With so many things to do in Prague it’s hard to see why anyone would ever want to leave.
Well, not only is Prague one of the most beautiful cities in Europe but the surrounding Czech countryside is equally as incredible.
When you’re spending time in the Czech capital you’re definitely going to want to thoroughly explore and take advantage of everything that the city has to offer, but you don’t want to forget that it’s not just the thriving metropolis of Prague where there are plenty of enjoyable and fun things to do.
Whether you love spending time outdoors and admiring some of the best natural beauty in Central Europe or you want to take a cheeky little city-break to somewhere nearby and escape from the busy tourist crowds, here are some fun, exciting and interesting day trips from Prague that you’re going to want to consider going on!
The Best Day Trips from Prague
Kutna Hora and the Sedlec Ossuary (Bone Church)
One of the most popular day trips from Prague is a quick visit to the nearby town of Kutna Hora.
It might not look like much on first glance but it’s in Kutna Horo where you’ll find the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Church of Bones.
This isn’t just any gothic, medieval church – right as you walk through the doors you’ll walk right into a memorable sight of the interior that has been designed using more than 40,000 skeletons.
It wasn’t just enough for the bones to be laid to rest and the entire chapel is covered with a variety of different human bones and even skulls.
Surprisingly enough, it sounds morbid but once you get there you’re able to appreciate the beauty of all of the different bone designs from the chandelier and the Schwarzenberg coat of arms to everything between.
This is actually one of the twelve UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Czech Republic and it’s both a historically and culturally important site in the country.
Apart from being full of tourists there are also locals that visit every day as well to help maintain the surrounding grounds and pay their respects.
Once you’ve finished your visit to the Ossuary you can also spend some time exploring the small town of Kutna Hora as well.
To reach Kutna Hora you’re going to want to take the train from Prague, although it’s possible to take the bus as well.
The train leaves every two hours during the morning and then every hour in the afternoon and it takes about one hour to reach the town.
Once you get to Kutna Hora you’re going to want to make a quick transfer onto a local commuter train that heads to Kutna Hora-Sedlec, or you can just get off at the main town stop and walk from there if you want to check everything out along the way.
It’s easy to reach the town and bone church on your own but there are also plenty of tours that you can go on as well.
Cesky Krumlov and its Medieval Old Town
One of my favorite cities in the Czech Republic and one of the most fun day trips from Prague is the small town of Cesky Krumlov.
It’s a completely fairytale-esque little village and apart from being completely photogenic it’s also a quaint and lovely place to visit.
Cesky Krumlov is located in South Bohemia and is a well preserved medieval town complete with a castle, quiet and narrow hidden passages, a winding river and plenty of spots where you can tuck-in and find some peace and quiet from the tourist crowds.
Along with the castle there are plenty of other things to do in Cesky Krumlov and although one day really isn’t enough time to thoroughly explore it will give you a nice taste of some of the best that Czech Republic has to offer anyone looking to explore outside of Prague.
The town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and while it’s packed during the day with tourists from the nearby cities you’ll have the entire place pretty much yourself early in the morning and later in the day.
I love the town because it has such a quaint, small town medieval vibe and even though I’ve been a few times there’s always something new to discover and explore.
During the summer high season Cesky Krumlov is extremely busy, but during the spring, summer and fall there are noticeably fewer visitors and you’re able to take advantage of the more comfortable weather as well while you’re walking around taking countless photos of the beautiful architecture and scenery.
Getting to Cesky Krumlov isn’t hard at all.
There’s a direct bus that leaves from Prague quite often, through Student Agency, and it reaches the town in just under three hours.
Once you reach the town, the bus station is only a five minute walk to where the old town begins and you can reach the town square in under 15 minutes.
Head to Plzen for Some Delicious Beer
If you’re a beer love or if you just want somewhere new to explore then you’re definitely going to want to hit up the city of Plzen.
Depending on where you’re from it might also be called Pilsen, but Plzen, as it’s known in the Czech language is where you’ll find the popular and well-known Pilsner Urquell Brewery.
This brewery was the first one in the world to create the pale lager that today we call Pilsner and that more than two-thirds of the beers in the world share take their name from.
Today, it’s possible to go on a fully guided tour of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery where you’ll be able to see exactly how the beer is made, wander through the historical brewing cellars, learn more about beer production at the museum and enjoy a cold brew during a tasting!
Apart from the brewery the city of Plzen is also quite beautiful and there is a lovely old town area where you can wander around for a few hours and grab something to eat before heading back to Prague.
To reach Plzen you’ll need to take a train, which departs from the main train station in Prague about every hour and it’s roughly a 1-hour long journey.
