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Czech Republic

Czech Republic/Česká republika

Region: Europe

Area: 79 thous. sq. km

Capital: Prague

Major cities: Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Plzeň, Olomouc

Climate: continental climate of Eastern Europe with warm humid summers and cold dry winters gradually turning into coastal climate of Central Europe

Languages spoken: Czech

Religion: Roman Catholics

Local time: GMT +1

Calling code: +420

Currency: Czech koruna

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express

Visa: not required for EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Lichtenstein for a stay up to 90 days; required for citizens of CIS. For more details please visit http://czech-republic.visahq.com/

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport

International airports (cities): Prague, Karlovy Vary, Brno

The Czech Republic is famous for its mineral water resorts for many centuries already. They have become a traditional place of recovery and resort recreation for citizens of Europe and the CIS countries. However today, along with undergoing treatment and recovery programmes, foreign citizens also strive to come to the Czech Republic for taking various medical programmes.

In the Czech Republic medical services are provided to overseas patients not only in numerous private clinics, but also by state medical centres.  Czech medical centres are not the least bit inferior to the leading European medical centres by the level of technical facilities and the list of medical services. At the same time, treatment cost in Czech clinics is considerably cost-effective compared to the countries of Western Europe. That is why increasingly more patients are coming here from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Israel, and the USA. 

The best Czech clinics are located in Prague or its suburbs. Foreign patients most often come here to receive medical services in the field of cardiology and cardio surgery, oncology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics and traumatology, paediatrics and gynaecology, radiotherapy and radiosurgery, plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine, as well as for organism checkups and addiction treatment.

High professionalism of doctors, application of state-of-the-art achievements of science and cutting-edge technology, and the impact of unique natural factors — all this guarantees successful and effective treatment of various diseases. Many patients purposely come here to undergo rehabilitation programmes at local resorts. One of the most demanded programme is rehabilitation after surgical interventions on the heart.

Rehabilitation programmes after plastic surgeries are also popular enough. These programmes are based on natural and climatic factors, primarily thermal waters and muds. Due to such combination of treatment and rehabilitation the process of organism recovery speeds up and becomes much shorter.   

 

Recommended time for treatment: March through June, September through November

Clinics:

Citizens from other countries, first of all from CIS countries, as well as Austria and
Germany, comes to the Czech Republic to receive high-quality medical services, undergo recovery and resort recreation programmes. The indications for staying at Czech resorts are quite different – from diagnostics and prevention of a disease to treatment and post-traumatic rehabilitation.

For many years the landmark of the Czech Republic and its major resort for recovery and treatment is Karlovy Vary. It is world-renowned for its mineral springs, scattered about almost all the territory of this small resort town. Notably, each of the springs is used for treatment of a particular disease.

Most often the indications for staying in Karlovy Vary are the diseases of digestive organs, bile ducts, as well as chronic hepatitis, pancreatitis and initial stages of liver cirrhosis, metabolism disorders, pancreatic diabetes and podagra. All procedures are applied strictly by physician’s prescription. Here they conduct water procedures, physio- and hydrotherapy, mud treatment with the use of mineral waters, natural gas, peat and therapeutic muds. The foundation of any therapeutic and recovery programme is a drinking course of mineral water. Female patients desiring to undergo a rejuvenation course, improve immunity and increase vital tonus are offered Spa procedures with the use of natural components.

All the year round, foreign patients comes to the second most famous Czech resort Mariánské Lázně. It is renowned for fabulous results in the treatment of the diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus, upper respiratory airways (bronchitis, asthma, pharyngitis, laryngitis), central nervous system (disseminated sclerosis, cerebral paralysis, brain paralysis). Patients are offered to undergo a water drinking course, therapeutic mineral, gas, carbon dioxide and mud baths, inhalations and hydrotherapy.

3*- from €45;

4*- from €65;

5*- from €110.

National Czech cuisine is rather hearty and diverse. It combines two culinary practices: western tradition (German and Czech), based on various sausages and plentiful dishes of stewed cabbage and sauerkraut, and eastern tradition (Czech and Slovak) with predominantly dough and fish recipes.

Usually, Czech restaurants offer numerous dishes with fried meat (normally pork), sausages, liver spreads, fish specialties (stewed carp, etc), vegetable salads and all kinds of steamed dumplings (knedlik).

Knedliks are extremely popular in tourists. These are steamed or boiled pieces of flour or potato dough served to Czech tables on every occasion. Knedliks can be flour dumplings with or without a filling (onion, meat, or liver), potato dumplings known as “bramborové”, plum dumplings, sweet dumplings with fruit, fluffy Karlovy Vary dumplings known as “mohnaty” cooked with raw potato, dumplings with smoked meat, etc. Flour and potato knedliks are served separately or as garnish to meat or fish. Sweet knedliks sprinkled with melted butter and jam and coated with bread crumbs are especially delicious.

