Looking for some exciting day trips from Prague? Here are the best ones according to travel writers.
When visiting the Czech Republic, Prague is an absolute no-brainer. But this magical country has so much more to offer than just its capital city. When in Prague, you may want to consider taking a few day trips to explore more of Czechia. Not quite sure where to go? I’ve put together a list of the 15 best day trips from Prague according to some of my favourite fellow travel bloggers. Which of these would you like to visit?
Cesky Krumlov (170 km, 2.5 h)
The Czech Republic is home to many fairytale-like landscapes, but this one tops it all. Visiting Cesky Krumlov feels like stepping back in time. Walk through the cobble stoned narrow streets, with a medieval tower and castle looking over you. With a ban on the usage of cars during the day, you can really get that fairy-tale feeling.
When visiting Cesky Krumlov for the day, make sure to check out Cesky Krumlov’s Castle. It is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic (after Prague) and has been awarded with the UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1992.
But simply wandering down the Old Historic Town can make for a perfect day trip from Prague as well. Enjoy the old and colourful buildings, the views and a trdelnik 😉
Plzeň (100 km, 1.5 h)
From Prague, it only 80 minutes to southwest by train to get to Plzeň. Home to the famous Pilsner Beer, that was born there in 1842, this city makes for a perfect day trip from Prague. Plzeň is a popular goal of tourist for one day trip out of Prague.
What you can do during your visit to Pilsen? Definitely to take part on Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour, which is according TripAdvisor one of the world’s best tourist attractions. The Pilsner brewery tour takes 100 minutes and will take you across all Pilsner Urquell factory’s areas. You will learn about every step in the brewing process. The tour finishes in the brewery cellars 20 meters below ground by tasting of Pilsner Urquell beer straight from the wooden barrel. Of course, if you are older than 18 years.
What else you can see in Plzeň? Pilsen City Center offers plenty of attractions such as:
- The Cathedral of St. Bartholomew with the highest church tower (102,6 meters) in the Czech Republic.
- The unique Great Synagogue – the second largest in the Europe.
- Renaissance City Hall on the Republic square
- The labyrinth of underground corridors known as Pilsen Historical Underground
Most of Pilsen tourist attractions are located within one area of Pilsen City Centre. Therefore, Plzeň sightseeing places can be visited on foot. You can also find nice parks around the main square where you can take rest or have a lunch in many pleasant restaurants.
Submitted by Šárka Novotná from Plzen Guide
Also read: 25 Best things to do in Prague
Český Ráj (95 km, 1.5 h)
A highly recommended day trip from Prague is a visit to Cesky Raj, also known as the Bohemian Paradise of Czech Republic. It was an highlight of our Czech Republic itinerary and especially nature lovers and outdoor fans will get their money’s worth here! This region is a nature reserve that is located about 95 kilometres northeast of the Czech capital. Above all, the beautiful nature and the wonderful landscapes are fascinating.
One of the most recognisable attractions of Cesky Raj are the sandstone rock formations. Shaped by wind, water and erosion they give a unique panorama – just like out of a travel magazine, so don`t forget to bring your camera!
One of the best things to do in Cesky Raj is to go hiking and explore all these amazing places. One of the most special and dramatic rock formations are located in the deep shady forests just near the fairy tale castle Hrubá Skála. This castle, which is nowadays a hotel, is the starting point for the hiking trail. At best, you take a map in front of the castle! In any case, don`t miss to visit the Mariánská vyhlídka viewpoint, which features a fantastic view to Hruba Skala. You will find it on the yellow path. Another great viewpoint is the Vyhlídka na Kapelu – from where you can see a group of rocks called “Kapela”.
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Kutna Hora (85 km, 1 h)
Kutna Hora is one of the best and easiest day trips you can take from Prague. This city in Central Bohemia is just under an hour from Prague by train and trains leave often throughout the day.
Once you arrive at the train station, you can then make your way to the city’s most famous attraction: the Sedlec Ossuary. This beautiful church, also known as the Bone Church, houses the skeletons of 40,000–70,000 people where the bones have been turned into art. The church was built in the 1400s and in 1870, wood carver František Rint began arranging the bones left there into the art you can see today. This macabre display features a coat of arms, a giant wine glass, statues and a chandelier made of one of every bone in the human body.
It sounds gross, but it’s actually really cool! The space isn’t too large, so you won’t need long to explore. Once you’re done at the Ossuary, head into town to enjoy more of what Kutna Hora has to offer. There’s a small and walkable city centre with lots of shops, cafes and interesting statues. There are also a beautiful large church, monastery and views over the countryside.
