The Czech republic is located right in the middle of Europe. The Czech republic is an every travelers dream ; it offers you everything and anythings you can imagine such as fascinating attractions, Delicious cuisine, Interesting castles and chateaux, UNESCO monuments and medieval architecture untouched by the ravages of European history. It also offers monasteries, mountains and national parks. Fifty thins that you can enjoy with your family in Czech Republic are as follows: www.travelrows.com
Prague is one of the most amazing cities of the world and it is the capital city of the Czech Republic. It is often referred as the as the golden city or the city of the hundred spires. Prague was considered as a leading tourist destination immediately after the velvet revolution and a constant influx of tourists from all over the world emerged. Prague soon became one of the most visited cities of Central Europe. It is estimated that the number of international tourists in Prague are over 4 million according to 2008 report. It is a bustling city full of cultural events and with a vivid urban life. You will find a lot of tourist attractions and sites in Prague such as. The most famous being the Prague Castle dominating above the old city. The Prague castle was visited by more than 1.3 million people in 2008 and thus was the most visited Czech tourist attraction. Prague is best discovered by foot. You will also find many historical bridges, the Charles Bridge being the most famous one.
Litomysl is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Czech Republic. The UNESCO listed renaissance chateau is the exceptional attraction here. But there’s also a beautiful main square and connections with more famous artists per square mile than anywhere else in the country. This place is surely worth a visit.
3. South Bohemia
Another most interesting tourist spot of Czech Republic is the South Bohemia. It is considered as a dream paradise and is best for your holidays, whether your tour is for sightseeing or relaxing. This beautiful country is blessed with natural beauty which will surely amaze you and it offers you endless possibilities for visiting places of sight seeing and also has lots of historical monuments and great conditions for cycling and water sports. Include some charming historical cities into your programme, the most delightful of which are Český Krumlov and the village of Holašovice; both of them have been listed as UNESCO monuments! A great tip for romance is the neo-Gothic Chateau Hluboká, fans of sports and active holidaying are catered for at Lipno Reservoir.
4. Prague Castle
Prague Castle is definitely the most recognizable of all the famous attractions of Prague. It’s the absolute historical and architectural crown of Prague. The castle is considered as the largest functioning castle in the world and it’s even today the seat of the Czech government. The castle is a complex of buildings, gardens, halls, chapels and lots more. The most visible attraction within the castle is Prague’s beautiful cathedral – St. Vitus Cathedral.
Olomouc is the old capital and most beautiful city of Moravia. This amazing city is home to a virtual buffet of religious magnificence, here you will find lavishly decorated churches hidden away (try Saint Michael’s), delightfully restored chapels, spectacular squares, and nine fountains. The major square of this place hosts the Holy Trinity column, best seen at dusk with its beautiful amber lighting. On the north face of the town hall, there is also one of only two astronomical clocks in the Czech Republic.
6. Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is surely one of the most interesting attraction of Czech Republic which is also known as Karluv Most and said to possessed 32 points of interest in 520m / 1720ft. Tourist will find everything from a lucky plaque that you rub to one of the finest examples of Gothic gates, and sketch artists lining the walkway. Charles Bridge was constructed during the 1357, had an auspicious start. The Bridge is said to survive the earthquake which needed some luck also, this luck was provided by having the initial bridge stone laid in 1357 on the 9th of July at 5:31. It is perfectly aligned with the tomb of St Vitus and the setting sun on the equinox. Here you find the statue of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV with four women at the base. It is said that the statue of John of Nepomuk unveiled in 1683 is the oldest monument on the Charles Bridge.
Folklore flourishes in the Czech lands, you will surely fall in love with their traditions and festivals once you visit this place. You really need to get out into the countryside though. The artificial events put on for busloads of tourists in the capital are not a patch on events like Masopust in Vortova, or the Ride of the Kings in Moravské Slovácko. When you visit this place and if it doesn’t concur with these or other festivals, the wooden village at Rožnov pod Radhoštěm or the outdoor museum at Strážnice is good places to go.
