15 Day Trips From Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is an incredible city to explore. Situated in the heart of Eastern Europe, Prague provides the ideal base for travelers who want to cross borders and take a peek at Switzerland and even Austria.

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Within a day trip from Prague, you can marvel at castles, walk around charming historic cities, and even spend a day in another country. Whether it’s by train, a touring bus, a rented car, and even on a bike – here’s fifteen of the best day trips from Prague for you to make the most out of your vacation.

15 Day Trips From Prague

1.Crystal Glassworks Tour and Karlstejn Castle

karlstejn castle Prague

Only a few hours away, one of the more fascinating day trips from Prague leads you to the Crystal Glassworks factory and the Karlstejn Castle.

Located in the quaint town of Nizbor, the Ruckl Crystal Factory is a must see whether you’re into crystals or not. Ruckl is where the most famous Czech cut glass (Czech crystal) are made, which are the kind often given as a gift during state visits.

Visitors to the factory are given a guided tour, where they get to watch both the glass blowing and glass cutting phases of the production. After the tour, guests can check out the factory shop, where the products are available to buy at a convenient price.

Meanwhile, the nearby Karlštejn castle is one of the best known Czech monuments, which is also the guardian of the Crown Jewels and the Imperial Insignia in the 14th century. It was built in 1348 by the king Charles IV, and was designed to guard the coronation jewels and relics of the kingdom and the whole empire.

The present look of the castle was attained after the renovation that took place from 1887 to 1899. Located in the village of Karlstejn, the castle stands proud and pretty, its beauty fit for fairytales. Despite its regality, Karlstejn Castle never served as a full-on royal residence.

Opening Hours

Period  Days   Hours

1.–6. 1. Mon-Sun 10.00–15.00

1.–31. 1.  closed

2.–28. 2. Fri–Sun  10.00–15.00

3.–31. 3. Tue-Sun  9.30–16.00

4.–30. 4. Tue-Sun  9.30–17.00

4.              Mon        9.30–17.00

5.–31. 5.  Tue-Sun 9.30–17.30

6.–30. 6. Tue-Sun 9.00–17.30

7.–31. 8.  Mon-Sun 9.00–18.00

9.–30. 9. Tue-Sun    9.30–17.30

10.–31. 10 Tue-Sun 9.30–16.30

10. Mon 9.30–16.30

11.–17. 11.Tue-Sun 10.00–15.00

11.–22. 12. Sat-Sun 10.00–15.00

12.–25. 12. closed

12.–12. 1. Tue-Sun  10.00–15.00

1.–29. 2. Fri–Sun  10.00–15.00

Admission Fee

  • Children 6 – 15 years 230 CZK (€8.92)
  • Student 15 – 26 year (ISIC) 230 CZK (€8.92)
  • Senior over 65 years 230 CZK
  • ITIC card holders 230 CZK
  • ZTP card holders over 18 years 230 CZK

 

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Contact information

Address: Karlštejn 172 267 18  Karlštejn (okres Beroun)

Phone:  00420 311 681 617

Email: karlstejn@npu.cz

2.Klínovec Ski Areal For Beginners

Klínovec Ski Areal

One of the more exciting day trips from Prague is to experience skiing at the Klínovec, in the Krušné Mountains, considered as the area’s best skiing center. Take the beginner’s lessons for an easier, fun and hassle-free adventure. Apart from the thrill, you also get to enjoy stunning views of Bohemia on your way to Klínovec.

Only two hours from Prague, traveling to Klínovec takes you on a scenic route through central and western Bohemia to the Krušné Mountains and the ski area. Once there, you get to enjoy the day on easy slopes surrounded by stunning views of the mountains and the Czech countryside. It is one adventure you should consider if you have a spare day or two during your visit to Prague and want to try something new.

Opening Hours

Day skiing

Cashdesks 1–4 – 8:30 – 16:00

Lifts-9:00 – 16:00

Day skiing -1-3

Cashdesks 1–4- 8:00 – 16:00

Lifts-8:30 – 16:00

Night skiing

Pokladna č. 1b- 16:00 – 21:00

Vlek F- 16:00 – 21:00

Admission Fee

Single Ride

Prima Express chairlift single one-way ticket

Adult 170 CZK(€6.59)

Children100 CZK (€4)

Senior, Disabled, Junior 150 CZK (€6)

Prima Express single return ticket

Adult 250 CZK(€10)

Children 140 CZK (€5.43)

Senior, Disabled, Junior 220 CZK(€9)

Single Day, Multi-Day Ticket

1 day

Adult 590 CZK(€23)

Children 310 CZK (€12)

