According to many people, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But its Gothic towers, Baroque palaces or Art Nouveau halls are not the only things worth visiting in the Czech Republic. Throughout the whole of the country, you can admire over two hundred castles and chateaux which are open to the public, beautiful centres of historical towns, wonderfully maintained gardens or mysterious medieval ruins which remember times long past. Set out to get to know some of the beautiful places which are located only a few hours’ drive from the capital. You most certainly won’t regret it. So are you ready to take a trip?
The first of your destinations could for example be the most beautiful of Czech castles, Karlštejn. The journey there takes just under an hour by train and the view of its majestic silhouette in the middle of the woody hills will be worth every minute you spend getting there. During your daytrip, you can also set out for the Konopiště Chateau, which took its place in history as the summer residence of Franz Ferdinand, the successor to the Austrian throne who was assassinated in Sarajevo. You can get here easily by train in roughly an hour and a quarter. Do you like mysterious medieval residences shrouded in legend? Then hop on a train and within an hour and a half you can be walking through the courtyard of romantic Křivoklát Castle, one of the most beautiful in the whole of the Czech Republic.
Get to know our national treasures
Do you prefer historical cities pulsating with life and offering everything you need to enjoy a pleasant day? Then you could for example set out for Český Krumlov, which lies three hours by coach from Prague. Once you see its beautiful historical centre with its silhouette of the local chateau, which is included in the UNESCO list, you will wish you never had to leave. The same feeling awaits you in Kutná Hora, another city on the UNESCO list, which was one of the wealthiest in the kingdom and boasts two Gothic cathedrals to this very day. The journey here takes only an hour and a half by train.
Allow yourself to be pampered…
How about escaping the hectic big city and indulging yourself with some pleasant relaxation in a world famous spa? Karlovy Vary, which is about two hours by coach from Prague, will take you into its soft arms and pleasantly pamper you. Are you tempted by places with a link to history? You could also set out for Terezín, which gained infamy as a concentration camp during World War Two. The trip here takes only an hour by coach.
Delight your taste buds!
The Czech Republic does of course also offer many experiences for gourmets. Try superb wine from the vineyard in Mělník or enjoy some of the typical specialities of Czech cuisine, which must not fail to include the world famous beer from Plzeň. Have a nice trip!