Traveling across CR
a) What are the most popular tourist areas in our country?
There are many spots of great natural beauty in the Czech Republic, as well as areas totally spoiled by industries. South Bohemia is particularly rich in ponds. The most beautiful natural places are the Czech Paradise, “rock town” in Prachov rocks, the Děčín walls, Czech Switzerland, the Boubín virgin forests, Macocha abyss and so on. We have also some protested areas, some of them are really very nice (for example one of the protected areas is the region near river Dyje) and National parks. There are also many places associated with our history. Among the most beautiful historic towns belong Prague, Kutná Hora, Tábor, Telč, Olomouc, Kroměříž… Also many castles, ruins and chateaux can be found in our republic. To the most interesting belong Karlštejn, Křivoklát, Bezděz, Hluboká, Zvíkov, Loket, Kuks, Lednice and of course the Prague castle.
b) What would you suggest to a friend coming to see Prague?
c) Is our country well prepared to welcome foreign tourists?
Some regions are prepared better and some worse. It depends on the location of region and on the tradition of tourism. The conditions for tourist got worse after the floods. The biggest problem is not in accommodation or in services but in language skills. This is the biggest problem of CR it was isolated for a long time from the west and now the people must hurry to get on the same level. It will be long and hard way.
d) What sort of advice would you give to a tourist?
I would tell them to take care good of their wallets because there are many pocket thieves here and to avoid visiting of low standard restaurants etc.
e) What surprises foreigners here?
The most surprising for every foreigner is the lifestyle of the country he visits. In our country it would be the old monuments and beautiful nature.