Culture Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a highly traditional and cultural country, especially due to it's long and eventful history.
In the rural areas, traditional clothing is still worn at many festivities. The country offers a broad variety of cultural establishments, e.g. museums, theatres, galleries and concerts. Prague in particular offers museums covering many different topics, from the National Museum and National Gallery to the Jewish Museum. The annual Prague Spring Music Festival is a special highlight, which takes place on the 12th of May. Many Czech authors, such as Franz Kafka or Milan Kundera, were formative for world literature. The Czech Republic also is home of the well known composers Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, who were some of the most important artists of the 19th century. A very important part of the Czech culture are the buildings originating from very different ages, e.g. the Prague Hradschin, the St. Vitus Cathedral or the White Castle in Ostrau. Sports play a very big role in the Czech Republic; however, ice hockey is the favourite. Further attractions worth seeing for tourists are the Mummel Waterfalls near Harrachov in the Great Mountains or the outlook tower Štěpánka near Prichovice, which is one of the loveliest look-outs between Tanvald and Harrachov.
It is not for nothing that the country is known as the land of the castles, churches and monasteries: the castles Bezdez, Lemberk and the baroque palace Kuks are popular day trip destinations. The Adršpach-Teplice Rocks near Nachod are a very special highlight: the nature preserve with it's stone labyrinths,up to 60 m high stone formations, waterfalls and caves provides a very special experience!