Tourism in the Czech Republic

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Charles Bridge in the historic center of Prague

The Czech Republic has become one of the major tourist destinations in Europe, receiving over 20 million visitors yearly.[1] The capital, Prague, is the most popular destination, by itself receiving over 8 million visitors annually out of which almost 7 million are foreign.[2] Other highly visited destinations include Karlštejn Castle, Kutná Hora, Brno, Český Krumlov, České Budějovice, Olomouc and the Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape. Prague attracts large numbers of foreign tourists, mostly from Germany, Russia, Poland, the United States, Israel and the United Kingdom.[3]

Statistics[edit]

Most non-residents arriving to the Czech Republic and staying overnight are from the following countries:

Top 10 nationalities by number of visitors
Rank Country 2015[4] 2016[5] 2017[6]
Total 8,686,726 9,288,013 10,175,963
1  Germany 1,749,276 1,879,754 1,954,833
2  Slovakia 564,496 645,788 688,490
3  Poland 467,285 543,247 578,465
4  Russia 432,768 406,410 551,191
5  United States 507,376 511,629 539,023
6  China 285,404 354,799 491,648
7  United Kingdom 441,516 470,643 470,576
8  South Korea N/A 322,108 417,438
9  Italy 371,686 368,851 392,861
10  Austria 268,961 283,608 292,420

Tourist attractions[edit]

Cultural heritage[edit]

As of 2018, the Czech Republic has twelve UNESCO World Heritage Sites. All of them are in the cultural category and they are not shared with other countries. The Historic Centre of Prague and the Historic Centre of Český Krumlov are popular among tourists from all over the world.

Nightlife[edit]

Prague attracts large numbers of tourists because of low costs associated with nightlife. The large number of bars and clubs, located close together and often open late, serves as additional attraction for certain types of tourists.

Hiking and skiing[edit]

The Czech countryside offers protected areas such as Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj), Bohemian Karst (Český kras) and Šumava National Park. The countryside features castles, caves and other landmarks. In South Bohemia, the Šumava Mountains, also in Vysočina, Jizerské hory and Beskydy contain many hiking and cross-country skiing possibilities. The nature reserve Rejvíz is a popular destination in the Jeseníky Mountains.

Skiing resorts are located from Northern East to Northern West Czech Republic. The most famous and popular resorts lie in the Krkonoše Mountains. Krkonoše includes the tourist centre of Harrachov.

Vineyards and wine tourism[edit]

Moravia is famous for its wine. Wine production and wine tourism are centered around the towns of Mikulov, Velké Pavlovice, Znojmo and the Slovácko region.

Transport[edit]

Prague is served by Prague Václav Havel Airport. For travel within the Czech Republic it is common to use Inter-City trains or buses. Roads are in good condition and include a highway network.[citation needed] There is good tourism infrastructure in every big city and most tourist resorts.[citation needed]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ webmaster@tyden.cz, TYDEN, www tyden cz, e-mail: (2018-02-08). "V Česku se ubytoval rekordní počet turistů. Nejvíc přijelo Němců". TÝDEN.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  2. ^ "V roce 2018 do Prahy přijelo 7,9 milionů návštěvníků". Prague.eu (in Czech). Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  3. ^ Czech Statistical Office
  4. ^ Table 5 Guests, overnight stays (non-residents by country, numbers, indices)
  5. ^ Tourism - 4. quarter of 2016 - Table 5 Guests, overnight stays (non-residents by country, numbers, indices)
  6. ^ - 4. quarter of 2017 - Table 5 Guests, overnight stays (non-residents by country, numbers, indices)

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