While Central Bohemia is defined as the region surrounding Prague, it's far from being overly commercial and densely populated. Instead, there are plenty of leisure pursuits for those who prefer life outdoors.
The towns of Kladno, Mlada Boleslav, Kolin and Kutna Hora are metropolitan but versatile; they feature hiking and cycling routes through scenic valleys in summer or cross-country skiing though pristine snow-covered landscapes in winter. Kutna Hora is particularly notable for St. Barbara's Church, which dates to the 14th century, and the Italian Court, a former mint and king's residence during the 13th century. It's also the home of the first Cistercian Monastery in Bohemia, which was founded in the 12th century. The city was a key part of the silver mining boom that exploded in the country in the early 14th century.
Rivers such as Elbe, Berounka, Jizera, Vltava and Sazava meander through the countryside, and lakes, ponds and reservoirs are abundant, making the area a paradise for fishermen and water sports enthusiasts.
There's also enormous cultural wealth; museums, galleries and monuments are among the highlights celebrating the mining history of the region as well as world famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak and scientist Bedrich Hrozny. The castles at Karlstejn, Krivoklat, Tocnik, Melnik and many others attract hoards of visitors, while the medieval architecture of the Central Bohemian towns harkens back to the mystery of old Europe.
Convenience to Prague isn't the only thing that makes Central Bohemia a great travel destination. The culture, beautiful countryside and great people of this area have made it a storied part of the Czech Republic.
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