Prague, being such an old yet lively city has been a tourist mecca for ages, but Bohemia still has a lot more to offer. For this reason, you are invited to discover her central part and the beautiful Konopiště Castle, all easily accessible from the capital. First founded in the 13th century, this renewed fort now holds a large collection of weaponry and antique furniture. An important fact about this place is that it was once the residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria who was assassinated in Sarajevo 1914. This terrible event is marked in history as the cause of the WWI. The entire scenery gives off a magical atmosphere and can easily capture the imagination of its visitor. Another place worth visiting is just around the corner. The town of Nový Knín, former gold mining center, now tells a story about its long history dating back to the 9th century. Who knows, maybe a lucky visitor may stumble upon a lost and forgotten chunk of gold.
After having seen this national treasure of Bohemia, one should certainly not stop there. Luckily, most tours of the area include a visit to another medieval gem- the 14th-century Karlštejn Castle. Originally, its builder Carlo the IV., the Bohemian king and Holy Roman Emperor, intended it to as a depository for the most valuable possessions of the country. If you prefer a more personal approach, treat yourself and your group with a private tour. Enjoy a magical carriage ride to Karlštajn castle followed by a lunch at one of the local restaurants and give the Bohemian cuisine a try. Thought the latter building is of gothic style, there is also a castle of Český Šternberk which will take you on a journey of different architectural styles. Rococo, Biedermeier, Empire, and Baroque are just some of the historic periods evident in this amazing place. There are even more beautiful sights and buildin to see in the neighborhood, but it is best to go and explore it individually.
All those curious about the hidden core of Bohemia are invited to come and explore old castles which whisper lines from history books. Take a day off your time and dedicate it to one of the bus tours on offer. Upon your return from whichever tour, one thing is clear, you will cherish Central Bohemia as the country's golden heart.