Prague is not only the Czech Republic’s capital and largest city, it is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful travel destinations. Located in central Bohemia and situated on the Vltava River, Prague has been the cultural, economic, and political hub of the Czech Republic. The city today has roughly 1.3 million residents and the metropolitan area has a population approaching the 2 million mark. There are number of reasons to put Prague on a holiday or vacation itinerary including the culture, cuisine, and history.
However, for many it is the adventurous day trips that lay in store for the visitor. The following is a list of the top day trips from Prague that you should consider whenever travelling to Prague on holiday or vacation:
Situated in western Bohemia, this is one of the Czech Republic’s most beautiful spa areas that was founded by Emperor Charles IV in 1370. Not only is it one of the top destinations for tourists, it is a very popular site for numerous celebrities. Parts of the city were featured in the James Bond film “Casino Royale”.
Located in the central portion of Bohemia, it was revered as being a city equally as important as Prague during the period spanning the 13th to 16th centuries. Additionally, in 1995, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Gothic church of Saint Barbara, the Italian Court, and the Stone Haus are the main attractions to take in where this city is concerned.
There is so much to see and do in this city that an overnight stay is oftentimes recommended instead of a day trip. It is known as the Pearl of Bohemia and the city’s castle is Czech Republic’s 2nd largest.
Founded during the 12th century during the period of Přemysl Otakar II, the castle has been reconstructed several times. In 1826, it was almost completely destroyed by a fire but today it is one of the most popular museums in the Czech Republic. Books, Gothic paintings, and numerous theatrical performances make this site a must-see on any vacation agenda.
This structure was founded by Charles IV in 1348 and has been a major storage facility for treasure throughout the Czech Republic’s history. Since it was originally constructed, this castle, like the one above, has gone through a number of reconstruction projects in the past. However, today it is still an impressive architectural site. Its Great Tower is 60 meters high and is the dominant site of the landscape. The Chapel of the Holy Road is still the biggest attraction and houses about 130 Gothic paintings which date back to 1360. The castle is located roughly 40 km from the city of Prague.
Convenient hotels in Prague
Located a few steps from the Dancing House and the main tourist attractions in Prague, Miss Sophie’s apartment offers best value for money accommodation in Nové Mesto. Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square are also within walking distance from this design apartment in Czech Republic’s capital. Room rates starting from € 49.8/£ 43.2/$ 66.2
Guest Rating: 9.4
Barceló Hotel in Prague is located in a quiet residential area just 15 minutes walk from the historical center of the city. The hotel’s restaurant serves Spanish cuisine, as well as Central European dishes. Room rates starting from € 39/£ 33.8/$ 51.8
Guest Rating: 9.5
Design Merrion Hotel is an affordable 4-star design hotel in Prague, located in the Vinohrady area. In a few minutes both by tram or by bus, guests will easily get to Prague’s main tourist attractions. Room rates starting from € 74/£ 64.2/$ 98.3
Guest Rating: 9.6
Photo of Karlovy Vary by jesuscm.