What to visit in Czech Republic

Even though Prague is beautiful and offers plenty to see and do, you will surely want to visit other spots in the Czech Republic too. The country is full of medieval towns, castles, and natural parks, most of which you can visit all year round. It doesn’t matter if you’re a tourist or local, here is our pick of the seven best sights that shouldn’t be missed on any traveler’s bucket list.

Cesky Krumlov

Home to the second biggest castle complex in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this picturesque town is also the second most visited spot in the Czech Republic. 

Wrapped in and around a bend of the Vltava River, it’s especially popular during summer for canoeing and rafting. Each year, it hosts the River Marathon and International Music Festival. It also boasts a world-renowned gallery featuring the work of Egon Schiele.

Kutna Hora

Situated just about 50 miles east of Prague, this medieval silver mining town is mainly visited for the Sedlec Ossuary. This Baroque chapel set just outside of the town is decorated with over 40,000 human bones of the victims of the Black Death and the Hussite Wars in the 14th and 15th centuries.

The Gothic St. Barbara’s Church, a part of the UNESCO World Heritage, is also worth visiting.

Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is the gem of Western Bohemia. This spa town attracts thousands of tourists each year. And not only for the curative hot springs but also for its annual International Movie Festival. 

The colorful neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance architecture and the peaceful collonades, all nestled in a lush valley, make Karlovy Vary the perfect weekend getaway.

Bohemian Switzerland National Park

Sandstone mountains, gorges, rock ravines, canyons, and pristine nature. That’s Bohemian Switzerland. It sits in the north-western Czech Republic, right against Saxon Switzerland National Park in Germany, and offers trails crossing from one country to the other for the ultimate hiking experience. 

Even though there are plenty of paths to walk and spots to see, Pravcicka Brana is a must to glimpse. This 16-meter tall and 27-meter wide rock formation is actually the largest sandstone rock arch in Europe and one of the most scenic natural monuments in the whole of Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

Karlstejn

Founded in 1348 by Charles IV, the King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, this Gothic castle was built as his private residence and for safekeeping royal treasures, including holy relics and the Imperial Crown Jewels. It was reconstructed by Czech architect Josef Mocker in a purist neo-Gothic style when it gained its present appearance.

Today, visitors can enjoy a tour through the five-story Imperial Palace and the Chapel of the Holy Cross, featuring 129 paintings by Master Theodoric, a replica of the Royal Crown of Bohemia, and a unique castle well.

Brno

Even though Brno is the second largest town in the Czech Republic, it doesn’t get much attention. At the same time, it’s also home to some great sights, as well as a significant digital nomad community.

Explore its Old Town, visit the Spilberk Castle, discover the outdoor markets, or just enjoy a cup of quality coffee in one of the premium cafes. One simply can’t get bored in Brno.

Sumava Mountains

Sumava, also known as the Bohemian Forest, is one of the oldest mountain ranges in Europe. It dates back to the Paleozoic Era and creates natural borders among the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria.

It features extensive peat bogs, meadows, glacial lakes, as well as unique wildlife and offers various sorts of activities. From hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing to splendid chateaux, museums, and churches. You will fall in love with Sumava.

Conclusion

Here you have it. These were some of our favorite spots for trips around the Czech Republic. Not sure who you’d like to go with to explore the beauties of this country? Join our groups on Facebook, WhatsApp, or come to one of our meetups at Coffice Prague to get to know your fellow travelers.

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