The 10 most beautiful cities of the Czech Republic

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Peacefully born in 1993 from the division of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic is famous for its richly decorated castles, local beers and spa resorts. In addition to the capital Prague, which is certainly an essential stop, the country hosts many others enchanting places to discover, outside the capital and in the surrounding countryside. This is indeed a beautiful nation that boasts an incredible natural and cultural heritage. Wherever you will find afairytale atmosphere.

Here are the 10 most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic.



Index

  1. Trebic
  2. Karlstejn
  3. Marianske Lazne
  4. Telc
  5. Olomouc
  6. Czech Budejovice
  7. Brno
  8. Kutna Hora
  9. Cesky Krumlov
  10. Prague
  11. User questions and comments

10 - Třebíč

City famous for its ghetto, the Jewish quarter among the largest in Europe preserved until today. The complex, due to its cultural and historical importance, was inscribed, together with the Basilica of San Procopio, in the List of UNESCO World Heritage Site, as the first autonomous Jewish monument outside the territory of Israel.

For hundreds of years, generations of Christians and Jews lived side by side in Třebíč and gave birth to the ghetto. Its development began in the twelfth century and, to this day, it is preserved the incredible number of 123 houses built with different architectural styles. Two synagogues, a town hall, the rabbi's house and the poorhouse, a school and a hospital are also worth visiting. As is the peculiarity of ghettos, the entire district is characterized by very narrow alleys, public passages and verandas and one of the Europe's largest Jewish cemeteries.



  • Best time: from June to August, mild temperatures and low rainfall
  • Main attractions: Jewish quarter, Basilica of San Procopio, Piazza di Carlo
  • starting from € 239,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 33,00 per room -

9 - Karlstejn

Karlštejn is famous for its castle, which can also be visited easily from Prague, and among the Bohemian castles holds an exceptional place. Representative seat of the Roman emperor and Bohemian king Charles IV, it was founded as impregnable crown jewels guard castle, the relics of the saints and state documents. It is said that women were forbidden to enter, so that they would not distract the sovereign during his theological or political reflections.

The evocative arrangement of the individual buildings of the castle, from the village below to the emperor's palaces and the towers that rise majestically above them, strikes the visitor for its ingenuity.
The paintings of the Master Theodoric are kept in the chapel of the Holy Cross.

  • Best time: from June to August for the mild and pleasant climate
  • Main attractions: castle, Velká Amerika gorge / lake, St. Palmatius church, Bubovické waterfalls, Koněprusy caves
  • starting from € 53,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 39,00 per room -

8 - Marianske Lazne

Splendid thermal buildings, hundreds of mineral springs, elegant colonnades, including the neo-baroque cast iron loggia from the end of the th century, the theater, the Civic Museum, memorials and monuments, the panoramic tower, the singing fountain and the salt cave ... All this is Mariánské Lázně, the pearl of Western Bohemia, easily visited from Prague. Not by chance considered among the most beautiful garden cities in Europe. The lavish houses alternate with flower parks where, sitting on the benches, spa guests relax while sipping the infamous healing springs.

Already known in the past throughout Europe as a spa destination for the elites, today it is possible to enjoy the same treatments carried out by kings and emperors of that period. The baths of Mariánské Lázně were visited by figures such as Chopin, Strauss, Goethe, Kafka, Freud, Kipling, Edison, Twain and the King of England Edward VII.



  • Best time: from May to September the climate is pleasant and not very rainy. In August there is the Fryderyk Chopin International Festival presented by the Mariánské Lázně Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Main attractions: miniature park, singing fountain, Lázenská cast iron colonnade, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church
  • starting from € 53,00-
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -

7 - Telc

One of the most romantic places in the Czech Republic is the square of Telč. With the pediments of the houses with colorful facades and the beautiful arcades that house typical shops and cafes, it represents one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Built around its original Gothic castle, converted into a Renaissance residence, Telč represents one of the jewels of Renaissance architecture in Moravia, which earned it UNESCO Heritage status.

In Telč you can admire houses one more beautiful than the other. And this thanks to the competitiveness among its inhabitants who, with the splendor and grandeur of the gables of their homes, wanted to demonstrate their wealth and belonging to a social class. Telč is one fairytale city. Its square, with the palace and the lakes that enclose the village in a single embrace, seems to come from the pages of a book by Hans Christian Andersen.


  • Best time: midsummer due to pleasant temperatures
  • Main attractions: Castle, Hradec Zacharias Square, Oslednice Panoramic Terrace, Ulický Pond
  • starting from € 239,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 34,00 per room -

6 - Olomouc

Modern Moravian town known as one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic, it boasts the largest and best preserved historical center outside of Prague. It boasts extraordinary monuments among which the Holy Trinity Column (UNESCO monument), the Cathedral of St. Wenceslas with its three bell towers, the imposing Castle it's a astronomic watch, alter ego of the much better known one in Prague.

Olomouc is a city with one rich history behind it, starting from the settlement of the Romans (according to some it was founded by Julius Caesar) up to the brief parenthesis as the capital of Moravia, which was followed by the occupation of Swedish troops during the Thirty Years' War, to then become the seat in 1777 of the metropolitan archbishopric of the region. Today it is one campus where you can breathe a cosmopolitan and, at the same time, lively atmosphere.


  • Best time: from June to September is the hottest and driest period. In April, the festival dedicated to the typical specialty of the Haná region is held: Olomouc cheeses. In December, one of the best Advent markets is set up
  • Main attractions: St. Wenceslas Cathedral, Upper Square, Holy Trinity Column, Astronomical Clock, Zoo
  • starting from € 185,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 29,00 per room -

5 - České Budějovice

Capital of southern Bohemia overlooking the Vltava, České Budějovice offers a varied mosaic of attractions. A city that has preserved its historical aspect over the centuries but which, at the same time, is a modern regional capital, also easily visited from Prague.

