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Excursions Outside of Prague

Prague Day Trips

The people who sell tours are renown for saying anything to get you to buy a ticket. Some tours, particularly those going into the Czech rural areas, can be conducted in up to 4 different languages. Paying for a tour guide and a car is often a far better deal.

If you wish to do some exploring beyond Prague there are many possibilities for excursions. Trips to the medieval Castle Karlštejn or to the concentration camp, Terezín, are the most popular choices, especially for their short driving distance from Prague. If you like spas and architectural gems try to visit Karlovy Vary. This city is famous for its hot mineral springs and beautiful promenade. If you are a beer patriot, take a trip to the Plzeň or České Budějovice; both cities are well-known for their brewing industry. Kutná Hora is another recommended city to visit. In the 13th century discovery of large deposits of silver and copper ore turned Kutna Hora overnight into one of the boom towns of central Europe.

If you do not wish to hire a car or use regular bus or train several companies offer organized day trips by bus. If you travel on your own by bus or train journey take usually longer compare to organized excursion – transport.

Slavkov U Brna (Austerlitz)

The Battle of Austerlitz (Bitva u Slavkova), also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors, was one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s greatest victories, effectively destroying the Third Coalition against the French Empire. On December 2, 1805, a French army of 68,000 troops commanded by Emperor Napoleon I, decisively defeated a …

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Policka

The picturesque town of Polička is in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. It boasts a long history and a whole number of preserved historic sites. It was founded back in the year 1265 by Přemysl Otakar II. The old town centre is still surrounded by massive stone walls, the construction of which …

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Jindrichuv Hradec

The oldest preserved mention in the records of Hradec dates from the year 1220, when an estate with this name was owned by Jindřich I, the first of the Lords of Hradec and the son of Vítek of Prčice. He had a Gothic castle built here on the site of …

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Litomysl

The town of Litomyšl began as a fortified settlement to protect a trade route linking Bohemia and Moravia. Dominating the town is a Renaissance stately home decorated with over 8,000 original sgraffiti. The unique architecture of the building led to its entry in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1999. …

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Trebon

The town of Třeboň was founded in the middle of the 12th century and lies in the middle of a landscape conservation area and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Attractive Renaissance Třeboň cháteau, surrounded by a magnificent park and fortified wall, is one of the biggest complexes in the Czech Republic …

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Podebrady

The town of Poděbrady is in the picturesque lowlands of the Labe (Elbe) river valley by the D 11 motorway 50 kilometres east of Prague. The first settlement appeared here near a ford across the River Labe. In the second half of the 13th century, Bohemian King Otakar II gained …

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Marianske Lazne History

In the 18th century, there was nothing but nature in the valley where Mariánské Lázně lies. There were only dense forests here and it was amidst them that the mineral springs were found in bubbling bogs. After this everything began to change and the first spa building appeared here half …

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Hradec Kralove

Hradec Králové has been the regional capital of Eastern Bohemia since the 10th century. City is situated just 100 kilometres east of Prague. With a population of 100,000, this green city of parks and gardens lies at the confluence of two rivers – Labe and Orlice – and at the …

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Karlovy Vary Spas

Much like the rest of Europe, the citizens of Prague realized some time ago that the waters of mineral springs can be used to enhance the health of those bathing in them. By the late 1700s, spas had become a fashionable place for the rich to be seen in, as …

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Jachymov

This old mining town in the foothills of the Krušné Mountains is a popular ski destination, and is also known for its healing spas. Jachymov also has some good tennis courts and mini-golf facilities. The town offers great possibilities for cross-country skiing, hiking and cycling. While exploring the town, do …

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