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Get Physical in Trutnov, Czech Republic

A vacation rental in the mountains is the best bet no matter the season.

A vacation rental in the mountains is the best bet no matter the season.

Situated on surrounding hillsides, Trutnov, Czech Republic,  is a must for lovers of outdoor sports during the winter months as well as the summer ones. The area is prominent for plenty of outdoor activities and much history added in besides.

Many consider only Switzerland, Italy and France for skiing and snowboarding opportunities in Europe,  but switch your thoughts and try the Trutnov region instead. Ski enthusiasts seeking more affordability will instantly find Trutnov proves not to cost a kings ransom. 
 
Nothing could be better that having a vacation rental home in close proximity from the town of Trutnov and the nearby Giant Mountains (Krkonose Mountains); the highest mountains in all of the Czech Republic. Highly proficient skiers will relish the challenges but novices can do well as it is filled with many ski schools. Leave you skis at home because rental equipment is available.

Make it a whole family affair in a 3 bedroom vacation rental chalet sleeping seven. This one includes even a sauna to unwind in after a day on the slopes. The winter visitor will certainly value the cross-country skiing opportunities right near your own backyard.

Skiing in the Giant Mountains is nothing but excellent; having ski conditions available from December until April and downhill skiing with an altitude 700-1300 meters above sea level.

The Skipark Mlade Buky, located along the eastern portion of the Giant Mountains, has most of their ski slopes covered artificially with complete daily maintenance to make sure it stays in pristine condition. With so many areas for you to sweep down the wide runs in the Giant Mountains, this may be the only place to ski for you.

If skiing or winter does not appeal to you for a visit; you will find a treasure trove of cultural riches and other options throughout the Trutnov region. Take advantage of the idyllic conditions offered for walking, mountain bike rentals, horseback riding, water rafting or swimming in a modern water park.

As one can determine, the area affords more physical activities than imaginable. So much so, that it may be a good idea to visit a thermal spring spa in the small mountain town of Janske Lazne to ease those muscles.

Imagine a private sauna everyday with a vacation rental.

Imagine a private sauna everyday with a vacation rental.

In many of the villages in the Trutnov region, there are  art galleries and museum expositions, such as at the Museum of Podkrkonos. Since 1987, the Trutnov Open Air Music Festival is a summer highlight with international artists partaking. The festival can be compared to a mini Woodstock type of venue promoting tolerance. Other villages hold their own cultural festivals allowing a glimpse to the traditions of its people.

Inquisitive families can challenge themselves on summer hikes and throw in a portion of historical sightseeing in. There is a Franciscan monastery, dating from 1678, displaying a unique collection of antique statues within the Giant Mountains.

The Giant Mountains have 200 miles of foot trails for mountain hiking within it. This makes it suitable with ease for trekking in the gorgeous countryside. A trekking journey may not be like scaling the Himalayas but the sensation is no less. After all a healthy body equals a healthy mind and you will thank Trutnov, Czech Republic and the opportunity it offers.

Ditch the City and Head to South Bohemia, Czech Republic

Traveling to the Czech Republic should demand some attention away from the delightful city of Prague.  After all, Prague is certainly worth a visit but it is not the entire country. Exploring the fairy-tale like South Bohemia region with its many assets will have you gain insight as to what makes the Czech Republic tick.

South Bohemia is plentiful in historical sights with numerous castles and untouched nature.  The perfect way to enrich yourself in everything it offers is to choose one town and use it as your base to explore the rest; whether by car, on foot or on a bicycle.
 A vacation rental affords you the flexibility in discovering the entire South Bohemia region or just settling in for a quiet retreat type of vacation. Either way, you certainly will have numerous choices to rent including this 3 bedroom, Haus Fürst, that sleeps eight and is just 200 meters from a lake. Not only that, it is close to some of the best historical sights and terrain around.

One of the most beautiful towns nearby should not be missed and it is a pinnacle of the area.  Known as Cesky Krumlov, near the Austrian border, its fortress is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Certainly considered a cultural destination town; it can boast, besides its heritage site, an international art gallery, seven museums and four private galleries.

The city’s castle is the second largest in the Czech Republic with the fortress and castle complex built over six centuries. There are 40 buildings concentrated around five courtyards and well maintain gardens that demand a visit. The oldest structures are the winter riding hall and Baroque Castle Theater. This theater is one of most preserved halls in Europe.

With so much to investigate, if walking is not your thing, then you could always rent a Segway to transport you around the town.

Whether villages, heritage sites or nature; it is all in South Bohemia.

Whether villages, heritage sites or nature; it is all in South Bohemia.

Another dominant feature of South Bohemia is the amazing geography of rolling hills, rivers and forests. If you are yearning for the countryside, you are surrounded by the best Mother Nature could present anyone. Day trips can be easily arranged or head out on your own to one of the largest National Parks, Sumava National Park, within easy reach from most anywhere in South Bohemia.

