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Day Trips from Prague Travel Guide

Plan Your Day Trips from Prague Vacation

As the saying goes, the world is a book, and those who don't travel read only one page. The same applies to visitors who come to the Czech Republic but visit only Prague. Don’t get us wrong; it’s a great page to read, but if you want the whole story, you need to get out of the capital and embrace the adventures beyond.

You can stay overnight, or go for the weekend, but it’s not required.

There’s plenty to do with just a few hours set aside. The UNESCO-listed Kutná Hora is worth a visit, especially to experience the bone church, one of the most memorable, and strangely beautiful, attractions close to Prague. The surrounding town is charming too and offers plenty of options if you do plan an overnight.

There’s more charm to be found in the myriad castles which dot the landscape around Prague. Karlštejn is a typical fairytale chateau atop a mountain; Křivoklát is secluded and quiet; and Konopiště is the hunting lodge of the doomed Archduke Franz Ferdinand. All the castles offer great hiking opportunities, but if hiking is your thing, it’s worth going further afield to the breathtaking Pravčická Brána, or rock bridge, where you can roam through the forest, or take a guided boat ride through gorges. If you want to sample some Czech wine, Mělník has vineyards aplenty. There are more sobering—in every sense—sights around as well, such as Lidice and Terezín, two sites that resonate with the horrors of World War II.

Traveling may not come as easy as in Prague—fewer tourist facilities, fewer English speakers, and fewer nightlife and entertainment options. But the trade-off will be more bang for your buck and a genuine feel for the country and its people, plus a real sense of adventure.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Visit spooky Sedlec The Kostnice outside of Kutná Hora is a mesmerizing church decorated with human bones.
  2. Find a storybook come to life A true medieval castle, babbling brook and all, can be found in Karlštejn.
  3. Take a historic tour The home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination started World War I, is remarkably well preserved in Konopiště; look for the bear living in the moat.
  4. Pay remembrance to the past In Terezín, a baroque fortress turned into a concentration camp is both powerful and chilling.
  5. Sample the wine It’s not all about beer. Try the locally produced wine at pretty Mělník.

When To Go

When to Go

Many of the Czech Republic’s castles and monuments are closed November through March. Some, especially those closer to Prague, are staying open...

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