You could also take the bus through RegioJet for a similar cost and the journey takes just a few minutes longer compared to the train.
You’ve probably heard of Karlovy Vary before whether it’s from that Queen Latifah movie or when you were asking around Prague looking for somewhere nearby that’s worth checking out.
Founded in 1370, Karlovy Vary has developed into one of the prime spa regions in all of central Europe.
The city is built over a series of hot springs that for hundreds of years have fed the spas and thermal baths throughout the city.
Not only are there some great places where you can relax and soak up some water that’s claimed to have healing powers but the city is also full of bright, colourful buildings and there’s plenty of inspiring architecture around for you to explore and admire.
The whole city is picturesque and regardless of what time of year you’ll be visiting you can expect to take loads of photos of all the pretty buildings and local scenery.
Once you’ve thoroughly explored the city you’ll want to head up into the surrounding hills for some light hiking to discover more of the captivating views of the area along with the city sprawled out down below.
At a little more than two hours away from Prague it’s possible to reach Karlovy Vary by bus, through RegioJet for quite an affordable price.
Keep in mind that even though the city makes for an ideal day trip from Prague there’s a lot to do and check out both in the city and nearby so you might want to consider spending the night if there’s more that you want to check out.
Karlstejn Castle is one of the most popular castles in Czech Republic.
Originally, it was built as the summer residence for the Czech king Charles IV.
It’s close to Prague and ideal for a day trip at just around 40 to 45 minutes away by train. Iyou’re just looking to spend a few hours out of the city then Karlstejn Castle is where you’re going to want to go.
While the exterior is impressive in its own way you’re also going to want to take the time to explore the inside of the castle.
Unfortunately, you can’t walk around on your own so you’re going to need to book a guided tour so you’re able to fully experience everything that the castle has to offer.
On the tour you’ll be able to check out the various rooms throughout the castle, learn more about its history and impact on the local region and you’ll even be able to enter the Chapel of the Holy Cross where you’ll be able to see the famous Czech crown jewels.
The area surrounding the castle is quite beautiful as well and there are plenty of hiking trails and other opportunities to take advantage of some of the natural beauty that the surrounding countryside has to offer.
Reaching the castle is quite easy and you’ll just have to take a quick 40-minute train ride from Prague to get there.
Terezin Concentration Camp
It’s not one of the more uplifting day trips from Prague, but the Terezin Concentration Camp is well worth the visit if you’re interested in learning more about the Czech Republic’s role its citizens experiences during World War II.
The Terezin Concentration Camp was originally a military camp from the 18th century and was designed by the Nazis to actually trick people into thinking that the Jews that were sent there were being treated very well and were living happy lives.
In reality, it was a death camp like any other, similar to the ones you’ll find in Poland. Nearly 40,000 people were killed here through disease, starvation and brute force.
Not only were so many people killed at the camp, but it also held more than 150,000 people that were eventually sent to other camps in the region.
It’s definitely a somber and chilling place to visit but if you’re a history buff or you want to learn more about the Czech Republic’s role during World War II then you’re definitely going to want to check out the Terezin Concentration Camp.
One interesting fact about the camp is that in 1914, after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, Gavrilo Princip the assassin was imprisoned at Terezin until his death in 1918.
To get to Terezin there are busses leaving quite often from the main bus station in Prague.
Depending on which one you take you’ll either be dropped off at a small carpark nearby to the camp or just right out front of the main tourist office. It’s a short journey and it takes less than an hour to reach the camp.
One of the best day trips from Prague for hiking is the heavily forested and mountainous Bohemian Switzerland.
The area is actually quite small, but this just makes it easier to thoroughly explore and soak in all of the beautiful natural rock formations and get some hiking done in some pristine forests.
One of the main features of the area is the Pravcicka Gate, or Pravcicka Brana in Czech.
This is one of the most grandiose sandstone formations in all of Europe and probably one of the more unique rock based geological features in the world.
Without doing it justice, it’s basically an enormous sandstone arch that towers over the surrounding countryside and makes for one of the more interesting day trips from Prague.
Apart from the arch, there are plenty of hiking trails in the surrounding area that offer incredible views and will allow you to get away from the busy towards crowds of the city while enjoying some fresh, Czech countryside air.
Reaching the Bohemian Switzerland can be quite tricky if you’re only taking public transportation so I actually recommend renting a car or going on a guided tour to reach the area.
Also, similar to Karlovy Vary the Bohemian Switzerland is possible to explore in one day, but I’d suggest spending night so you can take full advantage of everything that the area has to offer without having to compromise on what you can or can’t to see.