Czech Republic Bucket List | 30+ Great Places To Visit In Czech Republic

Up until 1989, the Czech Republic was a communist country, and out of bounds for most tourists. Despite that, the past few decades have seen it evolve into one of Europe’s top travel destinations.

Naturally, most people planning their Czech Republic itinerary will have factored in Prague, however, there’s a whole multitude of outstanding places that are worthy of a place on your Czech Republic bucket list.

Regardless of your travel style, you’ll find an abundance of places to visit in Czech Republic including mediaeval Old Towns, UNESCO heritage sites, ancient castles and beautiful natural places for outdoor pursuits. Not forgetting that the Czech Republic is also home to a thriving beer and wine scene.   

This article showcases the best Czech Republic landmarks, exciting things to do along with where to find the place and useful tips on how to make the most of your trip to Czechia.

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Best Places To Visit In Czech Republic - At A Glance

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What To Do In Czech Republic

  • Prague Castle
  • UNESCO City of Český Krumlov
  • Chateau & Gardens at Lednice
  • Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall & Square
  • Konopiste Castle
  • Pilsen City, Beer & Historical Underground Network
  • Hike the Largest Sandstone Arch in Europe
  • Walk Across the Sky Bridge 721
  • Sunset Over Charles Bridge from Letna Park
  • Experience Masopust Festival  
  • Horseshoe Point on the Vltava River
  • Chateau of Hluboká
  • Jewish Quarter of Prague
  • UNESCO listed Villa Tugendhat
  • Drink Beer at the Original Budweiser Beer Factory
  • The Healing Waters at Karlovy Vary Spa Town
  • Wander Mediaeval Village of Holašovice
  • The Kutna Hora Bone Church
  • Treetop Walkway & Skate on a Lake in Lipno
  • Take a Beer Spa
  • Climb the Pétrin Lookout Tower
  • Punkva Caves in the Moravian Karst
  • Star-Shaped Church of St John of Nepomuk
  • Ancient Town of Třebíč
  • Ještěd Tower & Mountain
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30+ Things For Your Czech Republic Bucket List

This article has been written with the help of other travel writers who share with you the best places to go in Czech Republic. Each of their suggestions features highlights of what to see, as well as useful insider tips for making the best out of your trip.

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Marvel at Prague Castle

Location: Prague

Highlights: Prague Castle is a sight like no other. The UNESCO-listed largest castle complex in the world is a beautiful hodge-podge of different architectural styles from different eras. It towers above the picturesque Charles Bridge and practically makes Prague’s silhouette.    

Prague Castle speaks history and dates back to the Middle Ages. But it’s not just history buffs who’ll enjoy a visit to Prague Castle. There are so many pretty nooks and corners, charming spots to take pictures, towers to climb, gardens to peruse…and come Christmas time, the area around the majestic St. Vitus Cathedral becomes festive, a tree is put up and a little Christmas market fitted in. It’s just the most magical atmosphere you could find at a Christmas market.

Whichever time of year you visit, Prague Castle is definitely a must-see if you’re visiting Czech Republic.

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Prague Castle | Canva

Tips for Visiting: There are more ways of getting to Prague Castle but the easiest one is simply to take the no. 22/23 tram to a stop called Pražský hrad. Turn left and you’ll be by one of the castle gates in no time.

There are security frames to enter but they’re generally hassle-free. During peak hours – weekends afternoon – queues may form.

You’re free to walk around the courtyards and admire the exteriors, including the gardens, for free. It’s highly advisable, though, that you purchase a Prague Castle ticket and also see the interiors of the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the St. George’s Basilica, and lastly, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower.

Year round, the Prague Castle complex stays open from 6 am to 10 pm, with the buildings open from 9 am to 5 pm (Apr-Oct) / 6 pm (Nov-Mar).

Recommended by Veronika Primm from Travel Geekery

Book In Advance: Prague Castle Entry Tickets

The Fairytale-Like City Of Český Krumlov

Location: Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia

Highlights: If you go into any Czech Republic tourism office, and ask for a fairytale-like destination, I guarantee they will highly recommend Český Krumlov.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Český Krumlov is one of the most stunningly beautiful historic towns in the country and looks like it’s been plucked straight from a movie set. If you’re looking for one of the best things to do in Czech Republic outside of Prague, then it’s worth noting that (after Prague), the city of Cesky Krumlov is the second most visited tourist spots in Czech Republic. It draws in huge crowds, especially during the peak season.

