Travel means different things to different people. For some it’s about seeking solace in nature from the daily 9-5, while for others it’s about getting that adrenaline rush and living on the edge. The pandemic may have halted our travel plans, but now that we’re in a newly normal world, it’s time to rewrite those bucket lists. If staying home all this while has reignited your wanderlust, then you’ll love this selection of activities to do in the Czech Republic.
UNESCO heritage sites
There are less than thousand heritage sites in the world - 16 of which are located in the Czech Republic. There are the historical centers of Prague, Český Krumlov, Kutná Hora and Telč. The Functionalist Villa Tugendhat in Brno, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk and the famous West Bohemian spa triangle, made up of the towns of Karlovy Vary, Františkovy lázně and Mariánské Lázně, are some of the other names that should definitely be on your list. Discover the 16 Czech UNESCO sites here.
Czech Republic has Central European architecture that’s over 1000 years old. A trip would be incomplete without witnessing the aura of mysterious Gothic structures and the Renaissance palaces of Baroque chapels. Discover unique architectural techniques by visiting Romance rotunda on the memorial hilltop of Říp, billowing Baroque palaces, the functionalist villa of Tugendhat, pastel Rococo structures at Nové Hrady Chateau, also known as the Czech Versailles. Learn more about Czech architecture here.
If exploring on two wheels is your thing, you can set out on a cycling trip from Vienna to Brno or from the German borders along the Ohře or along the banks of the Elbe right up to its source. The witches’ cycle path will take you through places where inquisition trials were held in the past. Single track trails in Rychleby and Jizera Mountains make for the perfect way to work-out and unwind. Stunning pictures for your Instagram are an added bonus. Discover more cycling routes here.
Wellness and Spas
A spa day or a stay at the wellness resorts in Czech Republic will fully recharge your batteries. Ethereal scents from exotic plants, calming massages, relaxing baths and soothing wraps are curated using modern techniques and ancient wisdom. Stay at wellness resorts or book sessions at the medical spas of Teplice, the oldest spa in Bohemia. All beer and wine lovers must opt for aromatic beer and wine spas, which will not only please your taste buds but also give you a truly unique spa experience. Discover more wellness and spa destinations here.
Food is an integral part of travelling, and the Czech cuisine will leave you coming back for more. Some of the must try dishes are goulash, sirloin with dumplings, roast duck with cabbage, potato pancakes with spices fried in lark, rabbit meat and game. For the beer lovers, Czech Republic is truly a paradise - there’s Pilsner Urquell from Plzeň and Budweiser from České Budějovice, Kozel, produced near Prague, or Krušovice from Central Bohemia. Enjoy a pint of beer in pubs or take a tour of the breweries. Coffee lovers can head to Brno, Olomouc or Prague, where élégant Art Nouveau and modern cafés serve locally roasted delicious coffee. Explore more culinary experiences here.
If you are planning a trip to Czech Republic around December, don’t forget to experience the very famous and well-known Christmas markets. You won’t be disappointed.
The Czech Republic is welcoming tourists with open arms and has devised Covid-19 safety measures to ensure an enjoyable travel experience. Small changes in the way we travel can make a huge big difference in the way we enjoy things. Here’s to packing our bags again. To plan your holiday to the Czech Republic, visit their website and follow Visit Czech Republic on Instagram.