The symbol of České Budějovice is the Black Tower, on which you can climb to the top and which had to demonstrate its wealth. One of the many legends that hover around the tower, tells that a skeleton was sitting on the bell called Bumerin who "rang dead" instead of the prisoner who did not want to climb to the top of the tower every time the bell had to be rung. In addition to the canonical tour among the elegant bourgeois houses that surround one of the largest European squares, it is possible to follow the route of the first horse-drawn railway on the European continent, taste the famous South Bohemian carp washed down with the excellent beer of the Budvar brewery, which has been prepared for 700 years following the original recipe.

  • Best time: from June to August when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is scarce
  • Main attractions: Cathedral, Dominican Monastery, Black Tower, Přemysla Otakara II Square, Samson Fountain
  • starting from € 53,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -

4 - Brno

Gateway to Moravia, Brno is one modern metropolis with ancient origins, full of palaces, legends and curiosities. The second largest city in the Czech Republic after Prague, a walking tour of the historic center is ideal for appreciating a charming city that boasts two town halls, a wacky triangular-shaped square, a legendary dragon and a clock that strikes noon at eleven!

The oldest and most well-known building in Brno is the Old Town Hall where the symbols of the city can be recognized: the chariot wheel and dragon. The New Town Hall, not far away, is a former monastery which was renovated in the sixteenth century by two Italian architects. Definitely characteristic is the Sauerkraut Market, a lively fruit and vegetable market that takes place every morning in Zelný trh square. The city is known for the fort industrial tradition, but also boasts a respectable artistic history; it is enough to remember that in one of his theaters a Mozart played while still a child, and here every year the International Folklore Festival.

  • Best time: from May to September, the hottest months. In mid-March, the international Jazz Fest Brno starts and lasts until June. One weekend in April there is the Open House Festival: about twenty places, in the center and outside the city, are accessible for free. In December, one of the most renowned Christmas markets is set up
  • Main attractions: Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Old Town Hall, Moravian Karst, Spielberg Fortress, Villa Tugendhat
  • starting from € 239,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 31,00 per room -

3 - Kutna Hora

Capital of the homonymous district of central Bohemia, it is still little known, but it is one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic for the history and the charm of its monuments that have earned it a place among the Unesco World Heritage Sites. It is one of the most popular destinations as a tour from Prague.

Situated in the valley of the Vrchlice river, Kutnà Hora, in the th century was famous for its monastery; between the XIV and the beginning of the XVI century it experienced a flowering due to thesilver mining industry (in the Osel mine), thus becoming not only the second most important city of the kingdom of Bohemia after Prague, but also one of the richest cities in Europe. There are many places to visit. It preserves important late-Gothic architectural remains from the Jagiellonian era. Do not miss the Ossuary, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Sedlec and the Church of Santa Barbara.

  • Best time: spring and summer for the mild and pleasant climate. In June, the historical festival called Royal Silvering (Kràlovskè stribreni) takes place during which the entire city center is transported to the late Middle Ages
  • Main attractions: Sedlec ossuary, Cathedral of Santa Barbara, Italian Court, Church of Our Lady of Sedlec
  • starting from € 63,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 43,00 per room -

2 - Cesky Krumlov

Town of just over 13.000 South Bohemian inhabitants, Český Krumlov is known for its architectural heritage; in particular for the beautiful old town to visit on foot with a guide (with 300 buildings of valuable artistic interest) and the imposing castle (the second largest monumental complex in the Czech Republic, after that of Prague), which have earned it the title of Unesco World Heritage Site in 1992.

Český Krumlov is not just history; it is also an extremely city lively from a cultural point of view. The dominant city, in this regard, is the Egon Schiele Art Centrum, a gallery of world value where, in addition to the permanent exhibition on Schiele's life, exhibitions on classical and contemporary figurative art are regularly set up. Visitors have to choose from the International Art Gallery, 7 museums, 4 galleries, numerous local craft shops, 4 music festivals, a theater festival and a revolving audience.

  • Best time: spring and summer for the pleasant climate. At the end of June there is the Five Petal Rose Festival, dedicated to the late Renaissance, the period of greatest development of the city
  • Main attractions: Castle, Church of San Vito, Synagogue, Egon Schiele Art Gallery
  • starting from € 53,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 36,00 per room -

1 - Prague

For twenty years now, after the Velvet Revolution unveiled the magical beauty of Prague, the City of 100 towers, it has become one of the most popular destinations and requests from tourists, Italians in the first place. The capital of the Czech Republic attracts a little everyone: from traditional families but also, and above all, from young people, both romantic couples but also groups of friends who fly to Prague for a weekend.

There are so many attractions to see in Prague, they should be considered at least 3/4 days. From the castle that dominates it from above to the astronomical clock that has become its symbol, from the ancient district of Mala Strana to the touching Jewish ghetto. And, if after a lot of walking, you get hungry, everywhere you will find the tasty Prague ham washed down with lots of good beer. This city is charming in every season. Spring and summer are certainly preferable for pleasant temperatures and flower parks; however, numerous daring ones, braving the harsh temperatures, reach it even in the middle of winter to enjoy a Christmas atmosphere that is unmatched.

  • Best time: late spring and summer due to the mild climate. In December, one of the best Advent markets is set up
  • Main attractions: Castle, Mala Strana, Clock Tower, Charles Bridge, Josefov (Jewish quarter)
  • starting from € 53,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 22,00 per room -

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