Senior, Disabled, Junior -510 CZK (€20)

2 days

Adult 1 050 CZK(€41)

Children 520 CZK(€20)

Senior, Disabled, Junior 900 CZK (€35)

3 days

Adult 1 450 CZK (€56)

Children 720 CZK (€28)

Senior, Disabled, Junior 1 250 CZK (€48.44)

Season

Adult 6 500 CZK (€252)

Children 3 300 CZK (€ 128)

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Contact information

Address: Loučná pod Klínovcem 322 431 91 Vejprty

Phone:  +420 415 240 240

Email: info@klinovec.cz

3.Teplice, the Royal Spa City

Teplice the Royal Spa City

Czech Republic’s countryside is a haven of their spa culture and a visit to Teplice is one the best day tours from Prague that you should experience. Situated in the foothills of the Ore Mountains 90 kilometers from Prague, the spa town of Teplice is the oldest spa in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest spas in Europe.

Also known as the “little Paris” of Bohemia, Teplice has ornate spa buildings, parks, gardens, fountains, a long pedestrian zone, and a Baroque Marian column. This is such a famous place even before that it was visited by tsars, kings, emperors and even great musicians like Beethoven.

The hot springs of Teplice are at  41 degrees Celsius, and the spring water here has been winding its way through the earth for 18,000 years. Teplice also has a Thermalium, which offers the largest thermal pools in the Czech Republic.

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4.Czech Vineyards and Wine Tasting Off-Road Tour

Modra Vineyard Czech Republic

Did you think the Czech Republic was a country of beer? Wait until you taste some of the local wines! One of the more satisfying Prague day tours, it doesn’t take too long to get to the Czech countryside. Comprising the eastern third of the Czech Republic and bordering on Austria, Slovakia, and Poland, the Moravia region contains 94% of the country’s vineyards. Abounding in wine cellars and hospitable accommodations, it is the perfect setting for the visitor seeking the best locations to know more about Czech wine.

While in Moravia, you get to explore vineyards and soak up some wine tradition and culture of the Czech Republic. Visit local wineries, learn about wine processing and growers’ work and life, then enjoy some wine tasting and savor the local cuisine. You can also discover a mysterious Jewish cemetery hidden in the middle of a vineyard,  a medieval castle standing just above another one, and walk around authentic Czech villages.

Aside from the wine, two historic towns in the region have much to offer in scenic and architectural beauty. There’s the  120-square-mile Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, one of the largest artificial landscapes in Europe, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List as an “outstanding example of human creativity.”

Valtice and Lednice Chateaux and the surrounding parklands were transformed by the Dukes of Liechtenstein between the 17th and 20th centuries, making them an impressive combination of Baroque architecture and romantic English landscaping.

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5.Beer & Food Tasting in Rural Breweries

Grreat Synagogue Czech

One of the more eclectic places you could experience outside of Prague, a visit to the town of Pilsen isn’t just about beer and breweries. Much like other day trips from Prague, the old town of Pilsen is the ideal place to burn some calories walking.

Start your exploration of Old Town Pilsen at the Republic Square, where you can find the St. Bartholomew’s l, a Gothic masterpiece that has the tallest church tower in the Czech Republic. Walk up to the top of the bell tower for tremendous views over Pilsen and on a clear day, you can see as far as the Sumava Mountains. Right next to St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, you will find  Pilsen’s Great Synagogue. This Moorish Revival style building is the second largest synagogue on the continent and third largest in the world.

A visit to Pilsen’s two major breweries is a must after spending hours walking around the town center. Have a pint or two of fresh beer, straight out of the barrel when you visit Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus, breweries. These breweries have been around since the late 1800s, and a visit would give you not just a relaxing drink but a look into its history as well.

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6.Brno

brno czech republic

Brno is another city in the Czech Republic that is a must-see for anyone interested in history and culture, as told by its centuries-old structures. About three hours by train from Prague, the historical center of Brno is crammed with sites to make the most of your day trip. A good way to start getting to know Brno is by climbing up Petrov Hill to the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. The twin neo-Gothic towers is seen in practically every part of Brno and have less ostentatious Baroque interiors compared to many churches of the era.

On another hill, and just a 20-minute walk opposite the cathedral is the Špilberk Castle. It was once the most feared prison in the land, but Špilberk Castle managed to turn its harsh reputation and became one of the top attractions in Brno. At present, the castle houses the Brno Museum and an exhibition that documents its chilling history.

