Winter season has kicked in, and it is the perfect time to spend your upcoming Christmas in some of the best cities across Europe to enjoy the festive spirit. However, if you are fed up getting stuck in the flocks of tourists and craving something beyond the traditional European tour, book a guided tour to visit Czech Republic right away.
But how do you know what places to visit in Czech Republic? Are there any special things to see in Czech Republic? Don’t worry. Keep scrolling to have your questions answered.
Located ideally in central Europe, The Czech Republic offers not only average prices and low tourist demand but also various historic towns, stunning natural spaces, and majestic architecture that you can’t find in any other place. It’s no wonder why this country is always on top of the most ideal destinations for a European tour.
Below is our CabinZero’s list of the 16 most beautiful places to visit in Czech Republic. Make your pick, pack your stuff and start exploring this one-of-a-kind country now!
Prague is a place to go for any traveller who wants to visit Czech Republic and immerse themselves in the energetic atmosphere and vibrant culture while contemplating the stunning cathedrals and mediaeval architecture.
Not only does the capital of the Czech Republic have a centuries-long history with splendid architecture but it also plays an important role in the nation’s economy, culture, and politics.
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Kick off your visit to Prague with a step back in time in Vyšehrad, a historical fort which is believed to be the oldest seat of Czech royalty. This ancient site is home to the rare Romanesque-style Rotunda of St. Martin and the beautiful Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Prague Castle and its majestic appearance. Photo by Florian van Duyn on Unsplash.
Next, Prague Castle, proudly claimed to be the world’s largest ancient castle, is another place to put on your list of top choice sights. To reach this attraction, you need to pass through the 15th-century Charles Bridge. It connects Prague Castle with the Old Town and other surrounding areas. The stone arch bridge is a gateway to explore a variety of impressive establishments in the region.
You can also visit the Prague Dancing House to behold some of the most impressive architectural works in this magical city. Surrounded by classical architecture, Dancing House completely stands out with its dynamic and ultra-modern design.
Located along the crossing of the Vltava river, Český Krumlov is a Bohemian fairytale spot that every traveller should put on their wishlist when they visit Czech Republic. Although some may say this town of Český Krumlov is just a miniature version of Prague, we believe it has so much more to offer.
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There are plenty of stunning destinations to choose from, from beautiful 13th-century castles and buildings to famous museums with numerous collections of artefacts.
If you are an enthusiastic history buff, the St. Vitus Church and Schwarzenberg Palace are the go-to places when you want to contemplate the impressive Renaissance-era architecture.
For a unique adventure that embraces the thriving cultural life, you could plan a trip to the Regional Museum and the international art gallery Egon Schiele Art Centre. There you can find numerous collections of artworks concerning the area’s history.
Take advantage of delightful holiday events at Český Krumlov this winter by taking part in many fun activities and enjoying the vibrant culinary scene. During the season, visitors also get the chance to enjoy family-friendly events. For example, you can attend a chamber music festival and a river marathon.
Walking along the crooked cobblestone pathway with brightly-coloured stucco facades and twinkling lights as you shop for gifts is really an experience everyone should have on their travel bucket list. What’s better than spending time with your loved ones in the bustling holiday markets garlanded with brimming lights?
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Visitors could walk along the cobblestone streets of Český Krumlov to feel the festive spirit during the holiday season.
Among the best places to visit in Czech Republic, this city is well known for its various hot springs, which are believed to be the remedy for various ailments. Here in this spa town, visitors can find a wide range of opulent spas and baths, which use the mineral-laden water from the springs.
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Head for the tiny spa town in the hills of Western Bohemia to receive spa treatments and relax in the healing thermal waters from the springs. It’s also a good bet for any traveller who wants to immerse themselves in the Bohemian Czech culture.
If you want to enjoy the sweeping views of Karlovy Vary, check out the Diana Observation Tower, also known as the most famous spot for its ideal location to take in all the scenery.
You’re not really into walking up the hill? Don’t worry, they also have cable cars available. The two funiculars run every 15 minutes with a max capacity of 40 people. The ride is about 3 minutes long.
Next up is the Market Colonnade edifice with mineral water. In fact, it is home to five different thermal spring fountains and is composed of 124 Corinthian columns, two walkways, and a nave.
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Head to the renowned spa town Karlovy Vary for a soothing experience and relaxed atmosphere.
Are you hoping to take in the authentic Czech ambience at a place with less crowd? In that case, Brno, one of the most beautiful places in Czech Republic, should definitely be on your list.
Though incomparable to Prague in terms of tourist attractions, this town is still a lively place of innovation and creativity. Plus, it’s also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Brno is truly a hidden gem!
Pro tip: You can take the bus to travel between Prague and Brno. It’s only a two and half hour’s ride and most buses are equipped with leather seats, toilets, wifi and even free drinks.
