Hello to all our dear friends of CZEXPERIENCE. Spring is finally here, and the first strong rays of the sun have hit Prague! This is a sure sign that the new season is starting, and that soon people from all over the world will come to the Czech Republic to enjoy the beauty of this thousand-year-old city.
While Prague is of course a magnet for visitors interested in its charm, architecture, history, culinary scene and nightlife, there are other places in the Czech Republic that are definitely worth a visit. Luckily, many travelers already realize this and do not limit their stay only to Prague. The many attractions outside of Prague include the world-famous and amazingly picturesque Český Krumlov; the medieval historical town of Kutná Hora with its majestic cathedral and unique Bone Church with decorations that many will not believe are genuinely made from human bones; and the majestic castles of Hluboká, Konopiště and Karlštejn.
But apart from these famous gems, there are many other places that are still waiting to be discovered! And since I am – as my CV certainly makes clear – not only an experienced guide, but also an enthusiastic traveler myself, every year before the start of the season I put on my good old hiking boots and set out to discover new places that the Czech Republic has to offer. Those that meet my own high standards are added to the list of places that I offer to my guests when touring the countryside.
A recent discovery from my trip to southern Bohemia last week, which I would definitely recommend, is Blatná, a small but incredibly beautiful town! The main tourist attraction is the impressive water castle Chateau Blatná. It has an attractive white-red entrance tower built at the end of the Middle Ages, during the reign of the Lords of Rosental. They held high state positions, loved a luxurious lifestyle, and were inspired by the advanced culture of the Western European nobility. And believe me, they knew how to build a luxurious residence. The current form of the castle is from the last reconstruction of the old palace into a sumptuous three-story Renaissance palace commissioned to Benedikt Rejt, a famous builder who worked in the royal service. But that is not all! There is also a very nice square, a local brewery with delicious beer, nice cafes, and an excellent spa, which my friend Stanley and I really enjoyed after a day’s hike.
So, if you want to spend your vacation not only visiting the most popular places and sights, but also spice up your trip with truly authentic experiences and taste a bit of local culture, as well as learn more about how people live, let us know. We love what we do and will make your trip an unforgettable experience!