During my time living in Slovakia and Germany, the Czech Republic was on my doorstep and I ventured over for weekend trips quite regularly. Prague, of course, is a huge drawcard, but it’s often quite full of tourists and that’s one reason why heading to places beyond the Czech capital can be a whole lot of fun. There are numerous great destinations but I’ve put together a list of ten travel tips for things to do in the Czech Republic outside Prague to give you some ideas.
Brno is the Czech Republic’s second city and with a population of around half a million it’s a friendly size. It’s also a university town so it’s full of great bars and places to eat – have a look at Andy’s post on Brno as he was quite smitten! One of my dearest friends lives in Brno so I love the place too, and also like that it has a few quirks – like the stuffed crocodile hanging in the Brno Town Hall!
View in Brno by Amanda Kendle
In the north of the country on the Polish border, the Adrspach-Teplice Rocks is an amazing landscape includes gorges and pinnacles and has plenty of good hiking routes. It’s also popular with rock climbers (and apparently some rock jumpers too).
Teplice Rocks by burge5k
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Czech Republic ouside of Prague is the spa town of Karlovy Vary. It’s also well known for its annual film festival, and it’s even home to Becherovka, a very strong-tasting herbal liquer (very strong – but I did kind of like it!).
Karlovy Vary by Jim Linwood
Found in central Bohemia just a short drive south-west of Prague, Karlstejn Castle is the most visited castle in the country. It dates back to the 14th century and is a huge Gothic castle, looking straight out of the pages of a fairy tale.
Karlstejn Castle by Triviality
My very first experience in the Czech Republic was visiting some of the Moravian Karst caves. Apparently there are some 400 caves in the area but I only made it through two, the Punkva Cave and the Katerinska Cave, and I found both spectacular.
Moravian Karst Cave by Amanda Kendle
For something a little different, a day trip out of Prague to Kutna Hora was recommended by Suchi. It’s particularly known for Kostnice Sedlice – the “bone church” or ossuary, which basically means many of the bones of those buried there have been used for decorative purposes!
Kostnice Sedlice by Rauch
Beer lovers in particular will be intrigued by the idea of visiting Plzen or Pilsen, the home of famous Czech beer Pilsner Urquell. You can check out the beer being made with a brewery tour, and the rest of the town of Plzen is attractive too (apart from, perhaps, the massive Skoda plant!).
Czech beer by bad9brad
One of my personal highlights of the Czech Republic was the scenic town of Cesky Krumlov south of Prague. It’s on the UNESCO heritage list and has such a picturesque setting, with the Vltava River flowing through and meticulously renovated buildings. They have quite a cultural and arty scene so do look up what’s happening in town when you’re there.
Cesky Krumlov by Amanda Kendle
Sumava or the Bohemian Forest is a region found on the Austrian border, and is a national park area which includes the Boubin Virgin Forest. It’s one of the best places in the Czech Republic for outdoor and nature lovers.
Forest in Sumava by donald judge
For those intrigued by war history, the town of Terezin makes for an interesting destination. A fortresses built here by the Habsburgs became a political prison in the first World War and then a Nazi concentration camp in the second World War.
Terezin fortress by Tjflex2
Your Czech Tips
There are countless other great places to visit in the Czech Republic so please do leave us your own favourite Czech tips in the comments below.