In recent years the Czech Republic has become a top destination in Europe. The magical capital, Prague is the most popular city in the country. Some incredible places to visit include Karlštejn Castle, Kutná Hora, Brno, Český Krumlov, České Budějovice, Olomouc and the Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape.
The Czech Republic has twelve UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Historic Centre of Prague and the Historic Centre of Český Krumlov are two of them and are extremely popular among foreign visitors.
Top things to do and see in the Czech Republic
There are countless of things to do and see in the Czech Republic. Find more info about the most popular spots to visit while in the country.
St Vitus Cathedral
This Roman Catholic metropolitan cathedral is set in Prague and it’s a great example of gothic architecture, it is also the largest and most important church in the Czech Republic. Set within the Prague Castle it contains the tombs of several Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors.
Charles Bridge is a remarkable historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river. Its construction begun in 1357 under King Charles IV and it was finished at the start of the 15th century. Originally called the Stone Bridge, it has been called Charles Bridge since 1870. The bridge has stunning views of both sides of Prague.
Brno's Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul
Above the city of Brno you will find the beautiful Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul one of the Czech Republic’s most important national monuments. It is a national cultural monument and one of the most important pieces of architecture in South Moravia. The interior is mostly Baroque and the 84-metre-high towers were built to the Gothic Revival designs of the architect August Kirstein early in the 1900s.
Discovering the Czech Republic: celebration of history and culture
The Czech Republic is a landlocked country nicknamed the “heart of Europe”, it is situated in the center of the region. Most people who visit the country start with its beautiful capital, Prague. One of Europe’s most fascinating cities, Prague features almost intact medieval Gothic architecture.
An important landmark in Prague is the 14th century Charles Bridge that connects two historic neighbourhoods across the Vltava River with the castle ramparts and the St. Vitus Cathedral. The urban center is packed with great restaurants, shops and other impressive areas such as the Jewish quarter.
If you are fascinated by history, the Czech Republic has a long history of raiding tribes, conquering armies, and strong dynasties. The country is home to hundreds of castles and chateaux. You will find anything from Gothic ruins to impressive baroque mansions filled with elegant furniture.
The country has rich traditions and folklore and to appreciate it most, you can head to South Bohemia and Moravia. Both come to life during summer festival season and communities from Český Krumlov to Telč to Mikulov wear traditional clothing and play traditional musical instruments.
The Czech Republic has some of the best beer in the world. They invented the Pilsner Urquell in 1842 and have been producing high quality beer since. There are plenty of regional Czech beers and microbreweries that cater to a renewed interest in brewing beer the traditional way.
Tips to travel to the Czech Republic
When traveling the the Czech Republic it’s important to consider a few essential tips to make the most of the experience:
- Parking can be difficult in several Czech towns. It is best to follow signs to main tourist car parks and walk to the center instead of trying to find a parking spot in the narrow one-way streets.
- Take advantage of the tourist offices available and request a free street map. A map will come in handy when trying to find your way through the medieval layouts.
- To avoid big crowds is recommendable to visit popular sightings early or late in the day.
- A lot of the castles and chateaux can only be visited with a guided tour. Generally, tours in English are less frequent and more pricey than the Czech tours. You can take a Czech tour and ask for a printed script in English.
What to pack to take to the Czech Republic
- Be sure to pack a European two-pin electrical adapter.
- When you are already in the Czech Republic it might be a good idea to buy a cheap extension cord with multiple sockets.
- Comfortable walking shoes. To really get to know what the country has to offer it is best to walk and explore.
- Pack an umbrella and a packable waterproof jacket.
- A small bag where you can carry your documents, wallet, snacks, etc.
Essentials to take to the Czech Republic
- Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your arrival date.
- Inform your debit-/credit-card company of your intended travel dates and destination, and set the limits you need to cover the daily expenses.
- Be sure to arrange travel insurance and international health insurance
- Contact your mobile (cell) phone provider to inquire about roaming charges or getting an international plan.
- As of 2021, citizens of 62 countries will be required to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver by completing an online form.