The city is located on the meandering banks of the Vltava River, nestled next to a rocky slope with a dominating 13th-century castle perched on top. Some of the must-do things here include getting lost in the myriad of pretty cobblestoned streets and alleyways, walk over the arched Cloak Bridge, climb the Bell Tower and ride one of the traditional wooden rafts along the Vltava River.

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Český Krumlov, South Bohemia

Tips for Visiting: Ideally you want to spend at least one day in Cesky Krumlov, if you want to get beautiful photos without the crowds in them, then explore the city early in the morning. Because of its popularity, there are numerous options for day trips to Cesky Krumlov from Prague.

The best city views can be found looking down from the Cloak Bridge or along the road that connects the Cloak Bridge to the Castle Gardens. Another great place to take photos is the small gated courtyard about halfway along Horní on the way out of the Old Town.

Visit The Beautiful Chateau And Gardens At Lednice

Location: Lednice

Highlights: With its magnificent architecture and gorgeous landscaped gardens, Lednice Chateau is the second most visited historic attraction in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle.

Outside, the beautiful palace features stunning English Gothic style architecture, surrounded by ornamental gardens and a landscaped park that covers almost 200 hectares and makes up the UNESCO-listed Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape.

Inside, the chateau’s opulent living, dining and reception rooms are bursting with ornately carved wood panelling, glittering chandeliers, rich wall coverings and priceless antique furniture and paintings. There’s also an airy Palm House filled with tropical plants, a puppet museum, a hunting lodge, and a 60-metre-tall Turkish-style minaret that you can climb for amazing views over the park.

Lednice Chateau is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in the Czech Republic, espeically if you’re visiting nearby Brno.

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Lednice Chateau | Passport & Pixels

Tips for Visiting: The palace is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day in summer and 10 am to 4 pm on weekends only in winter, and it’s closed in January.

There’s a range of different tours you can do, usually starting around every 15-60 minutes depending on numbers. Best for a quick overview is either (or both) the 45-minute ‘Representative Rooms’ tour which takes you through the ground floor and the ‘Private Princely Apartments’ tour which covers the first floor.

Other tours cover other parts of the house and gardens but it’s also easy to wander by yourself. In summer the park is a wonderful place to relax with a picnic.

If you have a car, and you’re visiting Lednice then also take a short trip to nearby Valtice and Mikulov.

Recommended by Bella from Passport & Pixels

Prague Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall and Square

Location: Prague

Highlights: No list of Czech Republic attractions would be complete without this iconic landmark, and certainly wants adding to your Prague bucket list.

Located in the heart of Prague, you can’t miss Old Town Square. On one side of the square, you’ll see the Church of Our Lady before Týn. And on the other side, you’ll find Old Town Hall, which is home to a 70-metre (230-foot) Gothic tower and the Prague Astronomical Clock.

It was mounted to Old Town Hall in 1410, over 600 years ago! The Prague Astronomical Clock is the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. On the hour, the clock puts on a little show, while figurines of the 12 Apostles are put into motion.

Located in the centre of Old Town Square and seeing the Prague Astronomical Clock from the outside is pretty incredible. But there’s also a way to get an even better view of the square plus see the inner workings of the astronomical clock by seeing it from inside.

By purchasing a ticket for the Old Town Hall, you will have access to a lift that will take you to the top of the tower. There you will not only be able to appreciate Old Town Square, but you’ll also get a view of the entire city. The ticket also includes entry into the Chapel of the Virgin Mary and the historical halls and underground areas of the Town Hall.

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Astonomical Clock | Those Johnson Boys

Tips for Visiting: Because this is one of the most popular things to do in Prague, it gets busy.  If you want to see the square with virtually no other tourists, arrive early in the morning!

And for an even more magical experience, visit Old Town Square during Christmas, where you’ll be immersed in Prague’s biggest Christmas market.

Recommended by Jenn from Those Johnson Boys

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Explore Konopiste Castle

Location: Benesov, Czech Republic

Highlights: Konopiště Castle is located just an hour outside Prague, and it’s hands-down one of the most beautiful castles in Czech Republic. The well-preserved castle was once home to Austrian Archduke and Heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand d’Este and still includes an extensive display of his hunting equipment and heirlooms.

