A lot of people say they have been to the Czech Republic when they really have only been to Prague. When visiting the Czech Republic it is so important to get outside of the ‘Prague Bubble.’ Don’t get me wrong. Prague is beautiful, and well worth a visit, but after a few days venture out.

Working in the Czech Republic has opened my eyes to entirely new places and experiences that I previously never would have visited, or been lucky enough to encounter. I spent the majority of my time in Southern Czech Republic near the beautifully preserved city of Cesky Krumlov. Cesky Krumlov has the Vltava River flowing through its centre, and also lays claim to the Czech Republic’s second oldest castle.

Biking is definitely the best way to get around in the Czech Republic. There are back-roads that wind through towns that haven’t been touched by time, and their names are impossibly fun to pronounce.

Experiences from shopping in supermarkets to getting you car washed turn into full day events because of the language barrier. But that’s half the fun, right?

But I must confess that my favourite way to spend a day off is to bike or hike the highest point in the region, Mt. Klet, and then make my way back to the centre of Cesky Krumlov and cool off at my favourite restaurant/bar, Hostel 99, with the world’s first pilsner, Pilsner Urquell.