The 14 most beautiful places to visit in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic, a little treasure of Eastern Europe, is still little-known to tourists and is not just Prague. Here are the most beautiful places in the Czech Republic that you absolutely must see!

Overflowing with history and natural beauty, the Czech Republic is home to a multitude of national parks, beautiful small towns and medieval castles. The country is best known for its magnificent and bewitching capital, Prague. However, it would be a pity to stop at this Bohemian city, as the Czech Republic abounds in fabulous sites. Discover our list of the most beautiful places to visit in the Czech Republic, and after reading it, you’ll want to visit the Czech Republic and see for yourself that it really is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe – which we’re sure it is.

1. Prague, the capital

Known as the city of 100 steeples, Prague is said to be the mother of all cities. At the heart of Europe, the capital of the Czech Republic has a tumultuous history that fascinates travelers from all over the world. Wherever you are in the city, you can’t miss its imposing silhouette: Prague Castle.

2. Krkonoše National Park

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The Krkonoše National Park is home to some of the highest mountains in the Czech Republic. The Krkonoše National Park is known for its unique landscapes and its range of preserved ecosystems, from alpine plains to high altitude slopes and tundra – a feature so unique that the park has been listed as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO since 1992.

The small town of Pec pod Sněžkou represents the perfect base from which to explore the park, as well as its highest point: Sněžka, accessible by cable car or by hiking, a trail takes you up through the Obří Důl valley. You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking scenery and panoramic views over the Czech Republic and Poland.

3. Český Krumlov

In southern Bohemia lies the fairytale town of Český Krumlov – a town so picturesque and historic that UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage Site. The small town lies around and within an arm of the Vltava River, topped by a magnificent 13th-century castle – a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. If you want to discover and visit the Czech Republic, Český Krumlov is a must!

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4. Karlštejn Castle

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Originally built in 1348 under the direction of Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Germanic Roman Emperor, Karlštejn Castle was first a privileged residence for the king before becoming the stronghold where the crown jewels, sacred relics and royal treasures were carefully guarded.

Rebuilt at the end of the 19th century and renovated by architect Josef Mocker in pure neo-Gothic style, the castle has acquired its fairytale charm and has become one of the most visited castles in the country. Visitors can explore all five floors of the imperial palace, as well as the Sacred Cross Chapel, which houses 129 panel paintings by the famous Gothic artist Theodoric.

5. Czech Switzerland

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Considered one of the most beautiful in the country, this national park is home to breathtaking ravines, deep valleys and other amazing stone labyrinths. The river running through the park is navigable by small boat, the perfect way to discover and explore. You can’t visit the Czech Republic without visiting Bohemian Switzerland!

6. Kutná Hora

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Located north of Prague, the town of Kutná Hora was famous in the Middle Ages for its silver mines, which produced up to a third of Europe’s output. The mines financed the construction of magnificent churches, monuments and houses, all of which are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous, magnificent and surprising of these are the Eglise Saint-Barbe, the Sedlec Ossuary and the Jesuit College, now a museum of modern art.

7. Karlovy Vary

The jewel of Western Bohemia, Karlovy Vary is known for its magnificent spas and lush green countryside. It’s the second most visited place in the Czech Republic, thanks to its sumptuous architecture, monuments and vibrant culture. A former holiday resort, frequented by the European elite before the First World War, a stroll through the town allows you to admire history through the colonnades and stunning churches of the late 19th century. Karlovy Vary is also home to annual events such as its Food Festival and Czech Film Festival. And above all, a visit to the city will surely lead you to try Karlovy Vary’s famous spas!

8. Český ráj

In the north of the Czech Republic lies the Bohemian Paradise, known for its rock towns, groups of diverse rock formations: towers, spires, sandstone boulders. The best-known and most beautiful is Hruboskalsko, a formidable and extraordinary rock formation composed of hundreds of sandstone towers eroded over time. Some towers reach 55 metres, making it a popular destination for climbers and visitors alike.

9. Brno

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The second-largest city in the Czech Republic, it boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage. It’s becoming increasingly popular with tourists year after year. After Prague, why not visit the capital of Moravia? Špilberk Castle and St. Peter and St. Paul’s Cathedral are well worth a visit.

10. Mikulov wine route

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If you’re looking for a nature hike in the Czech Republic that takes you through the Moravian vineyards, the Mikulov wine region is the place to be. Located in South Moravia, this wine route is accessible on foot or by bike and takes you through picturesque little towns, the Pálava hills and even the Nové Mlýny water reservoir – of course, you can stop along the way to taste the region’s famous Moravian wines. The charming and increasingly popular town of Mikulov can serve as a starting point and base camp for discovering South Moravia.

11. Punkva Caves

Discovered in the early 20th century by Karel Absolon, the Punkva Caves are a system of underground caves in the Moravian Karst. They are located an hour’s drive north of Brno, the Czech Republic’s second-largest city. You can visit them on foot, to discover the immense stalagmites and stalactites of the preserved site, as well as the deep, breathtaking gorges. A boat trip in the river at the bottom of the Punkva Caves will take you to sites such as the Masaryk Cave, one of the most beautiful in the region.

12. Konopiště Castle

Nestled high above Benešov in the Czech Republic, Konopiště Castle was originally a fabulous Gothic-style fortress, created to defend the town from attack. Today, it is recognized for its Baroque style, the result of numerous 18th-century renovations. The castle is also known for having been the residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, who was assassinated in 1914 – an event that provoked and led to the First World War. Konopiště Castle thus offers a tour of the Duke’s private rooms, as well as the surrounding grounds: rose garden, lake and free-roaming peacocks – a soothing, picturesque setting.

13. Šumava National Park

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Also one of the few UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Europe, Šumava offers nature walks punctuated by exhibitions and information points to learn more about the region, as well as camping areas, ski tours and boat rentals to explore the three rivers that cross the park – one of them being the magnificent Vltava, which runs all the way to Prague.

14. České Budějovice

Located in South Bohemia, the town of České Budějovice perfectly represents Bohemian calm and serenity. Rich in prestigious institutions, such as the Academy of Sciences or its University, the town also boasts picturesque historical monuments that you can admire as you walk through its center and main square.

What to do in the Czech Republic Where to go? We hope that with this list of the 14 most beautiful places to visit in the Czech Republic we’ve answered these questions perfectly. Do you know of other places to discover in this country?

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