By Anna Fishman
The city of Prague in the Czech Republic is one of the most alluring places in Eastern Europe due to its amazing architecture, mouth-watering culinary delights, and its rich cultural heritage. Taking a day trip from Prague gives you the opportunity to experience some of the most incredible sites and attractions in the country, and you will also develop a greater appreciation for the history of this country. We will explore five of the best day trips for the discerning traveler from Prague.
How about a day to kick back and relax? If you are into health and wellness, a day trip to the Karlovy Vary would be an excellent choice. This town was established in 1370 and includes several hot springs that are said to have curative qualities. In addition to the hot springs, the town has some extremely colorful medieval houses and architecture. You will also find one of the oldest operational spas in the country, Lazne III, that is visited by people from all over the world.
The town of Cesky Krumlov is one of the most intriguing places to go for a day trip from Prague. This medieval town, known for its castles, is located 105 miles (170 km) to the south of Prague. Most of the town’s architecture is still in place from the 14th century – the Cesky Krumlov castle with an incredibly charming exterior, a Rococo styled garden and an old fountain that has been recently restored giving the castle a rustic look and feel. The castle also includes a Baroque theatre with its original props, stage machinery, and scenery. The location of the castle on a hill overlooking the Vltava River and the picturesque town makes it a sight worth seeing. The town of Cesky Krumlov is definitely a place to visit if you are interested in fascinating historical and cultural heritage experiences.
Kutna Hora is an enchanting medieval town located 50 miles (80 km) east of Prague. This town has several interesting sites for one to experience and is well worth a day trip. Probably the most interesting of them all is the Bone Church. This is a small 14th century Roman Catholic chapel located beneath the larger Church of all Saints. The interior of this church is uniquely decorated with human bones. It is said that bones from over 70,000 people who died as a result of plagues or wars were used in this church. The Bone Church also houses a chandelier that contains at least one of every bone in the human body. Other attractions worth seeing in the town are the 14th-century Cathedral of St. Barbara, the Italian Court which is a former coin mint and Hradek Castle that has a highlight touring a 15th-century mine shaft. By and large a visit to the enchanting town of Kutna Hora will present you with unique and interesting experiences!
Other attractions worth seeing in the town are the 14th-century Cathedral of St. Barbara, the Italian Court which is a former coin mint and Hradek Castle that has a highlight touring a 15th-century mine shaft. By and large, a visit to the enchanting town of Kutna Hora will present you with unique and interesting experiences, especially spooky around Halloween time!
The Pilsner Urquell Brewery
One of the things that people from the Czech Republic are very proud of is their beer. The earliest beer brewery in the country was the Pilsner Urquell Brewery. Located 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Prague, the Pilsner Urquell Brewery is a treasure trove of history. You can do a guided tour of the facility which includes a beer tasting and fascinating details about how the brewery evolved and how Pilsner became the most popular beer in the country. There is also a beer museum with beer mugs and brewing equipment on display. This is a must see for every beer lover visiting the country!
Terezin Concentration Camp
If you are curious about the WWII history of the Czech Republic, a visit to the Terezin Concentration Camp which is about an hour outside of Prague is a must, but keep in mind, this is not a light and fun day trip. You will see the large fortress and the torture area across the Ohre River. Over 38,000 Jews died in this camp. You can take a guided tour of the facility or you are free to explore the camp in its entirety by yourself. This is one of the most popular day trip locations from Prague.
These day trips from Prague will offer you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle of taking all of your luggage with you.
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