Prague is not only a great city, it also has wonderful surroundings to explore in a day.
Thanks to its strategic position and efficient public transport, it offers tourists the opportunity to discover castles, towns and wineries that are nearby. Here are some excursions and tours that we suggest you do.
- Karlstejn Castle
- Terezin concentration camp
- Kutna Hora
- Pilsen and Pilsner Urquell Factory
- Melnik Castle and Cellars
- Cesky Krumlov
- User questions and comments
1 - Karlstejn Castle
The Czech Republic is famous for its castles and one of them, just 29 km from Prague, is the Karlstein Castle.
Built in 1348 at the behest of Charles IV, it still retains its imposing and austere appearance full of history and thanks to its position on top of a hill it offers visitors a breathtaking view.
Inside you can admire real treasures although the rooms seem, at first glance, bare.
- Range: 29,4 km
- The cheapest way is the regional train which leaves every day more or less every hour from Prague's central station "Hlavni Nadrazi". The journey takes about 40 minutes and you get off at Karlstejn station which is a 35-minute walk from the Castle. This can be reached on foot or by horse-drawn carriages which lead up to the entrance. Alternatively, you can take part in organized tours that depart from Prague.
- closed in December and January, except for the two weeks from December 26th to January 6th which opens from Tuesday to Sunday (10: 00-12: 00, 13:00 -15: 00). In February and November it is open only on Saturday and Sunday 10: 00-12: 00, 13:00 -15: 00; from March to June and September Tue-Sun 9: 00-12: 00, 13: 00-17: 00. July and August every day of the week 09: 00- 12:00 and 12.30-18.00.
- the ticket includes the guide (visits are possible only if accompanied) and is diversified according to the tour in which you take part (4 possible itineraries) and goes from a minimum of 170 CZK (about € 6,00) to a maximum of 240 CZK (€ 9,00 approximately). Organized tours, on the other hand, cost around € 42,00.
- From Prague: Half-day tour to Karlstejn Castle
2 - Terezin concentration camp
The town of Terezin 60 km from Prague is unfortunately known for the concentration camp dating back to the Nazi period where about 15.000 children lost their lives.
For other people this place was the last stop before deportation to Auschwitz, Treblinka or Sabibor.
Located in the peaceful Bohemian countryside in this place you can still see the concentration camp, the Gestapo prison and the former ghetto and reflect on the atrocities committed.
- Range: 60,3 km
- It is possible to take part in 5-hour organized tours departing from Prague. Alternatively, the concentration camp can be reached by buses departing from the Holesovice station in Prague and taking visitors, in about 1 hour, in front of the small fortress of Terezin.
- From November to March, every day from 8:00 to 16:00; from April to October, 8: 00-18: 00. The times, however, vary according to the areas of the field and it is advisable to consult the times on the official website.
- Adult admission 215 CZK (approximately € 7,50); students and under 18s 50CZK (€ 2,00 approximately).
Organized tours, on the other hand, cost approximately € 34,00.
- Terezín Concentration Camp Tour from Prague
3 - Kutna Hora
This town about 68 km from Prague, is located in the Central Bohemia region and is a very interesting place.
Among the things to visit are the "Kostnice" ossuary inside the chapel of the Church of All Saints; the center with a beautiful square, the "Italian Court", the real economic center of Kutna Hora and the Cathedral of Santa Barbara, one of the most famous Gothic churches in Europe.
Finally you can discover the silver mines which made the town famous.
- Range: 68,4 km
- You can arrive with organized tours that depart from Prague or if you want to save money you can reach the town by train from the central station of Prague Hlavní Nádrazi which takes 50 minutes.
- tours lasting 5 hours usually depart in the morning and return in the afternoon after lunch. For those who move independently, trains are available every hour.
- Organized tours cost around € 50,00, while the return train ticket is 188 CZK, around € 7,35.
- Tour to Kutná Hora from Prague
4 - Pilsen and the Pilsner Urquell Factory
Pilsen is a small town in western Bohemia most famous for its Pilsner Urquell beer, low in alcohol and very hoppy.
Here it is one of the most famous national breweries which dates back to 1839 and can be visited with a tour to discover the evolution of this drink and the production techniques from the selection of ingredients to fermentation in cask to get to bottling.
The visit ends with the tasting of the beer poured into the mug directly from the oak barrels.
- Range: 94,1 km
- train from Prague central station that connects the two cities in just over an hour or with private organized tours
- Tours run at different times in 5 languages (Czech, English, Italian, German and Russian) and last 1,5 hours each.