There are acres of beautiful grounds to explore, including a rose garden with peacocks roaming around, a long loop around the lake, a small enclosure with deer to feed and sprawling fields. In the fall, there’s truly no better place in Czech Republic to see fall colours. 

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Konopiště Castle | Undiscovered Path Home.

Tips for Visiting: Visiting Konopiště Castle is easy – and you don’t even need a car if you’re coming from Prague.

You could do a tour to Konopiste from Prague, or if you want to go solo, take a fast train from Prague to Benešov (R17) and either walk from the train station or take the ekovláček. If you have a car, it’s even easier: drive south on the D1 and take the exit towards Benešov until you see signs for the castle.

Once you arrive, you can take a guided English tour through the castle, or just walk around the extensive grounds for free. There’s a great authentic Czech restaurant right below the castle, too, serving up game meat and Czech food.

Recommended by Samantha Tatro of Undiscovered Path Home

Pilsen City, Beer & Historical Underground Network

Location: Pilsen, Czech Republic

Highlights: Beneath the city of Pilsen is an underground network of passageways and cellars. The historical underground of Pilsen is old, dating back to the 13th century.

The historic underground of Pilsen is one of the longest underground networks in Europe, with about 20 kilometres of tunnels and passageways in total. The underground passageways were used for both storage and the transportation of goods. Not only were the tunnels used for storing goods but they offered protection to local villagers whenever the city of Pilsen was under attack.

Another highlight in Pilsen is the famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery, and having a beer here is a must-do in Czech Republic. If you’re a beer lover, then do the tour of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery. If taking the historical underground tour, visitors get a beer voucher for a few Pilsener restaurants around town.

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Pilsner Urquell Cavern | Canva

Tips for Visiting: Visiting the Historical Underground of Pilsen is only allowed through a guided tour and there is a small fee to join the tour. The tour lasts about 60 minutes and visitors can download an app on their phone to get the tour in either English or German.

Since the tour is entirely underground, the temperatures are cooler than above ground, so it is recommended to dress appropriately.

At the end of the tour and if you are of age, take advantage of the beer voucher and enjoy a refreshing Pilsner Urquell Beer.

Recommended by Brandon from Zimmin Around the World

Book In Advance: Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour

Hike to the Largest Sandstone Arch in Europe

Location: Bohemian Switzerland National Park

Highlights: At a whopping 21 metres high and 27 metres wide, there’s no question that Pravčická brána – the largest, natural sandstone arch in Europe – is a pretty impressive sight!

And the fact that it’s located in a gorgeous national park – a protected area of woodland, forest and rocky gorges long associated with fairy tales, myths and legends – only adds to the appeal.

Take one of the many excellent hiking or cycling trails through this landscape and prepare to be inspired like countless others before you, including Hans Christian Anderson (who wrote part of the Snow Queen here) and Hollywood movie producers, who chose this national park to film part of the Chronicles of Narnia.

Boat trips on the river in this park can also be enjoyed and make the perfect pairing with your trip to see and snap the mighty Pravčická brána.

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Bohemian Switzerland National Park | Big World Small Pockets

Tips for Visiting: Located very close to the German border, the Bohemian Switzerland National Park can be accessed on a day trip from Prague, either via guided tour or by taking a 2-hour train. Better still, however, if you’re doing extended travelling in Czech Republic, is to spend the night in the nearby town of Děčín, from where you can enjoy all the park has to offer over a couple of days.

To access the park entrance from Děčín, catch local bus #434 to Mezní Louka. Entrance to the park is free and is open all year round – although beware of snow and seriously cold temperatures from November through March!

Recommended by Steph Parker from Big World Small Pockets

Walk Across the Sky Bridge 721

Location: Dolní Morava Mountain Resort in East Bohemia

Highlights: Sky Bridge 721 is the longest suspension bridge in the World and definitely one of the best things to do in the Czech Republic.  The 721-metre long, 1.2m wide footbridge will take you from one mountain ridge to another, a breathtaking 95 metres above the valley below.

It opened to the public in spring 2022 and is part of the Dolní Morava Mountain Resort where you can also enjoy skiing and snow sports in winter, hiking and biking in the summer, and the Sky Walk, a spiral wooden platform 55 metres above the ground.  There is also a fabulous alpine coaster that will whisk you back down the mountainside in minutes.

