The Czech Republic is a modern and dynamic destination, with a rich history and unique natural beauty.
The CzechTourism agency, along with its offices abroad, ensures its successful presentation on the domestic and foreign markets. The Czech Tourism Authority is a contributory organization of the Ministry for Regional Development and was established in 1993. Its significant partner agencies include domestic tourist regions, cities, municipalities and businesses.
CzechTourism is engaged in the development of tourism in the Czech Republic through a number of key activities that promote tourism domestically and abroad.
The main vision of the CzechTourism agency is to create a new perception of the Czech Republic as an attractive location for tourists. One of the tasks of the agency is to present to domestic clients and foreign visitors the beauty of the Czech Republic. In addition to the capital city of Prague, which has an exceptional reputation throughout the world, it primarily aims to show the potential of undiscovered regional places. Through CzechTourism’s marketing efforts, tourists and travel agents see the potential in the Czech Republic as their next vacation destination.
The Tourism Institute is a new department of the CzechTourism agency. Its mission is to provide other organizational units of the agency and the professional and general public with reporting, analysis, and information services. It also provides regular information on the current state and expected development of the tourism market in the Czech Republic, provides regular information on the current state and prospects of the international tourism market through collaboration with the public and private sector. It also puts this acquired knowledge into practice, thereby contributing to the development and achievement of the long-term competitiveness of the Czech Republic in the field of tourism.
The Czech Republic is filled with wonderful castles and châteaux, world famous spas, unspoilt countryside, historical cities and legendary cuisine – what will you choose?
The Czech Republic: The Land Of Stories
Prague is not only one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world; it’s also one of the most popular film locations in the Czech Republic. The most iconic is director Milos Forman’s eight-time Oscar-winning film Amadeus, in which Prague stood in for Vienna. You can experience the atmosphere of the movie Amadeus on your own and walk through the charming places in Prague where the movie was filmed. The film was shot in the Lesser Town, in the Archbishop’s and the Wallenstein Palaces, and at the Estates Theatre. The wedding in the film of Wolfgang Amadeus to Constance took place in the Church of St. Giles on Husova Street; and the scene of Mozart’s funeral, with his coffin carried out of the city under gloomy skies, we recognize as the Vysehrad’s Leopold Gateway. Many scenes of the movie were also filmed in the romantic setting of Kromeriz Manor in the UNESCO town of Kromeriz.
Located 3 hours south of Prague in South Bohemia is the UNESCO town of Cesky Krumlov, the residence of the aristocratic Rosenberg family. Rosenbergs, who wore a five-petal rose on their army coat, resided in the chateau for three centuries and transformed it into a spectacular Renaissance residence, which was meant to stand as an equal to the royal castle in Prague. Nowadays, you can still enjoy the magnificent panorama of the Cesky Krumlov Château, which houses the oldest Baroque theater in Europe. In the tour of the château you can learn about one of the most famous members of the family, Petr Wok von Rosenberg, who gathered a remarkable collection of art that rivaled that of Rudolph II at the Prague Castle. The Renaissance spirit is fully revived every year in June, when for three days the whole town comes alive with knightly tournaments, fencing matches, and lively craft fairs, culminating with a grand procession of historical figures and knights on horseback.
The West Bohemian city of Plzen, well-known throughout the world for its production of beer, will next year become a meeting point for the arts. Plzen, located just 1 jour from Prague by train, will be the European Capital of Culture in 2015, offering a rich cultural program including themes and stories associated with Plzen. The flagship programs feature a season of Le Cirque Nouveau, the exhibition of the Czech illustrator and puppet-maker Jiri Trnka and the 70th anniversary of liberation of Plzen by the U.S. troops during the WWII. Further, Plzen is also home of the famous Pilsen Urquell beer. Beyond the historic gates of the brewery you can take a tour of the factory and see how the world famous Pilsner Urquell or Gambrinus are made. You can even visit the local beer spa for a soak.
Located just 3.5 hours east of Prague, Mikulov is a charming town with rich a Jewish heritage that you should not miss on your journey through South Moravia. In the 16th century during the governance of the Liechtensteins, Mikulov became a place of religious refuge for an Anabaptist sect known as the Habans, and a few years later for the Jewish community. The town became the seat of the famous Rabbi Jehuda Löw, who according to legend was the creator of the mythical Golem of Prague. You can still visit the synagogue, the Jewish museum, and walk through the Jewish cemetery with 4,000 gravestones. Mikulov lies also in the center of the South Moravian wine region, offering an excellent variety of white wine. You can admire the craftsmanship and winemaking skills of the Habans at a winemaking exhibition at the châteaux, and taste the wines in nearby Haban cellars, which are the largest wine cellars in Moravia, built by members of the Anabaptist sect.
To read more stories about the Czech Republic and learn more about the Czech Republic, visit CzechTourism online at www.czechtourism.com/stories.