Only separated from Slovakia in 1993, the Czech Republic may be young on paper, but the country already has thousands of years of history and is now one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. A land of countless castles and beautiful natural landscapes, the country goes far beyond its famous capital, Prague, and is certainly worth a trip for that alone.
With that in mind, today, we’ve compiled a list of amazing destinations to visit in the Czech Republic. Check them out!
Prague is one of the best preserved and most unique capitals in the world, and certainly a sight to see. In the same place, you can see the Gothic architecture of the Church of Our Lady in front of Týn and the Baroque architecture of St. Nicholas Church. You will also find the Orloj, a medieval astronomical clock and a tower from which you can have a panoramic view of the old town.
Like most cities that develop near geothermal areas, Karlovy Vary has been a spa destination for hundreds of years. Today, it has developed in the eyes of international travelers, who also come to enjoy its imposing architecture – buildings that were built for the nobility of the time, who frequented the spas – and the Becherovka liquor.
Český Krumlov is the ideal Czech town for those who want to feel like they are in a fairy tale . With a picturesque castle sitting on the highest point of the town and small medieval-looking houses and red roofs surrounding the area, you might as well be in Beauty and the Beast . The city has changed little since the 18th century and, therefore, visiting it is like traveling back in time. Be sure to climb to the castle to enjoy the view from the top and explore the small stores and restaurants scattered throughout the narrow streets.
Perhaps the best thing about Olomouc is that it has not yet been discovered by large groups of tourists and remains remarkably empty and unexplored. Located in the east of the country, the city is imposing, with a beautiful central square surrounded by well-preserved buildings and a central column protected by UNESCO. In addition to museums, castles and cathedrals, you can’t miss the local cheese, famous for its strong smell.
North of the city of Brno there is a protected area which is among the most famous in the country and even in Eastern Europe. Indeed, the Moravian Karst gathers a large number of remarkable geological formations, capable of surprising anyone. The region is full of impressive caves, chasms and rocks. One of the most popular excursions takes visitors on a small boat to explore an underground river.
The Czech name may not stir up any memories, but Plzeň in German is Pilsen – and you’ve certainly heard of it. This is where the popular lager variety known as Pilsen was born around the 1840s. Beer lovers will definitely want to check out the local breweries, which pride themselves on being original, but the city has more to offer. Be sure to take a stroll through the historic center or visit the city’s cultural centers – and be sure to spend a night here to experience its nightlife.
At first glance, Kutná Hora may seem like just another medieval town, but it stands out for its original collection of Gothic churches and other structures. Established as a monastery, it eventually grew and became wealthy due to the discovery of silver mines in the area throughout the 14th century. The silver has disappeared, but much of what was built with the silver from the ore is still there, listed as a World Heritage Site. One of the must-see sites is the Sedlec Ossuary, a macabre monastery adorned with the bones of some 40,000 people who were buried there.
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