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Welcome to Czech Republic

The Czech Republic brings together impressive natural landscapes, a complex history, and arguably the best beer in the world to create a country that's finally being properly recognized by international travelers as a top European destination. Prague, the capital, is a Gothic fairy tale guaranteed to enamor the wandering explorer. Highlights include Charles Bridge (Karluv Most), Prague Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti), and the Castle District (Hradcany), best seen on a beer-bike or Segway tour, or from above during a hot-air balloon ride. In the evening, a cruise on Vltava River, a Mozart recital, or a beer tasting in the Bohemia neighborhood reveal a different side to the city. Outside of Prague lie the medieval towns of Kutná Hora—home to the must-see Sedlec Ossuary, a chapel decorated with the bones of thousands of people—and Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage site just waiting to be explored on a day trip from the capital city. Former capital Brno and the spa town Karlovy Vary, with its famous thermal baths, will appeal to history buffs and relaxation seekers alike. For beer lovers, brewery tours in Pilsen are a top draw; while for outdoor adventurers, the Saxon Switzerland National Park is rife with hiking, climbing, and cycling opportunities. Plus, the Czech Republic's prime location in central Europe—embraced by countries such as Slovakia, Poland, Germany, and Austria—make it an ideal launchpad for exploring the rest of the continent.

Top 10 attractions in Czech Republic

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Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)

Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)

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Sitting high on a hill overlooking the Charles Bridge and Vltava River, Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is a huge complex of museums, churches, palaces, and gardens dating from the ninth century. Nestled in the historic center of Prague—all of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the largest castle complex in the world is an outstanding relic of Prague’s architectural history and a must for any visitor to the City of a Hundred Spires.More
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Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)

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Prague’s Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is the historic heart and navigational center of the city’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. A feast of architectural wonders, the medieval square is ringed with grandiose Romanesque, baroque, and Gothic style buildings, including some of Prague’s most photographed monuments.More
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Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

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Forming a grand walkway between Prague Old Town, and the Lesser Town and Castle District, the 15th-century Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) is one of the city’s most striking landmarks. The magnificent Gothic bridge features 16 stone arches, two watchtowers, and 30 blackened baroque statues depicting various saints.More
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Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti)

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Wenceslas Square (Václavské Námesti), one of Prague’s largest public squares, is actually more of a boulevard. Wide and tree-lined with sidewalk cafes and stylish boutiques, it feels modern and cosmopolitan. The square is bursting with history—from its intricate art nouveau buildings to its poignant memorial to the victims of Soviet occupation.More
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Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)

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One of Prague’s most popular tourist attractions, the Astronomical Clock (Prazský Orloj) was built in the 15th century and is a mechanical marvel. Found on the south side of Prague’s imposing town hall in Old Town Square (Staromestske namestí), visitors line up in their hundreds to see the display as the clock strikes the hour.More
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Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)

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Located close to Prague castle, Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster) has been home to a community of monks since the 12th century. The monastery is one of the most important landmarks in the Czech Republic and is famous for its historic library, which contains countless volumes, including over 3,000 original manuscripts.More
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St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)

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St. Vitus (or Katedrála svatého Víta) is the biggest and most important church in Prague, the pinnacle of the Castle complex, and one of the most knockout cathedrals in Europe. It's broodingly Gothic, with a forest of spires and a rose window to rival that of Notre Dame.Enter by the Golden Portal to take a look at the stunningLast Judgement mosaic. Inside you'll find the final resting places of both Charles IV (who gave his name to Charles Bridge) and Saint Wenceslas. The chapel containing Wenceslas' remains is a stunner, encrusted with semi-precious stones.The cathedral also contains the crown jewels of the Bohemian kings and an Art Nouveau window by Mucha. Climb the tower for a stunning view of the Castle District.More
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Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana)

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Malá Strana is the area that meanders down from the Castle Hill to the Vltava River. A literal translation of its name would be 'Small Side' but its most often called the Lesser Side. Unfair? Well, while it might not have the grandeur of the Old Town across the river, many find it more charming.Because the area was razed by fires in the 16th century, the architecture here is mainly baroque. Its finest site is the Wallenstein Palace with its fabulous walled garden full of fountains and statues. There's also the Church of Saint Nicholas and, high on Petřín Hill, a miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower.More
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New Town (Nové Mesto)

New Town (Nové Mesto)

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Twice as large as the Old Town area, Prague’s New Town (Nové Mesto) is sprawled across one of the banks of the Vltava River. Despite its name, the New Town was founded by Charles IV back in 1348 following his coronation under the Holy Roman Empire. It was later redeveloped during the late 19th century.The New Town features a mix of historic buildings and squares with more modern developments. Wenceslas Square lies at the heart of the area. This was originally built as a horsemarket and is now a popular place for visitors due to its variety of hotels, shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Other notable squares in the New Town include Charles Square and Republic Square, which also hold plenty of appeal for visitors.The main attractions and historical buildings within the New Town include the Dvořák Museum, the National Museum, the National Theater, the Dancing House, and the New Town Hall.More
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John Lennon Wall

