Top 13 Best Day Trips from Prague

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July 4, 2022

Are you ready to explore castles, cities, and beautiful nature on these day trips from Prague?

There are so many day trips from Prague you can do that it’s hard to fit them all into one post. Since Prague is so centrally located in the Czech Republic, there are so many things to do near the city that we’re excited to share with you. The best part is that almost all of these day trips are easily accessible by public transport.

These places are all relatively close to the city and we recommend them as day trips from Prague, but you can easily turn some of these into weekend trips as well.

You can also find all of these and more on our map.

Karlstejn Castle

1. Karlstejn Castle

Walk around and explore one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic. Karlstejn is one of the closest and easiest castles to visit from Prague. It’s one of the best and most convenient day trips from Prague because of how easy it is to get to by train.

The train ride to Karlstejn is beautiful and as soon as you step out of the train head over to the town of Karlstejn before you make your way up to the castle. Walk the castle walls and get the best views of the city or hop on one of the tours and explore the inside of Karlstejn Castle.

Kutna Hora

2. Kutna Hora Old Town

Have you maybe heard of the Kutna Hora Bone Church? It’s one of the main reasons why people visit Kutna Hora from Prague but let's just say you’re only scratching the surface of Kutna Hora if you visit the bone church.

After exploring the bone church make your way to the old town of Kutna Hora where you can explore churches, castles. Vineyards, and quite a few delicious restaurants in the center of the city. Take your time and enjoy the full day in Kutna Hora it’s only an hour by train back to the capital. This is one of the most popular places to visit near Prague for a reason.

Pisek stone bridge

3. Pisek

Welcome to the city with the oldest stone bridge in central Europe. Yes, even older than the famous Charles Bridge in Prague. They do look very similar in some ways. Walking across the famous bridge in Pisek makes you feel like you’re in a very very small Prague.

Pisek is a city an hour away by bus from Prague and is a beautiful little city in Southern Bohemia. Enjoy spending time roaming the streets of Pisek, exploring the cafes, and checking out the castle overlooking the river. Don’t miss Protivin Beer along the way - it’s the local beer in that area of Prague.

Bohemian Switzerland national park

4. Bohemian Switzerland

The name is not deceiving! Explorers back in the day actually said this area looks very much like the wilderness in Switzerland. Another fun fact about Bohemian Switzerland is that some scenes from “The Narnia” movies were filmed in this national park.

There’s so much to see in this national park including the famous Pravcicka Gate and a few other breathtaking spots along the way. The views all over the park are incredible and for all nature lovers, this is a part of Czech you don’t want to miss.

5. Tabor

This is another small Southern Bohemia town that is easy to get to from Prague. Tabor is known for its colourful buildings, the tower that overlooks the city, and its small-city charm. The colourful old town of Tabor really brings the city to life and the vibrant feel of the town always brings tourists to Tabor.

Located only 90km south of Prague Tabor is an easy day trip by train. Enjoy the beautiful train ride that takes you through Czech’s countryside.

6. Brno

This is one of the longer day trips from Prague, since Brno is on the far southeast side of the country. Thankfully the Czech Republic isn’t that big of a country and it only takes about 2.5 hours by train or bus from Prague to Brno.

If you get up early enough, you’ll have the full day to explore the second-largest city in the Czech Republic. Brno is a vibrant student city with tons of beautiful attractions in the heart of the city. Markets, parks, and gardens are all scattered around the city just waiting to be explored.

7. Cesky Krumlov

A day trip to Cesky Krumlov is one of the most popular trips of all time from Prague and once you get there you’ll understand why. Cesky Krumlov is one of the most beautiful cities in the whole country. As soon as you step into the old town of the city, you will feel like you’ve been transported into a fairytale.

Explore the famous Krumlov Castle and walk up to the castle tower which overlooks all of Krumlov if you’re looking for the best view of the city. And if you need a little bit of quiet away from the tourists, head to the castle gardens and enjoy the beautiful landscape.

River bend at Vyhlidka Maj

8. Vyhlidka Maj

It’s time to go hiking! One of the awesome things about Prague is how close to the city you can find awesome hikes and areas to explore. Vyhlidka Maj is one of the best day trips from Prague because of the stunning view from the lookout point. The fact that it’s super close is an added bonus!

From this viewpoint, you will see the Vltava River twisting and turning which looks like a horseshoe from above. So grab your hiking shoes and enjoy this Prague day trip in nature.

9. Velka and Mala Amerika

Directly translated to Big and Small America, you have to check out Velka and Mala Amerika. But what the heck is this beautiful place? Basically, these two limestone quarries have been filled up with water and have now turned into arguably one of the more beautiful spots in the Czech Republic.

You can actually get off at the Karlstejn train stop as well and hike to these two quarries if you’re looking for a full-day trip. Or if you want to cut the trip a bit shorter, you can rent a car and drive there instead. It’s just another one of those amazing things to do near Prague. Get away from the city for an afternoon and experience the Czech countryside.

Pilsner brewery

10. Pilsner Brewery - Pilsner

Have you heard of Pilsner Beer? Well, that type of beer originated right here in the Czech Republic from the city of Pilsner (Plzen). Take the day trip to Pilsner and check out the world-famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour. We don’t want to spoil too much but by the end of the tour, you’ll be able to sample unfiltered Pilsner Urquell straight from the source. And that in itself is worth the whole trip.

Houses in Terezin

11. Terezin

Let’s switch it up. The Czech Republic is more than beautiful sights, after all. This day trip is for all our history buffs who want to see the past with their own eyes.

Terezin is one of the concentration camps located closest to Prague. The history is dark and over 32.000 people passed through Terezin. Get the full story of the Czech Republic right here. If you’ve ever wondered about the darker sides of history, then this trip from Prague is absolutely worth it.

It’s only 1 hour by bus from Prague to Terezin where you will find the camp. It’s repainted and looks much different than in the 1940s but inside you will be able to see the history of the camp.

12. Snezka Mountain - Krkonose

Do you want to hike Czech’s tallest mountain? In the Krkonose National Park, a few hours drive from Prague, you can find Snezka Mountain. The summit of the mountain is actually on the Czech and Polish border. So for a minute, you can actually be in both countries at the same time.

This is the furthest day trip from Prague in the Czech Republic, but it’s still manageable by car or public transport. It’s such a beautiful area though that we would recommend staying for the weekend if possible.

Karlovy Vary

13. Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is known for its thermal spas, beautiful buildings, and amazing vibes. It’s safe to say that is exactly what you will experience when visiting this bit of Czech paradise. It’s a great place to enjoy a weekend in the thermal spas and taking pictures of the beautiful buildings that make up Karlovy Vary.

The city has always been well preserved and you can see that by all the colourful historic buildings. Each one is unique with such detail and that’s just one of the many things that make Karlovy Vary a magical experience.

As you can see there are so many places to visit around Prague, in all corners of the Czech Republic. All 13 of these day trips from Prague are quite unique and different in their own way. You can enjoy the outdoors, visit some of Czech’s most beautiful cities, and explore Czech’s history in one of the many beautiful castles around the country.

We hope you find your own piece of Czech that you love outside of Prague during your time in this small yet beautiful country. Check out our map for even more things to do!

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