While most visitors to the Czech Republic only stay to visit Prague, there are many short trips and day trips from Prague that are worthwhile if you have a little extra time.
Most of the trips below can be done as day trips, but places like Cesky Krumlov, Brno, Olomouc, Cesky Raj, and Vilemov are best done as overnight trips due to their distance from Prague.
Kutna Hora is most famous for its ossuary, a bone church with human skeletons decorating its walls. Also worth a visit is the Church of St. Barbara, a gorgeous Gothic construction.
Cesky Krumlov has one of the prettiest fairytale castles in all of Europe. The rest of the town is beautiful and worth exploring, too.
Brno is the Czech Republic’s second city. It is much smaller than Prague, but has its share of important cultural and architectural highlights.
Cesky Raj means Czech Paradise, and the area is popular for outdoor activities and adventure travel. Hiking, walking, and cycling are some of the best things to do there.
Konopiste Castle is most famous for being the home of Frans Ferdinand d’Este, the archduke of World War I fame. The castle is set in beautiful grounds, and the interiors feature many hunting trophies.
Karlstejn Castle was built by Charles IV and is another of the Czech Republic’s most famous landmarks. Rising up from the steep slopes of a hill, its interiors are sumptuously decorated with paintings and gemstones.
Terezin is one of the best day trips from Prague for those that are interested in the Holocaust and World War II history. Visitors can tour the buildings and learn about what life was like there during the tragic period.
Olomouc is often referred to as a Prague in miniature. It rivals the capital city in beauty, but is much less touristed. Its Holy Trinity Column is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ceske Budejovice is the perfect day trip for those interested in learning more about the famous Czech beer, Budvar. Visitors can go to the brewery and explore the surrounding town.
Another brewing city, Plzen is also a great day out for beer lovers. The famous Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus are made there, and you can tour the factories and taste the beers at their sources when you are in town.
Vilemov is often overlooked by people visiting the Czech Republic, but it makes a great trip from Prague. The quiet town is beautiful, and you can stay in a historic castle while you are there.