The neighbouring countries of The Czech Republic
Geography: The Czech Republic is situated in Central Europe, sharing frontiers with Germany, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Austria. Only about one-quarter of the size of the British Isles, the Republic is hilly and picturesque, with historic castles, romantic valleys and lakes, as well as excellent facilities to 'take the waters' at one of the famous spas or to ski and hike in the mountains. Among the most beautiful areas are the river valleys of the Vltava (Moldau) and the Labe (Elbe), the hilly landscape and rocky mountains. Bohemia, to the West, is one of two main regions. Besides Prague, the Czech capital, tourists are drawn to the spa towns of Karlovy Vary and Mariánské Lázně, and to the very beautiful region of South Bohemia. The Elbe flows through Eastern Bohemia from the Krkonoše/Giant mountains, one of the most popular skiing regions. The Eastern part, the rich agricultural area of Moravia, offers a variety of wooded highlands, vineyards, folk art and castles. There are many historic towns such as Olomouc, Kromeríž and Telč. Brno is Moravia's administrative and cultural centre.