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Deep in the heart of Europe lies the ancient lands of Moravia and Bohemia, which together make up the Czech Republic. It's one of Europe's most historic countries, full of fairytale castles, chateaux, manors and museums.

The Czech Republic is inviting for it's cultured predominantly friendly people and excellent facilities; the transportation network is both cheap and efficient. Although 90% of visitors limit themselves to Prague, there are those who venture further afield to discover the hidden treasures of the Czech Republic.

The Czech climate is temperate, with cool and humid winters, warm summers and clearly defined spring and autumn seasons.

The character of the landscape is very diverse. Fertile lowlands alternate with undulating hilly country and mountain massifs, fresh meadows and cornfields with extensive woods, lakes and ponds and a network of watercourses.

Jewels of nature include stalactite caves, romantic rock cities and other interesting features. The most valuable natural areas, unique localities and natural features are protected region areas and nature reserves.

Best buys are Bohemian crystal, porcelain, folk ceramics, jewellery, costume jewellery, hand carved wooden puppets, CDís with classical music, footwear, lace, Pilsner Urquell Beer, Budweiser Beer, South Moravian and Bohemian wines, Becherovka liqueur and other specialties such as Prague ham, salami and Znojmo pickles.
Capital
Prague
Language
Czech
German
Population
10.2 M
(July 2004)
Currency
Czech koruna (Kc)
Bordering Countries
Austria
Germany
Poland
Slovakia
National Holidays 2005
Jan 1st
May 1st, 8th
Jul 5th, 6th
Sep 28th
Oct 28th
Nov 17th
Dec 24th, 25th, 26th
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