Celebrating Czechia's accession to the EU

Celebrating Czechia's accession to the EU

Restored heritage sites, historical treasures and glittering historical centres

Celebrating Czechia's accession to the EU
Czechia officially joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. It did so as part of the biggest expansion of the Union. To celebrate 20 years of membership, we present some tips on places that EU funds have helped to prosper.

20th anniversary of our accession to the EU

EU funds have enabled the renovation of hundreds of heritage sites around Czechia: castles, châteaux, sacral buildings, unique monuments and technical heritage sites. And lots of other places. Thanks to European funds, Czechia now has modern biking trails, railways and restored nature reserves.

And our membership of the EU has also seen the renovation of cultural and natural attractions listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These include the historical centres of towns and cities such as Prague, Český Krumlov, Kutná Hora, as well as the Jizera Mountains Beech Forests, Czechia’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, and Žatec and the surrounding hop-growing landscape.

Velehrad and spas

The exquisite functionalist Villa Tugendhat in Brno, designed by world-famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe,  Litomyšl Castle, which hosts music festivals to celebrate the Year of Czech Music and is the birthplace of the famous composer Bedřich Smetana, the whole of the Prague Castle complex, and the romantic Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape near the wine-growing regions of South Moravia.

And naturally the list must include attractions such as the country’s spa towns, the pilgrimage site of Velehrad, and the Jewish synagogues in Mikulov and Plzeň.

European Capital of Culture 2028

And finally: The South Bohemian town of České Budějovice has been declared European Capital of Culture 2028. In 2015 the award went to Plzeň, the city famous for its golden nectar and stunning architecture by Adolf Loos.

Take a look at our selection: