The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe with 10.6 million inhabitants. It’s capital and largest city is Prague, nicknamed as The heart of Europe or The City of a Hundred Spires.
Although the Czechs may at first seem cold and distanced, when you get to know them better, you will find that they are friendly, hardworking and especially fun to hang out with. Czechs enjoy making fun of their politicians, national stereotypes, their cities (especially Prague or Brno), and also themselves.
The Czech Republic is a country with many traditions that are part of a folk culture that is well preserved especially in the regions of Moravia or South Bohemia. During the summer months many festivals including traditional costumes, musical instruments, folk songs and dances, and wine or brandy take place. Czechia is also well-known for its beer, the best in the world, as the Czechs say. Some of the world-famous brands include Pilsner Urquell or Budweiser Budvar (not to be confused with the American company Budweiser). Czech cuisine is marked by a strong emphasis on meat dishes. Pork is quite common; beef and chicken are also popular. Goose, duck, rabbit and wild game are served. Fish is rare, with the occasional exception of fresh trout and carp, which is served at Christmas. In spite of a strong emphasis on meat dishes, vegetarian and vegan restaurants have expanded in recent years. Moreover, Prague belongs to the top 10 most vegan-friendly cities in the world.