Travel to the Czech Republic – Episode 465

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Hear about travel to the Czech Republic as the Amateur Traveler talks to Anthony Hennen from anthonyhennen.com about his trip to the areas of the country outside of Prague.

“I think in general the Czech Republic is a great introduction to seeing the former communist countries or central eastern Europe in general and a slavic countries as well. I think it has a fascinating history, it is very friendly, English is widely spoken at least by people under 30 or 40. It has a very unique culture where you can find great music from Jazz to something like bluegrass. There’s great trips to be had in hiking or taking long biking trips. there’s plenty of castles and various Châteaus. To me Prague is very beautiful and fascinating city, but the rest of the country I think deserves more of a look and offers a more relaxed pace and there’re fewer tourists around as well.”

Anthony guides us on a tour of both Bohemia in the west and Moravia in the east. He recommends stops at a bone church, hikes in some of the National Parks, a visit to the former Nazi concentration camp at Terezin, and a visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kutná Hora and Český Krumlov. We talk about the caves in the Moravian Karst, the Romani culture and the old Jewish Quarter of Třebíč which is yet another UNESCO site.

Find out why, as wonderful as Prague is, it is worth seeing more of the Czech Republic.

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Show Notes

Anthony Hennen
Czech Republic
Kutná Hora
Bone Church
Terezín
Český Krumlov
Šumava National Park
Churanov
Moravia
Brno
Karlovy Vary
Špilberk Castle
Cathedral of St. Pater and Paul
Kašpárek’s Guide to Brno
Lonely Planet Czech and Slovak Republics
Veveří Castle
Brno Reservoir
Moravian Karst
Šternberk
Czech Republic – UNESCO
Tugendhat Villa in Brno
Svíčková
Trdelník
Třebíč
Czech Bluegrass
Museum of Romani Culture
Hiking South Bohemia: Šumava National Forest
Oblivious in Zizkov

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

One Response to “Travel to the Czech Republic – Episode 465”

Davo

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This episode was wonderful! I lived in the Czech Republic in high school, and the advice was spot on. Terezín, Český Krumlov, and Šumava are all excellent destinations.

Some other things I would recommend…

Check out the Slovanská epopej (Slav Epic), in Moravsky Krumlov. It’s a series of 20 paintings by Czech Art Nouveau painter, Alfons Mucha depicting the history of the Slavic people. They’re huge painting (some 20 feet high) yet intricately detailed. Don’t miss it.

Up north, check out Český ráj (Czech Paradise). This stunning rock formation and forest makes for great hiking. It was also where all of the forest scenes in the Narnia movies were filmed.

Lastly, as was mentioned, Czechs love their beer. Even if you don’t like beer, give Pilsner Urquelle a try. It’s the world’s first pilsner and is from Plzeň (or Pilsen, in German). You can find it distributed worldwide, but it tastes better in the Czech Republic!

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