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Český Krumlov

This charming South Bohemian town is located 180 km from Prague. It is one of a few that have still retained its own medieval nature.  The town is called the pearl of Bohemia. Its historic centre was listed in the 1992 UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. The town …

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Kutná Hora

Thanks to its silver mines, which were open for 250 years, Kutná Hora was, after Prague, the second most important town in the Bohemian kingdom. During the 14th century its population was equal to that of London‘s. Today it is just a small provincial town with just over 20.000 people. …

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Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is the Czech Republic’s most visited spa resort, though probably not as glamorous and famous as it once was in the middle of the 14th century. The city was discovered by Charles IV while he was hunting deer, and later in 1522 Dr Payer of Loket set out …

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Terezín

Terezín—a former garrison town originally built by Emperor Joseph II, as an ingenious system of military fortresses for the protection of the kingdom against Prussia, at the end of the 18th century—was completely changed and turned into a Jewish Ghetto (and used as a transit camp for Jews whose final …

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Plzeň and Pilsner Brewery

For many people, Plzeň means beer. This is true, at the very least, in the German form of the word. Pilsner Urquell, for lots of beer aficionados, represents a lager style of beer. Many tourists who travel to the second biggest city in Bohemia do this to see its monuments …

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Karlštejn Castle

Karlštejn was founded by Charles IV in 1348 as a treasury for the imperial regalia and his collection of relics. Today with an average of 300,000 visitors a year it is a prime choice for a short day trip from Prague. It is important to note that all excursions and …

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Daytrips from Prague

There are a few sights nearby Prague which are definitely out of the ordinary. First of them is Kutná Hora where you can visit Sedlec Ossuary (church decorated with some 40 000 bones) and Czech Silver Museum. Take a helmet and lamp and go to explore dark tunnels of medieval …

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Brno

Compared to Prague, Brno is much smaller when it comes to the range of activities and architectural monuments which are available to visitors. But Brno’s nightlife, especially at weekends, easily rivals Prague’s clubbing scene, when thousands of students and even foreign visitors fill the central cafes, clubs and pubs. There’s …

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Křivoklát Castle

Records mentioning the royal castle Křivoklát were first recorded around 1100 A.D. though today’s building dates from the late 13th century. It was enlarged and fortified at the end of the 14th century. Thanks to all these renovations and continual rebuilding the castle shows all phases of the Gothic style. Castle …

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Mariánské Lázně

Mariánské Lázně (Marienbad) is an elegant Neo-Classical and Art Noveau spa town (though less well-known than Karlovy Vary) with a wide spectrum of natural therapeutic resources and excellent climatic conditions, set among an amazing natural mountain panorama. The city is situated about 150km from Prague. The most endearing of the spa …

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České Budějovice

Situated 160km south of Prague, České Budějovice is a well-preserved medieval fortress town with an impressive history. It was founded in 1265 by Otakar II who wanted a stronghold at the confluence of the Vltava and Malše rivers to protect southern Bohemia from any advancing armies. Unfortunately, Otakar was killed …

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Hluboká Chateau

Hluboká is a monumental Romantic chateau; originally a Gothic castle, it was remodelled in the Baroque style during the first half of the 18th century. It underwent a significant transformation in the 19th century, when it was remodelled in the English Windsor-style Gothic and became the official seat of the …

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