The town center of Brno is made up of a maze of alleys and winding roads, best for wandering around without a plan to discover the diverse architectural palette of Brno. If you’re into the strange and macabre, visit the Ossuary of St. James Church. Like Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora, the Brno Ossuary features walls and ceilings adorned with human bones. Next to the Catacombs of Paris, the Ossuary of St. James Church is Europe’s second-largest ossuary.

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7.Dresden

Zwinger Palace Dresden Czech

Proudly standing as the capital of the Free State of Saxony, and graced by the presence of River Elbe, Dresden is an underrated baroque paradise that seems to have been taken straight out of picture books. This city was devastated by the second world war in 1945 but has managed to rise from the ruins in a slow but steady process that is still taking place.

A day tour in Dresden promises not just a glimpse into its history but architectural marvels and a  taste of its culture as well. Start with a visit to the Frauenkirche, a Protestant church built in the 18th century, that was destroyed during the 1945 bombings. It was left in ruins for many years until it was successfully restored to its former glory and is once again serving as the city’s most recognizable landmark since 2005. Another must-see is the Procession of Princes, a mural made up of 24.000 tiles located right in the city center. Depicting the history of Saxony rulers, it is also the biggest porcelain artwork in the world.

After walking through the entire mural, you will reach Dresden’s waterfront,  — the Bruhl Terrace. It ia also known as the balcony of Europe and offers the best views of River Elba and Old Town. From there you can visit more of Dresden’s architectural and historic treasures, places that were destroyed by the second world war that was rebuilt and restored. It is difficult to miss the Hofkirche or the Dresden Cathedral, that stand side by side with the equally stunning Dresden Royal Palace. There’s also the Zwinger, a rococo palace with pretty courtyard gardens and the Semperhoper (Opera House) which is both an institution and city icon.

Finally, a day trip to Dresden won’t be complete without dropping by the Altmafkt, considered as the best Christmas market in Europe. Also known as the heart of Dresden, it has historically been the place of mass gatherings and markets, with its architecture mirroring the city’s history in the past century.

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Opening Hours

Zwinger Palace

Monday- Sunday – 6 am – 10:30 pm

Contact information

Phone:  0351 438370312

Email:  zwinger@schloesserland-sachsen.de 

8.Kutná Hora

Kutná Hora Czech

If you’re fascinated with all things Gothic and the macabre, then a visit to Kutna Hora is something you will enjoy. One of the quirkiest day trips from Prague, and much like the Czech capital, the town of Kutna Hora is rich in history and culture as depicted in its architecture.

Bestowed with a Heritage Site status by the UNESCO, Kutna Hora is one if those places that are best explored by walking.

Start your day in Kutna Hora by visiting two of its main attractions — the Sedlec Ossuary and the Cathedral of St. Barbara. Also known as the Chapel of Bones, the Sedlec Ossuary houses the skeletal remains of 40,000 to 70,000 people, that are used as ornate decoration within the chapel. The most impressive décor is the centerpiece, a giant bone chandelier containing nearly every bone in the human body. The Sedlec Ossuary js just a fifteen-minute walk from the train station, and one of the oddest chapels jn the world.

Only thirty-five minutes away by foot or ten minutes by bus is the Cathedral of St. Barbara. Bearing a striking resemblance to the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, St. Barbara’s principal architect was the son of the man behind the grand cathedral from the capital city. The approach to the Cathedral of St. Barbara is one of the town’s most famous scenes, as Gothic spires and thirteen stone statues greet you, fused with the backdrop of the Czech countryside.

A tour of these two might take your time but when in Kutna Hora, make sure to visit Hrádek Castle and Sankturin House, too.

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9.Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary Czech

Karlovy Vary, a popular spa town that lies 126 km from Prague city center is quintessentially Czech, as its graceful 14th to 19th-century architecture attracted aristocrats and the well-to-do for hundreds of years. Karlovy Vary is a favorite not just among tourists, but also as the go-to European scene for filmmakers, gracing the silver screen in movies such as Casino Royale.

Karlovy Vary may be known as a spa town, but it also one of the more popular day tours from Prague, with its buildings that date back to the 14th-Century  There’s a wealth of Bohemian history and culture that can be discovered in these centuries-old structures, starting with Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral.

There are also a number of natural spas to explore here, as Karlovy Vary is home to the greatest number of hot springs in the world. If you’re not up to putting on a swimwear, you can still enjoy the city’s spa culture by walking among the colonnades between sips of cool mineral water. For those who need extra pampering, you can book yourself in for a full spa treatment.

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10.Nuremberg

Nuremberg Castle Prague

Small enough to walk pretty much everywhere, Nuremberg is the perfect city for a day trip. It is a place filled with history and culture, there is so much to do and see to easily make the most of your visit. This city is perfect whether you’re interested in learning more about its history in museums, walking the streets to get a feel of what it used to be like or even do that all while snacking on traditional Bavarian food.