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Start your journey at Brno with a short walk around the Špilberk Castle, which is just an hour’s drive from Northern Brno. Located on a steep hill, this castle used to be a jail for serious criminals and political prisoners throughout the Austro-Hungarian Era.
It was not until 1962 that Špilberk was added to the National Cultural Heritage list. This castle serves an amazing view of Brno, and be sure to attend the concerts, theatrical performances, and festivals with off exact prices that are often held there.
Brno's city centre is dominated by the towering Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, a great reference point for exploring the Old Town and its beautiful Gothic and early Baroque architecture.
The mighty facade of Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter & St. Paul. Photo by Michael Matloka on Unsplash.
There's just something magical about spending the holidays in Brno and exploring the rest of the South Moravian Region. These are ideal spots for travellers who are interested in hiking and biking trails
Brno is known as the biggest and most important wine region in the Czech Republic wine country. Thus, it’s a good chance to discover the wine-drinking culture of this beautiful region.
Kutna Hora is another popular choice for the best places to visit in Czech Republic. Proudly claimed as the "City of Silver," this once mediaeval silver mining town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and is truly a place to visit for any history buff.
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Apart from its historical significance, Kutna Hora is now home to some of the most well-preserved historical places across countries in Europe. Most visitors arriving in Kutna Hora are there to see the Sedlec Ossuary, a 15th-century chapel.
This chapel features a huge chandelier from the bones of over 40,000 people who perished during the Black Death and Hussite Wars. Though it can be slightly creepy for some, the Sedlec Ossuary is truly a must-see site for travellers.
If you’re interested in the history of the previously prosperous silver mining town, head down to the mediaeval mine or the museum to catch a glimpse of the pitmen’s life in the 17th through 19th centuries.
A slightly creepy yet remarkable tourist spot in Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora. Photo by Alexandr Voronsky on Unsplash.
Among the town’s many architectural delights, the Gothic-style St. Barbara's Church nearby is also worth a visit. Dating back to the end of the 14th century, this crown jewel of Kutna Hora is a unique spot with impressive facades, flying buttresses and a photogenic three-peaked roof.
Walking around this masterpiece doesn’t take all that long, but you’re sure to find yourself stopping every few steps being drawn by the impressive outward appearance of the church.
Pro tip: Head to St. Barbara's Church in the morning to avoid crowds
As the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic, the city of Pilsen in the West region is well-known for being the birthplace of Pilsner beer. However, rather than just beer, this vibrant business centre has so much more to offer as one of the best places to visit in Czech Republic. In fact, it presents rich history, beautiful scenery, fascinating architectural wonders and various exciting activities for visitors of all ages.
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If you have yet to decide which place to visit, The Renaissance St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, the Republic Square and the Town Hall are the top must-sees.
The Gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, established around 1295, is truly something to admire while visiting Pilsen. Another great place to visit in Plzen is the Tower of St. Bartholomew Cathedral. With a height of 102 metres (336 feet), it is the highest church tower in the Czech Republic.
Remember to visit the three golden fountains on Republic Main Square. They are bronze casting covered with about 720 grams (23.1 troy ounces) of gold plating, creating a distinct appearance.
These fountains represent greyhounds, angels and camels from the Pilsen Emblem. You can also check out the beautiful Pilsen Town Hall and the St. Mary's plague column in the northwest part of Republic Square.
Pilsen’s main market square with city hall, a popular tourist attraction. Photo by ArTo - stock.adobe.com
Curious about the history and the ingredients of the legendary Pilsner Urquell Brewery? In that case, you can partake in the Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour to understand why Pilsner Urquell beer is so unique and among the best things to see in Czech Republic. In fact, this famous golden drink is why some 750,000 tourists worldwide come here every year.
When it comes to the most beautiful cities to visit in Czech Republic, Olomouc is truly something to be appreciated. Though often shadowed by Prague and other popular cities, this Moravian city has quite a lot to offer and will be a pleasant travel experience when you plan to visit Czech Republic.
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While you are exploring Olomouc, keep a lookout for the 18th-century Baroque monument recognized by UNESCO - the Holy Trinity column. This tourist attraction is famous for its symbolic value and design, not to mention the chapel installed inside its base.
In addition to the Holy Trinity Column, the two town square with a multitude of lovely churches, town hall and the astronomical clock is truly a place to go. We also suggest you pay a visit to the prominent Saint Wenceslas Cathedral nearby and get to see all the baroque fountains dating back to the 15th century.
The uniqueness of this city also lies in its famous local specialities - the delicious perník (gingerbread) and tvarůžky(soft curd cheese).
Pro tip: You can pass the tvarůžky as its distinctive tangy taste and aroma may be a bit too strong for anyone unfamiliar with it.
The Holy Trinity Column is famous for its symbolic value and design. Photo by Leonhard Niederwimmer on Unsplash.
