Things to do in the Czech Republic

Things to do in  Czech Republic

A bohemian rhapsody

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

Prague Castle (Prazský hrad)

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 an 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

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

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

Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

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

Powder Tower (Prasná Brána)

The Powder Tower (Prasná Brána) is one of Prague’s last remaining city gates. It once formed part of the defensive walls that surrounded the city and was one of 13 gates that allowed people to pass in and out of the center. Visit to climb to the top of the tower and enjoy views over the surrounding area.More

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

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

Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

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

Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

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

Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

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

Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

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

John Lennon Wall

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

Dancing House (Tancici Dum)

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

Prague Old Town (Staré Mesto)

The heart of ancient Prague, Old Town—or Staré Město in Czech—is one of the city’s most visited areas, home to sites such as the astronomical clock and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. It’s also a popular starting point for walking tours of the city. Many visitors spend at least half a day exploring the many treasures of Staré Město.More

Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga)

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


The late-19th century Rudolfinum is a classical music theater on the east bank of Prague’s Vltava River, located at Jan Palach Square. It’s neo-classical in design, and is the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as admiring the architecture from the outside, visitors can attend a performance or take a guided tour.More

Spanish Synagogue (Spanelská Synagoga)

The Spanish Synagogue (Spanělská Synagoga) in Prague is the newest synagogue in the Jewish Town area. Ironically, it is built on the site of the 12th-century Altschul, which was thought to be the oldest synagogue in the city.The current building was constructed in 1868. It was designed by Vojtěch Ignátz Ullmann in a neo-Moorish style, which was inspired by the art of the Arabic period of Spanish history – hence the synagogue’s name. The elaborate interior was designed by the architects, Antonín Baum and Bedřich Münzberger, and includes beautiful stained-glass windows and a stucco-covered ceiling of intricate stylized motifs, which also adorn the walls, doors, and gallery balustrades.The Spanish Synagogue in Prague holds regular services, permanent and temporary exhibitions, classical concerts, and a variety of other programs and events.More

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When to visit

As a landlocked Central European country, the Czech Republic experiences warm summers and cold, snowy winters. Summer is a pleasant time to visit to explore the outdoors, but it’s especially busy in popular tourist spots like Prague, which hosts visitors from all over Europe and beyond. Winter is a quieter time for tourism and many attractions will be closed, especially outside Prague, but the snowy landscape is attractive.

Getting around

The Czech Republic is a relatively small country, and getting around by train and bus is quite easy, if you’re not driving. Trains and buses link the major towns and cities and also cross into neighboring countries. The capital city of Prague is convenient to get around in; its extensive network of trams and buses and its small metro make it a breeze for non-Czech speakers to navigate.

Traveler tips

Many travelers limit their exploration of the Czech Republic to Prague, but there’s much more to see and do in the country. The Bohemian Switzerland National Park is a must for outdoor enthusiasts, beer-drinkers will enjoy Pilsen, and lovers of grand old architecture shouldn’t miss Cesky Krumlov, Kutna Hora, or Karlovy Vary. As the Czech Republic is quite small, it’s easy to see a lot in a relatively short time.


People Also Ask

What is Czech Republic known for?

The Czech Republic is known for its fairytale medieval castles and cities; soaring mountains, vast forests, and glittering lakes; and free-flowing beer and hearty cuisine. Its rich culture and deep history are also notable.

What is the most visited place in Czech Republic?

With around eight million annual visitors, Prague is the most visited place in the Czech Republic. The capital city is easily accessible from other European cities by both air and rail and is home to top attractions, such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town.

How many days do you need to see Czech Republic?

One week is enough time to get a good taste of the Czech Republic. Plan to spend two or three days in Prague, plus a day or two each in Cesky Krumlov, Kutna Hora, and Brno or Pilsen. If you have a few more days to spare, add on a national park.

Do they speak English in Czech Republic?

Yes, most Czech people that you will encounter in cities and other touristy areas speak English very well. If you are heading to smaller, less-visited places, however, you may find English is not as widely spoken. Wherever you are headed, it’s always worth making the effort to learn a few Czech words and phrases.

Is Czech Republic a cheap place to visit?

Yes, compared to many major European countries, the Czech Republic is a cheap place to visit. While costs have risen over the years, in line with the country’s popularity, you can still get by on a relatively low budget. Help keep costs down by choosing restaurants and shops outside of the main tourist centers.

Is the Czech Republic beautiful?

Yes, the Czech Republic is an extraordinarily beautiful country. From the well-preserved medieval streets of Prague and romantic towns of Bohemia to the forested mountains of Sumava National Park, the Czech Republic is rich in both natural and man-made beauty.

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