October 2, 2017

And the answer to the #TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz is...

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 

Prague Signal Festival                                                                                                            Photo © czechtourism.com

Czech Republic!

Gothic castles, picturesque towns, beer (lots of beer), mushroom hunting and one of the most famous bridges in the world, welcome to the Czech Republic.

Gifted with beautiful nature and mystery, the Czech Republic may be a small country, but it does pack a punch in exceptional places and adventure. From the amazing landscapes of the Moravia region to the disturbing church of bones found in Kuta Hora, the Czech Republic is a place filled with contrasts.

Looking for some rest and relaxation? The country is renowned for its numerous spa towns, especially along the border with Saxony, of which the most famous ones are those of Karlsbad, Franzensbad and Teplitz.

When it comes to mystery, the Czech Republic's Adrspach-Teplice Rocks are astonishing. Formed by water and air erosion thousands of years ago, the plateaus were dissected into many clusters divided by canyon-like valleys. However, what is perhaps the most mysterious feature is the shape which reflect the form of towns with streets and a central square when observed from above.

Prague Castle                                                                                                                             Photo © czechtourism.com

Then there are of course the castles, keeps and ruins reaching a tally of over 2 000. Prague Castle located in the Castle District Hradany, the largest coherent castle complex in the world. The area covers almost 70 thousand square metres, consisting of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from the remains of Romanesque-style buildings from the 10th century, through Gothic modifications of the 14th century. A word of advice, wear good walking shoes!

It is in the Czech Republic where you will also find the world’s oldest astronomical clock, installed in 1410, and of course the famous Charles Bridge, that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. The bridge’s construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.

Charles Bridge                                                                                                                               Photo © czechtourism.com

Besides history and architecture, the Czech Republic’s love for beer is well renowned. In addition to holding the title of consuming the most beer per capita in the world, the country hosts several beer festivals, the biggest of which is the Czech Beer Festival held in Prague. It lasts for 17 days and visitors can taste more than 70 brands of Czech beer. If you are a fan of The Simpsons, you will be happy to know that Homer’s famous Duff beer exists and this too can be found in the country.

Beer is not the only thing that the locals love, though. They’re quite partial to mushrooms too, especially hunting for these fungi. Entire families wake up at sunrise, get their baskets and roam the forest searching for these wild luxuries. Just keep in mind that while mushroom hunting can be incredible fun, it may be risky if you are not a fungi fundi.

A family fungi foray

Unique Czech dishes include roast pork with bread dumplings and stewed cabbage, roast beef with steamed dumplings and creamy vegetable sauce, roast duck with dumplings and red cabbage, and potato pancakes. Best not to expect any fish though as it is rare, except at Christmas when carp is served. Seriously.

Christmas market - don't forget the carp                                                                                      Photo © czechtourism.com

Also, don’t be surprised if you find a lot of unlikely souvenirs in the country. Strange but true, these gifts reflect the locals’ dark sense of humour. In souvenir shops, you’ll be surprised to find things that would probably cause an immense outrage in neighbouring countries like Nazi memorabilia and funny Hitler masks. According the people of the republic, this is because they believe that the best way to deal with a tragedy is to laugh about it.

Why not say dobry' den (hello) to the Czech Republic by experiencing it with Trafalgar? Check out the incredible 15 Days Highlights of Bohemia with CostSaver package.


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