The Czech Republic, or Czechia as it’s also known as is a beautiful small country in Central Europe. It is rich in history, culture and the more I travel there, the more beauty I discover.
After a couple of trips around the country, I think it’s time to share some of the discoveries with you, and hopefully, inspire you to travel there and discover its beauty on your own.
Most international tourists visit Prague, but the Czech Republic has much more to offer, and if you haven’t yet been, here are 55 reasons why I think everyone should visit the Czech Republic at least once in their lifetime!
The list is not ranked in any particular way, and the numbers are just referenced for the list of 55 Reasons to Visit Czech Republic. Therefore, don’t think of number 29 or 55 as less worthy than number 1 on the list. All of the places and reasons listed are amazing and worth its mention (at least according to me).
1. Hluboká nad Vltavou Castle
One thing you’ll notice about Czechia is the fact that it’s full of old and spectacular castles and chateaus. Hluboka nad Vltavou (try to pronounce that btw) is truly a beautiful castle that shouldn’t be missed.
It’s located in South Bohemia, about 15 minutes drive from České Budějovice.
One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic, and another good reason to visit. Telč is a picturesque little town in the Jihlava district.
It is particularly known for its Italian Renaissance architecture and colorful houses.
3. Sedlec Ossuary
Some might find this a bit creepy, but for me, it was one of the most fascinating and unique places I’ve visited, and as you know, I’ve been to half around the world and seen many cool places!
The Sedlec Ossuary is known for its art with skulls and bones whereas the bone chandelier and arms of weapon are amongst the most famous art pieces.
4. Lednice Castle
On my recent trip to Czechia, I had the pleasure to visit the Lednice Chateau, which is truly amazing, both inside and out. The interior is royal at its finest and exactly what you would expect to see in a fairytale castle.
5. Czech Beer
The Czech Republic is perhaps most famous above all for its beer, and rightly so.
There is an abundance of breweries and famous beer brands that originate here. Some of the most famous Czech beers on the international market include Staropramen, Gambrinus, Budweiser, Krušovice, and Pilsner Urquell.
6. České Švýcarsko National Park
Czech Switzerland is one of the natural wonders of this country, and albeit its name it’s certainly located in the Czech Republic. Here you will find plenty of beautiful locations and viewpoints as well as hiking trails.
7. Ice Hockey
The Czechs are true hockey fanatics and their international hockey team is quite successful as well.
Some of the best Ice hockey players in the world are of Czech origins as well, including Jaromir Jagr, Dominik Hasek, Petr Sykora, Patrik Elias, Jakub Vorácek, and David Krejcí just to mention a few of the top NHL players.
If you love cakes, you’ll most likely enjoy the traditional Medovnik, which is a Honey Layer Cake.
9. Veprove Koleno
When it comes to food, there are not many dishes that are more Czech than Veprove Koleno. It is usually served with sauerkraut.
If you travel to the Moravian region, I suggest making a stop in the charming little town known as Mikulov.
11. Konopiste Castle
Remember that I told you that Czechia is full of beautiful castles? Konopiste is another impressive castle and is located about 50 km southeast of Prague.
12. Czech Glass
Moser glass is perhaps the most highly rated Czech glass, and it’s truly an artwork and a great souvenir to bring back home.
13. Beer Spa
The Czechs drink more beer than any other country in the world, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they came up with the idea of bathing in beer. In the last couple of years, the trend of going to a beer spa has become quite popular and it’s listed on many people’s bucket lists.
In Czechia, you will find beer spas in several places. I went to one in Karlovy Vary called Pivni Lazne. It’s a fun experience and another good reason to visit the Czech Republic!
14. Marianske Lazne
Marianske Lazne is one of the famous spa towns of Czechia, and here you can go on a relaxing spa-weekend and enjoy various treatments.
Olomouc is a lovely city in Moravia that shouldn’t be missed. It is particularly known for its Holy Trinity Column which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the 6 baroque fountains.
But the city is filled with culture, and it’s a great place to go on a weekend trip.
16. Karlstejn Castle
Karlštejn is another impressive city that you can visit in the Czech Republic. It’s a large Gothic fortress that served as the safe keeping place for the crown jewels and the Imperial Regalia as well as other royal treasures.
It was built already in 1348 and is located only 30 kilometers southwest of Prague.
This is where the famous beer Pilsner Urquell is brewed, but the city has of course even more to offer.
18. The Moravian Landscapes
Often nicknamed the Czech Tuscany, and if you’ve ever been or seen photos from Tuscany in Italy, it’s easy to see the similarities of the rolling hills and colors. However, it will be a lot less crowded than the Italian version.
This is a Czech pastry that kind either be made with fruit, cheese or meat surrounded by a puffy dough.
Brno is one of the biggest cities in Czechia and it has a large population of students who have made sure that the city has a vibrant nightlife. But one thing that stands out, in particular, is the Brno Ossuary, which is the 2nd largest in all of Europe.
It is also in Brno where you can see the mummies of the Capuchin Monks.
21. Sex Machines Museum
While this museum isn’t for everybody, it sure is something unique. The Sex Machines Museum in Prague displays gadgets, accessories, and machines for pleasure from various eras.
When it opened in 2002, it was the first of its kind in the world.
22. Kromeriz Castle and Gardens
If you like to stroll around beautiful gardens, then you’ll love to visit Kromeriz Castle Gardens.
Svíčková is a traditional Czech meat dish that you should try unless you’re vegetarian or vegan. It is basically a sirloin steak prepared with vegetables and spices served with Houskove Knedliky, which is the Czech version of boiled dumplings.
24. Karlovy Vary
This is the most famous spa town in Czechia and celebrities and royals from all over the world have come here for centuries. There are various hot springs in the area with therapeutic effects.