8. The old town of Prague
The old town of Prague is one of the best tourist destinations of Czech Republic. Today Prague is considered one of the major tourist cities of the world and you simply can’t go there without visiting the old town square. You will surely admire the 600 year old astronomical clock which is located in this place which performs at least hourly, the gothic spires of the Týn church peer over the other end of the square and the broody Jewish quarter is just around the corner. The Jewish quarter is simply amazing and visiting this place is surely worth it. Here you can also find more Astronomical clocks and gothic churches.
9. Ceský Krumlov
It is said that the Ceský Krumlov is the 2nd most visited city of the Czech Republic. The historic town center of Czech Republic is an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, you will easily understand the reason—winding cobblestone streets lined with kitsch shops inside incredibly well preserved medieval buildings. The city is a representation postcard view from nearly every direction and viewpoint, day or night, surely you will love the view from the castle tower. Try the Eggenberg Brewery for the best local brews to quench your thirst, and for a exceptional dining experience, descend to the underground catacombs at The Old Inn (reservations recommended).
10. Jewish Quarter
Jewish Quarter is one of the most interesting places to visit in Czech Republic and Prague has long had a Jewish Quarter. It is said that initially it was situated in the Castle district but eventually spread over to the Josefov area in the 12th Century. During the late 1800s major sections of the Jewish Quarter were destroyed. If you are interested in knowing the history an culture of this place then visit Josefov, today it is a nice place to stroll through with a wealth of historic information on the Jewish history in Prague. The major attractions in Josefov are the Old-New Synagogue and 6 buildings which make up the Jewish Museum. The six sights are the Maisel Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Ceremonial Hall, and Klaus Synagogue.
11. Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) is one of the most visited places of the Czech Republic. It is majorly popular for its mineral springs; the surrounding hillsides offer an exceptional backdrop for the many posted walking paths. Back in the small city center, you cannot stop yourself from admiring the calming influence of the various colonnades and colorful architecture.
Brno is said to be the second-largest city in the Czech Republic, Brno is the young-and-trendy cultural sister to Prague. You will find excess of museums here—The Moravian Gallery being everybody’s favorite will definitely entertain you. You can also fresh your senses with a stroll around the grounds of Špilberk Castle, formerly a gruesome prison. Should the dungeons not be enough for you, head out of town for the awe-inspiring caves in nearby Blankso.
13. Giant Mountains (Krkonose)
The Giant Mountains are the highest mountain range you will ever find in the enite Czech Republic with the Sněžka (1602m) as its highest peak. These beautiful mountains are situated between Bohemia in the South and Silesia in the North. Currently the border between the Czech Republic and Poland and is part of the so called Sudetes range. The Giant Mountains are a famous tourism region in summer and winter. Visiting the Giant Mountains are surely worth it.
14. Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square is considered as the most modern attraction of Prague. It’s a enormous boulevard and is basically the shopping and business center of Prague. Here you’ll find the plenty of name brand shops, restaurants, cafes and big hotels. Apart from shopping, the square has long been a meeting point for locals and a place for numerous protests and political upheaval. This place is also popular for its nightlife, including plenty of nightclubs, brothels, cinemas and theaters.
Another most interesting place to visit in Czech Republic is this beautiful town of Telc. It is often called as one of the prettiest towns in the Czech Republic. This sleepy, small town burnt in the year 1530, and the reconstruction effort by Italian master builders and architects is thoroughly impressive. You can tour the Telc Chateau, with its ornately decorated rooms (check out the ceilings) full of medieval arms, furniture, and porcelain. By walking a circuit around the city center, you can admire reflections of the stunning buildings in the two old fishponds that virtually surround the town center.
16. Charles Bridge Museum
The Charles Bridge Museum is one of the most interesting museums to visit in Czech Republic. This famous museum is situated below water level, a few meters along the river from Charles Bridge. It is said that it was at this point where its predecessor, Judith Bridge, the first stone bridge in Prague, crossed the river. The Museum explores the past of Prague’s well-known river crossing, the 14th century Charles Bridge, which links the Old Town with the Lesser Town. It explains in some detail the structure of the bridge, and outlines the various stages of its construction which is done through a wide range of miniature models, artifacts and replica parts, showing the materials used, the tools required, and the people who worked on it.
