While Prague is an incredible city to explore, its central location near small Czech towns and nearby European countries make day trips from the city a breeze. Within a day, you can experience majestic castles, charming medieval squares, stunning natural scenery and world-class museums. Make the most of your visit to the Czech Republic by taking one of these day trips from Prague.
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Only a three-hour train or a shorter trip if you rent a car, Cesky Krumlov is a magical city filled with old-world charm. Its entire center has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can wander around and admire its 14th-century buildings that line its narrow streets. Stop to marvel at the Cesky Krumlov Castle sitting above the River Vltava, then walk down the pedestrian-friendly Latran street lined with shops, cafes and restaurants.
Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
Known for its collection of interesting historic buildings and the famed Chapel of Bones, Kutna Hora is a great day trip for those interested in architecture. After arriving in the city’s main station, walk 15 minutes to Sedlec Ossuary to see the small Roman Catholic chapel’s collection of bones that are adorned along its ceilings and walls. Afterwards, head further into the city centre and snap photos of the soaring Gothic spires and stone statues at the Cathedral of St. Barbara.
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
One of the most popular day trips from Prague is Karlovy Vary, a charming Czech spa town that has been luring in aristocrats for hundreds of years. You’ll be engulfed in beautiful 19th-century architecture in this town that emphasizes relaxation, where you can discover over a dozen powerful hot springs. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the area’s serene atmosphere, which is perfect for gentle hikes up into the hills for impressive views over the town. Make sure to bring your swimming gear so you can unwind from a day of sightseeing in its natural spas.
A day trip to Dresden means you can experience its magnificent Baroque churches, palaces and charming Old Town. Best known as the home of Frauenkirche, you can see its grand dome throughout town, while other highlights of the city include the Zwinger Palace with its garden and galleries and the world-renowned Semper Opera House. For the best view in town, head to the lovely Bruhl’s Terrace that overlooks the Elbe and its riverboats. Make sure to cross the river and explore Neustadt with its hip cafes and vintage stores.
Pilsen, Czech Republic
If you enjoy Prague’s beer scene, you’ll love Pilsen. Only a 1.5-hour train away, visit this town to learn how in the late 19th-century Jose Groll, a Bavarian brewer living in Pilsen, produced pilsner, a concoction that left a lasting impression on the world of beer. You can visit two major breweries, Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus to learn about their production process and sample from the barrels, then visit the Old Town to see Republic Square, the Great Synagogue and the Gothic St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral.
The culture capital of Europe, take a day away from Prague to explore the vibrant city of Vienna. This Austrian city is gracious and elegant, where the royal Hofburg Palace, Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace are some of its most impressive attractions. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral to see one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture, then catch an evening show at the Vienna Staatsoper opera house. Explore the UNESCO-listed city centre, then stop at the iconic Cafe Sacher for a traditional Sacher torte, which is a spongy chocolate cake filled with apricot jam.
Karlstejn, Czech Republic
Karlstejn is an easy train trip from Prague, taking only 40 minutes to reach this charming city. Soak up its fairytale beauty at Karlstejn Castle, its iconic castle built by Charles IV between 1348 and 1365 to house royal treasures. Take a guided tour to see its interior, where you can see The Chapel of the Holy Cross, a gold entrusted precious jewel decorated chapel where Crown Jewels were held, then visit one of the nearby restaurants selling traditional Czech fare or step outside to enjoy the variety of hiking routes.
Brno, Czech Republic
Head out early for a 2.5-hour train journey to Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic. Enjoy a delightful day of exploring its beautiful Namesti Svobody square, then ascent up Petrov Hill to admire the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul and its Neo-Gothic towers that dominate the skyline. You can also visit Spilberk Castle and its on-site Brno Museum that highlights the city’s history or kick back and enjoy the big-city views this landmark offers.
Olomouc, Czech Republic
Trains leave hourly from Prague to Olomouc, taking just two hours to reach the Moravian city. This off the beaten path destination is known for its historical architecture and impressive monuments, which include the UNESCO-listed Holy Trinity Column and Astronomical Clock. Poke your head into the Olomouc Town Hall and climb to the top for views over the old town, then wait for noon to witness the clock hammering out a tune.
Only a three-hour train ride away, you’ll be blown away by the beauty of Wroclaw. Its town square is dotted with quirky dwarfs and there are various riverside parks and over 100 bridges to explore. Built in the medieval period, you can explore the historic neighborhoods of Rynek and Ostrow Tumski, visit interesting museums and see the Centennial Hall, which is considered a 20th-century architectural gem. If you’re traveling with the kids, make sure to stop at the Afrykarium, a themed aquarium.
If you enjoy the outdoors, there’s no better day trip from Prague than Bohemian Switzerland. Soak up some of the area’s most captivating natural beauty in this area by lacing up your boots and exploring its trails, which wind around farmland, quaint villages and majestic rock formations. See Pravcicka Gate, the largest sandstone arch formation in Europe or walk across Bastei Bridge, a 250-foot high stone arched bridge where you look straight down onto the Elbe River.