A sightseeing walk through the old town is an ideal way to start your Nuremberg day tour. Have a cup of coffee in one of the prettiest squares in Nuremberg, the Trödelmarkt. From there, you can walk across the Henkersteg and to the Kettensteg Bridge where you will find some of the most photogenic spots in the city.

Continue your old town Nuremberg tour with a visit to the nearby Weißgerbergasse (Tanner’s road), the most beautiful road in town with lots of original or restored half-timber houses. From there it is only a short walk up to the Imperial Castle, which has been around for about 1000 years and was used to be one of the residences of the Holy Roman Emperors. Another must-see is the Hauptmarkt (Main market), a huge market square in the center that hosts a farmer’s market and in December the world famous Christkindles Markt. You can also find the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) there.

Located in the middle of the Bavarian region, Nuremberg is a great place to get traditional food and drink (beer). The food is hearty and filling, and make sure you get a taste of their Nürnberger Bratwürstchen. You can get them at almost every street corner, served in a bun with or without Sauerkraut.  There’s also the Nuremberg gingerbread, or lebkuchen in German, considered a “Christmassy” treat, but in Nuremberg, you can buy it year-round.  Lastly, there is the schäufele, or oven-baked pig’s shoulder mostly served with potato dumplings.

Nuremberg is about two or three hours by bus train and private car from Prague and one of the most exciting day trips you’ll ever experience so make sure you include it in your itinerary.

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11.Bratislava

Bratislava Slovakia

Located along Danube River and surrounded by mountains where castles, old churches, and historic plazas are a common sight, a day trip to the Slovakian capital Bratislava is something you should experience. Bratislava is not only a stunning historic city but one filled with beautiful natural wonders as well. If you only have a day to spend, make sure you check out the Old Town, an 18th-century village filled with bars and cafes. It is a car-free zone, making it a great place for a leisurely stroll.

A visit to old towns won’t be complete without seeing the churches, and in Bratislava, you have the Church of St. Elisabeth or the “Blue Church”, and features an impressive Art Nouveau style design. There’s also the Clarissine Church, which showcases unique Gothic architecture, and St. Martin’s Cathedral, another Gothic-inspired church that’s considered the largest and the oldest church in Bratislava.

After you’ve said your prayers, look out for Bratislava’s quirky inanimate ‘residents’, sculptures that were made to make the city a livelier place. There’s Čumil the Peeper, who seems to be coming out of a manhole; the Paparazzi by Radko Macuha, Schone Naci and Napoleon’s Solder, both created by Juraj Melis.

Once you’ve seen the statues, take a stroll around Bratislava Main Square, a public plaza surrounded by outdoor cafes and local shops. It is also where the Old Town Hall is located, right next to a clock tower and a Renaissance-style fountain.

When in Bratislava, it is a must to catch a glimpse of Michael’s Gate, the only remaining part of the medieval fortifications that once surrounded Bratislava and is now a famous tourist landmark. Another definite must do is to climb up the Bratislava Castle.

Located on a hill along the Danube River, the castle is a huge rectangular building with four corner towers. It also houses artistic and historical exhibitions of the Slovak National Museum and offers a  stunning view of the city and the nearby areas.

Slow down and relax after all the walking and climbing by trying some Slovak food like the Slovak potato salad and beef stroganoff, then see if you can get tickets to a show at the Slovak National Theater, or simply marvel at the building’s intricately designed interiors.

A strange, but interesting way to end your day in town is to head over to the UFO Observation Deck in central Bratislava. The viewing area shaped like a flying saucer is reachable by an elevator ride that will take less than a minute. The best time to come here is during sunset until late at night.

12.Bohemian and Saxon

saxon switzerland

If you’re into a more thrilling, active day excursion from Prague, you shouldn’t miss a visit to Bohemian and Saxon. That’s a full day of exploring the stunning natural wonders of the northern part of the Czech Republic and the Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland National Park, two destinations that showcase the beauty of the rugged central European mountains.

Bohemian Switzerland, actually, is not in Switzerland but a region in the north of the Czech Republic. This sprawling national park is just under two hours by bus, car, train or van from Prague, but it may as well be on a different planet. There is absolutely no trace of city life here. Instead, you will see verdant gulches, towering sandstone cliffs, peaceful farmlands, quaint little villages, and majestic rock formations. Bohemian Switzerland is a must visit for all outdoor enthusiasts.

