The Czech Republic is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Europe. The country is blessed with some well-preserved impressive medieval architecture that attracts people from all corners of the world. Although the city of Prague — or Praha — is the first thing that comes to find when we think of the Czech Republic, there is a lot more on offer for those who visit this country. In this blog we take a look at 10 fun-filled activities that you can engage in when visiting this beautiful country.
- Dining at the Dancing House
Located hardly a kilometer from the iconic Charles Bridge, right on the banks of the River Vltava, is one of quirkiest structures in the Prague skyline — the Dancing House. Officially known as the Nationale-Nederlanden, the building is one of the best examples of contemporary architecture in the city. At first glance, it will look as if these are two distorted buildings, but a closer look will reveal that it actually represents a male and a female form dancing with each other! And the best part of it all — the Dancing House is home to the Celeste Restaurant where you can grab a bite and check it out from the inside.
- Drinking the famous Czech Beer
The country is famous for its beer production and there are several varieties to choose from. One of the best ways to enjoy some Czech beer is to hit a traditional pub, of which there are many, especially in Prague. Our pick would be a visit to U Medvidku — a pub that is said to have been running since the mid 15th century. It also has hotel rooms, making it the only hotel with a pub and brewery in Prague. It is located very close to the Old Town Square and National Theater.
- Visiting Olomouc
The beautiful town of Olomouc is located about 275 km east of the city of Prague. Located on the banks of the Morava River, this town was founded in the 10th century and boasts of several very well preserved medieval monuments, including the Holy Trinity Column, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Olomouc is mostly identified as a university town. It is home to the 16th century Palacky University, and with over 25,000 students, the town has the highest density of university students in the whole of central Europe. Take a day or weekend trip to Olomouc to enjoy its traditional beauty and charm.
- Reading at the Historic Theological Hall
The Theological Hall is a part of the library of the Strahov Monastery. While the monastery was founded in the mid 12th century, the Baroque Theological Hall dates back to the 1670s. This stunningly decorated hall with its Classicist vaults is a fine example of the grandeur of medieval architecture in this part of the world. The insides are nearly 2 stories tall with colorful ceiling frescoes. With nearly 200,000 volumes, this library is regarded as one of the most valuable and best-preserved historical libraries in the world.
- Visiting the iconic Church of Mother of God Before Tyn
Also known as the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, this 14th century church is the most important church in Prague and has been dominating the city skyline since the 14th century. This Gothic church is easily identified by its 80 m high twin towers. Located in the Old Town Square, this is one of the most visited and most photographed landmarks in the country.
- Walking the Charles Bridge
Commissioned by King Charles IV after whom it is named, the Charles Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world and a major attraction in the city of Prague. It was built across the River Vltava in the 15th century and is decorated with beautiful sculptures. The backdrop of the bridge is dominated by some stunning medieval architecture which adds a distinct Old World charm to it. On any day, you will find many painters and street artists performing on this bridge.
- Watching the Figurines on the Astronomical Clock
Dating back to 1410, the Prague Astronomical Clock is the oldest functioning astronomical clock in the world. A mechanical wonder of its time, the clock still attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, especially during the strike of the hour when there is a procession of mechanical figurines representing the 12 Apostles. The clock is located in the Old Town Square.
- Visiting the Vysehrad Castle
The Vysehrad Castle is located on a hilltop on the banks of the River Vltava. Originally built as a fort, the complex is home to some of the oldest surviving structures in Prague, including the Rotunda of St Martin. The castle premises are home to the magnificent Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul. Take a stroll in the castle compound which is so well preserved that it will transport you to the days of the medieval times.
- Go to Brno
The city of Brno is located about 250 km south east of Prague, near the southern border of the Czech Republic. The second largest city in the country, Brno is famous for its historical, political, economic, and cultural significance. It is home to several architectural landmarks including the Old Town Hall which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can visit Brno for a day or even for a weekend visit to ease into the relaxing ambiance of this city. Attractions in Brno include the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Jurkovic House, Parnas Fountain, the Underground Labyrinth, Spilberk castle, and the St. James’ Church, to name a few. The city is also home to many cafes, clubs, and festivals, thus promising a lively nighttime entertainment for the locals and the visitors.
- Enjoying a Spa in Kalovy Vary
Also known as Carlsbad, the spa town of Karlovy Vary is one of the 3 spa towns that make up the famous West Bohemia Spa Triangle — the other two being Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně. Named after King Charles IV, Karlovy Vary has been a major spa town since the medieval ages when it attracted many royal guests. Today, it remains as the largest spa town in the country and is home to hundreds of natural thermal springs. Coupled with its scenic surroundings in the valley of the Tepla River, Karlovy Vary is the perfect place to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Originally posted 2017-03-24 06:47:03.