17. The City Hall’s clock tower
The City Hall’s clock tower is one of the famous landmarks of the country’s capital. It is an elegant, “astronomy/zodiac-related timepiece that has become identical with the image of Prague. The clock history dates back to the 15th century and has an remarkable movement that includes the 12 Apostles (doors above top clock), and also an animated skeleton of Death that tolls the bell (right side upper-dial) in a dance with the three figures (representing sins) at a variety of levels on the sides of the clock.
18. The Dancing House
Dancing House which is also known as the Tančící dům has a fine position by the Vltava River. This is a very impressive structure which was built during 1992-1996, is somewhat of a rarity in Prague, it is a contemporary, glass building bounded by historic architecture. Dancing House has daring, curvy outlines, which led its architects, Vlado Milunc and the American Frank O Gehry, to initially name it the “Astaire & Rogers Building”, after the legendary dance duo. The top floor of Dancing House is the only part open to the public and here you will find some of the city’s best restaurants.
19. Jindrisska Tower
Jindrisska Tower which is also known as the Jindrisska Vez is located in Prague, its history dates from the late Gothic period. It was built during the 1472–1476, although it has gone through numerous rebuilds and alterations since. First it was the major fire during the year 1745, Jindrisska was rebuilt in the Baroque style. Then, in the 1870s it was reconverted back to the Gothic style by the famous architect Mocker. In the year 2002 finally, extensive reconstruction transformed Jindrisska into a wonderful multi-level attraction. Jindrisska is the biggest separate belfry in Prague at 66m high and now has ten floors.
20. Kutna Hora
The town of Kutna Hora is a very famous tourist destination in Czech Republic and has so much to offer visitors. Some of the major attractions of this town are an old silver mine, spectacular architecture, and the appropriately named Bone Church. it contained Europe’s largest silver mine and was responsible for minting much of the European coinage. The city became a royal city in 14th Century and with this wealth came overgenerous building projects and monuments. So, take some time and wander around this undiscovered gem of a town that is an easy day trip from Prague.
21. St Barbara’s Cathedral
St Barbara’s Cathedral is one of the best places to visit in Kunta Hora. It is considered as a fine example of what wealth can create. A UNESCO world heritage site, the cathedral should be on every visitors list of sights to see. It was established during 1338 and displays the former wealth of Kutna Hora. An extravagantly decorated interior has unusual frescoes featuring mining and minting. Done up in the Baroque style, the cathedral is responsible for influencing architechture throughout central Europe. The cathedral commands a large presence up on the hill above the town.
22. Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
The town of Sedlic is such a pleasant place to visit and situated around 3km from Kutna Hora. The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary found in this town. It is also known by its nickname the “Bone Church of Sedlec”. Designed by Giovanni Santini, the church is an interesting sight on its own, but the real attraction is located across the road in the Gothic Chapel. Here you will get the chance to witness the bones of 40,000 people who died during the Hussite war of 1421 and the onslaught of the Plague in 1380. Many of the bones show the fatal injuries from the war.
23. Kacina Chateau
The Kacina Chateau is one of the most interesting places to visit in Czech Republic an also considered the most significant building in all of Bohemia constructed in the Empire Style, the Kacina Chateau is considered a sight which is not to be missed, surely a place worth visiting. It is to be found just about 1.5 hours from Prague and 7km / 4mi from Kutna Hora, the chateau makes a pleasant destination for tourists as well as the locals. They started the construction in 1802 and completed 20 years later in 1822; it was built for Count J R Chotek. Contained within the chateau is a theatre, pharmacy, library, and picture gallery.
24. Estates Theatre
The Estates Theatre which is located in Prague was released during the 1783. It is considered as the oldest theatre in Prague and its finest neo-classical building. It is indeed one of the most beautiful historical theatres in Europe and surely a worth it. The Estates Theatre has an exceptional charm which cannot be relayed through words. When you visit the theatre the inside you can feel the spiritual presence of the supremely talented musicians, directors, artists, poets and playwrights who have passed through its doors.
