Czech Republic cities, attractions and photos
The Czech Republic
is a Central European country bordering with Austria
, and Slovakia. The country covers the former lands of Bohemia, Moravia, and some parts of Silesia. The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague
, is situated on the Vltava River in Central Bohemia and has a population of more than 1.2 million inhabitants. Other larger cities include Brno, Ostrava, Plzen, and Olomouc. The ethnic make-up is predominantly Czech, with small Slovak, Polish, German, and Roma ethnic communities.
May and September are the best months to visit the Czech Republic. Apart from the pleasant weather, most museums and historic sights are open only between May and September. The country is known for the Prague Spring, high quality beer, ice hockey, Czech cubism, and multiple Baroque and Gothic buildings. The National Gallery in Prague contains some of the best known Bohemian-style Baroque masterpieces. Moreover, the Czech Republic has been the home country of many prominent artists. The folk artist Mikulas Ales has produced intricate folk and national murals that can be seen in Plzen and the towns of South Bohemia. The work of the sculptor Josef Myslbek has commemorated such prominent historic figures as St Wenceslas. The Art Nouveau posters of the Moravian-born Alfons Mucha are popular around the globe.
Furthermore, the Czech Republic became a major center of avant-garde art in the beginning of the 20th century. The Manes Gallery in Prague has been established as the main showcase of the cubism and surrealism movements. The Czech cubic painters include prominent names such as Josef Capek and Emil Filla. Zdenek Rykr, Josef Sima, and Jindrich Styrsky were followers of the surrealism movement. The Vachal Museum, located in East Bohemia, contains prominent surrealist masterpieces, such as the art work of the Czech illustrator Josef Vachal. Contemporary work of art, as represented by the abstract sculptures of David Cerny, can be observed at the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art in Prague.
Prague is a synonym of magic and elegance. The ‘City of a Thousand Spires'.