The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a beautiful country that’s very much worth a visit at least some time in your life. This country is located in eastern Europe and can be reached fairly easily, especially if you’re already traveling the continent. You’ll find that you can find places to stay overnight and travel around the country with relative ease, though communication can be difficult if you do not speak the native language, Czech. In the larger cities, like Prague, most people speak English, but the countryside can be a different story. The Czech Republic is home to incredible food and astounding places, like 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You won’t be able to pass up planning a visit once you learn more about this country.
The capital city is the first on this list because it’s an absolute must-see. Prague possesses a rich history that would fascinate anyone. Along with its history are beautiful structures that continue to strike awe in people today. While you could spend an endless amount of time exploring Prague, there are a few places you should make it a point to visit. Try to stay in or near Old Town, which is where you’ll be able to view the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square. Also make sure to head across Charles Bridge and visit the Prague Castle. Simply wandering around the city will provide beautiful sites and incredible memories.
Kutna Hora is a city filled with beautiful Gothic architecture. It started nearly a thousand years ago as a Bohemian monastery, but has since developed into a thriving city. There are various sites to visit while here, such as St. Barbaras Church, the Italian Court, the Ossuary, and a few other Gothic cathedrals. You’ll feel like you’re in a different time as you wander the stunning streets of this city.
This city clearly portrays the time that the land was known as Bohemia. Pay a visit to the soaring Bohemian Castle here and wander around this Bohemian town. You’ll find cobblestone streets and little change since the 18th century. You’ll find great food and a vibrant cultural scene in Cesky Krumlov. The city wraps around a river bend and provides lovely views of the water.
Hradec Kralove is one of the smaller cities in the Czech Republic, but it’s still worth a visit. You can climb the White Tower and get beautiful views of the city and surrounding area, including the mountain ranges outside the city that make for great day hikes. You can also visit Hradek u Nechanic, a Gothic style chateau at the edge of the city.
If you’re interested in brewing or just beer, Plzen is a place you must visit in the Czech Republic. While the country as a whole is known for its breweries and beverages, Plzen is where the pilsner (a type of beer) originated. Even if beer doesn’t interest you, there are still plenty of sites to visit in Plzen, such as St. Bartholemew’s Cathedral, the Great Synagogue, and the University of West Bohemia.
If you’d like to take a look at the natural sites of the country, head out to the countryside. The Czech Republic has stunning architecture, but it also has a beautiful countryside. There are many places to visit, such as the Novohrad Mountains or the Snezka Mountain, located in Krkonose National Park. You can also visit the Moravian Karst, a series of underground caverns that run for miles. If none of these places strike your interest, simply travel around the countryside and explore it for yourself.