In the Czech Republic, there are many interesting places for excursions and walks. Beer festivals, concerts, and exhibitions are held every month. We have prepared a list of places and events recommended for visiting for you. Look. You may find an idea of how to spend a weekend or holiday.
How to see the paintings of Raphael, Rubens, Velazquez, Titian, and Rembrandt in one day? You will accomplish this task by going from Prague to Dresden. Just visit the Dresden art gallery. This gallery that was founded in the 16th century has now one of the largest collections of paintings in the world claiming the title of the most famous German museum. Many people visit the Gallery of Old Masters to see “Sistine Madonna” by Raphael. In addition to this masterpiece of painting, art lovers are attracted by the following: “Portrait of a Young Man” by Dürer, “The Chocolate Girl” by Jean-Etienne Lyotard, “The Sleeping Venus” by Giorgione, “Caesar's Dinar” by Titian, “The procuress” by Vermeer. More than a thousand paintings by old masters are exhibited here. You can see the works of representatives of the Flemish Baroque and Dutch Renaissance, paintings by French and Spanish artists of the 17th century, worthy examples of an English school of the 18th century and Dutch paintings. Opening hours of the Dresden art gallery: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00-18:00. Please, note that children under 17 years old are allowed for free. If you do not want to stand in line, you can buy tickets online. Address: Dresden, Theaterplatz 1
The historic center of Chesky Krumlov and its castle are included in the UNESCO world heritage list. You would like to see the grand structure and find out more about the history of these places? Come on an excursion to Chesky Krumlov. Chesky Krumlov is the second largest castle in the Czech Republic after Prague. It is on the rocky bank of the Vltava River; it occupies almost 11 hectares. It consists of more than 40 buildings, several bridges, a park, and a baroque theater. So, you could calmly inspect all the buildings, allot a whole day for the tour. The castle complex was built over 6 centuries. Therefore, it is difficult to name a single architectural style of this complex. Here you will find elements of Classicism, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. The most famous buildings are the Renaissance Castle Tower, the first Baroque theater in Europe, Gothic cellars, a 17th-century fountain, and a three-story Cloak Bridge. Tourists are attracted by the Bear Pit park with a summer theater. Various buildings of the complex have their opening hours that also depend on a season - you better check the relevant information before the trip. The park is open from May to September - from 9:00 to 19:00, and up to 17:00 in October and April. You can see the castle park and the pit with bears for free. You need to buy tickets to see various buildings. There is a single ticket for all the attractions of the complex. You can buy individual tickets to the castle museum to enter the Main tower, the theater, and other places. Address: Chesky Krumlov, Zámek 58
The Czech Republic is famous for breweries. If you want to find out about how this drink appeared and how it is made, visit the Pilsner brewery. The factory provides guided tours lasting 100 minutes. You will be able to see one of the most powerful bottling factories in Europe and find out, which raw materials are used to brew beer and which brewing methods are used. During the tour, you will see the 19th-century brewing equipment and a brewing boiler, where the first Pilsner beer was made. An interesting part of the tour is a visit to the historic brewing cellars. There you will see a “beer blanket”, modern and old beer vats. Tasting completes the journey. It takes place in the basement, where a foamy drink matures. Tourists are poured beer from the oak barrels standing there - atmospheric tasting is guaranteed. The plant is open from 7:00 to 23:00. Address: Pilsen, U Prazdroje 7
Prague Castle is the largest castle complex not only in the Czech Republic but also in the world. You can spend several days there. Choose what is more interesting to you and go on an excursion. Prague Castle in on the left bank of the Vltava River. It occupies an area of 45 hectares. There are towers, streets, and gardens, several palaces, and churches. The castle acquired its final appearance only in the 20th century, so you can see elements of almost all architectural styles in it. Here you will find the ruins of the 10th-century Romanesque buildings, 14th-century Gothic buildings, and buildings that were erected in the First Czechoslovak Republic. Among the main sights, there are the majestic St. Vitus Cathedral, an art gallery and the oldest church of the St. George Basilica complex. It is worth visiting the old royal palace that was the residence of Czech kings for several centuries; now there are historical exhibitions held. Tourists find Zlata street and the royal garden popular. Another sight is the guard of honor shift that you can see and take photos of (the main one takes place at noon daily). The Prague Castle complex is open from 6:00 to 22:00. You can get to the gardens of Prague castle from 9:00 to 18:00 from April to October. Different buildings may be opened at different hours. For instance, the famous St. Vitus Cathedral is open from 9:00 from Monday to Saturday and from 12:00 on Sunday; you can go there until 16:40. Address: Prague, Hrad I. nádvoří č. p 1
Loket, one of the atmospheric castles of the Czech Republic, attracts lovers of history. Would you like to go to the Middle Ages and see old buildings? This place will not disappoint you. The Gothic castle was built in the 12th century. It is on the Orge River; it used to be famous as the most impregnable castle in the Czech Republic. The complex is divided into 9 parts. Among the main sights, there are the oldest rotunda chapel, the Margrave house that now houses an exhibition of porcelain, as well as a weapons museum. Many tourists are attracted by an excursion to the castle's cellar; there used to be a medieval torture chamber. The castle has its legends and traditions. In the complex, you will find different statues of gnomes and mythical characters. The most famous are dwarf Gotstein whose touch on the mustache brings success, and brownie Shtrakakal that hunts for poorly combed children. The loket is open for visitors from 09:00. Depending on a season, it is closed at 16:00, 17:00 or 18:30. Last visitors are allowed 30 minutes before closing. Address: Loket, Zámecká 67
Currency exchange is one of the necessary things that tourists do when they arrive in a new country. However, the exchange rate at different places can vary. This means you risk spending more than planned. Read the tips below and this will not happen. We know the more profitable places to change currency in the Czech Republic. Rules for profitable currency exchange in the Czech Republic: Do not change the currency immediately at the airport. Here the rate will be very unprofitable for you. If you come to Prague, go to the city center. You better change the currency at private exchange companies in the city center. Banks do not always offer favorable exchange conditions and charge a fee for their services. The best place to exchange currency in Karlovy Vary is the city center. The Vietnamese have the most favorable rate. The main advice would be to check with the seller how much you will receive at each currency exchange. You can ask to write the amount or show it on the calculator. Keep this note with you until you receive the amount from the cash register. We hope these simple tips save your money.