As active the park is in the summer with visitors who love to trek and partake in summer activities; the park is simply as popular in the winter with a winter sports center that offers a number of ski runs and cross-country trails, cable-cars and a ski jump bridge.

Your options are limitless in South Bohemia with such activities as medieval festivals, a graphite mine, parachute jumping, beer tasting in the local brewery and historical wooden rafting along the Vltava River. There is no doubt the there is something that will appeal to everyone in your family and you can be assured to see more than the average visitor to the Czech Republic.

Knock on Wood In Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a city of many images, such as romantic bridges, a magnificent waterway and elegant baroque buildings of old European allure.

A view along the Vltava River can be yours in Prague.

A view along the Vltava River can be yours in Prague.

In regards to the internal culture and tradition of Prague, the marionette is a favorite and admired among its residents. This is an age old craft that has been passed on by family members from generation to generation. The marionette was not only a way of making a living for many, but mainly the resource of pleasure and imagination even during the unhappy times in Prague. A visit to Prague would not be complete without a visit to one of the many craftsmen’s workshops and watch them develop a face out of wood.

Since the 18th century, Prague began its long history of marionettes and puppets. Between the smiles and tears of the past two centuries; the skill of puppetry captivated many to continue to survive and served as escapism during those troubled times.  Puppet-making and marionette shows developed into a well-regarded art form, with great care and detail being placed into the craft and still is today.

The worlds of adults and children are brought closer together in celebration at the Prague Theater during the month of October.  Each day, throughout the month, a variety of shows for the entire family, including the renown Marionette Theater, perform adorn in vibrant colorful costumes, special visual effects and classical music. These shows are a wonderful way to introduce younger children to classical music as they can relate to it with the movements of the puppets and entertainers. But even if you do not have any children, it is a perfect outing to be fanciful and child like yourself; so a visit to one these shows is a must!

Much of Prague retains its old world charm with the Vltava River running through the center, while the silkiness of the water illuminates the reflection of the bridges and skyline upon it. You need not imagine what it is like to be in a river view classic but instead part of it with a vacation apartment during your visit.

Totally modern in a 19th Century vacation home.

Totally modern in a 19th Century vacation home.

The best part, a holiday home such as this one, can accommodate the whole family by sleeping five comfortably. 19th Century charm is totally reformed with all the modern conveniences of home and less costly than a hotel.

If you can not get to the Prague Theater in October, stop by one of the many stores that sell marionettes and puppets made by the artisans of Prague. The variety of the marionette is immense ranging from super heroes, cinema stars and fairy tale favorites. Puppets are still being elaborately carved from wood but it is puppeteer’s job to infuse life, character and personality into the puppet in marionette shows throughout the world.

Autumn in Prague is Music to the Ears!

From September 12th to October 1st, a celebration in one of the most interesting Central European city takes place, known as the Prague Autumn International Music Festival. The festival devotes its attention to Classical music throughout the city. Take your choice between Beethoven, Brahms or Tchaikovsky, as there are concerts from all the greats represented here. Even the great American composers, George and Ira Gershwin, scores are in full force as symphonic arrangements of their jazz age pieces have since become a favorite in Prague.

Walk to the Old Square in Prague from your holiday home.

Walk to the Old Square in Prague from your holiday home.

The basis of the Prague Autumn Festival’s program does not only comprise of Classical orchestral works but innovated ways to bring the classics to the public. The festival, which is now in its seventeenth year, previously incorporated Charlie Chaplin’s famous film, City Lights, with live music. Other past venues included a complete performance of a Chinese opera brought in directly from China. The festival has continued to become an international favorite with worldwide performers and this year promised not to disappoint.

With such variety, there is no reason not to find a performance that will appeal to you, just as the city of Prague will. Prague is addressed as “Maticka Praha” by the Czech people which mean “little mother Prague”.

Prague, also being called the “City of the Hundred Towers,” with the River Vltavo running through the middle of it, is flourishing. The medieval beauty of its surroundings can be seen from Old Town Square, the hub with its painted facades. Prague is the heart of Europe and continues in its endeavour to integrate the works of the old with the new in harmony.

In fact, many of the holiday homes that are within the city are either renovated originals or brand new but match the city’s ambiance and texture.

Holiday Home in Prague

Right in the city of Prague your one bedroom apartment in a new modern apartment

With a vacation home in the city of Prague, such as the one to the left, you never know what architectural wonders you will encounter around the corner.

What is the general consensus on Prague? It offers so much to see and do and is one of the most romantic cities to visit. A visit to the weekend market of bric-a-bracs may find you, purchasing a relic from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is that unique in several of the artifacts for sale.

Prague Castle is currently the seat of government but has housed kings and emperors. The city offers a great variety of cafes and restaurants to enjoy local and international cuisine and to drink their famous Czech beer. Prague has an enchanting effect, that it will continue to maintain visitors, more than other cities in the world.

Don’t miss a chance to visit this newly discovered jewel emerging in Europe and remember the music it presents to you.


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