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Terezin (60 km, 1 h)
For those looking to experience and learn about some serious European history, Terezín Ghetto and Concentration Camp is an essential place to visit. A former fortress that became a town that was then taken over by the Nazis, Terezín holds a singular spot in World War 2 history as the Nazi’s main propaganda camp. Instead of places designed purely to exterminate large amounts of people, Terezín was used to show those outside the Third Reich a distorted version of what conditions were like within their ‘labour’ camps.
During daily life inside Terezín, unlike other more widely known Nazi concentration camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, inmates were encouraged (read: forced) to be creative and produce arts, crafts and stage productions, so that when members of the International Committee of the Red Cross came to perform an inspection, an entirely fabricated atmosphere of cooperation and reasonable treatment was presented to them. An atmosphere that covered up the deaths of around 33,000 inmates at the camp.
The Terezín complex standing today has many extensive museums, memorials and cemeteries, with a huge number of information and exhibits available for those who wish to learn about this important part of history, including displays of many of the creative efforts of those who were imprisoned there.
Submitted by by Jeremy of Cultura Obscura
Thereseinstadt, or Terezín, is 39 miles north of Prague, close to the German border, and home to a concentration camp that was used by the Nazis as a propaganda tool to show the Red Cross that the other concentration camps were humane. You can easily get there with a tour guide from many of the walking tour companies in Prague, I visited with Sandemans, or you can book a bus from the bus station to Terezín, pay into the museum complex and join a group there, as you are not allowed to explore the complex unaccompanied.
The tour is very informative, and you learn facts such as that a visit to Auschwitz was cancelled because the Red Cross inspectors were satisfied by what they saw at Terezín, and that the Jewish prisoners were allowed to set up their own newspapers, currency, theatre performances and football teams inside the camp as part of the propaganda.
The tour around Terezín encompasses the old jail cells, a fake wash room, the Jewish cemetery, a hidden synagogue built by some of the prisoners, and an expansive tunnel system that was in the fortress prior to its status as a concentration camp, as before Nazi occupation, this was a prison for the Austria-Hungarian empire, and Gavrilo Princip, the instigator of the First World War was imprisoned and died in Terezín.
Although it’s not as well known as Auschwitz, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen or many of the other concentration camps, Thereseinstadt has a very interesting existence as a distraction from the final solution, which Red Cross fell for, and prior to visiting the camp, I was unaware of its’ dark history.
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Tabor (90 km, 1.5 h)
Tabor Czech Republic is located a short 1.5 hours from Prague and is easily reachable by car or by train. Like many Czech villages, Tabor has a beautiful town square surrounded by colourful buildings and decorative rooftops. The historic Dean Church of the Lord’s Conversion is also in Zizka Square. Visitors can access the church tower at the back of the church. At the top, there is a beautiful view of Zizka Square and its surroundings.
This little town was founded by the Hussite crusaders in the 1400s at a time when most villages were founded by royalty or nobility. Over 20 years the Hussites fought their wars against the Catholic church using only peasant tools. The history of the Hussites can be truly experienced by visiting the Hussite Museum in the town hall and taking one of their tours through the underground tunnels that wander below the town square. At the time of the Hussites, village residents dug cellars under their homes. These were used to store food and beer but were also a means to escape their homes during fire or attack. Over time, these cellars were linked to create a secret passageway. Beyond the square be sure to wander down Prazska U to see the beautiful Renaissance facades on the buildings. With time, a visit to the Luznice River nearby is also a great idea!
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Karlstejn Castle (30 km, 40 minutes)
If you’re visiting the Czech capital for a long weekend and want to check out some castles near Prague, why not head out to Karlstejn Castle, a stunning 13th century palace built for the King of Bohemia? Located around 30km southwest of Prague, Karlstejn Castle is a really beautiful destination and makes a great day trip from the city.
The palace of Karlstejn was built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV as a safe place to store his crown jewels and featured medieval chambers, a moat, drawbridges, and a covered bastion. The Chapel of the Holy Cross located in the Great Tower was the site of the famed imperial jewels and today visitors can witness a replica coronation crown.
Due to the tumultuous history of this region of the Czech Republic (including the Hussite Ward and the Thirty Years’ War), there have been many iterations of the Karlstejn Castle, with Gothic and Renaissance design features, before finally being rebuilt in a neo-Gothic style by Josef Mocker during the late 1800s.
Karlstejn Castle can be reached in just under an hour by car from central Prague and there are a number of different tour options for those who’d prefer an organized trip.
