The biggest attraction of the Czech Republic is undoubtedly the capital city of Prague, but the country has way more to offer its visitors. Due to its fascinating history, the Czech Republic features many impressive castles, palaces, and churches, which deserve to be admired. Besides all this, Czech nature is beautiful and is full of diversity. We’ve created for you a list of nine exceptional places to visit from Prague, that you’ll be sure to enjoy, whether you are looking to explore little towns or lavish fairy-tale palaces.
Karlovy Vary, or Carlsbad, is a spa town situated in western Bohemia. This rich and unique city is probably the second most famous city in the Czech Republic, right after the capital of Prague. The city is named after Charles IV, a significant emperor and king of Bohemia, who founded Karlovy Vary in 1370. The city was primarily known for holding the hottest spring in the Czech Republic. Besides this, there are about 13 main springs and 300 smaller springs.
But that is not all that Karlovy Vary can offer. The cultural city holds a prestigious and popular event, visited by many famous artists in the cinematography industry. In 2017, Karlovy Vary hosted its 52nd International Film Festival. This event attracts many celebrities, as well as tourists. This lively city has a unique atmosphere and strolling along the beautiful streets and promenade is like a fairytale. The Karlovy Vary Tour from Prague takes you through the most visited Czech Spa city, with the best live guides. The tour is available in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, and Russian.
Karlovy Vary Tour from Prague with Lunch
Duration: 9 hour
Český Krumlov is another gem in the land of Bohemia. One of the most picturesque towns in Europe, it is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The streets are filled with Renaissance and Baroque architecture and the charming historic center attracts hordes of tourists. The dominant point of the town is a stunning castle, which stands above the Vltava river. There are lively bars and riverside picnic spots here, as well and the place is particularly popular with backpackers, in the summertime.
Winter or summer, this town is beautiful any time of year and should not be missed. Gain the most out of your trip to Český Krumlov, with this informative and exciting guided walking tour. You will stroll up to the castle and wander the enchanting streets of the Old Town.
Cesky Krumlov Old Town Private Walking Tour
Duration: 30 to 180 minutes
Olomouc is a lesser known city among tourists. However, this majestic city has one of the most beautiful main squares and historical centers in the Czech Republic. The central point of the square is adorned with a UNESCO-protected trinity column. The central streets are filled with beautiful and lavish decorated churches, with a long and fascinating history. Besides all this, Olomouc is also home to a university, making the city lively and cultural.
When you are finished exploring the town, you can taste the delicious chilled beer in any of the breweries. Don’t forget to try Olomoucké Syrečky cheese, which is probably the smelliest cheese in the Czech Republic. Wondering how to get here? Enjoy the 3-hour tour from Prague’s airport or your Prague hotel. Admire the spectacular landscape of the Czech countryside, while the transfer takes you to the final point, in comfort.
Private Transfer to Olomouc from Prague
Duration: 3 hours
A trip to the Terezin Concentration Camp will not be a cheerful one, but it will surely touch your heart to learn about the painful history retained in this place. Terezín used to be a fortress, built by Josef II, who named it after his mother, Maria Theresa. However, Terezín is remembered mainly as a prison and later, during World War II, as a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp.
Besides the tour through the concentration camp, which still keeps its original appearance and buildings, you can visit the Terezín Monument, dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. This place is in honor of those who were indefatigable, brave and had an absolute will to live. The Terezin Concentration Camp Day Tour from Prague is a 5-hour tour with a departure point in Prague. The expert guide will introduce you the fascinating history behind one of the largest camps in the Czech Republic.
Terezin Concentration Camp Day Tour from Prague
Duration: 6 hours
Pilsen is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic, situated in western Bohemia. The town has a significant role in the industrial, commercial and cultural sphere of the country. The city was founded by the king Wenceslas II and is found at the confluence of four rivers - the Radbuza, Mže, Uhlava, and Uslava. Due to its location on the crossroads of two important trade routes and its proximity to the capital, Pilsen has undergone rapid growth. The high culture and economic standard of life in Pilsen are enhanced particularly by its heritage and in 1989, the medieval center was declared a historical landmark.
