Above: Grandezza Hotel Luxury Palace and Cabbage Market in Brno

In the Czech Republic, visitors tend to confine themselves to Prague, only making day trips perhaps to the World Heritage city of Český Krumlov or the medieval Bohemian town of Kutná Hora. But there is much more to see in this South Carolina-size country, so I decided to stay at hotels in two of the Czech Republic’s other major cities: Brno, the second largest, and Karlovy Vary, a picturesque spa town also known (in German) as Karlsbad.

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