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The Czech Republic brings together impressive natural landscapes, a complex history, and arguably the best beer in the world to create a country that's finally being properly recognized by international travelers as a top European destination. Prague, the capital, is a Gothic fairy tale guaranteed to enamor the wandering explorer. Highlights include Charles Bridge (Karluv Most), Prague Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti), and the Castle District (Hradcany), best seen on a beer-bike or Segway tour, or from above during a hot-air balloon ride. In the evening, a cruise on Vltava River, a Mozart recital, or a beer tasting in the Bohemia neighborhood reveal a different side to the city. Outside of Prague lie the medieval towns of Kutná Hora—home to the must-see Sedlec Ossuary, a chapel decorated with the bones of thousands of people—and Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage site just waiting to be explored on a day trip from the capital city. Former capital Brno and the spa town Karlovy Vary, with its famous thermal baths, will appeal to history buffs and relaxation seekers alike. For beer lovers, brewery tours in Pilsen are a top draw; while for outdoor adventurers, the Saxon Switzerland National Park is rife with hiking, climbing, and cycling opportunities. Plus, the Czech Republic's prime location in central Europe—embraced by countries such as Slovakia, Poland, Germany, and Austria—make it an ideal launchpad for exploring the rest of the continent.

Top 15 attractions in Czech Republic

Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)

Sitting high on a hill overlooking the Charles Bridge and Vltava River, Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is a huge complex of museums, churches, palaces, and gardens dating from the ninth century. Nestled in the historic center of Prague—all of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the largest castle complex in the world is an outstanding relic of Prague’s architectural history and a must for any visitor to the City of a Hundred Spires.More

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

Forming a grand walkway between Prague Old Town, and the Lesser Town and Castle District, the 15th-century Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) is one of the city’s most striking landmarks. The magnificent Gothic bridge features 16 stone arches, two watchtowers, and 30 blackened baroque statues depicting various saints.More

Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

One of Prague’s most popular tourist attractions, the Astronomical Clock (Prazský Orloj) was built in the 15th century and is a mechanical marvel. Found on the south side of Prague’s imposing town hall in Old Town Square (Staromestske namestí), visitors line up in their hundreds to see the display as the clock strikes the hour.More

Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

Prague’s Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is the historic heart and navigational center of the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. A feast of architectural wonders, the medieval square is ringed with grandiose Romanesque, baroque, and Gothic style buildings, including some of Prague’s most photographed monuments.More

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

With twin Gothic towers visible across the city, St. Vitus Cathedral at the heart of the castle complex is one of Prague’s most recognizable landmarks. It took almost 600 years to complete and is a must-visit for tourists who come to marvel at the architecture and stunning stained-glass windows.More

Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti), one of Prague’s largest public squares, is actually more of a boulevard. Wide and tree-lined with sidewalk cafes and stylish boutiques, it feels modern and cosmopolitan. The square is bursting with history—from its intricate art nouveau buildings to its poignant memorial to the victims of Soviet occupation.More

Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

Located close to Prague castle, Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster) has been home to a community of monks since the 12th century. The monastery is one of the most important landmarks in the Czech Republic and is famous for its historic library, which contains countless volumes, including over 3,000 original manuscripts.More

Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

Close to Prague Castle and the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, Mala Strana—the Lesser Quarter in English—is one of Prague’s most historic neighborhoods. As a royal town, it was home to some of the city’s wealthiest residents, and many grand palaces and ornate baroque buildings remain today.More

Dancing House (Tancici Dum)

In a city known for its baroque, Gothic, and Art Nouveau architecture, Prague’s postmodern Dancing House (Tancící Dum) stands out for displaying none of these architectural styles. The curvaceous, concrete, metal, and glass building was designed by the architectural duo of Czech-Croatian Vlado Milunić and Canadian-American Frank Gehry (of Guggenheim Bilbao fame) and completed in 1996.More

John Lennon Wall

Starting life as a tribute to musical icon and peace activist John Lennon after his untimely death in 1980, Prague’s John Lennon Wall quickly became a symbol of peace and free speech for young Czechs angry and disillusioned with the country’s communist regime—much western pop music was banned under the regime, and some Czech musicians were even imprisoned for playing it.More

Hradcany (Castle Hill)

Visible from all over town, hilltop Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is one of the city’s most memorable landmarks. The castle is just one part of Prague’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hradcany (Castle Hill), a vast complex of palaces, cathedrals, and royal buildings, including some of Prague’s finest works of architecture.More

Vltava River

The Czech Republic’s longest river, the Vltava begins in southern Bohemia before meandering 270 miles (430 kilometers) northward toward Prague. The river has shaped the Czech capital over millennia, splitting Malá Strana (Lower Town) in the west from Staré Mĕsto (Old Town) and the modern city to the east.More

Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga)

Europe’s oldest still-working synagogue, the Old-New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga was completed around 1270, making it one of Prague’s first Gothic buildings. Situated in the Jewish Quarter of Josefov, it is the main synagogue of the Jewish community in Prague.More