The views from the bridge are stunning, and once you’ve made it to the other side there’s a 2km walk back to the entrance which also gives you fantastic views of the bridge itself.

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Sky Bridge 271 | Tales of a Backpacker

Tips for Visiting: Sky Bridge 721 is part of the Dolní Morava Mountain Resort and there is a fee for crossing the Sky Bridge, and for most of the other attractions at the resort.

Booking online and reserving a time slot for the bridge crossing is recommended as it can get very busy in peak times, and it is cheaper than buying from the ticket office on the day.

The easiest way to reach the resort is by car – driving from Prague takes around 3 hours, or you can book a tour from Prague to Sky Bridge on GetYourGuide.

 If you don’t book a tour I’d recommend spending at least one night at the fabulous Wellness Hotel Vista so you have plenty of time to enjoy the resort.

Recommended by Claire Sturzaker from Tales of a Backpacker

Watch Sunset Over Charles Bridge from Letna Park

Location: Prague

Highlights: Catching the sunset at Lenta Park in Prague is a must-do while travelling through the Czech Republic. Not only is it a wonderful and enjoyable park but it offers the best views over the River Vltava and the bridges of Prague, including the iconic Charles Bridge.

There are different lookout points scattered around the park that provide visitors with a unique view. Although it’s possible to visit the park during the day, the real magic happens at sunset and is something that you shouldn’t miss!

One of the best things to do in Prague in the evening, before catching the sunset, is to have a drink at the popular beer garden in Letna Park and afterwards, you can finish off with a meal at the Hanau Pavilion. There are also many vegan restaurants in Prague, with Forky’s and Chutnej in the vicinity of Letna Park for the plant-based foodies.

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Sunset Over Prague | Travelers & Dreamers

Tips for visiting: Letna Park is located in Prague 7. The closest metro stop to the best lookout points is Malastranskà. From there, you can reach the Pražský metronom lookout point and Vyhlidka na Letné in ten minutes.

Entry to Letna Park is free of charge. If you’re a photographer and want to have a good view over the bridges it’s important to be there in time because these lookout points are popular tourist spots.

Recommended by Annelies from Travelers & Dreamers

Experience Masopust Festival

Location: Across the country (most traditional in Hlinsko region)

Highlights: If you’re looking for unique things to do in Czech Republic, then consider the Masopust Festival. Masopust parades are placed across the country in January and February. The Masopust marches were supposed to bring good luck and be a form of entertainment.

People, who are taking part in Masopust mostly have special costumes, they are singing, dancing and drinking. You will find them in small villages but also in bigger cities. Masopust parades from Hlinsko region are on the UNESCO list of intangible heritage.

The traditional Masopust had a specific scenario, and the participating “actors” had specific roles. They walk the countryside from house to house, hoping that spring would soon arrive.

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Massopust Parade Costumes | Tymrazem

Tips for Visiting: Massopust parades, as you already know, take place in many cities, but if you need to choose a specific one, choose between these two. The first is Hlinsko and the most traditional parades in the open-air museum.

The second place is the open-air museum in Roznov pod Radhostem. These are also traditional, but also have slightly different elements than those from Hlinska.

During Masopust, various contests, games and activities are often held (e.g. a competition for the most beautiful ham). Taking part in those parades is mostly free but sometimes you have to pay for the entrance ticket for the open-air museum.

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Horseshoe Point On The Vltava River

Location: One hour drive from Prague (link)

Highlights: One of the best ways to experience Czech Republic is to take a day trip to the scenic Horseshoe Point on the Vltava River.

Horseshoe Point is located just 1 hour outside of Prague and is a welcome respite for those who need a break from the hustle and bustle of Prague. It is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking, hiking around and watching sunsets.

There are also several restaurants and cafes in the nearest little village of Teletin. So if you’re looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend a day in Czech Republic, a day trip to Horseshoe Point is perfect!

This is one of the most beautiful Czech Republic places to visit, and if you’re a fan of stunning natural landmarks, is basically Europe’s answer to the iconic Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. 

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Horseshoe Point | Road Trip EuroGuide

Tips for Visiting:

It’s a little difficult to reach via public transportation so it’s best to rent a car for the day to get there.

