Best places to visit in The Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov - Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Cesky Krumlov

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

Brno

Best places to visit in The Czech Republic

contributed by Claudia of My adventures across the World

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.

Kutna Hora

Kutna Hora -Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Kutna Hora

contributed by Betsy of PassingThru

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

Prague

Prague -Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Prague

contributed by David of Travel With Little One

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.

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov - Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Cesky Krumlov
contributed by LeAnne of Well Traveled Nebraskan
While becoming more and more touristy, you can still feel transported back to a magical medieval period in the small, quaint village of picturesque Cesky Krumlov.  Get lost on the cobblestone streets as you window browse the various shops offering delicious treats, handmade goodies, and gorgeous Czech Crystals.  If getting some fresh air is more of your thing, take a canoe ride down a lazy river where you can stop for fresh beers from monastery breweries or go on a horseback ride through the countryside.
Of course, no trip to Cesky Krumlov is complete with touring through the castle, towering literally out of the cliff-side looming over the whole village.  It’s even complete with a bear moat…..YES, a moat with bears! (How’s that for keeping away your enemies!?)
And if all else fails, nothing beats a freshly poured Czech beer paired with ANY delicious Czech food (Svíčková is my personal favorite!!) over looking the river or under the gaze of the castle.
There are few places that I go back to that I’ve already traveled to; however, there is just something about the simple charm of Cesky Krumlov that has pulled me back half a dozen times, and I have no doubt I’ll see her again!

Ostrava

Ostrava - Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Ostrava
contributed by Jarryd & Alesha of the NOMADasaurus
The Czech Republic has been drawing visitors for decades, but one place in this Central European nation that is growing in popularity is the industrial and fascinating city of Ostrava in the country’s east. For years it was known for being rough and dirty, thanks to the growth of coal mining as its primary industry, but these days its history has turned into one of the great reasons to visit.

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.

Liberec

Liberec - Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Liberec
contributed by Anna of My Travel Scrapbook
You may not have heard of the city of Liberec. Located in the North East of the Czech Republic, this relatively unknown city has several interesting sights from baroque architecture, a giant’s tea party to an alien spaceship. Stroll into the town center and be dazzled by its incredible town hall. Finished in 1891 this building resembles the iconic town hall in Vienna. Close by is an odd bus stop. The bus stop is under a shelter which appears to be a table upon which large items of food have been laid. It is a tea party for a couple of giants! They must have just left though as I did not spot any oversized creatures during my visit.
My final weird and wonderful destination was Ještěd. I climbed into a cable car and ascended into the mist. Upon arrival, I was above the clouds and stood outside a giant metallic structure. It appeared out of this world, and I believed it was a spaceship for aliens. I later discovered that Ještěd Tower on the mountain peak is actually a hotel, restaurant and TV tower. Liberec is a truly weird, wacky and wonderful day trip.

Pilsen

Pilsen - Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Pilsen
contributed by Rohan of Travels of a Bookpacker

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.

Lednice Park

Lednice Park Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Lednice Chateau
contributed by Shandos of Travelnuity
While the Czech Republic is home to many stunning castles and gardens, on my recent visit one, in particular, stole my heart: Lednice Park. Tucked away in the southeastern Czech Republic, not far from the Austrian border, this park and its neo-gothic castle were once the summer palace of the Liechtenstein family, rulers of present-day Liechtenstein up the other end of Austria. Surrounding the castle is a sprawling English garden-style park, complete with a lake, boat rides, and a minaret watchtower.
My visit was in late October, so all the trees were a riot of color, from reds to oranges to yellows to greens. But visit instead in spring or summer to see the formal gardens in all their glory, or in winter for the chance of snow. Entrance to the park is free, while there are different options for tours of the interior of the castle (mainly over the summer season). The park is situated within an hour’s drive of both Brno and Vienna. And best of all, if you’re traveling with a dog like I am, they’ll be welcome too.

Tisa

Tisa - Best places to visit in The Czech Republic

contributed by Kaylie of HAPPINESS TRAVELS HERE

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.

Telc

Telc -Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Telc

contributed by Corinne of Reflections Enroute 

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!

Olomouc

Olomouc - Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Olomouc

contributed by Veronika of Travel Geekery

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!

Lipno

Lipno - Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Lipno

contributed by Natalie of Love and Road

If you like nature and outdoor activities, Lipno is the perfect place to visit in the Czech Republic. The city is close to the famous and picturesque Cesky Krumlov (only 30 minutes away by car), but it’s totally different from its neighbor. Lipno is surrounded by mountains, rivers, and lakes. During winter it has ski slopes and the frozen lake as an open-air ice skating rink.
In summer, it’s a paradise for hiking and sailing. But doesn’t matter the season, the Treetop Walkaway (or Stezka Korunami Stromu in Czech) is an attraction not to be missed. This barrier-free wooden pathway starts on ground level and goes up to a 40 meters high tower where you can see the whole region. From the top you can admire the forest, the river, the mountains… the views are stunning! The best part is the way down, a sliding toboggan that within seconds takes you from the top of the forest back to the ground.

Veveří State Castle or Státní Hrad Veveří

Veveri castle - Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
Veveri castle

contributed by Nisha and Vasu of the Lemonicks

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.

Litomyšl

castle Litomysl -Best places to visit in The Czech Republic
castle Litomysl

contributed by Parampara & Parichay of the Awara Diaries

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!

Marianske Lazne

Best places to visit in The Czech Republic

contributed by Elena of Passion for Hospitality

The charming Spa town of Marianske Lazne (Marienbad) was once a favourite retreat for the aristocrats, the elite and the royal families — who would escape here to enjoy the renowned Czech thermal waters, the glamorous parties, concerts and private events.
Today despite the modern wellness movement, Marianske Lazne has managed to maintain its historical charm. This year in May, Marianske Lazne celebrated its 200 years of spa tradition. The grand architecture, magnificent parks and fountains are just a few of the reasons why you will absolutely love this town. The fairy tales of kings, queens, legends and myths add up to the magical aura of this quaint town.
Located in Western Bohemia very close to the German Border, Mariansk Lazne is approximately a two-hour drive from Prague. Here you will find luxury castle hotels, magnificent architecture, the second largest Golf course in Europe started by King Edward VII who was absolutely in love with the town, a grand casino, numerous hiking and cycling routes  — and the mineral waters of course.

Karlovy Vary

Best places to visit in The Czech Republic

contributed by Veronika of Travel Geekery

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.

These are the most beautiful things that you should absolutely not miss while you find yourself in the Czech Republic. But you can try to enrich your experience by discovering your own favorite places, not listen in a guide. Exploring such a rich and interesting country will definitely be something you will enjoy doing. And locals will be more than happy to share their culture and traditions with you so you can understand better how amazing the essence of this European country is. Remember that each country is different and has its own identity and you can learn many things from it once you open your heart and mind to experience new adventures!

4 Comments

  • Thank you for sharing such a thorough blog on Czech. I actually learned about a ton of new places to visit. When I was there only for a short while I spent most of my time in Prague although I did take the train throughout the country time didn’t allow us to make as many stops as I would have liked. You have inspired me to go back! Thank You again!
    Ciara Mumford

    • Czech Republik is amazing and there is so much to see beyond Prague. I am really looking forward to my trip there next month.

  • Well articulated and detailed information about the place was helpful. The history and culture was beautifully explained. The illustration and various photos taken are beautiful; it gives a nice vivid picture of the country. Detailed explanation about various places was extremely helpful.

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