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Welcome to Czech Republic

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

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Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)

Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)

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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
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Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

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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
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Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

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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
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Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

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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
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Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

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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
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St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

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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
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Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

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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
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Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

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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
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Dancing House (Tancici Dum)

Dancing House (Tancici Dum)

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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
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John Lennon Wall

John Lennon Wall

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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
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Hradcany (Castle Hill)

Hradcany (Castle Hill)

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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
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New Town (Nové Mesto)

New Town (Nové Mesto)

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Prague's New Town (Nové Město is a bustling commercial hub and cultural nexus, and the easy-to-reach central district hugs the Old Town and Jewish Quarter. From shows at the art nouveau Municipal House (Obecní Dum, shopping at Palladium, and dining at cafés along Wenceslas Square, the New Town should be on every visitor's itinerary.More
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Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga)

Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga)

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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
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Vltava River

Vltava River

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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
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Petrin Tower (Petrínská Rozhledna)

Petrin Tower (Petrínská Rozhledna)

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Built in 1891 for the Czech Tourist Club’s General Land Centennial Exhibition, Petrin Tower (Petrínská Rozhledna) resembles a mini Eiffel Tower perched atop Petrin Hill. The highest point in Prague, with panoramic views, the landmark is popular with tourists who brave the 299 steps to get a bird’s-eye view of the city.More

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Top activities in Czech Republic

Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch
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Prague Foodie Tour

Prague Foodie Tour

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Prague Boats 3-hour Dinner Cruise

Prague Boats 3-hour Dinner Cruise

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Prague Pub Crawl

Prague Pub Crawl

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Mozart Concert and Dinner in Prague

Mozart Concert and Dinner in Prague

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Private Trip To Kutna Hora And To Sedlec Ossuary With 3-courses Tasting Lunch
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Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague - Best Reviews
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Prague Food Tour
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Prague 2-hour Panoramic Bus Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Czech Republic

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A fun day trip from Prague
Carmen_S, Jun 2022
Karlstejn Castle And Glass Factory Excursion With Three Course Tasting 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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Impeccable guided tour
Troels_Y, Mar 2022
Prague Castle Walking Tour Including Admission Tickets
Easily understandable in English and really amazing to have a local who had lived through a lot of the modern history and could explain how things were from his perspective!
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Great, comfortable private tour with knowledgeable guide
Mark_C, Jul 2022
Full Day Cesky Krumlov Private Tour from Prague
She arranged a tour for us in the Palace in English.
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Beautiful scenery. Be prepared to hike
Janeen_F, Jun 2022
Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland tour from Prague
The tour was in 3 parts: First, the trip to Germany and a short hike in the park to see the centuries old bridge The park was beautiful, the scenery breathtaking.
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Prague city tour
Marc_G, Mar 2022
The Best of Prague Sightseeing Tour with Lunch
She took us to see all the sites in Prague.
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An Inredibly Fun Day
Jeffrey H, Jan 2020
Prague Wine Tasting and Countryside Small-Group Tour with Lunch
We didn't visit as many wineries, although we did get to visit the countryside and experience the area.
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Great Day Trip to See the Bone Chapel, St Barbara Church, and Kutna Hora with Guide Tomas
Stuart S, Sep 2019
Kutna Hora Day Tour Including Sedlec Ossuary from Prague
We had thoroughly explored Prague with its swarms of tourists and wanted a day trip outside the city to see other parts of Czech Republic, and this was the perfect small group getaway.
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Fantastic trip!
denise105, Aug 2019
Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague - Best Reviews
This was a great experience to see the Czech Republic forested area and trails.
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Cindralela D, Feb 2016
Prague Airport Private Arrival Transfer
The half-day city walking tour was very insightful and give us a very good orientation of Czech Republic history and Prague's main attractions !
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The Kutna Hora Day Tour is a great...
Jessica A, Jan 2018
Kutna Hora Day Tour Including Sedlec Ossuary from Prague
It is a wonderful opportunity to see a smaller town in the Czech Republic.
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I really enjoyed getting out of the...
Esmeralda_N, Jul 2016
Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague - Best Reviews
I really enjoyed getting out of the city to see the beautiful nature of the Czech Republic.
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Very enjoyable tour and very private...
phyllis.reid, Apr 2015
Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague
Our tour guide Helene spoke in English and Italian.
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Our guide was very knowledgeable...
Sandra R, Dec 2013
Full-Day Prague Tour with Vltava River Cruise, Prague Castle and Lunch
However, I would recommend that this be the FIRST tour that you take at the beginning of your trip here because the guide also pointed out many other places to see that were not included.
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This tour is for those who want to...
Kathryn B, Feb 2013
Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague
This tour is for those who want to see another part of Czech Republic.
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Had an excellent day out and both...
Jan's trip, Nov 2012
Cesky Krumlov Day Trip from Prague
Had an excellent day out and both guides were interesting with good English language skills.
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Dennis M, Sep 2010
Cesky Krumlov Day Trip from Prague
This was a great tour and would highly recommend it to anyone going to see the Czech Republic.
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Very informative trip, but wrap...
Karl G, Feb 2009
Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague
Very informative trip, but wrap yourself warm up if you are thinking to go there during the winter months.
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Best tour of Cesky Krumlov and Hluboka Castle! - Book it!!!
SimonishviliSuzana, Dec 2021
Day Trip To Cesky Krumlov And Hluboka Castle With Three Courses Tasting Lunch
It is beautiful town with a lot to see and do.
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A Remarkable tour with a Remarkable Guide
Fahd_Marghoob, Sep 2021
Terezin Camp & Bohemian Switzerland: TOP-RATED Small Group Tour from Prague
The tour of Bohemian Switzerland & Terezin Camp was one of the last touring activities in our bucket list.
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Nice day at Karlstjen Castle
Rupa_D, Sep 2021
Private Karlstejn castle tour from Prague with Lunch and Admission
Upon reading later I realized that we never got to see a big chunk of sites - Imperial Palace, Hall of Knights, Chapel of St.
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