Czech Republic Travel Guide: Best Places to visit Czech Republic Travel Guide: Best Places to visit

Czech Republic Travel Guide: Best Places to visit

The Czech Republic is home to majestic castles, medieval towns, and cinematic landscapes. We promise this is a country that will surprise you! The capital city, Prague, is world-famous, but even better is renting a car and discovering beautiful spa towns, fairytale villages, winding rivers, and fascinating culture! Plan your route around the Czech Republic with our 2-week itinerary.

Czech Republic Travel Itinerary

Get ready for an epic Czech Republic road trip! The loop starts and ends in the capital city of Prague and covers a perfect mixture of big cities, charming towns, and beautiful nature.

Day 1-3: Prague

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic, attracting millions of tourists from all over the world each year. Its popularity is no surprise, with its extraordinary skyline of thousands of spires and ancient buildings.

Prague City Trip Things to do Czech Republic

Not only this, but it’s home to one of the largest castles in the world! Spend a few days here absorbing the beauty of this gothic city.

Tip: Use ‘Lime’ electric scooters to get around the city. It’s fun and affordable! 

prague city trip guide

Where to Stay in Prague

Prague offers accommodation for every kind of budget, with the best area being Prague 1

Day 4-5: Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is a stunning spa city that is home to hot mineral springs, beautiful collonades, and extraordinary mansions. It even has a spectacular cinematic history, being the setting for movies like ‘James Bond’. Enjoy wandering through timeless and romantic Karlovy Vary!

Things to do Karlovy Vary Church St Peter and Paul

Prague to Karlovy Vary: If you have a rental car, you can drive to Karlovy Vary from Prague in around 2 hours. There are also regular buses and trains leaving throughout the day. (Find all bus and train options here)

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Czech Republic Travel Guide: Best Places to visit

On your road trip from Prague to Karlovy Vary, make stops at the Czech Grand Canyon (Quarry Great America) and the impressive Karlštejn Castle.

Where to Stay in Karlovy Vary

There are numerous hotels with spas to pick from in Karlovy Vary. After a full day of sightseeing, relax and unwind before continuing on your journey through the Czech Republic.

Day 6-7: Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov is a town out of a fairytale, sat on the bend of a winding river, with medieval cobbled streets and a ‘Disney style’ castle. It even has UNESCO status as a result of its incredible preservation of 14th-century buildings.

Things to do Cesky Krumlov Guide czech republic

Once you’ve finished with all the beautiful architecture and history, enjoy some kayaking on the mammoth river Vlatava. This might easily become a favorite during your Czech Republic Route.

cesky krumlov czech republic

Karlovy Vary to Cesky Krumlov: Reach Cesky Krumlov from Karlovy Vary in 3.5 hours of driving (rent a car). Public transport generally goes back via Prague, where you can catch a direct bus or train to Cesky Krumlov in 3 hours.

Where to Stay in Cesky Krumlov

Because of how ancient Cesky Krumlov is, most places to stay look like something from a storybook. It has a very ‘home away from home’ feel!

Day 8: Hluboka Castle

The Czech Republic is home to thousands of castles, and Hluboka Castle is one of the country’s prettiest. On your journey from Cesky Krumlov, make a stop here to wander around the grounds in your very own Czech fairytale. The castle is picturesque from any angle, at any time of day, or in any season, but it would be extra breathtaking during a snowy Czech Republic winter!

Hluboká Castle czech republi


After visiting the castle, break up your journey to Brno by staying the night in Telč. This is a UNESCO heritage town with one of the most stunning town squares in the Czech Republic! Absorb the atmosphere of the town at night and see the grand candy-colored mansions by day. There is even a town castle to visit!

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Day 9-10: Brno

Brno is the biggest surprise in the Czech Republic. It’s a young and vibrant city because of its student population. It’s most famous for the cutting-edge architecture of Villa Tugendhat, but it’s also home to a historic castle and cathedral.

brno czech republic

Make sure to check out whatever pop-up event is happening in the main square. When we were there, for example, it was a summer wine festival!

things to do brno Cathedral St Peter Paul

Where to Stay in Brno

There’s a variety of accommodations for all budgets in Brno. However, try to choose one in the old town, so you can be close to all the main sights.

Day 11-12: Litomyšl

Spend the night in Litomyšl, located to the east of Prague and home to a huge white brick Renaissance castle. The castle was given UNESCO Heritage status, which is no surprise when you see its stunning arches, collonades, and interior courtyards. The town is also charming, with grand townhouses and wide-open avenues.

Brno to Litomyšl: 1.5 hours by car or train to Ceska Trebova (1 hour), followed by a 20-minute taxi. We highly recommend a car for this part of the road trip in order to make stops at the spots below.

Pernstejn Castle

Another stunning Czech castle, but different from the other grand castles seen so far. This one sits above the town on a steep rock that makes it look as if the castle is leaning. Its history is well preserved; it really does feel like a time capsule to the past.

Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk

This is one of the most breathtaking monuments on offer in the Czech Republic! The UNESCO church sits in the middle of the countryside, guarded by star-shaped walls. The real magic of the site is seen from above, where you can see the fantastic symmetry of the star shape that surrounds the church.

 czech republic Pilgrimage Church St John Nepomuk

Day 13: Adrspach-Teplice rocks

The labyrinth of rocks at Adrspach-Teplice Natural Park is a natural phenomenon and a place you have to see during your Czech Republic road trip!

National Park Czech Republic

What is Adrspach?

Over time, the weather eroded the rocks to form them into this unique shape. Take the lake trail loop to see the stunning emerald waters against the forest backdrop. Alternatively, take the 7km main trail loop to see all of the natural sights in this beautiful corner of the Czech Republic.

Tip: If you want to visit for more than a day, you can stay the night in the nearby city of Trutnov (50-minute train ride). Another option is to visit the Polish city of Wroclaw, as the country’s border is very near.

Litomysl to Adrspach-Teplice Rocks: just over 2 hours driving or 4.5-hour train (with several changes).

must do czech republic Adrspach Teplice Rocks

Day 14: Ending your Czech Route

Unfortunately, this is the final day of your Czech Republic road trip. It’s a short 2.5-hour journey back to Prague by car. If you would like to visit more spots on your way back, consider visiting Valdštejn Castle or the Royal Forest Dam.

Budget for the Czech Republic

Generally, traveling in the Czech Republic (especially at lesser-known destinations) is fairly reasonable and can be done for around 50-100 USD per day. 

Costs of Traveling in Czech Republic

Travel on a budget in Czech Republic, from $370 − $400 USD weekly per person, mid-range $810 − $1250 USD, and high-end from $1190 − $1570 USD. However, costs depend on factors like accommodation, transportation, and activities. We did not include flights. Check flight prices here

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How to Get Around the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is absolutely perfect for a road trip, so we recommend renting a car! This is the best way to get off the beaten path and visit destinations like Adrspach-Teplice Park or Hbluboka Castle.

However, if you prefer not to drive, the Czech Republic has a good railway and bus network, especially between the main cities like Prague and Brno.

czech republic transport

Best Time to Travel

The best time to do a Czech Republic road trip is from April to October. To avoid the crowds, visit either in spring from mid-March to mid-May or in the fall (September to mid-November).


Czech Republic in Winter

The Czech Republic is famous worldwide for its spectacular Christmas markets and festive atmosphere. Because of this, and the chance of snow, December is a beautiful time to visit the country. However, temperatures can be freezing, and prices will be higher than normal due to the popularity of this travel season.

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