If you are an adventurous traveler, then you are aware of the thrill that comes with visiting exotic places. The Czech Republic is one of these unique travel destinations that will leave you yearning for more. Czechia was left with its fair share of breathtaking spots and interesting sites. The country has survived the test of time including World Wars and several renaissance eras. It is renowned for its historic castles, scenic countryside, spectacular mountain ranges and revitalizing natural spas. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a returning tourist, you can never get enough of what this amazing country has to offer. Here are the ten best places to visit in Czech Republic.
1. Cathedral of St. Barbara
The Cathedral of St. Barbara is the epitome of Gothic architecture and structural endurance. Located in Kutna Hora, the construction of the Cathedral took over 500 years to complete. The church has a rich history and is regarded as the saint of miners, considering the numerous silver mines that typified the town centuries ago. What is more appealing about this place is that it rarely gets crowded like other places of interest. A visit to this magnificent church will leave you yearning for more.
2. Prague Castle
With a history dating back to over 1000 years, the Prague castle was once home to Roman emperors and Bohemian Kings among others. It is also the official residence of the current president. This castle is regarded as the largest in Europe, if not the world. Unbelievably, a 3-hour tour will not cover the entire castle. Highlights include the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica and the Powder Tower. Tour the castle by night for more breathtaking views.
3. Stare Mesto
If you are looking for a great place to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that Prague has to offer, then Stare Miasto is the place to be. The Old Town of Prague is characterized by a semi-circular moat that disconnects it from the City. Just like most towns in the Czech Republic, the architecture of this medieval settlement is more that breathtaking. Highlights include the Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock.
4. St. Vitus Cathedral
A visit to Prague is not complete without touring the St. Vitus Cathedral. Built on a timescale of over 600 years, The St. Vitus Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece in terms of detail and design. The cathedral is not only a place of worship, but also serves as a burial site for iconic figures including Vitus, King Charles IV and Arnost of Pardubice.
5. Mala Strana
The Mala Strana is the perfect blend of new and old architecture from Italian and German origins. Located on the left of the Vltava River, the town is renowned for its beer-tasting competitions and vibrant social life. Have a taste of all the traditional brews and cultural cuisines available in the numerous bars and restaurants in the town.
6. Prague Zoo
Animal lovers will enjoy viewing the hundreds of different animal species housed at the Prague Zoo. Rated in 2015 by TripAdvisor as the fourth best zoo in the world, Prague Zoo has a lot to offer visitors. From sightseeing to boat rides on the Vltava River, Zoo packages come in handy for nature lovers.
7. Spanish Synagogue and Jewish Museum
The Spanish Synagogue lies where the oldest synagogue in Prague once stood. This historic place of worship mingles charm, mystery, history and sad memories all into one, to give visitors a memorable travel experience. Visit the Jewish Museum and learn about Prague’s Jewish culture.
8. Lobkowicz Palace
The Lobkowicz Palace is a must-see for all visitors to the Prague castle complex. This unique building houses the Lobkowicz collection and museum, and is the perfect destination for art enthusiasts. Classical music lovers will enjoy the daytime concerts that take place at the palace.
9. Municipal House Hall
A visit to the Municipal House Hall is all you need to quench your thirst for art. This building houses the world-renowned Smetana hall, which is popular for its gratifying concerts. Listen to great pieces inspired by Strauss, Vivaldi and Dvorak, and then follow this up with a tantalizing traditional Czech cuisine in the Art Deco Café.
10. Cesky Krumlov
The Czech Republic has other attractive destinations besides Prague. Located 170km from the Capital, Cesky Krumlov is famous for its 13th-century Bohemian castle and the great Vltava River that cuts across the city. The city is characterized by its 18th- century architectural designs not to mention its crooked cobblestone streets. If you love medieval town centers, then make a point of adding Cesky Krumlov to your travel itinerary.