The best time to go is around sunset, but it’s also the time when parking will be a bit difficult – just park on the side of the road like everyone else when the parking lot is full.

Although the best view is from the apex of the bend, there are quite a few viewpoints if you walk around the area a bit.

Recommended by Mariana from Road Trip EuroGuide

Chateau Of Hluboká

Location: Hluboká nad Vltavou

Highlights: Said to be one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic, this Neo-Gothic and Romantic style Chateau Hluboká in Southern Bohemia was a concept idea of Prince Jan Adolf II Schwarzenberg after a visit to England. He was invited to attend the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838 and fell in love with the architecture of the buildings he saw.

After his visit, the chateau was then given a romantic reconstruction during the mid-19th century which is what you will see today.

This is the best place to visit in Czech Republic if you want to see some of the finest craftsmanship. To say it’s ornate would be an understatement. Every surface both inside and out, is lavishly decorated. The craftsman working on the chateau took over 30 years to create the intricate wooden carvings that adorn every surface of the interior.

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Chateau Hluboká | Top Sights Czech Republic   

Tips for Visiting: Although it’s free to wander the grounds of the chateau, to access the interior you need to go with a tour guide.  

There is no heating inside the chateau, even the Schwarzenberg family only used the chateau during the warmer months. If you’re visiting Hluboká during the winter months, you’ll only be able to access the tempered rooms.

Some of the best views from the outside of the castle are from the hill outside the front. Also, walk around the back of the house where you’ll find all the decorative ironwork.

Jewish Quarter Of Prague

Location: Prague 

Highlights: One of the most historic areas of Prague is the Jewish Quarter, and is an area often missed by visitors to the city.

It is, in fact, one of the most moving and important places to see in the Czech capital. The district is home to Prague’s synagogues which are open to the public with exhibitions and interactive displays highlighting life in the Jewish ghetto during wartimes.

The content is harrowing but helps visitors to learn more about a time in history that needs to be remembered. The synagogue buildings are beautiful in their own right and vary in style and decoration including the oldest synagogue in Europe simply known as the Old-New Synagogue to the brightly coloured Jerusalem synagogue built in the 20th century.

The old Jewish cemetery is also a famous landmark to see as it is one of the oldest Jewish burial grounds in the world.

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Jewish Quarter in Prague | Canva

Tips for Visiting: Guided tours are available and admissions can be booked for entry to several of Prague’s synagogues.

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The UNESCO Listed Villa Tugendhat

Location: Brno

Highlights: This is one of the most unique places in Czech Republic, so much so that in 2001 the villa gained UNESCO World Heritage Status. The villa is located just outside of the city of Brno, in the classy neighbourhood of Černá Pole.

Villa Tugendhat is one of the best examples of functionalist architecture and inside features exemplary technologies. For its time, the villa was revolutionary, it was the first private home that utilised a steel load-bearing structure.

This design allowed for the unique styling of the house as the walls were non-load bearing. Some of the highlights inside are the Onyx wall. The material came from Northern Morocco and has been cut into such thin sheets that light can shine through it. Another highlight is the whole wall of the living quarters made of large plan windows, which are electrically operated to open up the entire side of the house to the gardens.

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One of the best things to see in Czech Republic | Villa Tugendhat , Brno

Tips for Visiting: Tickets for the small group tours for the inside of the villa frequently sell out months in advance. You can get tickets to see the exterior and gardens, although the real magic is inside. For the tour, you can not wear high heels and because of the white linoleum flooring, you are given shoe covers to protect the surface.

The villa is located just outside Brno Old Town. You can get there by either a pleasant 30-minute walk or take one of the city trams part of the way there. 

Drink Beer At The Original Budweiser Beer Factory

Location: České Budějovice

Highlights: It’s no secret that some of the best beer in Europe comes from the Czech Republic and one of the best things to do in Czech Republic is to drink the many different types here.

You’ve no doubt heard of Budweiser beer, and associate it with a big American brand thanks to their heavy marketing campaigns. In actual fact, the original and undoubtedly best Budweiser beer comes from České Budějovice. There’s even been a large-scale court case because of the brand name.    

The Budvar brewery started brewing its beer in their factory back in 1895, and although modernised, the factory is still located in the same place. What’s more, they only source their ingredients from within the Czech Republic  The factory produces a whopping 1,800,000 00 litres of beer per year and exports their signature Budwiser beer to over 70 countries worldwide.

