10 Budget-friendly Things to do in Czech Republic That You Shouldn't Miss

May 17, 2022 Sachiko Swiger

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1. Bohemian Switzerland National Park

Prazska Krásná Lípa, 40746 Czech Republic +420 412 354 050 [email protected] https://www.npcs.cz/
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Bohemian Switzerland National Park

The Bohemian Switzerland National Park (Narodni park Ceske Svycarsko), which was established on 1st January 2000 and covers an area of nearly 80km2, is the youngest national park in the Czech Republic. The park on its northern side borders and is linked to the Saxon Switzerland National Park in Germany, which was established in 1990 and covers an area of 93 km2. The mission of the National Park is to preserve the local territory in its full beauty and to enable natural processes to prevail in this area. Human interventions are only limited to activities which help restore the natural balance to the greatest extent. The focal point of the area protection is a unique sandstone rock town with the occurance of rare plant and animal species and islands of well-preserved woods. Natural values of the National Park have also been acknowledged within the European Union by including it in the prestigious list of European conservation areas called Natura 2000. With a click on the headline or the picture You find further information about tasks and aims of the national park, a broad section about the geology, fauna, flora and forests within the national park, an overview over the history and tourism and a detailed description of the different management fields of the national park Bohemian Switzerland:

Reviewed By raeannc2020

Marek is an excellent guide! We enjoyed how he kept the tour going at a good pace while also allowing plenty of time to take in the scenery. He took pictures for everyone in the group and shared points of interest and history as we passed relevant sites. At the restaurant (which was delicious!), he made great reccommendations regarding which traditional Czech dishes to try. At every turn, he kept us informed of what we were doing and where we were going so that we always knew what to expect. The Bohemian Switzerland Park and Bastei bridge were phenomenal sites to see! Pictures don't begin to do it justice, but suffice it to say this tour should be on your bucket list for sure!

2. Historic Center of Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov Czech Republic http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/617
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Historic Center of Cesky Krumlov

Reviewed By tk3232 - Sugar Land, United States

Cesky Krumlov is a huge tourist magnet, which makes things colorful and easy for travelers. Lassoed by its river and dominated by its castle, this enchanting town feel lost in a time warp. At times it can feel like a medieval theme park - but not so much that it entirely tramples the place's charm. It's easy to enjoy strolling the town without ever paying to enter a sight. But it's worth considering the Baroque Theater at the castle and the Bohemian Castle inself, which can be seen only with a reserved tour. When you see in Cesky Krumlov awe-inspiring castle, delightful Old Town of shops and cobbled lanes, characteristic little restaurants, and easy canoeing options, you'll understand why having fun is a slam-dunk here. Most of Cesky Krumlov's modest sights are laced together in this charming self-guided walk from the top of the historic Old Town, down its spine, across the river, and up to the castle. The town and its historical center rich mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque building which curve with the winding streets. Step into shops and snoop into back lanes and tiny squares. Take your time to learn, consider, admire and enjoy!!

3. Charles Bridge

Karluv Most, Prague 11000 Czech Republic +420 221 714 714 http://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/93/charles-bridge-karluv-most?back=1
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Charles Bridge

Connecting the Old town with Lesser Town, this popular pedestrian bridge is filled with musicians, painters, vendors and tourists during the summertime.

Reviewed By JaneA873

Lovely bridge with the towers at either end ( one of which you can certainly climb to the top (we didn’t do that) Great views across to Prague Old Town and back towards Mala Strana Petrin Hill and The Castle walking the other way . In June it was very busy and I recommend a stroll earlier in the day - the earlier the better, or very late at night if you dislike walking shoulder to shoulder with lots of people. Lined with artists doing portraits or caricatures, artisan wares and jewellery were interesting and early evening there were some great buskers to entertain. The statues/ Saints ( though not the originals as they are in a museum ) are really lovely to see. A busy but must see free Prague sight.

4. Lesser Town

Malostranske Namesti Praha 1, Prague 11800 Czech Republic 375447767902 http://www.pragueexperience.com/places.asp?PlaceID=662
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Lesser Town

One of the most historic sections of Prague, the Lesser Quarter features many Renaissance burghers' houses, baroque palaces, narrow lanes and spacious squares.

5. Prague Castle

Hradcany, Prague 11908 Czech Republic +420 224 373 368 [email protected] http://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle/prague-castle-tourist-information/visit-of-prague-castle.shtml
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Prague Castle

The largest castle in Europe contains more than seven hundred rooms.

Reviewed By wendyanddavid536 - Solihull, United Kingdom

Six of us came to Prague Castle. We spent an hour or so wandering through, then joined the free tour associated with our Hop On-Hop Off two day ticket. The tour was done by a spectacularly good young French girl, Caroline, whose knowledge of English, history and her humour made for a wonderful couple of hours. The highlights of the castle include the three courtyards with their splendid surrounding buildings, the Old Royal Palace, Golden Lane, the Powder Tower, St George's Chapel, the gardens and, of course, St Vitus Cathedral started in 1344 but not finished until 1929. Hugely crowded, but a great day out.

6. Staromestske namesti

StaromEstske nam. Stare Mesto, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic http://www.prague.eu/en/object/places/183/old-town-square-staromestske-namesti?back=1
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Staromestske namesti

The most significant square of historical Prague, it was founded in the 12th century and has been witness to many historical events. In addition to the Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, the square is dominated by the Baroque Church of St Nicholas, the Rococo Kinský Palace, the Gothic House at the Stone Bell and the monument to Jan Hus. In the pavement of the square are memorial stones marking the execution of 27 Czech lords in 1621, and the Prague meridian.