25. Golden Lane
The Golden Lane which is also known as the Zlatá ulička is an ancient street within the Prague Castle complex. it was created when a new outer wall was added to the existing Romanesque castle complex. It was originally known as Zlatnická ulička (Goldsmith’s Lane), due to the many goldsmiths residing here; some of them more alchemist than goldsmith.It has a history from the 15th Century; Golden Lane is lined with 11 historic houses and has a beautiful, olden world appeal about it. You will witness inside the houses, period scenes have been created showing the life of the artisans who once worked, ate, drank and slept in them.
26. Lesser Town
The Lesser Town which is also well known as the lesser or Little Quarter comes together around the foothills of Prague Castle, across the river from the Old Town. It is such a beautiful and the most scenic town, occupied with the its ancient burgher houses, quaint side streets and St. Nicholas Church, the Lesser Town is a favourite setting for movies and commercials. The Lesser Town is a lovely area to stay in for tourist. It is considered to be quite quieter than the Old Town and the New Town, particularly at night. The most popular hotels you will find in the Lesser Town are set in ancient buildings, charmingly restored with many original features intact, and with plenty of character.
27. Minorite Monastery
The Minorite Monastery is an interesting destination for tourist to Cesky Krumlov. In poor condition on the outside, but with interesting architecture on the inside, it has become well famous. It is said that its construction started in the middle of the 14th century and continued till the end of the Baroque era. It is still an operating monastery with divine offices; the monastery here conducts religious concerts quite occationally. One of the most interesting features of the monastery is it exceptional set of trusses of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque origin. The monastery is an extensive complex, and also includes the Convent of the Poor Clares.
28. Egon Schiele Centrum
The Egon Schiele Centrum is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Czech Republic which is found in Cesky Krumlov. It is a large, 4000 sq meter display space featuring classical and modern art work of the 20th Century. It is owned privately and was established in 1993. Regularly changing exhibits make the gallery a hotspot in Cesky Krumlov for both locals and visitors interested in culture. The gallery is located just below the main square and it regularly hosts many concerts which are very interesting to attend.
29. Marinette Museum
Marinette Museum is on the interesting museum to visit in Czech Republic which is situated at a short ten minute walk from the town center. It is said to take an interesting diversion, especially for the traveler with children in tow. The museum has regular performances of classic operas and these events are a sight not to be missed. It is the former Church of St Jobst, and some of the room’s characteristic interesting interior design. The museum features many interesting displays including stages and puppets from the 19th Century.
30. Wax Museum
The Wax Museum of Cesky Krumlov is one of the most famous museums of this place. It is said to makes an interesting diversion for tourist to this beautiful medieval town. This amazing museum is situated in a newly restored Renaissance house; the museum has many interesting wax figurines on display. These wax collectibles display the life and times in medieval Europe. There is an alchemist’s shop, a blacksmith’s shop, an old tavern, and a fascinating recreation of the courts of the Bohemian Emperor Rudolf II. You will also find on display are wax figurines of famous people of the 20th Century, strangely enough including Mick Jagger.
31. Cesky Krumlov Regional Museum
It is said that the very first stop for a tourist to the town of Cesky Krumlov should be the Regional Museum. The Museum has a broad variety of exhibits from the surrounding areas and provides an attractive insight into the history of Cesky Krumlov and the Bohemian region. It offers a lot to the travelers. Depending on your interests there are exhibits in archeology, fine arts, weapons, folk art from the Sumava region, room furnishings, along with mechanical and ethnographical displays. The famous highlights of the Regional Museum are a collection of Gothic sculptures and a room size ceramic model of Cesky Krumlov in a 1:200 scale.
32. Caves of the Moravian Karst
It is said that the Czech Republic is a naturally blessed country with so much of beautiful scenery it offers but there are some lovely parts on the other hand. The Kateřinská cave complex has one cavern that is the size of a basketball court and is used for classical music concerts during the summer vacation. The Punkevní caves which you will find quite close to it have smaller but just as impressive caverns including some that are accessible only by boat along an underground river.
33. Karlštejn Castle
Czech Republic offers you plenty of beautiful castles and it is said that no visit to the Czech Republic is complete without at least one castle. And Karlštejn is not an exception; with walls and moats and towers and places to pour boiling tar over the heads of invading armies. It also houses the Bohemian Crown Jewels and is intricately connected with history’s greatest Czech, King Charles IV. Your visit to this famous castle of Czech Republic is surely worth it.
