The Czech Republic, such a magical place with its gothic architecture, friendly locals and buzzing night scene. If you are going to be in Prague for more than two days, I highly recommend going to any of these places which are just a couple of hours drive away. They are all amazing to visit no matter what time of the year, and you will find nothing like it outside the Czech Republic!
I have never seen anything like it! I have heard many stories about this fascinating place and it has been on my bucket list to visit since I had my first Euro trip back in 2012. Sure you may think, its just another church, but you will never find anything like this one. It has now officially been listed as a world heritage site. So what is so special about it? It is a chapel that is fully decorated and some bits built with human bones! It is just absolutely intriguing and you just stare at everything with your jaw hanging open. Whilst I was there, they were excavating around the church and uncovering more human remains/bones. It was so interesting to see this archeology as well; as I always thought to myself I would find that an interesting job.
Whilst out visiting Kutna Hora, you may as well pop into the local town and explore its cute streets and large churches. Also help yourself to a traditional Czech meal of deep fried cheese if it tickles your fancy? At least you then have the opportunity to walk it off!
How to get there: Many day tours run from Prague daily. You can go for as little as €20.
Driving Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Tour Length: half day and full day options available.
One of my favourite places in all of Europe! This little town is a world heritage listed site. It is also known as the prettiest town in all of Europe. When I visited it was covered in a bit of snow which made it all that much more picturesque, feeling like you had taken a step back in time to magical place with fairies. This place would be absolutely amazing at Christmas time!
There are many different things to discover. We started off with a free walking tour and got the background and history of the town. There is a large castle district, including having brown bears currently living in the dried up moat! They have a brewery, which is great to have lunch at. The river winds through the town, with many cute bridges and little shops to pop into. The locals are friendly and are always up for telling you a good tale.
How to get there: There are many Czech republic transports companies that you can use to get to and from Cesky Krumlov. The main Czech bus company RegioJet is very good. You can watch movies and get a free coffee for the journey. Not bad hey? There are also tour companies you can use to do a day trip as well. It depends what you feel most comfortable doing. If you are on budget like me, self-discovery is always the cheaper option.
Driving Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Karlovy Vary, the famous spa town of the Czech Republic! It has large natural thermal springs with varying temperatures. The architecture in this quaint place is very pretty. There are a number of activities you can get up to. The most popular being, buying a little jug from the market stalls and going around and tasting all the natural spa water as it has its so called “therapeutic” benefits. Go to the Moser Crystal Glass Factory (about a 40 minute walk from the town center along the river) or stroll through the streets along the river with its many boutique shops. The town is also known for their wafers, and they come in so many flavours you must try one!!!
How to get there: Go to the local bus depot in Prague and jump on a local bus service. It is very cheap to get there, only about €10 return.
Driving time: 1 hour 50 minutes