Top 10 places to visit in the Czech Republic
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The Czech Republic is a favorite tourist spot and a must-visit destination for those who wanted to see traditional Europe. A destination for those who like to visit ancient architecture because the Czech Republic was never involved in world wars and remain untouched by the demolitions and war effects. The Czech Republic is a small landlocked country in Europe sharing its borders with Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria. Also known by its other name Czechia has a mostly hilly landscape and an area of 78,866 square kilometers with a continental and oceanic climate.
This country was owned by different nations in past millennia, that’s why you can see the influence of it on different architectures of the country. Czech is unspoiled and is an authentic historical country. Famous for its gorgeous villages, natural preserves, and beautiful parks, the Czech Republic is best suited for the tourists who want to escape from their daily hassle. With 9th century Prague castle which portrays sumptuous beauty the Czech Republic is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe decorated with historical gems.
With beautiful scenery, history, warm people, and pivo (beer) which is world-famous the Czechia is definitely a country to visit. With so much to see in this country, it is quite difficult to select the 10 best places in the Czech Republic. Prague is the gem of the country and will be on top of our list but you will soon see that there is much more in the Czech Republic than Prague. With different appeals and personal preferences of people, it is difficult to rank the cities in order in the list of top 10 places to visit in the Czech Republic. Every city we have mentioned in the list is must visit and has its own unique charm.
Apart from scoring a place on our list, Prague is also one of the 10 top visited cities in Europe. UNESCO had also given the status of the world heritage center to this city which makes it a must-visit place in Europe if you are around. Prague was founded in the 9th century and to date serving as one of the power seats of Europe. Over the millennia it was occupied by the holy roman empire and served as the social, economic, cultural, and political center of Europe. After World War 1, this city became the capital of Czechoslovakia and after the 1993 division, it became the capital of the Czech Republic.
Prague is a magical city decorated with cathedrals, architecture, and a stunning atmosphere also provides a wonderful dining experience at local eateries. There is a big list of things you can do in Prague. One of the famous places is Prague castle which is almost as old as the city itself. From the castle, you can have a magnificent view of the Vltava River and the city. The city’s old town is crammed with historic landmarks like Charles Bridge (Karluv most) erected in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the day it is very crowded with locals going from one side of the river to another, so if you want to enjoy the architecture and view you must rise early or wait till it’s very late.
After sighting these places if you want to take a break, take a walk to Petrin Gardens which will help you to connect with nature or if the weather allows you can enjoy a picnic there. Apart from the genuine art and literature, Prague can provide you with tasty foods and parties to engage you in nights. In short, Prague is a wonder and you will no time to be bored in this wonderful city.
The second-largest city in the country, Brno is the best place for those who want to explore everything in one place. We had this city in the top 10 places to visit in the Czech Republic because of its architectural marvels, cafes, and vibrant life. You will fall in love with its charm of ancient architectural structures. The large population of this city is students which help in keeping the city young and full of life. Also known as a university city, Brno is filled with beer bars, cafes, and museums.
Brno is a perfect example of a balance between historical places and modern places. The cathedral is quite famous in this country and one of the famous ones is the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul. You can enter the cathedral free, but please carry drinks and chips with you so you can relax your whole day enjoying the scenic view over Brno without thinking about hunger. Villa Tugendhat is a gem of Brno, also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Underneath the Dt James square lies the Brno Ossuary which is home to more than 50000 bones also known as the silent kingdom of death.
Ostrava is known as the city of the working-class because of the sturdy industries present in this area. This city is on the list of top 10 places to visit in the Czech Republic because of its different colors in the character of life. Here you can experience the actual meaning of Republic as different people are present here providing authenticity to Ostrava. The town is industrial but will not disappoint you as you will also find a beautiful old town shaded with the country’s history. Known as the city of festivals, nightlife, and delicious food, it is a great choice to visit if you are around. For music lovers Ostrava has colors. This city share border with Poland, the border is only 15 km away from the city. Some locals claim that Ostrava is 2nd most visited city after Prague in the Czech Republic.
The fourth-largest city of the Czech Republic is also known as Bohemian city. Plzen is famous for its namesake beer Pilsen beer. This beer history is way long, it is first produced 175 years ago. With time it becomes so famous that now Pilsen has conquered the world and is the most famous Czech product to export. Plzen is also called the beer capital of the country. Like the whole country, in Plzen also you can find a great example of ancient architecture. This town is the symbol of balance as you will find ancient cathedrals and cool pubs on Plzen streets. The place which delighted the tourists most is the underground tunnels. The town economy is strong because of beer manufacturing and also has a name in the field of study because of the University of West bohemia’s well-known center for law students.
