With its location at the heart of Europe, the Czech lands were confronted
with various cultural influences and constructional styles during the
course of history. Because our country was one of a few that were only
slightly touched by both the last war and the clearance projects of modernism,
its rich cultural inheritance was preserved...
A charming, undulating landscape with mountains and upland plains, forests
and smaller ranges of hills, mineral formations and bizarre, sandstone
cliffs all of this awaits the visitor. Lakes and lochs form the
profile of Southern Bohemia. The glacial Cerne and Cerovo lakes are amongst
the most beautiful parts of the Sumava National Park, in which there are
to be found wild, woodland streams with crystal clear water, tranquil
valleys, and expansive forests containing unique flora and fauna...
The Jewish inheritance
Between the figure of the Prague Rabbi Löwe with his famous Golem
and the unimaginable suffering of Jews in the Terezín fortress
lie centuries of the common life of Czechs, Jews and Germans on the territory
of Bohemia and Moravia. In Prague the Jewish Community existed as far
back as the 10th century.
It is possible that the saying "If theyre Czech theyre
a musician" is these days a little out of date. However, the Czech
musical tradition is thriving to this day. Musical festivals are held
around the entire country from spring through to autumn. One of the most
prestigious is the Prague Spring international musical festival (concerts,
operas), Prague Autumn (concerts), and the international music festival
in Cesky Krumlov.