Prague, my hometown is a beautiful city to visit, but sometimes people forget there is much more to natural beauty and gorgeous cities to see in the Czech Republic. From stunning castles to romantic chateaux, to natural rock formations. Here are the seven best places to visit in the Czech Republic.
Kutna Hora is just around an hour long train ride outside of Prague. This beautiful city that is UNESCO World Heritage Site has a gorgeous gothic cathedral Church of St. Barbara (Chrám Svaté Barbory). And in the neighboring town of Sedlec, you will find another gothic cathedral Church of Our Lady (Chrám Nanebevzetí Panny Marie) and the famous Sedlec Ossuary (Sedlecká kostnice). The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of around 60,000 people. While their bones have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. Scary but amazing at the same time.
How to get there: by train from Prague Main Station (Praha Hlavni nadrazi) to Kutna Hora Main Station. Here you will change for a local train and go to Kutna Hora City (Mesto) or Kutna Hora Sedlec for the Ossuary. Don’t worry, there is a lot of tourist getting off and on the train so you won’t definitely get lost.
Cesky Krumlov is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Czech Republic and favorite place to visit by the tourists. The city is built around the large Cesky Krumlov Castle. Inside the castle complex, there is a beautiful garden and baroque outdoor theatre. Due to its age, the theatre is only used three times a year.
Cesky Krumlov hosts a number of festivals such as Five-Petaled Rose Festival when the downtown is turned into a medieval town with craftsmen, artists, musicians, and local people in costume.
How to get there: use a bus service operator RegioJet, that leaves every hour from bus station Praha – Na Knizeci (metro station Andel). Journey by bus takes around 3 hours.
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Bohemian Switzerland National Park
Bohemian Switzerland National Park is a picturesque region in the north-western part of Czech Republic, at the German border. It is a great place for a hike and enjoying the beauty of nature. If you are feeling tired, there are touristic buses and trains going to the National Park.
The famous rock formation Pravcicka Brana (pictured) it is the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe.
How to get there: take a train from Prague Masaryk railway station to Decin and then change for a local train to Krasna Lipa, that is in the heart of Bohemian Switzerland. The journey by train takes around 3 hours.
Karlovy Vary is a spa town situated in western Bohemia, that is famous for its hot springs. The city is full of colorful buildings and gorgeous villas.
The city is also known for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which is one of the oldest in the world and one of Europe’s major film events. It is also known for the popular Czech liqueur Becherovka and the production of the famous glass manufacturer Moser Glass.
How to get there: two hours long bus ride by the operator Regiojet that goes every half and hour to hour from Prague Florenc bus station.
Hluboka Castle is on of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic. The castle was rebuilt from Gothic to Renaissance, to a Baroque castle and reached its current appearance during the 19th century when it was reconstructed into romantic style of England’s Windsor Castle.
The castle is opened every day during the summer. For more information, admission and opening hours visit the official website.
How to get there: by train from Prague Main Station to Ceske Budejovice and then change for a local train to Hluboka nad Vltavou. Or by bus from Prague Florenc bus station and also change in Ceske Budejovice and then to Hluboka nad Vltavou. Both go around two and half hours. (If you have more time visit Ceske Budejovice, the city is also very beautiful).
Lednice Valtice Area
Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape is a cultural-natural landscape complex of 283.09 square kilometres (109.30 sq mi) in the Lednice and Valtice areas of the South Moravian Region. The place is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The most memorable places are Lednice Castle, Chateau Valtice, The Collonade, Belvedere and much more. By the end of the day, you can relax in one of the local wine cellars and taste some delicious Moravian wine.
How to get there: as this place is in Southern Moravia it is best to get there by car and spend more than one day. The area is large and will take you some time to explore. And it is definitely worth it.
What would be a guide about the Czech Republic without a beer? Pilsen (Plzen) is a city in Western Bohemia that gave a birth to the famous Pilsner beer. Pilsner Urquell is the world’s first-ever pilsner type blond lager. If you visit the city of Pilsen, the tour of its brewery is a must.
‘Czech’ their official page for tours and admissions.
Once in Pilsen, don’t forget to visit the city center with St. Bartholomew’s Gothic Cathedral, nearby Great Synagogue or Renaissance Town Hall.
How to get there: Plzen is only an hour and a half out of Prague by train that leaves from the Prague Main Station.
What place in the Czech Republic do you like the most? Have you been to some of these places? Which one you’d like to visit? Let me know in the comments bellow.
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