34. Naprstek’s Museum of Asian, African, and American culture
The Naprstek’s Museum of Asian, African, and American Art has a long and famous history. Vojta Naprstek was the founder of this museum first released the Czech Industrial Museum in the 19th Century, which included ethnographic and artistic collections from different parts of the world. Later after his death the museum has gone through several changes became more international and focused on culture. Currently it focuses on Prehistory and Antiquity of the Near East and North Africa, Non-European Numismatics, Ethnography, Asian Arts and Crafts, and also contains a library.
35. Museum of Communism
The Museum of Communism in Prague presents to you the entire history of communism in the Czech Republic. It gives good understanding of the theory and the reality of communism, and the impact it had on all aspects of life in the Czech Republic. It describes it as, “The Dream, the Reality, and the Nightmare”. The museum showcases statues of communist figures, including Marx and Lenin, propaganda posters and writings used to control the citizens during the 1950s and 1960s, photographs from the time of the Soviet occupation, and a continuously running film on Vaclav Haval and the coercion and tactics of the secret police.
Loreta is a very beautiful and the most stunning church which is located in a delightful courtyard surrounded by chapel-lined arcades, near to Prague Castle. It is a significant pilgrimage site, commissioned by Baroness Beligna Katherina von Lobkowicz during the year 1626. It was considered to promote the legend of Santa Casa, a copy of the house believed to be the Virgin Mary’s. Later it was maintained by the Capuchins, an order connected with the Brotherhood of St. Francis of Assisi. Loreta has ‘Prague Sun’ and its 6000 plus diamonds located in the Treasury.
37. Mucha Museum
This small museum of Czech Republic is one of the interesting museums to visit. It features only the work of the great Czech Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. He was popular for the posters he designed for theatre productions of the great fin-de-siècle actress, Sarah Bernhardt, and his work optimises the Art Nouveau movement. The compilation includes phenomenal paintings, posters, sketches, statues and photographs by the artist, and also features Mucha’s lesser known works celebrating pan-Slavism.
38. Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia
Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia dates to the 13th Century, at that time it was home to the order of the Poor Clares of Bohemia. It is considered to have been founded by St Agnes of Bohemia. Today the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia is one of the 7 venues used by the National Gallery to display exhibits. Here you will fin on display are the works of Czech artists from the 14th Century, as well as 15th and 16th Century works by Central European artists. The galleries collection at this convent is entitled “Medieval Art in Bohemia and Central Europe”. It is famous a complex consisting of several Gothic buildings.
39. Veletrzní Palace
Veletrzní Palace is a relatively contemporary construction in Prague. This palace was constructed during the year 1925; it was used for trade fairs and was later acquired and remodeled by the National Gallery. It is considered to be a large portion of the National Gallery’s collection of works. The Gallery is entitled “Art of the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries”. As always, and you will find major emphasis on Czech artists while also incorporating the works of foreign artists. You will find on display here a variety of collection of pieces and themes such as fine art photography, furniture, fashion, applied arts, drawing, prints, sculptures and multi-media works. Some of the better known artists represented here are Rodin and Picasso.
40. Prague Clementinum
The Clementinum is the home of the Czech National Library to be found in Prague. The library eventually fell to the state after the Jesuits were expelled and the Clementinum became a legal public library during the year 1782 shortly after it became the National Library. The Clementinum collection is huge and currently collects a copy of every book published in the Czech Republic. It houses one of the largest Slavic literature collections. The library contains approximately 6 million books.
41. Ungelt Courtyard
The Ungelt Courtyard which you will find behind the Tyn Church dates to the 11th Century. It is said that it was initially used by merchants coming to Prague, and who would set up on the Old Town Square to sell their merchandise. They used to store their goods in the Ungelt Courtyard and also pay taxes here. The set up of this area is exceptional, with only two entrance points to allow for better security and monitoring of goods coming and going. The area is said to be the beautiful outdoor area with restaurants and cafés, and one of the most prestigious areas in Prague.
