Day out of Prague
Český Krumlov is situated on a meandering "s" bend of the Vltava River in South Bohemia. The town has been a protected UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site since 1992. Founded in the 13th century, the historic centre is a maze of small, narrow cobblestone lanes with hundreds of colourful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque houses houses which enable present day Český Krumlov to retain its former medieval character and fairy-tale charm.
Terezin was converted into a prison at the beginning of the 19th century. During the period of Nazi occupation of World War II, in 1940, while under the control of the Gestapo, the town of Terezin was turned into a Jewish ghetto. Cynically, for Nazi propaganda purposes, the Gestapo famously (and successfully) presented the Terezin ghetto to an inspection delegation of the International Red Cross Organisation as an ideal, model Jewish settlement.
Nestled amid the picturesque mountains of West Bohemia, Karlovy Vary was founded in 1358 by King Charles IV; from then on, Karlovy Vary became famous throughout the world for its 12 medicinal mineral springs. Over the years, luminaries such as the Russian Czar Peter the Great and the famous poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe praised the curative effects of the town's mineral springs. More recently, during the modern era Karlovy Vary became known for the annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival attended by many internationally famous directors and film stars.
One of the most picturesque castles in the Czech Republic, Karlštejn Castle offers a great historical culture trip with a guide included. Located just 35km southwest of Prague, Karlštejn Castle is one of the most famous castles in the Czech Republic and thus the Karlštejn Castle Tour is one of the most popular castle tours in the country.
Kutná Hora was founded in the 13th century and due to its prosperity resulting from silver mining, it became the most important and richest town in Bohemia after Prague, with several Bohemian kings making it their temporary residence throughout the years. Since 1995 Kutná Hora has been registered on the UNESCO protected World Cultural and Natural Heritage list. The guided Kutná Hora tour will take in the most important buildings and places, including the gothic St. Barbara's Cathedral and Italian Court - originally a Royal Mint and source of the "Prague Penny".