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Tour of Budvar Factory
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Original Budweiser from the source!

Tips for Visiting: You can visit one of the best Czech breweries as part of a small group tour. A guide will give you a behind-the-scenes tour of the entire making process where you’ll get to see the entire process from start to finish. And yes, of course, you get to drink it – in its purest, non-filtered or pasteurised form before being bottled.

The factory is located about 2km out of the Old Town, it takes about half an hour to walk, or you could get a taxi there in less than 10 minutes.

Try The Healing Waters At Karlovy Vary Spa Town

Location: Karlovy Vary

Highlights: If you’re interested in visiting an Enchanting Spa Town, then Karlovy Vary is the Czech Republic’s largest. Karlovy Vary features the highest concentration of hot healing springs and developed into a famous spa resort town in the 19th century when it was believed that the hot springs have healing powers.

There are 13 main springs and about 300 smaller springs from the warm water of the Telpa River. The mineral water is formed 2,500 metres below ground level and is thought to have a positive effect on your digestive system.

Fill up your cup, resembling a tiny teapot, from the pretty Colonnades dotted throughout the town offering mineral water at different temperatures.

Not only are the spa waters used for drinking, but you can also enjoy a mineral bath at the Royal Cabin. If you are interested in amazing places in Czech Republic, Karlovy Vary is certainly it.

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Karlov Vary | Dream Plan Experience

Tips for visiting: Spa treatments found in hotels and wellness centres vary from traditional treatments to intensive wellness programs. However, book your spa treatments in advance, especially during peak travel periods.

Recommended by Renee of Dream Plan Experience

The Mediaeval Village Of Holašovice

Location: Holašovice, South Bohemia        

Highlights: Holašovice is one of the most beautiful villages in Czech Republic thanks to it being one of the most complete and well-preserved examples of a traditional central European village. Little has changed over the past few hundred years, which has gained its UNESCO World Heritage status.    

The layout of the village goes back to the Mediaeval times although most of the buildings that remain are from between the 18th to 19th centuries. What makes Holasovice so special is that the adorable little farmhouses are endemic to this region, and their style can be found nowhere else.

The South Bohemian folk Baroque design features in all the buildings here which consist of 23 brick farmsteads, a central green with a fish pond, a forge, and a chapel. As you wander about the village, you’ll see the simple motifs on the front which were a way the farmers showed off their affluence.

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Holašovice Mediaval Village, South Bohemia

Tips for Visiting: The nearest city is České Budějovice at 16 kilometres away, there is no public transport to get here easily, so you’ll need to hire a car.

Although you can wander about the village by yourself, there is a tourist information centre here which gives some insight into the village. Aside from a shop and the information centre, the other buildings here are privately owned, people live here, so you can not go inside.

Visit The Kutna Hora Bone Church

Location: Kutna Hora (approx 1 hour from Prague)

Highlights: The Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Kutna Hora Bone Church, is a small Roman Catholic chapel located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Kutna Hora.

The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, many of whom died during the Black Death or Hussite Wars in the 15th century. Due to the plethora of deaths after the gold mine rush in the town, the cemetery was exhumed to make room and the ossuary was created by an artist, with all of the bones being used to decorate the area.

A visit to the ossuary is one of the most unique things to do in the Czech republic as the bones are arranged in intricate designs and decorate the walls, ceiling, chandeliers, and even the altar of the church. The chandelier has all of the bones in the human body – and you can spend a long time trying to spot them all! There’s even a coat of arms made completely of bones.

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Kunta Hora Bone Chandelier | Nina Out & About

Tips for Visiting: The Sedlec Ossuary is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm (April to September) and from 9 am to 4 pm (October to March). You have to pay to go inside, but you’ll get the cheapest price at the door if you don’t decide to do a tour. 

If you can, arrive early in the day as tours to Kutna Hora from Prague flood the cemetery and the ossuary by 11 am. The best way to get to Kutna Hora from Prague is by train or tour bus, which takes around 1 hour. 

Even if it’s a hot day, bundle up as the Sedlec Ossuary is underground and is very cold. It’s about 5 to 8 C lower inside than outside.

