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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.

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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.


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