The Czech Republic is landloacked in central Europe and is surrounded by Germany in the west, Poland in the north, Slovakia in the east and Austria in the south. As such, it does not have any direct access to the sea. Waters and mountains dominate the country's landscape, with mountain ranges surrounding the republic on most sides, acting as a natural border boundary. Notable is that several of Europe's largest and strategic rivers such as the Elbe (which is one of Germany's most significant rivers), originate in the Czech Republic.
The Bohemia region of the west has a landscape dominated by a basin, drained by the Labe (Elbe) and the Vltava rivers. This is surrounded by a series of largely low-lying mountains e.g. Sudetes as part of the Czech Highlands. The eastern Moravia district is similarly relatively hilly and is home to the source of the Odra (Oder) river as well as having the Morava river flowing through it. The West Carpathian Mountains are situated in the eastern part of the country.
Driving distance map of Czech Republic (click to enlarge)
Driving in Czech Republic
Motorway: 130 km/h
Rural: 90 km/h
Urban: 50 km/h
Useful phone numbers in Czech Republic
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Ambulance 155, fire brigade 150, police 158
Some useful phrases
Dobry den/ahoi (hello/informal), na shledanou (goodbye)