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This summer is going to be a great year to travel around Europe and also to travel by train.
With an increased focus on the shift towards rail travel, some countries are offering attractive incentives for tourists to come, visit and explore their country by rail.
With popular destinations like Spain and Germany offering rail passes at rock-bottom prices, it’s not surprising to see more European countries following suit. Enter the Czech Republic CZ rail passoffering tourists the chance to explore this beautiful country on a single ticket.
First things first, after going through Czech Republic and Czechia interchangeably since 2016, the county now wants to be called Czechia in most situations. While the Czech Republic should still be used in terms of government business, the Czechia should be used in all other capacities.
So read on to find out why you should explore the beautiful Central European country of the Czech Republic by train this summer:
Here are 6 reasons why you should explore the Czech Republic by train this summer:
1. Rail pass
The Czech Republic is no stranger to tourists, and the summer months are the peak season. You’re more likely to encounter crowds in the more popular spots, like the super-popular capital city of Prague, which sees around 8 million visitors a year.
That said, this year is a great time to head out into the beautiful Czech countryside and explore with your new rail pass, which offers a great deal on fantastic travel.
Ok, now for the fine print, the pass will be available for purchase after June 15 and is valid for travel between July 1 and August 31. A seven-day pass will cost you around €60, and fourteen days of rail travel will only cost you around €85. This great offer allows pass holders almost unlimited travel on CD trains within the specified time period.
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2. New Panoramic Trains
If you’re one of those planning to take advantage of this new discount rail pass, be sure to include the new County Scenic Railroad as part of your trip.
The Czech Railways purchased this train from the Swiss Federal Railways, and the large windows surrounding the carriages help you see all the stunning nature you can see throughout the Czech countryside, making the journey as much fun as the destination.
3. Discounted tickets
In addition to the rail pass, the Czech authorities have designated many discounts for music festivals and other special offers in an attempt to attract as many tourists as possible this summer. Czech Railways customers will have special access to attractions and historical monuments, with discounts available.
While it’s not likely to be included in the discount prices, remember that visitors in June can enjoy Prague’s version of the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the capital hosts dance, comedy and theater performances throughout the city.
4. 300th anniversary of Jan Blažej
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the death of the most famous Czech architect, Jan Blažej. In honor of this anniversary, the country will open many private castles to visitors, especially interesting as these estates have long been privately owned by their original aristocratic families.
In addition to this chance to take a look at some impressive private residences, there will also be state-owned sites and other popular cultural and architectural sites to visit.
5. Security and peace of mind
The Czech Republic consistently ranks high on lists of the safest countries in Europe, and Prague is also mentioned in many of the safest cities reports.
If the largest city in the country ranks high when it comes to safety with female solo travelers, then the rest of the country can be considered safe as well. Of course, on a visit to the Czech Republic, one should follow normal safety precautions as one would anywhere.
With the capital city of Prague just being dubbed a great place for a digital detox, the city’s low traffic will help keep you calm and stress-free during your visit.
It’s been called the cheapest country to visit in Central Europe, and with neighbors like Austria and Germany, you can see why. Despite its stunted economic history as a Soviet country, the Czech Republic is now thriving and can still be considered a budget European destination.
Even beloved Prague, one of the most visited cities in the world, can be considered a cheaper option than its European counterparts. Despite rising costs, the Czech Republic is known to be one of the most affordable European countries to explore in the park’s summer months.
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