The Czech Republic without Prague. Where to go apart of the capital
Journeys | 08.05.2019
A trip to the Czech Republic does not necessarily begin and end in Prague. If you want to discover a country rather than just visiting its capital, we know exactly where you need to go.
Český Krumlov
If you're under the impression that Prague is the most comfortable and "Czech" city, then you simply have not seen Český Krumlov. The panorama is absolutely beautiful and unique. There are even more cosy streets and charm. In 1992, the historical centre of Český Krumlov was placed under the protection of UNESCO, and the city's history began way back in the XIII century.
What's there to see?

  • Náměstí Svornosti. The central square of the city complete with charming old buildings. A good option for a stroll or lunch in the historic centre.
  • Castle observation deck. Panorama of the city, with a view of the bending river and the St. Vitus Cathedral. An ideal place for taking photos
  • St. Vitus Cathedral. A functioning Catholic church with frescoes from the XV century. If you've organised your trip in advance, make sure you visit an organ concert
Brno
The birthplace of the Przemyslowych royal dynasty and the Czech Republic's second city. Tourists often like to stay in Prague, but in Brno, you can safely stroll around the city, enjoy the local charm and at the same time never get swamped by crowds. Here you'll find the same bright roofs, bridges, majestic Gothic cathedrals and excellent local cuisine.
What's there to see?

  • Freedom Square. Walking around European squares is a special pleasure. So make sure you don't deny yourself such a pleasure in Brno.
  • The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. A national cultural monument of the Czech Republic with a very interesting history. During the Thirty Years' War, Swedish commander Torstensson promised to end the siege of Brno if the army took the city before noon. Just as the city was almost taken, the clock struck noon and the Swedish army retreated. Actually, the clock had only reached 11 o'clock, but in the heat of the battle no on seemed to notice. Since then, at 11 o'clock in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the clock strikes in memory of the day that Brno was cunningly saved.
  • Villa Tugendhat. Architecture lovers will be interested in seeing the only building from the twentieth century in the Czech Republic, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sight
    Plzeň (Pilsen)
    You can learn the culture of Czech brewing in a more unusual way rather than going to all the famous beer places in Prague. For example, go to Pilsen, the home of Pilsner beer. It's been brewed here since the city was founded.
    What's there to see?

    • Pilsner Urquell Brewery. The first thing worth doing if you visit Pilsen is to take a tour of the brand's brewery. After all, the city is known as the "beer capital".
    • Republic Square. You can't just come and not take a leisurely stroll around the central square of a Czech town. The square in Pilsen, by the way, is the largest in Western Europe.
    • Brewery Museum. A continuation of your acquaintance with the Czech Republic's "beer" history. You'll find out everything you want to know about the drink here.
      Karlovy Vary
      This city is better known as a resort, thanks to its 13 sources of medicinal water. The water here is bottled and natural salts and cosmetics are also collected. If you're undecided on what souvenir to bring back for your relatives – here's a hint. Also make sure you go to the Becherovka liquor factory in the city, which is almost more popular here than beer.
      What's there to see?

      • Mill Colonnade. When you walk around Karlovy Vary, be sure to walk through the colonnade and drink some of the healing water from one of the six sources located here. The colonnade itself was constructed in 1881 for some important people, so that in any weather (for example, in the rain) it was easy to get to the source.
      • Jan Becher Museum. Becherovka is the second most popular drink after medicinal water. The history of the drink began in Karlovy Vary in 1809. The museum itself opened in 1992 and is located in the building of a former pharmacy.
      • Jelení skok (Deer Jump) observation deck. When in the Czech Republic, it's especially nice to look down at the city from up high. If you want to take pictures of the whole city, then this observation deck is the best option. You can get up to the top on foot along forest paths or on the funicular.
        Bohemian Switzerland National Park (Czech Switzerland)
        The Czech Republic is just a collection of small towns with cozy streets, Catholic cathedrals and local charm. It's also full of nature. The "Czech Switzerland" National Park is a continuation of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Saxon Switzerland, and the place itself has been given national reserve status.
        What's there to see?

        • Falcon's Nest. A mountain chateau, built into the rocky landscape. It looks quite unusual, but inside there is a restaurant and a veranda, where you can dine with a great view.
        • Pravčická Archway. The largest rock arch in Europe. The gate's height reaches 16m. This is the most famous place of the Elbe sandstone mountains, so you'll be sure to come across a lot of tourists here. It is better to arrive here by 10am to admire nature all by yourself.
        • Hřensko. A tiny town right on the cliffs of "Czech Switzerland" with houses overgrown with ivy, colourful shopping centres and a square. You'll find plenty of hiking trails that start here and continue on through the national park.
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