No list of the top Czech Republic places to visit would be complete without mentioning Ostrava, which was once an important mining city in the country. Book a ticket to this city immediately, and you will understand why Ostrava is regarded as one of the Czech Republic's hidden gems.
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One of the highlights when visiting Ostrava is Masaryk Square, a pedestrian area with many well-preserved central Ostrava's architectures. As you walk along Masaryk Square, you will get the chance to admire the charming and colourful turn of the 20th-century buildings.
In addition, winter holidays are often celebrated with gusto in Ostrava as its traditional Christmas markets overflow with mulled wine and shining lights around the square.
Festive history buffs might want to go further and spend Christmas at the Silesian Ostrava Castle, which is the region's main historic landmark. The colourful 13th-century castle offers not only state-of-the-art exhibitions and tours but also cultural and social events to get a glimpse of Ostrava's history.
If you want the best view of the city, the New Town Hall on the left bank of the Ostravice Review is the place to go. Around 72 metres (236 feet) above ground level, it is the largest and tallest town hall in the Czech Republic.
The charming look of Ceske Budejovice when the night falls. Photo by Sergey Fedoskin - stock.adobe.com
Remember to include Ceske Budejovice in your checklist of the best cities to visit in Czech Republic. Located in the South Bohemian Region, this place features the famous Budweiser Budvar brewery and a variety of beautiful architecture and sights. During this season, Ceske Budejovice is an ideal escape for those looking to spend the holidays in a laid-back, less crowded tourist destination.
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Since Ceske Budejovice is famous for beer, one of the best things to do in Ceske Budejovice is to visit the local brewery to learn more about the iconic Czech drinks.
However, if you're not fond of beer, you can head down to the city's heart, Přemysl Otakar II. Square. Coming here, you get the chance to behold its impressive size as well as the beautiful and iconic Samson fountain from the early 18th century there.
In addition, most of the townhouses surrounding the square are a mix of Renaissance and Baroque styles. Yet, the building that will catch your attention right away is the town hall, one of the most beautiful buildings in the Czech Republic. Take a moment to admire the detailed architecture and statues allegories of the Town Hall building and you won't be disappointed.
If you have a chance to wander around the maze of winding streets within The Old Town of Ceske Budejovice, explore some of the real gems such as Krajinska and Panska.
Pro tip: Forget the map, just let your intuition take you!
Next up on our list of perfect places to visit in Czech Republic is the city of Mariánské Lázně, another beautiful spa town like Karlovy Vary. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2021, this Bohemian spa town has much more than just the waters or spa treatments: grand 19th-century hotels, arcades and parks.
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For a soothing way to celebrate the festive season, stop at the Singing Fountain on the other side of the valley of this famous spa. Here amid the embedded twinkling lights, this fountain puts on a wide range of lively and dramatic performances every two hours with the Main Colonnade as the backdrop.
If you're more of a nature lover, pay a visit to the Natural Park at the Prelát Spring. The park at Prelát Spring offers many activities such as picnics and barbecues for the whole family to enjoy. Children will especially love it here.
Not to be forgotten are the gorgeous Gardens and Main Colonnade. In fact, the curved Main Colonnade in Mariánské Lázně is one of the most instantly recognisable symbols of the town.
Built between 1888 and 1889, it is a classic piece of spa architecture in Art Nouveau and Baroque styles. The ceiling is decorated beautifully with frescoes on the theme of a man desiring to fly.
The magnificent Colonnade is a must-see in Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic. Photo by Fokussiert - stock.adobe.com
Although not as famous as Prague or any other tourist attractions, Liberec is actually the fifth biggest city in the Czech Republic. It is only a one-hour drive away from the north of Prague. Liberec is a very ideal place for summer and spring vacation as outdoor adventures are almost endless, yet the winter season elevates it to an unmissable destination for snow sports lovers.
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One of the iconic things to do while you're in Liberec is to visit Ještěd, the highest mountain peak of the Ještěd–Kozákov Ridge near Liberec. With a light dusting of snow under blue skies, this mountain looks so ever atmospheric.
Check out the Jizera Mountains or the nearby popular ski resorts for a whole family getaway. The views there are breathtaking and you will get to overlook the city of Liberec. So do yourself a favour and book a ticket to these spots the next time you visit Czech Republic.
If you're looking to add some authentic European feel to your itinerary, the local museums such as the North Bohemian Museum and the interactive iQPARK are also worth visiting.
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Viewing the sunset in all its glory from the top of Ještěd is a must when you visit Czech Republic.
During the 14th century, Telc city was a transport and trading spot for other regions. With its Italian Renaissance-style architecture, this city is undoubtedly one of the best places to go in the Czech Republic.
