In the Czech Republic, you can find everything from a rich history, modern architecture, amazing castles and a lot of traditions to lose yourself in. This Central European country deserves more attention in terms of tourism thanks to all the beauties it has to offer. And you will not spend a fortune when you wander through its amazing cities and landscapes. In the Czech Republic, you can find not less than 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites to admire and get the feeling of traveling back in time. Get ready to discover unique mixes of architecture left behind by all the nations that influenced this country throughout the past centuries. And don’t be afraid to unveil the true charms of the Czech Republic by taking amazing photos to share with your loved ones as you get back home. To set you on the right path, here are the best places to visit in the Czech Republic and why they should be on your list!
Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
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Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, has to be one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Eastern Europe. Hosting the largest university in the country, Brno is an incredibly lively, young city which has a lot to offer to its visitors. Aside from the beautiful Cathedral and the City Hall, people who visit Brno in the winter are impressed by the lovely Christmas markets, which are full of atmosphere yet not nearly as touristic as the ones of Prague.
However, the best place to visit in the city is Villa Tugendhat, a fantastic example of functionalism. The villa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the early 1930s and boasts large rooms with stunning views over a park and the rest of the city. Only guided tours are allowed, and it is necessary to book in advance.
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While our time in the Czech Republic was limited to a stay in Prague, we wanted to see more than just the capital city. Kutna Hora, a historic Bohemian silver mining town which was the second largest city in 15th century Bohemia, and a favorite residence of several kings. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the best day trips from Prague first time visitors can make.
The most notable attraction in Kutna Hora is the macabre Sedlec Ossuary – more commonly known as “the Bone Church.” Its lower level is a bizarre conglomeration of baroque decorative elements fashioned from human bones in the tens of thousands, meticulously sorted and displayed. The atmosphere is simultaneously horrifying and holy. But the Sedlec Ossuary isn’t the only attraction in Kutna Hora.
The magnificent cathedral-like Church of St. Barbara is a beautiful example of Gothic and Baroque architecture, adorned with medieval frescoes; the 13th-century Italian court is a former mint and residence, and the Marian Column is a pinnacle sculpted in the 18th century to commemorate those lost to the plague. Spend a full day sightseeing and lunch at one of the many traditional Czech restaurants for hearty Bohemian specialties
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The Czech capital, Prague, is one of the most stunning cities in Europe. The first time I visited Prague, a few months after the former Eastern Bloc countries were added to the InterRail network in 1991; I didn’t really know what to expect. The big travel companies hadn’t even started running tours there, so, pre-internet, I didn’t even know what it looked like.
So standing on the Charle fairytale skyline of spires and domes of the Old Town, I was, to put it mildly, blown right away. The effect was similar when I turned around to look back at the, erm, fairytale skyline of spires and domes of the Lesser Town, Prague Castle, and St Vitus Cathedral. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
It took me over twenty years to make it back to Prague. It had, of course, changed a lot, as happens to anywhere that has been discovered, but much of it is still the same. As well as those skylines, it still has some of the best cafes and coffee in Europe, not to mention the best beer. And one of the best Christmas markets. It also has a museum devoted to Franz Kafka, one of my favorite authors and the reasons I went there in the first place. Now that I’m a father, it’s one of the first cities we’ll be taking our son to see on our forthcoming big Europe trip.
You can join remarkable tours to the mines and nearby museums, which gives you a glimpse into what it was like to work in these harsh conditions. Want something different? Check out the street art scene, float down the river or just hang out in the awesome breweries, cafes, and restaurants that line the town. If music is your thing, don’t miss the Colours of Ostrava music festival, one of the best events in all of Europe. With so many amazing things to do in Ostrava, it really is an exceptional place to visit in the Czech Republic.
Pilsen is a great little city often missed out when people visit the Czech Republic. There are lots of things to do in Pilsen to keep any visitor busy for a few days and at the end of each day treat yourself to a glass of Pilsner, the beer made famous by this town.
If you are a beer enthusiast, then the Brewery Museum will be your first stop where you can enjoy learning about the history of the beer followed by a tasting. Nearby is the Pilsen Historical Underground tour where you’ll be required to don a hard hat and weave your way through small passages and exhibits to learn about the history of the city. You’ll also get a free beer voucher at the end of the tour which you can cash it when you head for a traditional Czech dinner at one of the many cozy, local restaurants.
Pilsen is home to some spectacular religious buildings and many parks making it a lovely place to wander during the summer months. While Prague becomes full to bursting with tourists, Pilsen remains relatively calm and affordable and makes a great stop on your trip to the Czech Republic.
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One of my favorite places to visit in the Czech Republic was the sandstone “Rock Town” which towers over the town of Tisa. This popular hiking destination is found in the Bohemian Switzerland national park just over an hour drive North West of Prague.
These sandstone formations were formed on the ocean bed millions of years ago. As the earth moved the rocks cracked allowing the weather to erode the surrounding soil leaving a diverse landscape of rock walls, arches, spires and towers naturally carved into strange but recognizable shapes. There is a small fee for entry to the park, I recommend paying an extra 50c to get a map which details the official names of each formation; the mushroom, shoe, elephant, chapel and more.
