Czechia

Formerly known as Czech Republic, Czechia is one of the favorite locations of many travelers. The farthest West Slavic country is a gateway to Eastern Europe and all it has to offer. When asking people’s favorite city in Europe (in order to decide where to go) more often than not, the answer I received was Prague. 

Prague is a city like no other. The Gothic city has incredible architecture. The art and sculptures around the city are amazing and weird. Prague is also home to some of the best nightlife and hostels in Europe. While there, I stayed at Madhouse Prague and had an amazing time. There are bars on every street and many of them are metaphorically and literally underground. During the day, the St. Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and Astronomical Clock are must sees. Another popular part of Prague is the Jewish Quarter. It is home to many types of Jewish temples due to relocation of Jews during the the 1930s and the Holocaust. Somehow this old Jewish Ghetto has been kept in tact and has lots of history, culture, and of course amazing food.

 

There are many other places in Czechia to visit including Brno and Pilsen, the birthplace of pilsner lager. Like Austria and Germany, beer is an important part of Czech culture. In fact, many people say that the beer there is cheaper than water. From what I saw, I can’t dispute the claim.

 

Czechia is the perfect country for any kind of traveler. Luxury travelers know the food, spas, and hotels that you can find here. For solo travelers, hostels are everywhere and the country is fairly cheap. I would recommend Czechia as a great first stop for those wanting to start solo traveling/backpacking. The easy transportation, cheap prices, and great accommodations make is the perfect place to start your adventure.  

St. Charles Bridge
St. Charles Bridge

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Dancing House building
Dancing House building

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Astronomical Clock
Astronomical Clock

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St. Charles Bridge
St. Charles Bridge

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Image by Martin Krchnacek