Touting frothy Bohemian beers and Slavic dumplings, Czechia (as it's now known) is a truly immersive corner of Europe. Cheap flights to Czech Republic from Australia will almost certainly take you to the capital of Prague. There, moody winter mornings see mist swirling around Gothic spires and shadows moving through Kafkaesque alleyways, all while Prague Castle – one of the largest castles in the world, no less – looms high on the hillsides above the Vltava River. Venture further out and you'll find hops-scented beer towns like Pilsen, UNESCO castles in Cesky Krumlov, rolling Bohemian countryside, and snow-plumed ski runs to boot.
A maze of cobblestone alleys and wide medieval squares, the Prague Old Town has haunting churches, great pubs, and immersive literary museums.
Go on a real Czech beer pilgrimage to Pilsen, where unpasteurized hops creations wash down filling plates of dumplings.
More than 800 years of European history is on offer at the mighty castle complex of Cesky Krumlov, which comes complete with Baroque towers and formidable fortifications.