Submitted by Chrysoula from Historic European Castles
Karlovy Vary (125km, 2h)
If you thought Prague was the only captivating city or town in the Czech Republic, wait until you get a load of Karlovy Vary. This spa town due west of Prague has been delighting visitors since the 19th century with its spas and thermal springs. What’s great is that you can comfortably experience
Karlovy Vary in a day before returning to Prague.
The best way to explore Karlovy Vary is simply with a walk through town. As you go, you’ll see plenty of magnificent colonnades of various styles that house fountains for the thermal springs. The most common souvenirs here are special porcelain cups called Skalní pramen, from which you can drink
the springs’ “healing waters”. Long a retreat for Bohemia’s wealthy elite, that wealth is clearly reflected in the architecture of Karlovy Vary. If you follow the Teplá River through the heart of town, you’ll be overwhelmed by all the elegant neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance buildings and hotels there.
As you get further up the river valley you should also start to notice the hills and forest that hide behind the town’s tall buildings. Up there you’ll find walking trails through the tranquil forest and superb views from spots like Deer Jump Lookout. Basically, your day will be stunning scenery from
start to finish.
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Bastei Bridge in Saxon Switzerland (125 km, 2 h)
The Bastei Bridge is one of these places you wonder if they’re even real. It’s located in Saxon Switzerland, a national park in Southern Germany, and only a 2-hour drive from Prague.
The picturesque sandstone bridge is more than 200 years old and was built on rock formations called Bastei. Due to its unique location and the surrounding landscape, it’s truly one of a kind. If you want to enjoy this place without all the tourist masses, make sure to go there early in the morning. If you’re lucky, you can watch the fog disappear above the treetops which gives the entire place a magical touch.
Besides the bridge, there’s so much more to discover in this area. For example, if you cross the bridge, you’ll reach the open-air museum Neurathen Castle.
If you get hungry, head to the panorama restaurant where you can have lunch while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Elbe river and the valley.
To see other parts of the national park, check out the nearby hiking trail Schwedenlöcher or make your way to the huge rock arch named Kuhstall.
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Bohemian Switzerland (156 km, 2 h)
Bohemian Switzerland National Park belongs to one of the most beautiful places in the Czech Republic and it’s not even far from Prague! You can reach the main town in the area called Děčín in 1,5 hours from Prague by train. Once there, hop on a local bus to Hřensko.
The main draw in the Bohemian Switzerland National Park is Pravčická Gate. The famous gate, which even appeared in the Chronicles of Narnia, is the largest natural stone arch in Europe. Nature made it from sandstone and it will eventually collapse one day. Right next to the Gate stands a beautiful architectural masterpiece called the Falcon’s Nest, which was built as a hotel for affluent guests in the 1880’s.
You can comfortably hike to the Gate from Hřensko. The trails are well marked and relatively easy. Another option to get to the Gate is by taking the peaceful Gabriela’s trail leading through a forest.
Other points of interest include various beautiful forest hiking trails, such as along the Kamenice River creek, where you can even go on a small boat ride.
Other trails lead to amazing viewpoints. E.g. the Mary’s rock, which is a beautiful wooden gazebo built atop a rock. It offers stunning sunset views.
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Brno (200 km, 2.5 h)
Brno is the second-largest city in the Czech Republic and often referred to as Little Vienna because of its beautiful architecture, cobbled streets and a lively modern atmosphere. If you ever find yourself a bit tired of the crowded scene of Prague (it happens to the best of us!), a day trip to Brno is all you need to roam around a beautiful Czech city with very little tourism around.
On the list of things to do in Brno, there is a grand Špilberg castle, Freedom Square, Cabbage Market, 2nd largest Ossuary in Europe, charming Old Town and Petrov Hill which offers a phenomenal full view of the city.
To reach Brno from Prague you can choose from a few different options: bus, train or by car. With both bus or train it would take you around 3 hours and a 2.5 if travelling by car. The prices vary according to the bus or train provider but it should be more than 15 – 20 Euros. You can check out Regiojet for a great cost-comfort alternative or Flixbus as a budget option.
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České Budějovice (150 km, 1.5h)
České Budějovice is a town in the South of Bohemia in the Czech Republic and belongs to one of the two most important beer cities (the other is Pilsen). It’s right here where the original Budweiser Budvar was born.
Other than the beer heritage, the 7th largest Czech town has enough charm to attract visitors from near and far and keep them entertained for days!
The town has an especially picturesque main square, which is officially the second largest one in the country. An extraordinary City Hall built in Renaissance style and equipped with Baroque features naturally takes the spotlight.