Recommended by Nina from Nina Out and About

Treetop Walkway & Skating On A Lake

Location: Lipno nad Vltavou

Highlights: Imagine a large frozen lake on which a track is kept snow free. The track is several kilometres long, ice skating in circles is possible, or ice skating the length of the lake. All the while being surrounded by snow-capped mountains. A perfect way to see the area from a different angle. 

If you’re looking for things to do in Czech republic with family, in the Summer boating and other water sports on the lake are perfect. Up on the mountain in Lipno nad Vltavou is a Treetop Walkway, which gives seriously amazing views of the surrounding region with the Lipno lake, mountains, towns and forest. 

The treetop walkway is 40 metres/131 feet in height, towering over the treetops. This isn’t all Lipno nad Vltavou has to offer, other fun things to do in Lipno nad Vltavou, include Snowpark Lyžařsky areál with 13.5 kilometres/8.4 miles of ski slope. Or enjoy Slideland Bobova Draha Lipno, a bobsled on the mountain.

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Treetop Walkway at Lipno | KarsTravels

Tips for Visiting: The Lipno lake is free to enter. Ice skates can be rented at a sports centre close to the lake. 

The Treetop Walkway is open year-round, except on the 24th of December. Opening times are November to March 10 am till 4 pm, in April, May and October from 10 am till 6 pm. 

Between June to September from 9.30 am till 7 pm. In July and August on Tuesdays, the walkway is open until 11 pm. There’s a fee to enter the walkway. If coming down with the slide, an extra ticket is needed.

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Take A Beer Spa

Location: All over the country

Highlights: Beer is a huge part of Czech culture. In fact, the Czech Republic drinks more beer than any other country on the planet. So perhaps it’s no surprise that beer bathing has a long storied tradition in the country, believed to have rejuvenating powers. To enjoy it, even more, you should put a Prague beer spa on your Czech bucket list.

Unlike traditional Czech spas, today’s beer spas are probably not totally aligned with the typical experience. Instead, you’ll get your own private cave-like room, with an enormous oak tub, filled with steamy water, crushed hops, powdered brewer’s yeast, and powdered malt. Better yet, while you’re relaxing in the tub, you’ll be within arm’s reach of two taps with unlimited Czech beer for your drinking pleasure.

After your soak is complete, you’ll get to lay on a fresh bed of hay, next to a roaring fire, while you snack on a piece of beer bread.

While the experience is obviously fun and a bit quirky, you’ll also leave the spa feeling relaxed and have seriously soft skin for days afterwards.

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Beer Spa | Uprooter Traveler

Tips for Visiting: To enjoy the best of Czech culture, you’ll need to make a reservation at a beer spa, for example, the Original Beer Spa in the Old Town of Prague, for a particular date and time. Depending on the popularity of the spa, they can often book up a few weeks in advance. Your reservation will usually be for an hour, although you can usually book extra time if you want extra time.

The hour goes by quickly and you usually only get to enjoy the heated tub for the first portion of your visit, so. Also, if you’re visiting with friends or folks you don’t want to be naked around, be sure to wear a swimsuit to the beer spa so you can make the most of your time there!

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Climb The Pétrin Lookout Tower

Location: Prague

Highlights: The Petrín Lookout Tower is the Central European version of the Eiffel Tower. Built as part of the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891 and inspired by the Parisian landmark, it is 58.70 metres high and the top of the tower is actually the same altitude as the Eiffel Tower (324m above sea level), although it’s only 1:5 in scale.

Head to the top of the tower on a clear day and you’ll be able to see incredible panoramic views over the entire city of Prague and beyond, into Bohemia. 

Once you’ve had your fill of fantastic views, head back down the 299 steps and indulge in a homemade lemonade at the bottom. There are tables and chairs here and, on a sunny day, it’s the perfect place to sit and relax.

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Petrín Lookout Tower | Coco Traverls

Tips for Visiting:   Take a pleasant walk up to the tower through the Petrin Hill parkland which surrounds it. There are plenty of places here to enjoy a picnic or simply soak up the surroundings. You might even get to see some red squirrels on your way. 

If uphill walking isn’t for you then there is a funicular railway which goes up to the tower from Újezd tram stop. There is also an elevator that you can use to get to the top if you have accessibility issues.

There is a small entrance fee to access the tower but there’s no need to book in advance.

