Czech Getaways: Central Bohemia/Prague
The final part of a six-part series of weekend getaway spots in the Czech Republic
A large recreation area extends south of Prague along the rivers Vltava and Sázava. Many Praguers spend their weekends and holidays in their private weekend houses situated here. This area is also popular with hikers and fans of waters sports, from canoeing and kayaking to windsurfing. The tradition of camps with wooden chalets has still been preserved here. Two of the most beautiful Bohemian castles – Karlštejn and Křivoklát – attract local tourists as well as foreign visitors. They are located in the centres of the two most significant natural reserves of the central Bohemia, the Protected landscape area Český kras (Bohemian Karst) and Křivoklátsko. The chateaux Konopiště, Dobříš, Český Šternberk (pictured here; click for a larger view) and Hořovice are also located near Prague. The surroundings of Prague are very diverse. The undulating, hilly northern area alternates with the plains to the east, the Brdy range extends in the south-west, the picturesque Posázaví area spreads out in the south-east and the Křivoklát Highlands extend in the west.
A dense network of highways and high-speed roads of the European system runs in all directions from Prague. The railway network includes high-speed railways as well as regional ones in the directions of: Kolín, Kralupy nad Vltavou, Beroun, Benešov, Kladno, Lysá nad Labem and Posázaví.
The capital city of the Czech Republic; the political, economical and cultural centre of the country; the seat of the president, of the government and the parliament; the centre of university education, the seat of the Academy of Sciences and numerous sacademic institutions. Prague is a significant cultural centre with a variety of theatres, museums, galleries and exhibition halls. It is an important European transportation hub. Prague is unusually rich in significant architectural monuments of all periods. The historical centre, which covers 866 hectares, has been included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage since 1992.
Prague is a significant railway and road junction. The modern, expanded international airport Praha-Ruzyně is located here, as well. The city public transportation includes: three lines of underground trains, trams, buses and extensive integrated transport system around Prague in the Central-Bohemian region.
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Ferries restarting on Vltava by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Boat across the river at six spots are part of the public transit system
Tram ring proposed around Prague by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Transportation outside the center could become more direct
Parking lots in Prague 6 and 7 facing delays by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
The opening of underground lots are behind schedule
Tram 23 restarts with celebration by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
A number of tram related events including a parade will occur
Prague Airport to celebrate 80th anniversary by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Archiv Letiště Praha, a.s.)
A round trip to Slovakia will commemorate the first route used in 1937
City may ban older cars in the center by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Prague is looking at several measures to reduce smog
Prague ranks fifth for international tourism in Europe by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
A new ranking shows the Czech capital beating Vienna and Amsterdam
Metro D line would require changes to the law by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Metroprojekt)
The driverless trains planned for the new line are currently not allowed
Prague looking at curbing Airbnb by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Short-term rentals are costing the city in unpaid tourism taxes
Metro system use is up by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: fotolia)
Plans to reduce costs and maintain service are reportedly successful
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