8 Best Day Trips from Prague

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Map of day trips from Prague

Prague, being the capital of the Czech Republic and a great place to discover the best of Czech culture and history, has hosted many noteworthy events in European and world history.

Some of the most significant of them are:

1336 – The Black Death devastates much of Central Europe.

1419 – Czech army defeats the mercenary knights of the Teutonic Order (the German crusaders).

1789 – The first modern major uprising in Europe, the Prague Workers’ Revolution, takes place during the French Revolution.

1848 – Czech troops fight alongside Hungarian troops for the fight for European democracy.

1866 – The world’s first international ink company opens in Prague as a result of a shortage of pen manufacturers in Europe.

1867 … Karlsbad Pharmacotherapeutic Baths open in Bohemia.

1867 … The Prague Linguistic Society is established.

1880 – The Construction of the first permanent bridge over the Danube River, the Charles Bridge.

1918 – The Czechoslovak Republic is proclaimed in Prague.

1918 – The Allies recognize the Czechoslovak Republic.

1938 – Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of Germany and the annexation of Czechoslovakia occurs.

1939 – Germany begins the European war.

Krivoklat Castle

Prague.

3 H 15 min

The small town of Krivoklát is about 35 km from Prague. In the little church you can see the most beautiful Baroque altarpiece in Bohemia and possibly in the whole of Europe. Particularly noteworthy are the tympanum, the altar piece from 1498, the complex of the relics, the three-lobed window above the east portal, made by Luigi Giuliani in 1671, and in the west chapel, the altar piece of the 17th century made by Konrad Pernice.

Above the entrance to the castle is a replica of the oldest monument in the world: the ringstick from the 4th millennium BC. The castle is famous for its spectacular Baroque gardens. There are three ponds, two strawberries and five cherry trees. There are also the ornamental buildings of the park.

Getting to Krivoklat Castle

The Krivoklat castle is in a wonderful position in the country, safely sheltered from the hustle and bustle of life. It was renovated in the 18th century, and the rooms are decorated in Tudor style. The main attraction at the castle is the collection of minerals.

The collection consists of some 300 specimens, ranging from very common, such as calcite, to.

The rather unique, such as topaz, an amethyst, and a jasper. The minerals and other natural

Curiosities (such as fossils) date from the 18th to the 20th century. Unlike many similar excavations elsewhere in the country, Krivoklat also has its own collection of skulls and skeletons from various animals, which include animals such as beaver, roe deer, hare, reindeer, fox, otter, hedgehog and raccoon.

Pilsner Urquell Brewery

Getting to the Pilsner Urquell Brewery

The Pilsner Brewery is located right by the Old Town Square in the heart of Prague. It is official Czech Republic state marked as one of the most important cultural sites in the country.

This UNESCO-listed brewery was founded in 1842 by Joseph Groll. The Czech Republic declared the site to be a World Heritage Site in 2007, and it is currently home to the largest brewery museum in the world.

It is a magnificent building that still brews the original lager recipe first produced by Josef Groll. The brewery is something of a pilgrimage site for beer lovers from around the world, and you can tour the premises yourself for any length of time, whether or not you even care about beer.

Terezin Concentration Camp

The Terezin concentration camp was established on April 11, 1942 and was a part of the Theresienstadt Ghetto. It was one of the major Nazi concentration camps used for the imprisonment of Jewish people. This camp was named after Terezin, which is the first name of the city in which Terezin is located. Jews in Terezin were spared some of the more brutal punishments because of the Nazis’ dealings with the “Kingdom of Bohemia”, which was a puppet state under the condition that it wouldn’t protect the Jews escaping to it. This concentration camp is one of the few locations dedicated solely to the Jewish struggle.

As you can imagine, many of the prisoners were subjected to conditions that were extremely difficult to endure. Many died not only because of the diseases that ravaged the camp; even children under the age of four were not aloud to survive the harsh conditions. Interestingly enough, Terezin is the place where Georg Elser built the fuse that killed the Nazi leader Hossice, yet only the Gestapo got the credit for his work. Today, Terezin stands as a symbol of the concept of liberating oneself from hate and the desire to split people into different groups in society.

To get there: Take the line number 134 from the main station in Prague to the Pankracz Station. 6 stops to the west.

Getting to Terezin Concentration Camp

Konopiste Castle

An authentic medieval castle which is undergoing reconstruction, offering great views of the landscape and Konopiště village.

Getting to Konopiste Castle

Getting to Konepiste Castle is a treasure hunt. You need to know exactly where you are going when you go to build up your confidence and start splitting directions into smaller ones. Try to start exactly at the North coast of the Czech Republic.

Once you cross the Molny Bridge, and an invisible line will be drawn between you and the castle. A follow the signposts there. Where you still have loads of space around you, the further you go the higher the castle will be.

Directions:

Opposite the Czech National Theater, Prague

Karlovy Vary

Located at the Czech/German border, Karlovy Vary is one of the most famous destinations in the High Tatras. The town features crystal clear natural thermal springs and is a popular retreat for people suffering from various medical maladies, such as kidney and breast diseases, rheumatism, and a variety of skin disorders.