John Lennon Wall

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Starting life as a tribute to musical icon and peace activist John Lennon after his untimely death in 1980, Prague’s John Lennon Wall quickly became a symbol of peace and free speech for young Czechs angry and disillusioned with the country’s communist regime—much western pop music was banned under the regime, and some Czech musicians were even imprisoned for playing it.More

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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Prague

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Recent reviews from experiences in Czech Republic

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Honoring Holocaust victims
Mary_K, Jan 2020
Day trip to Terezin ghetto and Lidice memorial
We were fortunate to visit these sites to honor those who died & suffered enormous cruelty.
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An Inredibly Fun Day
Jeffrey H, Jan 2020
Prague Wine Tasting and Countryside Small-Group Tour with Lunch
We didn't visit as many wineries, although we did get to visit the countryside and experience the area.
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Great Day Trip to See the Bone Chapel, St Barbara Church, and Kutna Hora with Guide Tomas
Stuart S, Sep 2019
Kutna Hora Day Tour Including Sedlec Ossuary from Prague
We had thoroughly explored Prague with its swarms of tourists and wanted a day trip outside the city to see other parts of Czech Republic, and this was the perfect small group getaway.
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Fantastic trip!
denise105, Aug 2019
Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague - Best Reviews
This was a great experience to see the Czech Republic forested area and trails.
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The airport transfer was hassle free...
Cindralela D, Feb 2016
Prague Airport Private Arrival Transfer
The half-day city walking tour was very insightful and give us a very good orientation of Czech Republic history and Prague's main attractions !
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The Kutna Hora Day Tour is a great...
Jessica A, Jan 2018
Kutna Hora Day Tour Including Sedlec Ossuary from Prague
It is a wonderful opportunity to see a smaller town in the Czech Republic.
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Great tour. I enjoyed the scenery...
Tom_G, May 2016
Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague - Best Reviews
I recommend this tour for someone who wants to see a different part of the Czech republic and Germany.
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Very enjoyable tour and very private...
phyllis.reid, Apr 2015
Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague
Our tour guide Helene spoke in English and Italian.
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Had an excellent day out and both...
Jan's trip, Nov 2012
Cesky Krumlov Day Trip from Prague
Had an excellent day out and both guides were interesting with good English language skills.
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This tour is for those who want to...
Kathryn B, Feb 2013
Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague
This tour is for those who want to see another part of Czech Republic.
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Our guide was very knowledgeable...
Sandra R, Dec 2013
Full-Day Prague Tour with Vltava River Cruise, Prague Castle and Lunch
However, I would recommend that this be the FIRST tour that you take at the beginning of your trip here because the guide also pointed out many other places to see that were not included.
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This was a great tour and would highly...
Dennis M, Sep 2010
Cesky Krumlov Day Trip from Prague
This was a great tour and would highly recommend it to anyone going to see the Czech Republic.
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Very informative trip, but wrap...
Karl G, Feb 2009
Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague
Very informative trip, but wrap yourself warm up if you are thinking to go there during the winter months.
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Great Tour, Great Time in Cesky Krumlov
Randall_L, Aug 2020
Cesky Krumlov: Full day tour from Prague and back.
This was Filip’s first time back to the town since the lockdown and he was most eager to see what had changed.
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Amazing Food Tour!
Carolyn_B, Jul 2020
Prague Food Tour
What a wonderful way to see the city and taste local cuisine.
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Excellent customer service and fantastic trip
IanM_D, Mar 2020
MOST POPULAR: The Best of 2 Countries in 1 Day: Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland
Her English was excellent and her customer focus was fab.
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Great ride
Susan_S, Dec 2019
Private transfer in a Sanitized Car Prague to Vienna with 2h stop Cesky Krumlov
This was a great way to travel from Prague to Vienna, see some of the countryside, learn more about the Czech Republic from our native driver, Edgar, visit the Unesco site of Cesky Krumlov, have a wonderful lunch, and arrive with no hassle to Vienna for the rest of our winter vacation.
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Well Worth the time!
Ron_E, Oct 2019
Prague Wine Tasting and Countryside Small-Group Tour with Lunch
We were able to see areas of the Czech Republic that we would not have on our own, we tasted and learned about some really nice wines, we got a bit of history information included which was wonderful, and we had an exceptional lunch.
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I really enjoyed getting out of the...
Esmeralda_N, Jul 2016
Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Prague - Best Reviews
I really enjoyed getting out of the city to see the beautiful nature of the Czech Republic.
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Terezin Tour
Eileen_F, Oct 2019
Terezin Concentration Camp Day Tour from Prague
The camp is obviously a terrible place to visit.
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