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The Czech Republic may be a small country, but its breadth of culture and history – manifested in magnificent architecture – leaves a big impression. Dubbed the ‘city of a thousand spires’, the capital of Prague is a fairy-tale place. Take in the medieval surroundings in the Old Town, before wandering across Charles Bridge, a long stretch of low-lying masonry that dates back over 600 years. Then follow the Malá Strana up to Prague Castle for sweeping city views, which are dominated by the sky-scraping St. Vitus Cathedral. This massive gothic structure measures 90 metres from top to bottom – an epic, neck-craning height when you enter through its Golden Gates. Yet there is also a refreshingly bohemian feel to Prague. Wander down its twisting cobblestone streets to find cozy cafes, microbreweries and modern art galleries. Go beyond Prague to discover what most visitors to the Czech Republic often don’t. The wild forests of Šumava National Park, the country’s largest national park, is packed with glacial lakes, trout streams and acres of primeval forest to explore – and it’s free to enter. Elsewhere, take in the UNESCO-listed town of Ceský Krumlov and its majestic castle, discover a church made of human bones in Kutná Hora, learn how pilsner beer was made with a brewery tour in Plzeň and finish with a steamy soak in the hot springs of Karlovy Vary. There’s ample accommodation across the country, from high-end hotels and extravagant chateaux to quaint forest cabins and backpacker-friendly hostels.
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