The town is also well known for its spa resort, which features a spa with a variety of treatments as well as a spa hotel. For the adventurer, there is the Tatras mountain bike trail that stretches from Jablonové nad Orlicí in the Czech Republic, all the way to the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Karlovy Vary also features a golf course.

Getting to Karlovy Vary

As a city of cultural beauty, its proximity to other richly beautiful European cities are its greatest appeals. It lies at a key strategic point on the route between Prague and Germany, Poland, Russia, and the Czech Republic’s other neighbours.

Well Traveled

This is just one of the reasons why this city is a classic tourist destination and perhaps one of the most popular day trips from Prague.

It is also one of the most convenient and low-cost cities to reach from the Prague area, affording a fairly direct route from the city on the metro, not to mention a relatively short distance on the train.

The city is readily accessible by bus as well, and there are even a number of more local bus companies that you can use as well to make the trip cheaper.

A Walking City

Visitors are encouraged to walk around this city and see all that it has to offer. In fact, the entire city is remarkably walkable, and all of its major attractions are quite close to each other.

The most likable and pleasant of all the attractions, however, are the tree-lined streets of the city, which are welcoming and nice to stroll.

An Historical City

The city of Karlovy Vary is rich in cultural history, and it is a historical bounty that even the most devoted of travelers will find worth the trip.

Castle Karlstejn

Getting to Castle Karlstejn

Kutna Hora

Kutna Hora, or Kůtděnice in Czech (from which the name Kutna Hora comes), is a town located in the Czech Republic, near the border to Poland within the valley of the Šluknovka River.

The town is a major tourist destination due to its historical part of the world which possess a lot of national value and its surroundings.

In 1522, the emperor, Ferdinand I ordered a survey of the area between Kutná Hora and Prague. In 1523, the first settlers were granted the right to cut and sell the minerals in the area.

Today, one of the most important mining complexes in the world is located here, Kutnohorská železná úžina. In the 17th century, the železnice were considered the best in Europe.

The Kutnohorská železná úžina, also known as Kůtděnice, is a Museum of Mining, Mineralogy and Geology, which was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2001 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The Kůtděnice mine is currently the only fossil-pelemele and ilexite mine in the world.

Getting to Kutna Hora

After checking into a hotel, you can spend the day catching up on your sleep before heading out for dinner and the fun times of the Czech countryside just outside of Prague.

One of the best day trips from Prague is the "Valley of the Jesters", a hiking trail in the Bohemian village of Kutna Hora. Starting the day with a short hike up to the entrance of the long tunnel will let you appreciate the gorgeous scenery all around the village.

When you have arrived to the village, you are likely to be treated to the panorama view of golden old structures such as the Gothic church of Immaculate Conception and the ruins of the former monastery where the "Valley of the Jesters" is located.

The "Valley of the Jesters" is a large hill cave that is surrounded by a long deep gallery, which you can walk all the way to the end of. There you will find a sculpted basilica with a multi-story chapel on top. There you will also find the famous Bochatejný Jester, a bust sculpture of a jester that was created at the end of the 11th century in the beginning of the stoneworking period. This is a really interesting place to visit while you are in Kutna Hora.

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. Nestled in the beautiful Duchy of Bohemia, a World Heritage site, it is a town steeped in history, steeped in beauty, and steeped in fun.

The town is a character in itself, with Gothic architecture, arcades, and bars tucked into the center of town for every taste. It is easy to spend a few days and discover this quaint town full of character.

Where to Stay:

The Hotel Hybe is the go-to place for those staying in the city, offering comfortable rooms and a wonderful breakfast. You can get the best rates at the AC Hotel Prague where you can choose to hang out in the lobby, have a drink on the large terrace, or get some alone time in your room. Via Hotel offers spacious rooms and good breakfast, and definitely worth considering if you need to stretch your budget.

What to do:

Cesky Krumlov is one of Europe’s very best preserved Gothic towns. The Good Friday Procession, a religious celebration, is a must-see.

Although this merges into a more cultural celebration, you will be able to see the locals dressed in fineries and dancing to the many jigs played at regular intervals on drums.

Getting to Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov is a charming town in the Czech Republic, and it’s definitely one of the prettiest towns in all of Europe.

The first thing you’ll want to do in this destination is to check out the architecture. It’s breathtaking. The cobblestones, rooftops, and town walls create a visually stunning backdrop. Sitting on top of a mountain with breathtaking views all around is definitely something that you’ll want to experience while you’re here.

Speaking of the view, one of the best things to do while in Krumlov is to take a stroll around and see the sights. Not only will you see the stunning architecture, but you can also see some of the town’s landmarks including the wonderful Krejcar House, which is the town’s oldest building.

You can use this building to your advantage though. You can take a guided tour and experience what it was like to look out and see nothing but nature. There are also walking tours available for you to take that also include other sights of the town.