Stará Louka a Tepla Photo by steffen poe via Flickr Creative Commons

Outside of sightseeing, the most popular things to do in the Czech Republic can be split into two distinct categories, exploration and relaxation. A trip out to the countryside with its epic forests and picturesque mountain ranges are the perfect place to experience camping, hiking and fishing.

Those looking to discover more of the cultural side of the city need to look no further than the classical music scene, with concert halls spread throughout the major cities and events taking place at Prague Castle. Or opt for smooth, soulful jazz and blues at one of Prague’s hip underground bars. Looking to totally unwind? Take advantage of the many affordable health spas and resorts to the west of the country.

No trip to the Czech Republic would be complete without taking in a classical concert. Head to one of Prague’s many music halls which are so full of character and atmosphere. Such venues include churches, castles, ancient buildings, and open-air theaters. Tickets can be booked through Prague Experience.

Hike through the Czech Republic’s breathtaking national parks, including the monumental Sumava Forest, the largest and most impressive in the country. This vast area of forest-covered hills includes charming and attractive lakes, rivers and streams teaming with trout, and important monuments waiting to be discovered. Guides are not available, but there is a useful information center and well-marked nature trails.

Whether you are a seasoned fisherman or trying your hand at angling for the first time, the Czech Republic offers trips for both the experienced and novices. For some of Europe’s finest freshwater fishing head to the lakes of South Bohemia and Lednice-Valtice to find pike, trout, tench, and carp. can arrange the licenses and gear you need.

Take to the slopes to enjoy some of the best value ski resorts in Europe. In Spindleruv Mlyn, you’ll find classic downhill skiing, while Zadov is perfect for cross-country skiing. Those into snowboarding should head to the popular town of Zacler.

The eastern part of the Czech Republic has tremendous and picturesque cycling routes. Bike along the Moravian Wine Trails and through the vineyards of South Moravian to enjoy wine tasting and warm, local hospitality in the historic villages of Mikulov and Valtice. Adventura Bike Holidays can take you on a seven-day route ending in Vienna, Austria.

The Adršpach-Teplice Rocks offer adventurers a chance to rock climb their way to spectacular views. Take in the landscape bustling with sandstone pinnacles, crooked canyons and lush forest. The information center in Adršpach can put you in touch with local rock climbing operators.

For an alternative view, take a cruise along the Vltava River with guided commentary as you head toward Prague Zoo. Or enjoy a dinner cruise through the Prague Steamboat Company to enjoy rich and hearty Czech cuisine along a breathtaking backdrop.

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