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If you are a big fan of Italian Renaissance architecture, kick off your journey to Telc with a visit to the Telč château and enjoy the beauty of the chateau. As you wander around, you may get to see the brightly-coloured Baroque and Renaissance houses, as well as the crystal-clear fish ponds in its UNESCO World Heritage Site town square.
But that’s not all, visitors can also get to the back of the square and visit the nearby Holy Ghost Church for incredible views over the fairytale rooftops. There's also a local history museum and a great chapel within the palace grounds for visitors to have some picturesque moments.
Visitors wander on the beautiful streets of Telč. Image by Filip Urban from Unsplash.
Bohemian Switzerland National Park
The mesmerising view of Bohemian Switzerland National Park from above. Photo by Jan Zikán on Unsplash.
Another place to put on your list of the best places to visit in Czech Republic is Bohemian Switzerland National Park. Only a two hours drive away from the country’s capital, the beauty of this famous park is breathtaking, along with a multitude of viewpoints for those who opt for some perfect picturesque moments.
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One must-have experience when you're heading for Bohemian Switzerland National Park is to hike and climb your way through the lovely pine forest to Pravčická brána. It is also known as Europe's largest natural sandstone arch with a height of 16 metres (52 feet) and a width of almost 27 metres (89 feet).
Another worth-visiting attraction in Bohemian Switzerland National Park is the Kamenice River's gorges. So, take a boat cruise down or up the river to enjoy the enchanting view of freshly green walls and dripping crystal water on the rocks. For couples or newlyweds looking for hidden romantic spots with a unique atmosphere, Dolsky Mlyn is the place to be.
Another picturesque charming town with unique culture and history is the town of Trebic. With splendid cultural sights, it is well-known for being one of the most beautiful villages in Czech Republic. And if you want to have a glimpse of the Jewish culture, Trebic also offers various guided tours to one of the most preserved Jewish quarters throughout Europe.
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A Memorial Hall in the Jewish quarter to honour Antonín Kalina who saved at least 900 Jewish children in WWII.
Every year, thousands of visitors come to Trebic to visit the Jewish quarter, one of the top things to see in Czech Republic. On the narrow and crooked streets are 123 preserved houses with similar colour and architecture, some of which serve as museums, so you can have a look into the Jewish families' life in the past.
A visit to St. Procopius Basilica is also an excellent idea. Located on the hill just outside the Jewish district, this is another UNESCO site in the small town of Trebic. St. Procopius Basilica was built in the 13th century and is famous for its unique blend of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles.
If your idea of a winter vacation means a peaceful atmosphere with a less bursting crowd of visitors, consider visiting Holasovice. Though you may have never heard of it, Holasovice is actually recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also a place to nourish both body and mind.
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To be honest, there are not that many things to do in Holasovice. So if you visit Czech Republic, you should book only a day trip to this city.
If you're looking to learn more about the history of Holasovice, the Tourist Information Centre with its impressive ethnographic exhibition would be a perfect choice.
However, do note that the information centre is open from Tuesday to Saturday (9 AM – 5 PM) in the high season. If you are visiting this place between November and March, the centre is likely closed.
You can rent a bike here and drive around to bask in the peaceful atmosphere of a small town while exploring its surroundings or chasing the superb views of the wonderful countryside settings.
The perfectly preserved village of Holašovice from afar. Image from holasovice.eu
Last but not least in our recommendations for you travellers is the small, quiet town of Litomysl. Only a couple of hours away from Prague, yet few people have heard of it when they visit Czech Republic. Litomysl is a city in Pardubice Region with an almost untouched historical centre and many fascinating tourist attractions.
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Some of the main attractions in Litomysl include the Litomysl Castle complex, a wine vault in Litomysl Castle Cellars, and a stunning Smetana Square. The Litomyšl castle is well known not only for being the birthplace and childhood residence of music composer Bedřich Smetana but also for the World Heritage status given thanks to its preserved Baroque theatrettes. Buy a ticket to tour the interior and we guarantee you won’t regret it.
Another highlight in the town is the Portmoneum – Museum of Josef Vachal. This is the ideal home for any art lover as the museum overflows with richly painted artworks that cover walls, floors, ceilings and furniture in a completely immersive and mesmerising style.
And the interesting thing here is that the publisher and homeowner Josef Portman actually gave a commission to his artist friend Josef Váchal to paint all those images as a remedy for his nightmares.
The heart of the town, Smetana Square is also a place worth visiting. Although it's a shame that visitors don’t get to see the original mediaeval buildings, some of their remaining Gothic foundations and colourful arcade-fronted houses will surely give you the perfect travel experience.
Litomysl Castle is a great place to visit at any time of year. Image from Pixabay.
Christmas is just around the corner in Czech Republic, and there’s something special about visiting this place during the “most beautiful time of the year.” Now that you know which places to visit in Czech Republic, you can get to experience its combination of majestic landscapes and splendid historic architectural wonders while immersing yourself in the festive spirit.