From April to June the visits are Mon-Sat from 8:00 to 18:00; July and August Mon-Sat 8: 00-19: 00; September Mon-Sat from 8:00 to 18:00; from October to March from 8:00 to 17:00.
The organized tours that depart from Prague last 9 hours with departure early in the morning and return to the city in the late afternoon and also include a visit to a crystal shop.
- entrance and guided tour of the brewery 250 CZK (€ 10,00) approximately, while the organized tours departing from Prague cost approximately € 90,00 and also include a visit to the crystal glassworks - Book Online
- Tour of the Nizbor Brewery and Glassworks
5 - Melnik Castle and Cellars
This town is located about 36 km from Prague in the heart of the Bohemian wine area.
The old town of Melnik attracts many visitors every year due to the presence of numerous wine bars and interesting historical monuments.
Don't miss the castle where it is possible to walk in the parts once inhabited and follow a guided tour that leads to the cellars dating back to the fourteenth century where both red and white wines are produced.
At the end of the visit it is also possible to take part in tastings, an excellent opportunity to taste dry and full-bodied but very fruity wines.
- Range: 36,3 km
- you can take part in the private tours that depart from Prague or independently with the buses that depart from the station of Holesovice in the Czech capital and take 1 hour (cost 50 CZK, about € 2,00)
- the castle with the possibility of tasting the wines produced is open every day from 9:30 to 18:00 from April to October; from November to March from 9:30 to 16:30
- the private tour lasting 8 hours has an approximate cost of € 80,00. Those who reach the castle on their own will pay the entrance with tasting 220 Czk, approximately € 9,00
- Tour from Prague: visit of Melnik Castle with wine tasting
6 - Cesky Krumlov
This town inhabited by about 13.000 people it is considered a pearl of Bohemia and is well known for its artistic and architectural heritage that characterize the historic center in particular.
Cesky Krumlov dates back to the end of the 1th century and is well worth a visit on a full-day excursion from Prague.
To see the great Castle located right in the center of the town which includes 40 buildings, 5 courtyards and a garden; the Gothic-style Church of San Vito, the Romantic Art Nouveau Synagogue and the Egon Schiele Art Gallery.
- Range: 165 km
- it is located in the South Bohemian region, near the border with Austria and 165 km from Prague.
It can be reached in 2 hours by car following the E30 and E50 southbound. Or you can take part in a 55 day tour departing from Prague
- The Castle is open from April to October Tue-Sun 9: 00-17: 00
The Museum all year round, every day from 10 am to 00 pm.
Organized excursions leave Prague early in the morning and return in the evening.
- Entrance to the castle costs 33 CZK (€ 1,20) and the museum 200 CZK (€ 7,80). The organized tours instead start at around € 90,00 with hotel pickup - book online
- From Prague: Ceský Krumlov full-day tour with lunch
7 - Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary is one of the most elegant spa towns in Europe positioned in the center of a wooded valley and characterized by opulent houses and extraordinary architecture.
If once it was chosen by aristocrats and famous men who found a place to relax here, today it is still the number one for those looking for excellent spa treatments in an elegant setting.
Those who decide to pay a visit to this town will not be able to miss Mynska Kolonada, the neoclassical-style spa, now home to concerts, but also the historic center with a beautiful square, numerous shops, the ruins of the tower.
- Range: 126 km
- it is 126 km from Prague and can be reached in 2 hours by car following the R6 / E48.
From the capital of the Czech Republic there are also cheap and fast buses that take 3 hours or you can join an organized tour
- Organized tours last all day and usually depart from Prague in the morning at 7:00 and return at 20:00
- The cost of an organized tour is € 70,00 including lunch - book online
- 1 day tour to Karlovy Vary from Prague with lunch
8 - Brno
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, after Prague it is worth visiting its well-kept historic center embellished with prestigious buildings.
Do not miss Svobody Square and Vitezstvi Street, the wide pedestrian streets, the Church of San Giovanni with a beautiful Baroque facade, the famous astronomical clock and the market square with the Fountain of Hercules in the center.
Not only that, above the city it dominates Spilberk Castle known for hosting one of the most terrible prisons inside.
- Range: 214 km
- it is 214 km from Prague and can be reached by car following the E50 southbound or by train from the Budapest Nyugati station in Prague (time 2 hours and 30)
- Brno Castle is open April-September Mon-Sun 9: 00-17: 00; October-March Tue-Sun 9: 00-17: 00
- The cost of the entrance to the castle is 90 CZK, € 3,50, the city tours of Brno cost around € 26,00 - book online
- Brno: walking tour in the historic city center