Beyond Prague

Thinking of heading to the Czech Republic? Explore beyond Prague and you’ll be treated to a whole world of undiscovered gems. The magic of the Czech Republic doesn’t start and end in its capital, so why stop there when it comes to exploring?
Prague may be the capital city that sits at the heart of the Czech Republic, but there’s so much more to this captivating country to explore. Away from the hustle and bustle of the capital, you can uncover traditional towns, striking architecture and sweeping landscapes, all with the promise of fewer crowds - what’s not to like? 
 
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to branching out from Prague, let’s being with the Central Bohemian region. It completely encompasses the capital and stretches around a 40-mile radius, giving you plenty to get cracking with! Ready to get more out of your Czech Republic trip? Here are the top things to do in Central Bohemia:

1. Karlštejn Castle 

Less than one hour on the train from Prague lies one of the most visited sights in the country – the majestic Karlštejn Castle. It was built in 1348 on the orders of Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, as a stronghold for the crown jewels and royal treasures. As you approach this magical spot, little can prepare you for the totally enchanting, fairytale-like view of the castle surrounded by verdant forests and vineyards! Once inside, you can admire 129 board paintings by Master Theodoricus in the Chapel of the Holy Cross or the glittering replica crown jewels. 

2. Rock formations in Bohemian Paradise 

Ready to experience some out-of-this-world natural beauty? Paradise by name and certainly paradise by nature, Bohemian Paradise is one that you can’t miss out on. It’s only around an hour’s drive from the city, and it’s the perfect opportunity to experience the Czech Republic’s great outdoors! Unusually shaped sandstone rocks tower high above the trees that have been battered and shaped by dramatic weather over thousands of years. Hidden among the trees, you’ll also find the remains of a medieval castle carved into the rockface. There are plenty of routes that vary in length and difficulty, so it’s a great spot for walking and hiking. 

3. Kutná Hora  

This UNESCO-listed city is a real sight to behold, where you’ll stumble upon late Gothic architecture that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. It sits around 50 miles to the east of Prague and hourly trains run here from the main train station. Once you arrive, you’ll immediately be taken aback by the splendour of St. Barbara’s Church. Three striking spires dominate the roof while intricate flying buttresses encircle the walls. These unique features make it the city’s most recognizable landmark. While you’re here, don’t miss the Czech Museum of Silver – you can pick up a lamp, helmet and mining kirtle with hood and venture through a 250m-long underground mine! 

4. Monínec 

Travel south for around an hour and you’ll reach the popular ski resort of Monínec. On the very edge of the Central Bohemian region, around an hour from the capital, it’s the ideal place if you’re looking for active days on the slopes. The best bit? Monínec uses state-of-the-art Snowfactory technology, so even at higher temperatures, soft white snow can still be produced! 

5. Křivoklát Castle 

Want to transport yourself to a fairytale-like wonderland? This magical setting surrounded by forests feels like a film set. So much so that its walls and courtyards have actually been used as the backdrop to many blockbuster films, including The Brothers Grimm, and Wanted starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy. Step inside a late Gothic chapel, peep through the doors of a medieval prison or peruse more than 50,000 books in the library. 
 
Intrigued by what you might find outside the capital?


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