Mladá Boleslav lies on the banks of the river Jizera, a city 50 kilometres northeast of the Czech Republic capital, Prague, in the Central Bohemian Region of the country. Originally founded as a royal castle in the 10th century, it became a significant Jewish centre in the 17th century before the growing industry of the 19th century gave it a boost of prosperity. Home to the Skoda car factory, Mladá Boleslav is now one of the richest cities in the Czech Republic.
The most common thing to do in Mladá Boleslav is to visit the Skoda museum and factory. Its history of European car making is the most notable feature of the city, and these attractions reveal the life behind the founders, Klement and Laurin, who established the company in the 19th century. The city is more than just its car industry, as its old town centre is full of cute local culture, shopping arcades, museums, and the remains of a Gothic castle and a leaning tower, called Putna. Visiting the castle is best for direct immersion in the history of the city where visitors can see the old palace Temple and enjoy the exhibitions of the Museum that reveal the spiritual, historical and artistic essence of the city’s past. For a slow day of activity, sports fans can also enjoy the impressive golf course of Sand Martin’s Holes with 18 holes of golfing luxury.
It is easy to reach Mladá Boleslav from Prague, with various train and bus routes making the journey daily. The walk from the main train station into town is pleasant, however, the bus is possibly the best way to go, as the bus station is in a central location.
For a wider perspective of Mladá Boleslav, climbing the tower of the City Hall gives visitors expansive views over the city and its surrounding area. The greatest views, however, are in the quaint city streets, as walking them reveals hidden corners and secret stories of mythical treasure seekers and abandoned graveyards. Behind the modern automobile industry, there is a lot of ancient history in the city, boasting a strong and vibrant culture ready to be explored.