One glance over a geographical map reveals the Czech Republic is a land framed by mountains. They are not as high that you could dwell in alpine pleasures; then again, they are high enough for a sporty hike and even some skiing. The landscape at the center is rather a variety of hilly terrain and valleys.

South Bohemia captivates its visitor with fairy tale like small towns, for instance Český Krumlov or České Budějovice – try a Czech Budweiser beer here. Further, the region is known for its many lakes used for fish farming. South Bohemia is where the traditional Christmas carp comes from. Here you’ll also find the Šumava National Park and the Lipno Lake which is popular not only with aquatic sports fans.

West Bohemia is where the famous Czech spas are. Tucked in lush green hills and deep forests you’ll find small towns which are albeit lively tourism surprisingly calm and relaxing.

In the North of Bohemia, specifically at the German-Czech border you will find Bohemian Switzerland, a natural beauty, also known as Saxon Switzerland or Ceske Svycarsko. In the North Bohemian region you will also find spectacular sand stone formations, caves and canyons. These silent witnesses of long gone geologic eras tend to accumulate around Děčín.

East Bohemia provides variety; from deep valleys to the highest mountains in the country. The Giant Mountains in the East are a natural border to Poland. The highest mountain of the Czech Republic, the Sněžka, 1 602 meters of height is located here. This is also where the Bohemian Paradise can be found. Český ráj as it is called in Czech is a protected area and the ideal spot for some outdoorsy quality time and for perfect family trips.

If you love wine South Moravia is where you should go. This is the main wine growing region in the Czech Republic and who says a bottle – or a carton – of Moravian wine does not make a great souvenir? Also, you will find the region full of castles and other ancient ruins.

Finally, if you feel the need to flee tourism for a period of time consider North Moravia as destination. Hills, mountains, cozy pensions and a surprisingly non-touristy atmosphere and the possibility of discovering Olomouc – miniature Prague – are advantages worth mentioning.