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Day Trips, Excursions

Třeboň

Třeboň is famous across the Czech Rep as the home of the country's well-loved carp, a staple of everyone's Xmas Eve dinner. The carp—along with other fish—are caught from 100's of fish-ponds in the area, which were initially established at the end of the Middle-Ages. These have survived to the present day.

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Holašovice

Holašovice is a historic rural village which has preserved its typical vernacular architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. It is located in the south of the Czech Republic, near České Buďejovice and Český Krumlov. From the 16th century on, settlers from Bavaria and Austria arrived. They brought with them the tradition of masonry building for domestic structures.

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Nelahozeves Castle

Set high upon a bluff that overlooks the Vltava, under 1 hour to the north of Prague, sits the splendid Renaissance Nelahozeves castle, that houses 1 of the best collections of private art in central Europe. Master works by Canaletto, Velázquez and Bruegel hang inside its historical halls, and these paintings alone should merit the brief trip out of the city.

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Moravian Kras

The best cave systems in the Czech Rep are the ones northwards of Brno (the Moravian capital). Buses packed with kids, and even senior citizens (the pure air is believed to be beneficial for asthma and allergies) take the guided tours throughout the cold limestone caves. This is a nice prospect during the warm summer months, but don't forget to bring your jumper. Because this is a popular attraction during the summer, lengthy queues are to be expected.

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Kroměříž

Situated 64 kilometres from the Moravian city Brno, Kroměříž old town was virtually destroyed throughout the 30 Year War. Just 1 tower of the Renaissance Bishop Palace remained. The Olomouc prince bishops rebuilt it, from 1686 onwards, on a grand scale. They not only built a palatial home, they also planted some attractive Italian gardens, and these all survive today, as does the wonderful gallery joined onto the palace. Even for a country that has so many palaces, this palace is virtually without equal in its' opulence and pomp.

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Karlovy Vary Spas

Karlovy Vary is known for its intense, curative spa treatments. While some just come to sample a few of the wide array of available services, most make their way to Karlovy Vary to enjoy a one- to three-week spa experience. Treatments begin with a consultation with a spa physician who will prescribe a specific regimen of daily activities, which may include mineral baths, massages, waxings, mudpacks, electrotherapy, and pure oxygen inhalation.

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Rožmberk Castle

The historical interior of the Lower Castle includes the Knights' Hall with a remarkable panelled ceiling, a picture gallery, an armoury, and a hangman's house. Presided over by its castle on the promontory, Rožmberk's central square contains the Church of St. Nikolaus (first built in 1271 and rebuilt in the 15th century) and numerous 17th- and 18th-century townhouses.

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Jindřichův Hradec

Jindřichův Hradec is a town in the southern Bohemian region of the Czech Republic. It has approximately 22,700 inhabitants. The city castle and palace is the third largest in the country after those in Prague and Český Krumlov.

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Mladá Boleslav

The history of Mladá Boleslav spans over a millennium. A castle was built by Knight Boleslav II on the confluence of the Jizera and the Klenice Rivers in the middle of the l0th century, and a small market settlement with a church soon developed around it. A step in the right direction was the transfer of Mladá Boleslav to a vast plateau in 1334 on which a medieval city started emerging. It soon came to be owned by the Lords of Michalovice who resided in a castle on the other bank of the Jizera.

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Jablonec nad Nisou

Though quite old - it was mentioned as early as 1356 - the small peasant village was bound to wait many centuries for its D-day to come. Natural conditions, the skills of local people, and the international situation worked together to make the place become a world-famous producer of glass and jewellery in the last century. Jablonec nad Nisou awoke to the reality of a legendary place where the "Jablonec stuff " originated, and was fabled as an "Austrian California" in the history books where folks grew rich overnight and their most daring dreams of multiplying their capital were coming true.

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Kolín

Rich archaeological finds in and around the city brought to light numerous artefacts witnessing all known past cultures on Bohemian territory. The place was a junction of three important merchants' trails back in Roman times, as many excavated coins as old as from the Classical times prove. The middle of the l3th century brought an order by Přemysl Otakar II to fortify Kolín with walls, as the Latin record made by the royal scribe shows.

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