The capital of the history-rich region of Bohemia, Prague has long been an important city. It is one of the most populous places in Eastern Europe and has long been attracting tourists seeking to see a different side of the continent. As a hub for the Czech Republic and a starting point for tourists traveling around the region, Prague is the perfect base for travelers exploring the region. There are a huge number of options for day trips from Prague. Cheap bus and rail connections make it practical to stay in the city and explore a different part of the Czech Republic each day.

Here are the best ideas for day trips from Prague.

The capital of the history-rich region of Bohemia, Prague has long been an important city. It is one of the most populous places in Eastern Europe and has long been attracting tourists seeking to see a different side of the continent. As a hub for the Czech Republic and a starting point for tourists traveling around the region, Prague is the perfect base for travelers exploring the region. There are a huge number of options for day trips from Prague. Cheap bus and rail connections make it practical to stay in the city and explore a different part of the Czech Republic each day.

Here are the best ideas for day trips from Prague.

Pilsen

Pilsen
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This city sits about an hour away from Prague by bus and about an hour and a half by train (which offers a longer, but more scenic trip). Pilsen is the birthplace of pilsner, which has become one of the most popular styles of beer in the world. The famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery is located here. The Brewery Museum traces the roots of beer-making in the city, while the annual Pilsner Festival takes place in late summer (early September or late August) each year. Even if you are not interested in beer, Pilsen is a good option for a day trip from Prague. It boasts a historic city center that is surrounded by pleasant parklands. The Pilsen Municipal Armory features weapons from the Middle Ages, while the Gothic Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral and the Renaissance-era Town Hall offer plenty for those who want to round out their day with some sightseeing.

Brno

Brno
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Thousand-year-old Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic in terms of both population and area. Despite this, it does not receive many tourists, so it has a delightful off-the-beaten-trail feel. The trip takes about two-and-a-half-hours by train, but the number of sightseeing options and activities can make it a worthwhile day trip from Prague for ambitious tourists. The pedestrianized Freedom Square offers some great sightseeing and people watching opportunities. Various festivals and events take place here throughout the year. The 13th Century Saint James Church, Moravian Square, the Denis Gardens, and the Moravian Museum all deserve a place on your day-trip itinerary. A visit to the Špilberk Castle is a great way to cap off the day. There is enough to see in Brno that you could easily spend 36 to 48 hours in the city if you choose to.

Hradec Králové

Hradec Králové
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Hradec Králové is just over and hour’s drive from Prague. This city is attractive because of its mix of architecture. The Old Town features buildings from the 13th through 16th Centuries, many of which are in amazingly good condition. The “New Town” area, meanwhile, boasts a number of beautiful art nouveau and modernist buildings from the early 20th Century. Hradec Králové also has some of the most interesting festivals in the Czech Republic. These include the European Pedal Go Cart Championship, jazz and hip-hop festivals, a huge summertime rock fest, and even a meeting of steam engine enthusiasts (held each August). If you are the Czech republic in summertime, a day trip from Prague to Hradec Králové is certainly a good idea.

Beroun

Beroun
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This mid-sized town is only about 30 km from Prague, making it an ideal option for a quick day trip. The ancient city walls can be viewed in a couple of areas, and it is also possible to visit the Koneprusy Caves located just outside of town. But the biggest attraction here is the Medvedarium. This is a park that is home to three bears who were featured in children’s fairy tales. This unique min-zoo is a must-visit if you are in Beroun. The old city center, with a Gothic-style church, is also worth a stroll. In all, this is a relatively quiet town – a great place to visit if you want to escape the urban landscapes of Prague for a few hours.

Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary
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With hourly buses between Prague and Karlovy Vary (the trip takes two hours), this is a popular option for day-trips from Prague. Founded in the 1300s, this city boasts hot springs and unique architecture. Because of these two features, it was a popular vacation spot for famous Europeans during the 19th Century and early 20th Century. The picturesque landscapes are another reason to make the trip. In the 007 film Casino Royale, Karlovy Vary was a stand-in for many of the scenes that were set in Montenegro. Views of the hilly landscapes can be enjoyed after a funicular ride up to the Diana Lookout Tower. A number of summertime festivals take place in the city, and you can visit the many spas throughout the year.

Have you spent time in the largest city in the Czech Republic? Let us know your recommendations for the best day trip from Prague in the comments section below.

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3 Comments

The Best Day Trips From Prague

  1. It is so difficult to name the best spot in Prague. It is all just so amazing. Easily the most beautiful city I have ever seen. You really need to take some time to plan out your trip and make sure you see as much as possible. There is a really great guide written by locals called Interactive Prague Guide which I used on my trip. It made all the difference for me. I saw and did so much that I would have missed otherwise. http://www.prague.schulz.cz/

  2. Having spent many school vacations in Czechoslovakia (under communist rule) as a child and having returned to the Czech Republic as an adult I believe that you have made some great suggestions of place to visit outside of Prague. I think one important omission is the Karlštejn Castle about 20 miles south west of Prague. This castle high on the hilltop overlooking a river was built in the 1300\’s and is a really fascinating place to visit.

    As a child I went there by car but when last in Prague I took a train there at relatively minimal cost. Certainly a very worthwhile day trip

  3. I live in Prague and I know the city really well as well as the surroundings. So for day trips, let me recommend a few other tips: 1) The town of Kutná hora. About an hour of drive from Prague. Beautiful medieval town, which became rich due to silver mining. It has a charming historical center with a splendid gothic Cathedral. On the way there visit also a monastery in Sedlec, it is worth to be seen. 2) Castles of Karlstejn, Konopiste or Cesky Sternberk. It is a half day tour from Prague in case you do just one of these castles, or you can combine it. Each castle is different and they are all surrounded by a beautiful landscape. 3) The town of Cesky Krumlov. This trip would take you a full day but it is worth to see it. Cesky krumlov looks like a fairy tale town with the second largest castle complex in the Czech republic (after Prague Castle) and historical center with pictoresque medieval streets. It belongs to UNESCO cultural heritage.
    All these trips are offered by the main travel agencies and if you are in Prague for more than 2 days, I would definitely recommend you to choose one of these.

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