One of the highlights in Karlovy Vary is to buy one of the spa cups and sip on thermal water with different kinds of minerals and temperatures.
If you like to try unique alcoholic beverages while traveling, the Becherovka is produced in Karlovy Vary, and it’s a true classic.
26. Cervena Lhota
This castle is probably the cutest of them all in the Czech Republic and definitely worth a visit. Cervena Lhota is located in South Bohemia.
27. Garlic Soup
Another famous Czech dish is the garlic soup, with locally grown garlic.
Liberec is famous for its town hall and castle, and the Ještěd Tower. It has a beautiful square and is a great option if you want to experience a beautiful larger Czech city that doesn’t see much tourism.
Coca-Cola doesn’t see much competition worldwide, and it has almost become a synonym to cola, but in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, there’s a real contender for the cola title.
Here you’ll find the local Kofola, which was created during the communist regime and was introduced in 1960. Coca-Cola and Pepsi were not widely available at the time, and Kofola became the number one choice for many in Czechoslovakia.
30. Cesky Krumlov
Probably one of the most touristy destinations after Prague, but nonetheless amazing. Cesky Krumlov is popular for a good reason and this quaint little town is like a fairytale.
It’s declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992, and it’s located in the South Bohemian region.
When it comes to transport and industry, Skoda is the Czech pride. The car manufacturer has been making cars since 1895 when it started as Laurin & Klement. Still today, you can admire many veteran cars that have been preserved in the streets and some museums.
32. Bouzov Castle
If you’re traveling to Olomouc, make sure to include a visit to Bouzov Castle, which is quite impressive and closely located. It was first mentioned in 1317 and is often regarded as one of the most beautiful castles in Czechia.
33. Kutna Hora
Earlier, I told you about Sedlec Ossuary, which is located just in the outskirts of Kutna Hora. But while visiting, you shouldn’t miss to include some time here as well.
It’s a charming town with some impressive historical sites. The most famous is perhaps the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of our Lady at Sedlec.
34. Czech Jewelry
Czech Jewelry has been associated with elegance and glamour for a long period of time. The Bohemian garnets are especially famous, and you will find many beautiful Czech pieces of jewelry while traveling around the country.
35. Olomouc Cheese
If you enjoy tasting unique foods, then the Olomouc cheese is another good reason to visit Czechia. It has a peculiar taste that you will either love or hate.
36. Podyji National Park
This is the smallest national park in Czechia, but it’s still important and more than 152 species of birds call this place home. This is also where you can find Sobes, which is one of the oldest and most renowned vineyard tracks in the Czech Republic.
The river is also beautiful, and there are possibilities for walking and cycling trips.
While Trdelnik doesn’t have Czech origins, it’s still available in most cities. There are only a few central European countries serving these, and Czechia is one of them, so make sure to eat one while visiting, they’re delicious!
38. Ceske Budejovice
This is the capital of South Bohemia, and it has a lovely old town center with beautiful architecture and historical buildings. It has a population of almost 100 000, so it’s a smaller town, but it has everything modern as well as the old.
It’s definitely a great option for a weekend trip in Czechia.
39. Czech Spa Wafer
The Spa Wafer was created in Marianske Lazne and Karlovy Vary and quickly became popular among the spa guests. Since then, the tradition has carried on and if you visit these spa towns, you should definitely try some spa wafers.
40. The Dancing House in Prague
If you like to admire cool and unique architecture, the Dancing House in Prague is another good reason to visit the Czech Republic. Locally it is known as Tančící dům.
41. Jindrichuv Hradec Castle
If you are a true castle lover, you won’t want to miss this one. It opened already in 1260, and is the third largest historical castle in the country!
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love these hard licorice candies that date back to the 1920s. The recipe of these goes back even further back in time to 1877.
43. Litomyšl Castle
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site that deserves more international visitors. The Litomyšl Castle is located in the town with the same name. It is one of the largest Renaissance castles in the whole country.
Another beautiful city that shouldn’t be missed! Jičín is located in the Hradec Králové Region, which is the same as the Bohemian Paradise.
Ostrava is a major industrial city, but there’s more to it than that. There’s a beautiful old city center and it is home to about 300 000 people.
46. Krkonoše National Park
In this national park, you will be met with beautiful scenery and mountains. It’s a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site and has some unique fauna.
Another Czech Sweet treat that you should try while visiting! Kofila is basically a chocolate bar with a gooey truffle-flavored filling.
48. Šumava National Park
If you want a nature experience, the Sumava national park is a great choice. It is located in Southwestern Czechia and is home to animals such as Elk, Northern Lynx, Deer, Bore Alpine birds, and many more.
49. Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk
Another impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Pilgrimage church is located in Zelena Hora.
50. Cesky Sternberk Castle
Most people visit the Czech Republic during summer or spring and autumn, but it’s also beautiful in winter, and the Cesky Sternberk castle is just one of many good examples of the beauty that can be seen in Czechia during winter.
A traditional Czech village that has been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
If you enjoy visiting picturesque towns, then you should write down Cheb on your list. Have you ever seen cute houses like these before?
53. Villa Tugendhat
If you like architecture, the Villa Tugendhat is an extraordinary example of modern architecture from the 1920s. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can book a guided tour.
Krivoklat is a beautiful medieval castle founded in the 12th century in the Central Bohemian region.
Last but not least, the capital and most popular tourist destination in the country, Prague. It’s truly an amazing city with beautiful architecture, charming cafes, and many historical buildings.
Everyone should visit Prague at least once in their lifetime to experience its beauty. The reason why I left this at last place is simply that most people already know about Prague, and I wanted to show the diversity of Czechia.
The Christmas market is one of the highlights eventwise, but it’s a lovely destination year-round, especially during summer and autumn before it gets colder.
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