Reviewed By ParvizM2013 - San Diego, United States

We started our Prague city walk with the Prague Old Town Square since our hotel was located with walking distance. Wow, what a fascinating place it was, just like in fairy tales! Gorgeous streets with old and original street tiles/stones, amazing buildings all around, the fantastic Astronomical Clock, tall and historical Gothic Powder Tower, the wonderful Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, Charles Bridge, lots of beautiful and interesting shops and many great restaurants. And of course, with huge crowds. This was late September and we still saw many huge crowds in Prague Old Town Square and in all other city attractions. This was the busiest place of all places we visited during our vacation including Budapest, Salzburg and Vienna. It is not easy to describe this wonderful place because we were astonished everywhere we looked and walked. The whole place is just lovely. We went there multiple times and we still could not get enough of this charming and interesting place. We also went to Old Town Square during evening since the clock, the buildings, and Charles Bridge are so pretty when lit. Our first day walk took about 3 hours and we all really enjoyed it. Would highly recommend a visit of Prague Old Town Square and spending a few hours walking over this amazingly beautiful, historical, and fascinating place. Do not miss it!

7. St. Vitus Cathedral

III. Nadvori 48/2 Prague Castle, Prague 119 01 Czech Republic +420 603 235 606 [email protected] http://www.katedralasvatehovita.cz/cs
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St. Vitus Cathedral

Situated at the Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral is the most important and largest church in Prague. The cathedral is the burial place of the former Czech kings and a home of the Czech Crown Jewels.

Reviewed By dlmoore305 - Mount Vernon, United States

An unblievable Cathedral located within Prague Castle is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture while being the largest and most important church in the country along with containing the tombs of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors.

8. Diana Lookout Tower

Vrch pratelstvi 5/1, Karlovy Vary 360 01 Czech Republic +420 353 222 872 [email protected] https://dianakv.cz/cs/rozhledna-diana-karlovy-vary
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Diana Lookout Tower

Diana is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Karlovy Vary. Take the funicular from colonnade street to get direct to this beautiful place incl. best famous look-out tower, 100 y. old restaurant, forest terrace, butterfly house and mini-zoo. Only in restaurant Diana you can eat surrounded by spa forests while watching our peacocks. From the look-out tower Diana you can take perfect photos of whole Karlovy Vary and surroundings. The butterfly house is a perfect goal of your trip in all weathers. On winter warm up by large fireplace in our historical restaurant, on summer surely use walking paths through the spa forests which starts right from our place. Visiting the "Tourist area Diana" will be nice and relaxing part of your trip to Karlovy Vary and you can come all year long. Who has not been at the Diana Observation Tower, has not seen Karlovy Vary!

Reviewed By petr_gregus2 - Prague, Czech Republic

Have a look around Krušné hory montains and the valley, with a café in a garten area, Butterfly garden and many of the forrest walks. Best to go up is summer or autumn

9. Cesky Krumlov Castle

Zamek cp. 59, Cesky Krumlov 381 01 Czech Republic +420 380 704 721 http://www.zamek-ceskykrumlov.eu/
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Cesky Krumlov Castle

Our company provides shuttle bus transportation service between Cesky Krumlov or Ceske Budejovice, Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Linz, Prague and other destinations.

Reviewed By jesslyn2102 - Hong Kong, China

Took a day trip from Prague to this old town as there are so many photos & bloggers reviews about it. It’s really worth a visit although it’s a 3hours ride from Prague. CK castle of course is the no 1 attraction if you want to have a panoramic view of the whole town. You can take a leisure walk around the castle compound where each & every corner gives you different view of the Old Town. Take a short climb to the top of the tower of course is the only way to have a panoramic view of the scenery.It’s definitely a wonderful place to visit !

10. Prague Zoo

U Trojskeho Zamku 120/3, Prague 171 00 Czech Republic +420 296 112 230 [email protected] http://www.zoopraha.cz/
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Prague Zoo

Prague Zoological Garden is situated near the center of the Czech capital, in a unique rugged landscape on the bank of the Vltava River. It opened in 1931 and during its existence of more than 80 years it has risen to become one of the most prestigious zoos in the world. Today, it is the second most visited tourist destination in the Czech Republic, just after Prague Castle. 5,049 animals and 676 species live in Prague Zoo. You can explore 13 pavilions and 150 exhibits over 58 hectares. The kids will love the Bororo Reserve, chairlift, mini-train, observation tower, paddling pool and Children’s Zoo. The pride of the zoo is its Elephant Valley, home to a sizeable herd of Asian elephants. The Giant Salamander House, where you can see the largest amphibians in the world – the critically endangered Chinese Giant Salamanders – is extraordinary as well; and the African House with an adjacent vast meadow inhabited by herds of antelopes and giraffes is worth your attention, too.

Reviewed By U1656LSdavidh - Billingham, United Kingdom

A great day, discount tickets (over 60) we got there and first saw the polar bear happily swimming around, and next enjoyed the Hippos swimming and playing, the elephants were sunning themselves, the giant tortoises were stamping around, but most impressive were the feeding lions and tigers, inside on display up close through the armoured glass. There were penguins, vultures, mountain goats, giraffes, but our highlight were the lions and tigers Fully recommended

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