Cheap Holidays to Czech Republic
Czech Republic Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Czech Republic
Renowned for its quaint medieval towns, picturesque scenery and affordable beer Czech Republic - or Czechia, as it’s sometimes called - is a country that has something for everyone. This land-locked country is most-well known for its capital Prague, but interest in its surrounding towns has flourished in recent years. Today, thousands flock to the country every year to lap up its rich history and romantic lesser-known towns.
Families, backpackers and couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation. Prague has rooms to suit all, from luxury 5* hotels overlooking the city to cosy boutique hotels in traditional Medieval buildings. Meanwhile spa hotels in Karlovy Vary provide a space for travellers to unwind in the heart of the Bohemia region, while Brno has a range of stylish rooms and mid-budget chains to suit both leisure and business travellers. Ready to Czech it out? With so much choice available, your trip to Czech Republic is sure to be one to remember forever!
Where to stay
Direct flights from England whisk holiday makers to the Czech Republic’s capital in under two hours. Once there, the city will delight you with its warren of cobbled streets, historic squares and array of thriving nightlife. Despite its cultural offerings, Prague also offers up a heady mix of modern sights, including the Petrin Tower and the unique Dancing House. This is a city that does it all: from romantic weekend breaks to affordable stag dos and a Christmas market getaway with mates.
When it comes to accommodation, Prague has got it all ticked. Lovers and those wanting to be in the heart of all the city action may opt to stay in the Old Town; here there’s a mix of affordable chain hotels, small hotels in historic buildings, and 5* luxury rooms with all the trimmings. Over on the other side of the Vltava river, there’s Malá Strana. This hillside area offers views out across the Old Town and is home to a sizeable number of high-end hotels, budget accommodation and quirky design hotels.
Close to the border with Germany, Karlovy Vary is a spa town that’s popular with locals and tourists thanks to its thermal springs. It’s around a two-hour drive and train journey from Prague, making it an easy add-on for those wanting to sample some relaxation on their trip. The town offers more than thermal spas though, with brightly coloured buildings, museums and hiking trails topping the list of things to do in Karlovy Vary.
Unsurprisingly, many of the hotels in Karlovy Vary centre around the town’s premise of relaxation; the majority have amenities including spas, swimming pools and other family-friendly facilities. 3 and 4* hotels dominate the town, with most located just a stone’s throw away from all the town’s action.
With direct flights from London now being offered, Brno has been opened up as another popular Czech Republic destination. It’s the country’s second largest city - after Prague - but is undoubtedly quieter and more traditional than the capital. Modernist buildings, subterranean history and student hang-outs make this a city that’s well worth a visit.
Much of Brno’s accommodation is centred in the heart of the city, with lavish 5* hotels and affordable rooms sitting alongside each other. Popular chain hotels also have rooms peppered around the city, ensuring there’s something for all group sizes and budgets.
What to see
The sightseeing opportunities in the Czech Republic are vast, with world-famous sights situated alongside lesser-known places of interest that’ll delight travellers of all ages. Holidays in the Czech Republic offer something to suit all, whether you’re a history buff, craft beer-enthusiast or lover of the art world.
Nicknamed ‘the City of a Hundred Spires’, Prague is home to many iconic scenes, including the Old Town Square, the medieval Astronomical Clock and the 15th-century Charles Bridge. Rise early to see the sights without the throngs of tourists. The Lennon Wall, a colourful graffiti-decorated wall that has been covered with John Lennon and Beatles’ lyrics and peace-related artwork is an Instagram favourite. Head up to the 9th century Prague Castle, take a boat trip down the Vltava river, and climb up the stairs of the Old Town Hall Tower for priceless views across the orange-roofed buildings.
Over in Brno, the sights are just as varied. The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul looms over the city from its position at the top of Petrov Hill where, inside, you’re treated to views of its spectacular Baroque features. And then there’s Villa Tugendhat, a UNESCO World Heritage site that wows with its modernist architecture. For a day trip with a difference, head to Moravian Karst and Caves, located around 25km outside of Brno. With a number of caves and gorges open to the public, you can take a glimpse at stalagmites and stalactites that are thousands of years old.
In Karlovy Vary, the focus is primarily on getting some R&R. There are many opportunities to soak in one of the thermal springs - Mill Colonnade is one of the most popular, with classic Neo-Renaissance architecture to enjoy while you relax in one of its many hot springs. Karlovy Vary is also a cultural hot spot that features a Museum of Glass MOSER and the Diana Observation Tower which boasts views out over the city and the surrounding mountains.
Prague is notorious for its nightlife opportunities, with its city streets opening up to reveal everything from buzzing nightclubs to casual cocktail bars and pubs renowned for their craft beers. Much of the nightlife can be found around the central Wenceslas Square - Irish pubs, bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning make this the perfect spot for those travelling with friends or for a hen or stag do. Drinks are reasonably priced, too. Brno is a student city so is home to a variety of nightlife opportunities too - visit its bars, microbreweries, bohemian cafes and pubs.
What to eat
From sweet treats to savoury dishes, the Czech Republic is a culinary feast for the senses. When it comes to main meals and snacks, be sure to try smažený sýr - a street food favourite of deep-fried cheese that’s served with salad, a bread roll or chips. The country is also famous for its array of meat-based dishes; carnivores will love the Vepro knedlo zelo (roasted pork), Svícková na smetane (marinated sirloin) and schnitzels. Those with a sweet tooth will undoubtedly lap up palacinky - thin Czech pancakes that can be filled with everything from jam to cream or fruit. Trdelníks are another incredibly popular sweet treat that’s served in stalls all over the country. The cylindrical rolled pastry is usually served warm and smothered with your choice of topping, from cinnamon to sugar or hazelnut spread.
There are endless shopping opportunities in the Czech Republic, with international chains and boutique shops aplenty. Shopping lovers will be in their element at Centrum Chodov, a shopping centre in the heart of Prague. There are over 300 shops, with everything from bookshops to fashion and jewellery stores. Over 30 restaurants are available too, making it a one-stop shop for those wanting to make a day out of it. For unique bargains, check out Prague’s U Elektry flea market on Saturday and Sunday mornings. It’s the largest market in the Czech Republic but you’ll have to look hard for something special - you’re likely to find vintage toys, homeware and pictures scattered around the stalls.
Fast Facts about Czech Republic
- Direct flight time: 1.5 hours to 2 hours from London
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Currency: Czech koruna
- Language: Czech
- Average price of a domestic beer: 35Kc
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 119.50Kc
- Number of Brit tourists per year: Around 300,000