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Punkva Caves In The Moravian Karst

Location: South Moravia

Highlights: If you’re looking for natural wonders, or are into adventure sports, then the Moravian Karsts need to appear somewhere on your Czech bucket list. 

A mixture of cave systems can be visited and depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you can visit them on either a walking tour, on a boat, or on an adrenalin adventure.

One of the best things to see in Czech Republic is the stunning Punkva Caves and Macocha Abyss. These are the visited cave systems in the country. You’ll follow a 1.4km route to see the natural formations inside the cave. You’ll do a mix of walking and taking a boat ride along 440 metres on the underground river Punkva.

If you want a more physical visit to the caves, then Výpustek Cave is where you should head. Inside this cave system, you’ll get to scramble and climb through tight passageways, not great if you’re claustrophobic. This full-on adventure takes you past an abandoned secret bunker from the 1960s that was used as a weapons workshop and for strategic planning.

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Macocha Abyss | Canva

Tips for Visiting: The cave systems are fairly spread out, so it’s easier if you have your own transportation if you’re planning on visiting. There are local buses, but they drop off at the central tourist information centre for the Moravian Karst, and then it’s a 30-minute walk to get to Punkva. 

Inside the caves, it’s damp and cool all year round. The floor can also be a little bit slippery in places, so take something warm, and wear shoes with a decent grip. If you’re opting for the adrenalin tour, then wear clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

The Star Shaped Church of St John of Nepomuk

Location: Žďár nad Sázavou

Highlights: This unusual church is located in the town of Žďár nad Sázavou and although the town itself has a photogenic old centre, the crowning glory is the stunning Church of Saint John of Nepomuk, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This star-shaped building is based on a legend. The symbol of St John of Nepomuk was a five-pointed star, this legend comes from a five-pointed crown that appeared at the location of his death at the Vltava River.

The building is filled with symbolism relating to the shape of a devil’s tongue, including the central dome and the shape of the windows. The red roof of the outer walls is said to represent a ring of flames. Whether you believe in the legends and symbology, the church is still a marvel to see.

Other places in the town to visit include the Cistercian Monastery and the Kinsky Chateau as well as get your culture fix in the museum.

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Church of Saint John of Nepomuk | Canva

Tips for Visiting: The Church of St John of Nepomuk is a place of pilgrimage and an active place of worship, so if you visit, dress respectfully and take note that parts of it may be off-limits for religious ceremonies.

The Church of St John of Nepomuk is located about 2 kilometres outside of the town, you can drive or take a leisurely 25-minute walk.

The Ancient Town of Třebíč

Location: Třebíč

Highlights: Located in the Moravia region, the town of Trebic was founded through the establishment of a Benedictine monastery. The monastery was located where the castle is located today.

The top thing to visit here is Třebíč’s Jewish Quarter. This is one of the most important Jewish districts in the whole of Czech Republic and the only Jewish historical landmark on the UNESCO World Heritage list located outside of Israel.

Inside the district, you’ll find over 116 houses based on the original ground plan,  narrow and winding alleyways which made up the ghetto as well as the cemetery with tombstones dating from 1625. in a mix of styles such as Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism.

Other things to see in this ancient town are the Basilica of St Procopius and the lookout tower at the Church of St Martin.

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Třebíč Old Town | Canva

Tips for Visiting: To get the most out of the most important landmarks in Czech Republic history, it’s worth doing a tour of the Jewish Quarter. You can book tours in advance, or from the Tourist Information Centre located in the centre of Třebíč, on Charles Square.

Ještěd Tower And Mountain

Location: Liberec

Highlights: The perfect balance of mesmerising nature twinned with otherworldly architecture, basically sums up the Ještěd Tower. The hyperboloid building is home to a television transmitter and a hotel as well as a restaurant and viewing platform over the Jizera Mountain range.

It was designed by the Czech architect Karel Hubáček and the unusual shape of the building earned him the prestigious Perrett Prize (basically the Oscars for architecture).

If you’re looking for things to do in Czech Republic in winter, the Jizera Mountains boast pristinely kept slopes as well as a cross-country skiing route, a cable car and a ski jump centre.

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Ještěd Tower And Mountain | Canva

Tips for Visiting: You can get to the Ještěd Tower and mountain by taking a tram from nearby Liberec and it takes around 20 minutes.

If you’re interested in taking a short break and staying in this unique building, then check availability here.

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