42. Museum of Czech Cubism
The Museum of Czech Cubism which is also known as the Dum u Cerne Matki Bozi got opened to the public in 2003. It is considered as the first museum of its kind in the Czech Republic. Located in the Black Madonna House, this 20th Century structure is a best example of Cubist Architecture. On display at the Museum of Czech Cubism people will find paintings, furniture, and graphics by cubist artists. The museum also discusses Cubist architecture. Significant names represented here include Filla, Kubista, and Gutfreund.
43. Lobkowicz Palace
The Lobkowicz Palace is a very famous palace and a highly acclaimed one which is a part of the Prague Castle complex. It is said that after 40 years of Communist rule here the Lobkowicz family finally regained ownership of their palace in 2002. Later the restoration work is done on the palace is now it is open to the public as a museum, displaying exhibits drawn from the extensive Lobkowicz family collections. Earier it was named the Pernštejn Palace. It was built in the mid-16th century by Czech nobleman Jaroslav of Pernštejn.
The famous Klementinum in Prague was established during the 1232 as the largest and most historic complex of structures located in the Old Town. It occupies the place which is over two hectares, and is located close to the river, near Charles Bridge. It boasts a rich architectural evolution. Since the middle ages many of Europe’s great astronomers, scientists, musicians and philosophers have studied and worked here, influencing the development of its wonderful array of buildings.
45. Powder Gate
The Old Powder Gate is also usually referred to as the Powder Tower was constructed during 15th Century to be one of the main entrances to the walled city of Prague. Later it was rebuilt. It is at the start of Celetná Street and the Royal Route, along which bohemian monarchs would walk on their way to be crowned at St Vitus Cathedral. The name Powder Gate was approved long after it was built, when the tower was no longer needed as a defensive measure and was instead turned into a storage tower for gunpowder.
46. Municipal House
The Prague Municipal House is one of the greatest examples of Art Nouveau in the city. It was constructed during the 20th Century; it features some of the most outstanding things and is hard to miss. The façade includes a huge mural on the arch above the second floor balcony, and a large dome rests behind and above the arch. The interior of the Municipal House, which contains the largest concert hall in Prague, is very unique and inspiring and the visitors are also allowed. Also on site at the Municipal House are the Art Nouveau Café and a couple of restaurants.
47. České Budějovice
České Budějovice is the major town and a significant tourist destination in Southern Bohemia at the transit route between Prague and Linz (Austria). It was established during the 1265 by King Přemysl Otakar II. It was said to be constructed along a chessboard layout. You will witness here some of the amazing old town center with a large square-shaped plaza (market plaza) around the Samson fountain attracting many international tourists. The Black Tower dominating the market plaza is a 72 m high bell tower built in 1577.
48. The Ore Mountains (Krusne Hory)
The Ore Mountains are the famous mountain range which is to be found at the border between German Saxony and Bohemia. The highest peak is the Klínovec (1244m). Towards the east of the Ore Mountains are the Elbe Sandsonte Mountains which are considered a popular destination for rock climbers. The Ore Mountains name indicates its history of mining, especially silver and tin ore back in the fifteenth century. Currently, the Ore mountains are an important tourism region and boast some popular ski resorts. Jáchymov (or in German Joachimsthal) is an old mining town and it was there where the first “Joachimsthaler” was minted in 1519.
49. East Bohemia
East Bohemia is one of the most visited tourist spots of Czech Republic and if you are interedtd in mysterious rock cities and Table Mountains then this place will surely amaze you. The Adršpach rock city is one of the most famous in the Czech Republic. Military monuments constitute a rarity here, for instance the Josefov Fort or locations honoring the Battle of Hradec Králové during the year 1866. It is also worth visiting the wonderful Renaissance Chateau Litomyšl, which is listed as a UNESCO monument, and also the Baroque complex at Kuks.
50. Krumlov Chateau (castle)
The Krumlov Castle is a huge building located above the town of Cesky Krumlov. It offers a fascinating look into the lives of the rich and famous of Bohemia. Tourists here witness many ornate paintings, elaborate tapestries, and period furnishings of the original inhabitants. It occupies an area of seven hectares the chateau includes of 40 buildings and palaces, five castle courts and a castle park. Hour long Chateau tours are available on the hour and take in the Chapel of St George, Renaissance Hall, and the Royal Family Apartments.