Prague Old Town (Staré Mesto)

The heart of ancient Prague, Old Town—or Staré Město in Czech—is one of the city’s most visited areas, home to sites such as the astronomical clock and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. It’s also a popular starting point for walking tours of the city. Many visitors spend at least half a day exploring the many treasures of Staré Město.More

Nerudova Street (Nerudova Ulice)

Cutting a swathe through the Baroque beauty of Prague’s historic heart, Nerudova Street (Nerudova Ulice) runs uphill through Malá Strana (Lesser Town), forming a link between Charles Bridge and Prague Castle on the west banks of the Vltava River. In the days of the Czech monarchy, the street formed part of the Royal Way, which the king followed from the Old Town Square to the castle on ceremonial occasions.Now named after the famous 19th-century poet Jan Neruda, who lived at no. 47, the street is composed of brightly colored and gabled Baroque townhouses and palaces, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries and today bursting with boutique hotels, souvenir shops, bars and restaurants; as the street wends up towards the castle it becomes the province of several overseas embassies. Unusual features of Nerudova are the symbols painted or carved on to the façades of the buildings; these represent the professions of the original owners in the days before street numbering was introduced; thus a musician lived at ‘At the Three Violins’ (no. 12) and a goldsmith at ‘At the Golden Cup’ (no. 16). An intriguing pharmacy with its original interior dating from 1821 is located at ‘At the Golden Lion’ (no. 32) and the elegant Morzin Palace (no. 5) is embellished with imposing statues of Moors; this is currently the Romanian Embassy.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Czech Republic

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Justin_P, Sep 2022
Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague - Best Reviews
I did this tour 7 years ago and I loved it so much I came back to Czech Republic just to visit this area again, which I just did and used the same tour operator.
Highly recommended!
YUKA_Y, Feb 2023
Prague Communism and Nuclear Bunker Tour
Therefore his English is very easy to hear and his explanation is quite objective backgrounded of 4 years carrier with great knowledge.
There’s More to the Czech Republic than Prague
Heather_H, Dec 2022
MOST POPULAR: The Best of 2 Countries in 1 Day: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland
We got to see parts of the country often only seen by locals.
Czech Republic Christmas Traditions
Kristen_K, Dec 2022
SMALL GROUP: Tour 4 Magical Prague Markets with Locals, Christmas Goodies incl.
I traveled to Prague this holiday season to see the beautiful city at Christmas and really wanted to explore the Christmas markets.
Awesome Prague Experience
Barry_W, Dec 2022
Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch
We were so well informed that by the time we went on the boat ride we already knew 99h% of the prerecorded English narration thanks to our native guide .
Wonderful Experience!
Josef_K, Dec 2022
SMALL GROUP: Tour 4 Magical Prague Markets with Locals, Christmas Goodies incl.
I loved to visit Christmas markets, where locals go (2 of them in local neighborhoods, therefore would never find myself).
Great pub/beer tour!
Maggie_D, Oct 2022
Prague Beer Tour - The Oldest Pubs and Breweries in Prague
Ondrej was our tour guide — he was awesome, friendly, and spoke fluent English.
A fun day trip from Prague
Carmen_S, Jun 2022
Karlstejn Royal Castle And Glass Factory Excursion With Traditional Czech Lunch
If you are going to Prague and want to see more of the Czech Republic, I highly recommend this tour!
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People Also Ask

What is Czech Republic known for?

The Czech Republic is known for its fairytale medieval castles and cities; soaring mountains, vast forests, and glittering lakes; and free-flowing beer and hearty cuisine. Its rich culture and deep history are also notable.

What is the most visited place in Czech Republic?

With around eight million annual visitors, Prague is the most visited place in the Czech Republic. The capital city is easily accessible from other European cities by both air and rail and is home to top attractions, such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town.

How many days do you need to see Czech Republic?

One week is enough time to get a good taste of the Czech Republic. Plan to spend two or three days in Prague, plus a day or two each in Cesky Krumlov, Kutna Hora, and Brno or Pilsen. If you have a few more days to spare, add on a national park.

Do they speak English in Czech Republic?

Yes, most Czech people that you will encounter in cities and other touristy areas speak English very well. If you are heading to smaller, less-visited places, however, you may find English is not as widely spoken. Wherever you are headed, it’s always worth making the effort to learn a few Czech words and phrases.

Is Czech Republic a cheap place to visit?

Yes, compared to many major European countries, the Czech Republic is a cheap place to visit. While costs have risen over the years, in line with the country’s popularity, you can still get by on a relatively low budget. Help keep costs down by choosing restaurants and shops outside of the main tourist centers.

Is the Czech Republic beautiful?

Yes, the Czech Republic is an extraordinarily beautiful country. From the well-preserved medieval streets of Prague and romantic towns of Bohemia to the forested mountains of Sumava National Park, the Czech Republic is rich in both natural and man-made beauty.


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