it’s been proven impossible to meet a Moravian with a wine cellar without actually visiting it.
🇨🇿 Bohemian Paradise
Bohemian Paradise is the very first nature reserve that has ever been established in the country. That wouldn’t be all that interesting – if it didn’t have a mind-blowing Rock Town in it! The area is very popular with mountain climbers and apart from hiking, climbing and cycling you can also see two fairy-tale castles there – Kost & Trosky.
🇨🇿 Clementinum Library
🇨🇿 The Giant Mountains
Image sources: South Moravia (here), Sedlec Ossuary (here), Macocha Abyss (here), Moravian Karst (here), The Giant Mountains (here), Forest Kingdom Dam (here), Forest Kingdom Dam (here), Sumava (here), Bohemian Paradise (here), The National Library (here)
In collaboration with Lottoland however my dreamy travel list across the Czech lands and my memoir-esque writing inspired by my Bohemian childhood is my very own.