The Czech Republic, in Central Europe, is a country that's known for its ornate castles, native beers and long history. Prague, the capital, is home to grand 9th-century Prague Castle, a preserved medieval old town and statue-lined Charles Bridge. Český Krumlov, a small town in the South Bohemia region, is notable for its wealth of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, many of which house restaurants and shops.

Capital: Prague
Capital and largest city: Prague; 50°05′N 14°28′E / 50.083°N 14.467°E
Currency: Czech koruna
Ethnic groups (2011): 64% Czechs; 26% unspecified; 5% Moravians; 1.4% Slovaks; 0.4% Poles; 3.2% other
Official language: Czech