Day Trips from Prague: Castles, Spas and Culture
Once you’ve seen the astronomical clock, braved the crowds on Charles Bridge, wandered through the Jewish quarter and had your umpteenth pint in the Old Town Square. What is there to do in Prague? Well, the first thing that comes to mind is to go on a day trip from Prague.
Karlštejn Castle– A short 40min train ride through the countryside will see you in the town of Karlštejn, home to one of the Czech Republic’s most famous castles. Built during the reign of Charles IV in 1348, the castle housed the jewels of the crown and was where the King recharged his batteries after doing what Kings do. There are two tours of the castle the first Route I may seem a bit drab but does feature the so called “worst portraits of Czech nobility”. Route II is a little more spectacular and takes in the Church of our Lady and the St Catherine Chapel, but the highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the world’s largest collection of Gothic paintings. Getting There: Direct Train from Prague Main Station every half hour.
Karlovy Vary- Fully restored Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings are two reasons to visit Karlovy Vary on a day trip from Prague. The third is the incredible range of spa options available, what better way to pamper yourself than with a nice long soak in a hot spring followed by a massage. Although the locals believe the full curative powers of the thermal spring water can only be achieved after sipping the water from the springs then taking a gentle stroll. You can buy the special sipping cups at the local shops. Getting There: Bus from Prague Florenc Station takes 2 hours.
Tábor- Escape the crowds of Prague with a day trip to the town of Tábor. Wander the historic centre, the cobblestone streets are lined with colourful houses featuring a fascinating mix of Gothic, Renaissance Baroque elements. There are many monuments and even a museum dedicated to the Hussite Wars which took place during the 15th century. A good starting point is the picturesque Jan Zizka Square. Getting There: Trains leave from Prague Main Station every hour.
There you have three options to escape the hustle and bustle of Prague, see the surrounding countryside and discover a little more of the Czech Republic.
James – Marketing Team