Just next to Bohemian Switzerland, Saxon Switzerland National Park is situated across the German border. Here you can see the Bastei Bridge, a 194m tall bridge that spans the Elbe. It was built in 1851 and links several massive rock formations together. It is a bridge that was intended solely for people to bask in the beauty of the region. Another must-see here is the Neurathen, a medieval rock castle, carved into the steep sides of the Bastei.

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13.Třebíč and Telč UNESCO

Třebíč Castle Czech

The Czech Republic has a total of twelve monuments that are UNESCO Heritage Sites, and two of those are found in the quaint little towns of Třebíč and Telč. Located in the eastern countryside in the Moravia, these towns can be reached within a few hours by bus, car or train, and among the more interesting and unique day tours from Prague.

The town of Třebíč dates back to the 11th and 12th century when the princes of Moravia founded a Benedictine monastery. Despite the Christian beginnings, Třebíč has become an important center of the Jewish culture in Moravia and the uniquely preserved Jewish ghetto is a testament to the coexistence of Jews and Christians.

It is the only Jewish monument in the UNESCO Heritage List, along with Jerusalem. Also from Třebíč, and especially from the observation tower Oslednice, you will see the town of Telč.

Enclosed with ponds and gates, the historical center of Telč has been quite known for centuries, since the times of Zachariáš of Hradec. It used to be a royal water fortress from the 13th century, founded on the intersection of trade routes, and its present appearance was due to the 16th-century reconstruction.

This renaissance castle complex was designed by B. Maggi from Arogno, along with the landscaped garden and park. The historical center of Telč was recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1992.

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14.Český Krumlov and České Budějovice

Český_Krumlov Czech Republic

Only a couple of hours by bus, car or train, a visit to Český Krumlov and České Budějovice should be included in your itinerary if you wish to take a day trip from Prague.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site that could easily provide the setting for a fairytale, Český Krumlov is for those who are fans of beautifully designed structures. Situated in South Bohemia, Český Krumlov lies on either side of the Vltava River.  Its main attraction is the Český Krumlov Castle, which was built in the 13th-Century and features influences from Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The gardens span an impressive 11-hectares and are immaculately kept. Another must visit especially for art lovers is the Egon Schiele Art Centrum which houses contemporary pieces of art in a historic building.

Right next to Český Krumlov is České Budějovice, the provincial capital of southern Bohemia and a natural base for exploring the region. The town is an excellent place to visit if you want to escape the large numbers of tourists in Prague or nearby Český Krumlov. There are many historic towns and villages nearby, like the picturesque village of Holašovice, which has a well-preserved folk Baroque center and is a UNESCO site.

České Budějovice may not have a lot of touristy sights, but it does have one of Europe’s largest main squares and a scenic maze of narrow lanes and winding alleyways, numerous hiking trails, and a vast cycle path network. It is also the home of ‘Budvar’ beer (Czech ‘Budweiser’), and a brewery tour is usually part of the ‘must-do’ list.

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15.Vienna

Vienna Austria

It is only four hours by bus or a private car from Prague to reach this stunning Austrian capital that’s a must visit for culture and history enthusiasts. A UNESCO heritage city since 2001, Vienna in one of the best day tours you can experience. Start with breakfast in one of the many cafés all over the city, and soak up its coffee culture. Pair your Viennese coffee with apple strudel, sit for a while before heading out to the Schonbrunn Palace. This palace also opens earlier than other attractions, making it a good place to start to make the most of your Vienna day trip. Schonbrunn Palace is one of the most renowned cultural and historical monuments in Austria and is known for being the summer residence of the much loved Princess Sisi.

Stephansplatz, in the heart of the city and considered as Vienna’s most important square is a popular touristic area. This is where you can find the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which is one of the country’s most iconic buildings. Next, there’s the Mozarthaus, which is just a few minutes’ walks from St. Stephen’s. This 17th-century building was Mozart’s home from 1785-1787 and is now a museum dedicated to the famous composer.

Lunch at Naschmarkt is a must, as there are dozens of food stalls here selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to trail mixes to sausages and olives. After eating, you may relax at the Art History Museum or Belvedere. both art museums set inside a palace.

Up next is the Hofburg Palace, once the main imperial palace in Vienna and the seat of power for the Habsburg family. Today, it is the workplace for the president of Austria and home to three museums: the Sisi Museum, Imperial Apartments, and Silver collection.

A visit to Vienna won’t be complete without marveling at the Bauhaus and its glorious Gothic details, then sampling a Wienerschnitzel for dinner, before seeing a show at the historical Vienna State Opera. Lastly, a visit to Vienna isn’t complete without another cup of Viennese coffee at the  Sacher Café paired with the delicious sacher torte.

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