In 2018, I was lucky enough to visit the Czech Republic – also known as Czechia. I had such an amazing time that I think the Czech Republic is one of my favourite countries! I want you to enjoy it just as much as I have, so here’s my list of the best things to do in the Czech Republic!
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Why is the Czech Republic also called Czechia?
So first, let’s get the first question out of our minds – why is the Czech Republic also called Czechia? Basically, it’s to make things shorter and simpler. It was decided in 2016 that Czechia will be the official geographic name, which is an intelligent choice because it’s pretty tiny on maps! They’re not the only country to do this either – even the official name for France is the French Republic?!
Best Things To Do in Prague:
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world – and is also one of the best European girls trip destinations. You probably know about the significant sites, such as Charles Bridge or the Astronomical Clock – which are all very interesting and deserve a visit, but perhaps you want to get away from the crowds a bit.
- Visit Prague Castle! Okay, so this is also quite a ‘popular’ site to visit, but as it’s so big – there are not many crowds! It has an amazing viewpoint to see the city and is very easy to get to. Entry is 250 CZK (£8.50) per person for full admission; however, there are discounts for students, seniors, etc.
- Pose by ‘Piss‘ (free). In Prague, there are some statues titled ‘Piss’, which are of two men peeing (yes, really). What makes it even better is that water even comes out! It’s a bit of a weird but funny thing to see and take a photo of!
- Listen to music by the John Lennon Wall (free). This is also quite popular, but not very well known. It has been filled with John Lennon inspired graffiti since the 1980s and often has buskers playing music by The Beatles. It’s free to visit, and there are plenty of other attractions to interest you nearby!
- Ride a beer bus! If you like beer and travel, then this is the perfect activity for you! The Prague Beer Bus tour lasts for 2 hours, starting in the city centre. The price is €400 for a maximum of 13 people (€30 per person), and it includes all-you-can-drink Czech beer (or prosecco if that’s more your thing), as well as music, lights and a free hotel pick-up. You can also purchase extras such as a brewery tour or airport transfer.
- Take the funicular to the Petřín Lookout Tower. The tower is very similar to a mini version of The Eiffel Tower – and the views are just as great! It was around £5 to go up; however, I didn’t go up it as I found the view from the hill just as good. I did, however, do the mirror maze, which was very fun! The funicular is only 84p for the ride!
- Check out all of the best film locations in Prague. There have been so many iconic films that have been filmed all around Prague, so why not walk around and try to spot them all? Some of the most iconic films that have been filmed in Prague are: Mission Impossible, Spider-Man, Casino Royale and many more!
Best Things To Do in Brno:
Brno is the second-largest city in the Czech Republic and is filled with just as much to do as in Prague. It is very easy to get to Vienna, Austria, if you want to visit.
- Try and get a marble from the Brno Astronomical Clock. Everyday, at 11am it releases a marble which falls into one of the holes. If it falls into your hole, you can keep it as a souviegner – be quick to be there before 11am though, it can get busy! Many people try and get the marble to sell later on.
- Stand under the horse statue on Maruvian Square (free). I’m not going to say why, but just trust me if you want a funny, less known surprise.
- Explore the nuclear bunker called 10-Z. Originally built for protection from airraids by American and Soviet bombs, it then became a wine store for 2 years before it was then seized by the communist government. Fortunetly, it has never been used as a nuclear bunker yet. If you’re into history, then you will defietly enjoy the tour! It costs aroud £9 to enter.
- Look death in the face at the Capuchin Crypt. It’s located in the Capuchin Monestary in the centre of Brno, and was founded in around the mid 17th centurary. Some may find it very creepy to see mumified bodies, but I thought it was very fascinating. If you’re not sure if you like the idea, then I would encourage you to check the photos online first, in order to fully understand what you will see. In Czech, the sign says “As you are now, we once were; as we are now, you shall be.”
Best Things To Do All-Around:
- Marvel at the skeletons at the Sedlec Ossuary, in Kutná Hora (If you’ve seen my Milan post, I promise I don’t find these places intentionally!). It’s basically a catholic church that contains over 40,000 skeletons, but it looks fascinating! Once again, I’d advise you to check out some photos beforehand if these types of things creep you out!
- Get a taste of life at the Wallachian Open Air Museum. Here, you will find out all about life first-hand in the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibitions are all based on the stories of real people, and there are plenty of events and activities that you can get involved in to learn all about life in the past. Additionally, it has beautiful forests surrounding it, and amazing handmade food to purchase.
- Admire the view as you hike up the mountains. The Czech Republic has gorgeous mountains and forests all over the country. You’re spoilt for choice!
- Take a boat ride through the Punkva Caves, located north of Brno. These are some of the most breathtaking caves I’ve ever visited, and you can even ride a boat through them, which is something I’ve never experienced before! It’s very much worth a trip if you are into nature and exploration – you can even take a cable car ride to the top!
- Visit Liberec, just outside of Prague. Liberec is one of the most beautiful regions in the whole of the Czech Republic, and it has plenty of great things to do there for all types of people – whether you love nature, shopping or cultural activities. It looks like a place right out of a fairytale!
I hope you enjoyed these recommendations. If you’ve ever visited the Czech Republic, what did you think? Do you have any other recommendations? Please let me know in the comments down below!
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