Meat Courses

Prazská sunka (smoked ham); baked beef with knedliks; pork stewed in beer; Bohemian style meat; Karlovy Vary roll; Czech deer meat rolls; Bohemian style pheasant; stuffed roe schnitzel; goose with red cabbage; Old Prague style pork, smoked wild boar knee, Burgundy rich soup

Fish courses

Undoubtedly, carp is the main fish in Czech cuisine serving as a number one ingredient in dozens of dishes. It would be well to try “carp na modro” (carp stewed with vinegar and herbs), carp schnitzel as well as various carp dishes in aspic. Other fish delicacies such as Czech style fish with tomatoes (trout, eel, and pike) are also very tasty.

Soups 

Sauerkraut soup (with caraway, chopped onion and apples), mushroom soup, soup with liver meatballs, soup with vegetables and knedliks, bramborova polévka (potato soup), zeleninová polévka (vegetable soup), dršťková polévka (soup with several kinds of smoked meat), carp soup, panadel soup, paptsun soup (with noodles, butter, cream, nutmeg and other spices), fish soup with egg knedliks, pig ear soup, beer soup (made of light beer, beef broth, cream, egg yolk, and butter), beer soup with ginger, garlic soup, cabbage soup with smoked meat and sausage

Desserts 

Sweet buns and rolls with jam or cottage cheese; “ovocný knedliki” (fruit baked with cottage cheese); sweet knedliks with poppy seed; knedliks with fruit jelly, jam, or plum; cinnamon rolls with raisons; trldo (doughnut), apple pie with nuts; “palačinka” (sweet pancakes with jam, ice-cream, and chocolate dressing), “dukátové buchtičky” (buns with vanilla cream), “bramborové šišky” (potato balls sprinkled with fried bread crumbs), apple strudel, české buchty (pies with poppy seed, jam or cottage cheese)

Drinks

Beer is a national Czech drink. The most known and widely used brands of Czech beer are Gambrinus, Pilsner Urquell, Budvar, Prazdroj, Velkopopovicki kozel, Krusovice, and Staropramen. Ludmila and Tramen are highly ranked kinds of Czech wine. And last but not least, “Becherovka” is as a genuine Czech “spirits souvenir”. This world famous Czech liquor is made of more than 45 herbs served both for cocktails and alone.

Czech Republic is one of the most fascinating countries in Central Europe boasting the combination of splendid architecture and scenic beauty. Thoroughly organized air and automobile service allows comfortable traveling throughout entire country.  

Prague

Annually Czech capital welcomes millions of tourists striving to enjoy dozens of well preserved architectural masterpieces. Charles Bridge is the most romantic and never-to-be-forgotten place in Prague. This magnificent but yet remarkably harmonious construction bridges two banks of the Vltava River. In Czech capital the following tourist attractions are certainly well worth visiting: St. Vit Cathedral (the largest church in Czech Republic), the Golden Lane, National Opera House, Powder Tower, Staromestske City Hall, Astronomical Clock, and Lobkowicz Palace. During summertime it is highly recommended to visit Krizik's Singing Fountains – come and see unique night faerie performance with light, water, music, and a ballet show.
Staying in Prague, many strive to take a chance to enjoy a jazz concert at Agharta Club (October, November) and taste local beer at “U Fleka” (the oldest brewery in Prague founded in 1499).

Karlovy Vary

Loket Castle (royal hunting chateau of Luxemburg dynasty and a favourite holiday destination for Goethe ), Bechov Teplou Fortress, Mill Colonnade, Moser factory and museum (located at Moser Glass Factory taking international pride in its crystalware).

Brno

Gothic Spilberk Castle, Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter & Paul, the Cathedral’s Crypt, Virgin and Child Sculpture (dated approximately 1300 AC), 12th century Shrine.

Kutna Hora

From 13th to 16th century the city was an economic, cultural, and political rival of Prague until in 1995 it was granted a UNESCO status. The area is particularly rich for historical sightseeings and architectural wonders: Staromestska Square (known for mixed architectural styles encompassing gothic Tynski Cathedral and baroque St. Nickolas Church), St. Barbara Cathedral, former Mint, Gradek Museum of Silver, medieval silver mine, Stone Fountain, and Baroque Plague Column. A lot of tourists arrive here to witness a unique Church of Bones in Sedlec (the gothic chapel finished with human skulls and bones).

Plzen

Gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (the highest cathedral in Czech Republic), former Franciscan Monastery with the Assumption of Mary Church, Renaissance style City Hall, baroque building of Dominical Monastery with the Church of St. Ann, J. K. Tyl Theatre, Big Synagogue and Old Synagogue, West Bohemian Museum, Children’s Railway, and Plzen Historical Underground.

Telc

St. Jacob Church and Zacharias of Hradec Square. Sections of the Fortress Wall (13th-14th centuries), Upper and Lower Gates, Church of the Holy Spirit  (13th century), and Marianne Column appear to be equally exciting.

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