Climbing a nearby Black Tower comes highly recommended for its stunning views of not just the square with the City Hall and a monumental fountain in the middle, but also of the countryside around.
České Budějovice lies on a confluence of rivers Malše and Vltava. A lovely island called Sokolský ostrov is located there and is highly popular among students.
Great restaurants dot the city center and there’s no shortage of hip cafés and bars either. Beer especially is easy to get in the beer town.
České Budějovice is 2 hours away from Prague, no matter whether you choose to go by bus or by train. I can highly recommend more days in the area, since České Budějovice is surrounded by amazing nature, lovely towns such as Český Krumlov, as well as enchanting castles such as Hluboká or Červená Lhota.
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The Skoda factory in Mlada Boleslav (65km, 1h)
If you’re in Prague and want to spend a day or half a day doing an interesting trip outside the capital, then the Skoda factory in Mlada Boleslav is a great idea!
Some years ago, it was the ultimate destination of our 10- day European road trip to Skoda factory as we had 2 huge Skoda fans in the company.It takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on the traffic, to get from Prague to the town of Mlada Boleslav. A town where everybody seems to be connected to the Skoda brand or the factory. You need to book the tour in advance and then just wait for the time to come. There’s a nice restaurant on-site which is a bit on the higher end, but the food was so delicious.
The Skoda factory tour consists of two parts. The first part is the Skoda Museum Tour – you can see some amazing old and new cars, you can follow how car design evolved with time and it’s just amazing to see the change in cars in general. You can also buy some of the merchandise at the museum shop. Or order your Skoda car, if you really fall in love (some people actually do that).The best part of the tour is the Skoda AUTO Factory tour. You have a professional guide (ours used to be an engineer in the factory) to tell you all about the magic of producing cars. You even enter one of the main plants to observe different processes and pipelines. It’s magic! What fascinated me the most was the final assembly line: cars “flow” on the line as technicians go around, in and out to put everything in place. During the factory tour, photographing is not allowed, but you’ll be so thrilled that you’ll probably forget about your camera anyway!
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Dresden, Germany (2h)
A day trip from Prague to Dresden by train is really comfortable. The journey takes nearly 2 hours. Cost of ticket is € 19 for each way. Dresden is a beautiful German city known as the ‘Jewel Box’ because of its artwork and baroque buildings. Let us discover the beauty of Dresden on a full-day trip from Prague.
To find the appeal of this city you can use your foot or public transport. Being a romantic person never miss the horse-drawn carriages. Feel the charm by starting your way from the quay. See an amazing view from the bank of Elbe river, to Augustus bridge. Going from Augustus Bridge across Castle Square there is the Dresden Residential Castle. Now it is used as a museum. Towards the west of Castle Square situated the Dresden Cathedral of Holy Trinity.
Wanted to see the painting of Sistine Madonna by Raphael? Then you cannot miss the famous Zwinger Gallery.
You will also find a few historical artworks here. Complete your prayer in Church of the Virgin Mary. Old Market Square or Altmarkt is another interesting place. These are another type of tourism. Take your child to have a train or Ferris wheel ride. They will have a great fun time. It is recommended to book your spot earlier. Satisfy the hunger from Cafe Dreissig. There are lots more to explore. So hurry up and start planning for Dresden.
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Bratislava, Slovakia (320 km, 3.5 h)
If you’re looking to venture out of Prague (and even the Czech Republic), a fun and simple day trip is to Bratislava, Slovakia! Connection between the two capitals is quite easy and can be done by car, train, or bus. Although, bus tickets tend to be the cheapest when booking last minute.
To get the most out of your day in Bratislava, try to catch an early connection out of Prague. It is about a 3.5 hour journey depending on traffic and stops. Bratislava itself is not very big and easily walkable so you should aim to have at least 5-6 hours there to get the most out of your day in the city.
When you get to Bratislava, the bus station is directly below Bratislava castle. If you want to see it without the crowds that come later in the day then this should be your first stop here! From there, head inside the old city walls and take in the unique combination of baroque and soviet-era architecture. St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael’s Gate, and the Blue Church are all must-see spots!
There are plenty of cafes around, especially in the main square. Find a place here to sit and enjoy a coffee or gelato and take in the beauty of the city. Afterwards, climb the Old City Hall Tower for a panoramic view of the old town and castle before heading back to Prague.
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As you can see, there are so many options for great day trips from Prague. Please let me know if I missed any of your favourites in the comments and go check out the lovely bloggers who contributed to this post!