Tourist Places To Visit In Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in central Europe that was once a Roman Empire, then settled in by Celts, Germans, and later by the free-spirited Bohemians. Its capital Prague is a wonder city, such a beautiful masterpiece of amalgamations with ancient footbridges and medieval castles, baroque theatres and cobble-lined streets. Český Krumlov is a fairytale town with a chic Bohemian vibe to it, while Brno is a modernist sibling of these cities. So what tourist places must you see in Czech Republic? Well, including the list above, there are quite a few, as described below.
Perched on the banks of River Vltava, Prague is a 1000 year old city that is a grand cultural kaleidoscope of Bohemian and Roman empires. It also bears witness to the Renaissance and Gothic eras, as is evident from its structure, roads and bridges. This capital city of Czech Republic is one for eh top 10 most visited places in Europe and displays its charms in the form of Prague Castle, Kafka’s home and his burial place. The Old Town and Town Square mark some ancient city hubs that also house the Prague Astronomical Clock, Gothic Church of Our Lady Before Týn and Rudolfinum concert hall. The city is best observed from the iconic 14th century Charles Bridge that connects Prague’s old and new town. You will never find a dull moment on this bridge with artists and poets and indie musicians to entertain.
A fairytale town in the south of Czech Republic, Cesky Krumlov is renownd for its Bohemian Castle. It is a 4 hour road trip from Prague and is sparsely populated with only 15000 people. But the beauty of this town is unparalleled, as if you have stepped into a world of clean cobbled alleys and lampposts with houses of brightly coloured stucco walls to pop colour, baroque theatres and renaissance buildings. You will find yourself exploring and sightseeing by morning and enjoying drinks and music and quaint streets by night. Some great places to visit here are the Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Cloak Bridge, State Castle and Chateau Český Krumlov and Museum Fotoatelier Seidel. If you are ready for a little hike then head to the nearby mountain of Kleť.
Telc is a port town in the south of the country, dating back to the 14th Century when it was settled for trading and commerce, mainly between Moravia, Austria and Bohemia. The town is mighty colourful and dandy, with Gothic Palace and renaissance style buildings in bright colours. There is a local Jesuit Church, along with the Church of the Holy Ghost, Highlands Museum and the Zachariáš of Hradec Square. The town is also listed on UNESCO and you will find yourself marvelling at every turn on its cobbled streets, lined as they are with statues of kings and demons and angels.
Lovers of Bohemian culture, Pilsen or Plzen will be your favourite destination around here. It is the fourth largest city of Czech Republic and boasts of its Bohemian heritage, also home to the famous Pilsner Beer. Some marvels to see here are St Bartholomew’s Cathedral, Town Hall, the Great Synagogue and an overall Renaissance vibe emanating from all of its buildings. Pilsen also boasts of some great breweries and the country’s premier university - University of West Bohemia. You might also be interested in the Plzen Zoo, parks and old city centre with museums and viewing galleries open to all.
Brno is the Czech’s second largest city after Prague and is home to a more modernist infrastructure and buildings than the rest of the country. You will find yourself staring at some pretty modernist designs here, from the Villa Tugendhat to the Špilberk Castle and city museum inside, along with streets and gardens navigated by vaulted haunted tunnels. Other tourist attractions are the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul with its beautiful baroque altars, the Freedom Square, Petrov Cathedral, Old Town Hall and the Moravian square.
Karlovy Vary is a gorgeous little town with hot-springs as its star attraction. For many hundred years people have invested belief in these hots springs and their healing properties to cure everything from cold to digestion to tumours. Karlovy Vary is hence a massive relaxation sweet spot of the Czech Republic and hosts many a luxurious spas in settings that are tastefully classic due to their Renaissance heritage. The main spa here is a more than 600 years old and a must-must-experience. You must enjoy the Hot Spring Colonnade and the Pramen Vřídlo geyser, along with Mill Colonnade with its 5 hot springs. You can also check out the cathedrals and museums if you are bored from all the relaxation (not that THAT is a possibility).
Kroměříž is located in the Zlín Region of this country and makes for a marked Moravian heritage town. You will find beautiful arches and beams so beautiful that they will put some of the best monuments to shame, chateaus and cathedrals that will seem out of fairytales. Some of the most awesome sites here are the Baroque Kroměříž Bishop's Palace, Athens of Haná, Flower Garden, Museum of Kroměříž and St. Moritz Church. Also, don’t forget to stop by Černý Orel Brewery for lunch and follow it up with their excellent beer.