This city is less explored by tourists but it is a gem of the Czech Republic proudly inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list for its 35 meters high Holy Trinity Column. It is Also known as the largest free Baroque sculpture in central Europe. With a rich history, lively student life, and famous Moravian wine, this city is fantastic for budget travelers because here you can experience the local Czech life yourself by living like one. Olomouc got its name from the fort made by Romans and named Mount Julius which was demolished later and changed to Olomouc. This castle was built in the 12th century and has saint Wenceslas cathedral in it. A must-visit place in Olomouc is Baroque fountains, initially, there were 6 fountains and a modern one is added in 2002. They all are connected with mythology and is fun to visit them. While roaming the city you will find many good restaurants providing you the traditional and international dishes. Variety of food is good so that you will not be bored eating the same type of dishes again and again.
Liberec is the best place for adventurer seekers in the Czech Republic, so if you want adventure and art both in one place, this is the best stop for you. Here you can experience adventure and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains. Main adventure options are ski and hiking at Jizera mountains. In the 18th century, Liberec was famous as the largest industrial city in the country. The country still holds its place as one of the lively and beautiful places in the country. Downhill slopes and trails invite adventurers from all over the world. The jested tower is situated at the peak of the jested mountain is a sight for the eyes. The architecture of the city is gorgeous but one should visit the city townhall which is very impressive and generally considered a cathedral. As a must-visit site for both nature lovers and thrill-seekers, this city has earned its place in the top 10 places to visit in the Czech Republic.
In a simple word, Karlovy Vary is a small spa town situated in a valley. Its stunning architecture and lively culture made it one of the most beautiful spa towns in the world and the second most visited place in the Czech Republic. For the past hundreds of years, the hot water of Karlovy Vary is considered healing with the property of curing digestion and serious problems like brain tumors. This hot spring region was converted into a spa place in the 13th century by Charles IV. At that time spa was only the place for nobles, so you will find a great architectural model. Most buildings were of the 18th and 19th century but were destroyed with time by natural calamities. The town is still grand and the hot spa is open even after 6 centuries and still helping people to cure their diseases. When visiting Karlovy Vary one should try KarlovarskeOplatky (wafers made by the hot spring water) and Becherovka liquor (Czech liquor invented by a famous pharmacist). If you want to learn about the history of Czech liquor you should visit the Jan Becher Museum where you would also find the process of its production. You can see a glimpse of this city in the famous James Bond movie Casino Royale.
Want to experience a live fairytale, visit this medieval city, decorated as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1992, it is a site to see where you can live in medieval times by walking on cobbled streets and alleyways. This is a site well preserved and ideal for a vacation but the bad news is that the whole world knows it. So, you will find many tourists here, visiting this magical place for a day or two, clicking images, and attending local festivals. Some people say that it is the best medieval town in the whole of Europe. Colorful houses, red rooftops, castle views, and panoramic river view convert this place into a charming land. Many museums are in this city and one of the famous is Egon art center who is a famous painter who lived in the 19th century.
If you actually want to live in medieval times, you must visit Holasovice, a small village some 30 km away from Krumlov where you will find medieval houses intact for centuries. It’s like time has stopped here and they are still as they were hundreds of years before. This city has rich beer traditions because of the home to famous Budweiser beer and is famous for its impressive town square.
Telc is also known as a sleeping town because of its small population of 5500. In 1992 this city got its place in the world heritage site of UNESCO, the same year in which Prague and Cesky Krumlov got their place in the world heritage site. Leader of the small towns of the Czech Republic this town is famous for its historic city square. This city came into existence as a water fort for royals to secure the trade routes and has not changed much in past. You can visit the castle and explore the passageways. Surrounded by ponds and gates this city is a perfect historic getaway destination for tourists. In the 14th century, this town was destroyed by a fire and rebuilt later. Historic underground tunnels under this city are one of the main visiting points of tourists. Overall, this is one of the best places to visit in the Czech Republic.
Fantastic destination to visit if you are interested in wonders and want to feel the real Czech Republic. There are many local establishments where you can avoid the city traffic and can enjoy food while complimenting scenic views. People here are hospitable and will take care of you well. Proud home to one of the biggest beer manufacturing establishments in-country the Ceske Budejovice is the only city having a state-owned beer plant. If you want to taste some beer, you can do so here easily as drinking beer is considered a cultural experience.
The architectural sites are quite common and you can also see a glimpse of the country’s ancient architecture in the city square which is the largest city square in the whole country. Fountain of Sampson is considered a symbol of the city and it lit up at night. It is easy to roam the city on foot as it is a small place or you can go for a ride on shared bikes. The city is graced with two rivers and provides some good pathways for cycling along the water.
Vibrant Prague, bustling Brno, industrial Ostrava, Pilsner of Plzen, Historic Olomouc, beautiful Liberec, Royal Karlovy Vary, Medieval Cesky Krumlov, sleepy Telc, diverse Liberec, and fantastic Budejovice all make a place in the list of top places to visit in Czech republic and make this country a memorable experience for tourists.