The forested circular route starts with spectacular views out across the Czech and German countryside, the path then heads down the back of the walls through crevices and over boulders, to the sculptural area of the park. The changing landscape keeps the walk interesting while the well-maintained path with handrails and stairs make the walk accessible for anyone with a moderate level of fitness.
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Telc is a little-known city only a few hours drive from Prague. Surrounded by two ponds and a stone wall, the center of town is ringed with houses built in the late 14th century. They boast elegant gables, stunning molding and trim around the floors, windows, and doors, and on the ground level house shops and restaurants with an arched covered walkway. It’s like stepping into a fairytale village.
No matter what time of year you visit Telc, you will be greeted with the pastel colors and unique designs on each of the manor houses around the main square called Zacharias of Hradec. There are two castles, many houses, and of course a beautiful cathedral to round out your visit. Have lunch at one of the many restaurants on the square. We can recommend Restaurant Zach. The price is right, and the food is amazing. Try their local dumplings. Yum!
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Olomouc, the 6th largest city in the Czech Republic, used to be the capital of Moravia before it lost to Brno after the Thirty Years’ War. You’ll be able to realize the city’s historical importance when you first set your eyes on the amazing Old Town that’s been well preserved and contains wonderful cathedrals, churches, fountains, and houses.
Did you know Prague is not the only place with an astronomical clock? That’s right; you can find one in Olomouc too! It’s unique in its own way. On the Olomouc astronomical clock, you won’t find any religious statues. Instead, it’s workers who appear as figures circling in front of you when the full hour strikes. Olomouc belongs to students and the vibe in the town is young and free. That creates a beautiful contrast to the old buildings, which line the city center.
There are many unique things to do in Olomouc, and you’d miss a lot if you dedicated your time in the Czech Republic strictly to Prague. Get off the beaten path and let Olomouc show you its own character and charm. I grew up in a town nearby and used to go to Olomouc quite frequently. It’s amazing to observe how much the city has developed. You’ll even find full-on hipster cafés there!
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Veveří State Castle or Státní Hrad Veveří
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The original structure of Hrad Veveří, located about 25 Km North-West of Brno, is almost 1000 years old. It is conjectured that it was originally built as a hunting lodge of Duke Conrad of Brno and later as a prison for rebels. The original wooden structure was rebuilt in stone by the Luxembourg Dynasty and has since passed through the hands of several nobles, princes and rich people.
Over the period of all these centuries, several parts have been built and rebuilt, but the tower called the “Keep” is perhaps the only tower which still is well preserved from its oldest stone version.
While the castle may not be very big, but it is quite impressive and is in two parts. It will appear as if you are traveling back in time when you pass through 17th-century drawbridge. You wonder at the simple structures and highly functional defense-towers. Once a second bridge is crossed we reach The Keep which is easily the center of attraction as the oldest part of the castle and is the tallest of the extant towers. There are guided tours through the day to help visitors understand the history and various parts of the castle.
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When it comes to the Czech Republic, I simply cannot stop raving as to how beautiful every town that I have explored is. Right from the natural beauty, infrastructure, cuisine, and cultures, there’s a special streak to each Czech town. However, one of my favorites is the town of Litomyšl, set to the east of Prague. Litomyšl can be reached via a 2 hour plus, scenic train journey. This Czech town is one of the 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country and is also the birthplace of composer Bedřich Smetana.
Unlike some of the popular Czech towns, Litomyšl is a mix of everything. There is a cute town center with some great eateries, quaint little countryside houses, intriguing display of art, a beautiful castle and some forest area to go hiking.
Whatever be your choice of the perfect vacation, Litomyšl has everything to offer and the best part; it isn’t overcrowded with tourists even through summers. Some of the must-visit attractions in Litomyšl on the top of the list are- Litomyšl castle, Monastery gardens, the Piarist Church of Discovery, Portmoneum and the Old Town Square. All of this can be covered on foot! Pro-tip: Don’t miss out on the delicious Czech Special cuisine made here in Litomyšl, especially the local wine!
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Karlovy Vary, known also under the name Carlsbad, is a lovely spa town in the west of the Czech Republic. Known for natural springs of all possible kinds, the town prides itself in curing the digestive system. Additionally, your digestive system will appreciate a shot of Becherovka, a famous Czech herbal liquor, which is produced in Karlovy Vary.
If you come to Karlovy Vary for a spa treatment, you might be surprised that the service can sometimes be rather harsh. But that’s just the way of business here. The traditional spa treatments are about disciplined procedures, and no lazy wellness. Plus, most of the clients are Russian. Anyone who visits Karlovy Vary should buy a little drinking cup and then walk along the famous Karlovy Vary promenade, sipping from each thermal spring on the way.
Every year, the famous International Film Festival Karlovy Vary is held here and you can encounter projection tents all along the promenade. If you decide to visit during that time (beginning of July), book your accommodation well in advance.