Pilsen organizes international cultural events, such as Smetana Days, the International Drawing Biennial and the international Bi-Band Festival. In the summer, there are various open-air festivals. Pilsen is also home to the delicious drink, Pilsner beer. The most famous and popular Czech beer you can taste, Pilsen Urquell, comes right from here. The Private Custom Tour to Pilsen from Prague is a full day tour, from Prague. With your guide, you will explore the old historical center and visit the world famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery, with a beer tasting.
Pilsen Private Tour from Prague
Duration: 8 hours
6. Bezděz Castle
Bezděz is a picturesque village, with a medieval castle, majestically placed on the highest peak of a hill. Nicknamed the King of the Castles, Bezdez is intertwined with many secrets. The story says that monks hid treasure here. Tourists come here today to get inspired, as the favorite Czech poet, H. Mácha used to do. His famous poem “Máj” (May) was written in this area. The castle has a memorial to Mácha in the form of a plaque, and nearby Doksy even features his museum. From time to time, his poems are read in the castle.
Bezdez is one of the many fascinating castles in the Czech Republic and it has preserved its original appearance. From the top of the tower, which is 34 meters (111.5 feet) tall, you can enjoy an exceptional view of Macha’s landscape, as well as the TV Tower Ještěď and the Luzicke Mountains. Theaters and medieval performances are regularly held here.
Address: Bezděz, Czech Republic
Website: Bezděz Castle (in Czech)
The most famous castle in the Czech Republic, Karlštejn Castle, proudly holds an exceptional position among all others. It was built by the Czech king Charles IV, as a place to store the royal treasures and the crown jewels. Construction was finished when the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the Great Tower was built. The chapel used to keep the imperial crown jewels until 1420 when the Hussite wars began.
The castle features the greatest gallery of the kings of Bohemia. It is positioned in absolutely beautiful nature and provides stunning views. However, Karlštej, as one of the most popular attractions in the country, is under constant tourist pressure and sees a lot of crowds. But, as of yet, nothing has changed about its beauty. The Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague is provided by experienced guides, who will illuminate for you both the history and the present of the 14th century gothic Karlštejn.
Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague
Duration: 5 hours
The charming German city of Dresden is situated along the northern bank of the Elbe river. The city offers the beautiful views of countless spires, domes and towers, belonging to lavish palaces, churches, and stately buildings. When you stroll through Dresen today, it is hard to believe that the city was wiped off the map by bombings in 1945. Dresden is charming, especially in the winter, when you can visit one of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe and one of the biggest in Germany.
Besides all this, Dresden features many impressive monuments and a picturesque historic center. Dresden is easily accessible from Prague and you can be here within a two-hour drive, so it’s a great option for a day trip. Discover the spectacular monuments and architectural wonders of Dresden, during this 1.5-hour walking tour.
Dresden Walking Tour of the Historic Old Town with English Speaking Guide
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Kutná Hora is a charming city in the Central Bohemian region of the Czech Republic and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the name implies, its history is related to the extraction of silver and silver ores, here. In the medieval age, Kutná Hora was one of the three most important European leaders in the production of silver. Due to the silver mines, the town became one of the richest and most powerful cities in the region.
Nowadays, Kutná Hora holds several UNESCO designated sites and still retains its unique medieval architecture. It is a beautiful place to stroll. The Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague is a 5-hour tour, that begins with a pickup in central Prague. Hop aboard your coach and start the journey toward Kutna Hora.
Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague
Duration: 6 hours
Explore more of the Czech Republic than Prague
We are sure that the list above is broad enough. However, if you are looking for even more exceptional places to visit, try any of these most visited castles and palaces in the Czech Republic: Lednice, Hluboká nad Vltavou, Konopiště, Litoměřice, Kroměříž, Křivoklát or Trosky Castle.
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