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Prague’s Day Trips

In the center of the Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is Central Bohemia—a region that surrounds the city limits of Prague, and covers almost 14% of the total area in Czechia. Thick forests, towns that are photo worthy and castles all around, Central Bohemia is a charming land for a relaxed trip into Europe’s historical settings.


The city of Prague is often used in movies to depict other cities, including Moscow and Paris—a high compliment for the city. It is a city of art with a creative flow that can be seen in the architecture and many art galleries. Elevated above the city on a hill, and built in 879 AD, Prague Castle stands as the oldest ancient castle in the world (Guinness Book of World Records). Covering 750,000 square feet, the castle also includes the grand arched roof of the St. Vitus Cathedral and other churches. Beyond these must-see sites in Prague are cobblestone lanes leading to gardens and city squares. But, beyond even all this classically beautiful city has to offer, the surrounding area of Central Bohemia awaits the traveler.

Aerial view over Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Old Town and Prague Castle at sunset in Prague, Czech Republic

Konopiste Castle

A prominent castle in the Central Bohemia, and once a retreat for the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the Konopiste is an example of luxurious chateaux. At only a mile and half away from the town of Benešov, and only 45 minutes from Prague, the three-story castle has four wings in a Gothic and Renaissance style. Decorating the walls are over 100,000 animal trophies of fox, deer, and more. Multiple tours take the traveler through the grounds of this once royal retreat, including the decadent private quarters, the impressive Great Armory, the Trophy Room, and the forests that surround it.

Historic medieval Konopiste Castle in Czech Republic (central Bohemia, near Prague )


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Kutna Hora

An hour east of Prague, the town of Kutna Hora is a historic treat for the traveler. It was once the rival for importance with Prague, until the silver mines nearby dried up. The center of Kutna Hora is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A must for the traveler to visit are the churches of Gothic and Baroque architecture. The most important of these is St. Barbara’s Church. Construction of this church began in 1388, and is considered to be one of the most famous Gothic churches in Central Europe. Its magnificence shows inside and out, with sharp spires on the outside and an awesome ceiling on the inside to impress a sense of otherworldly space. The Sedlec Ossuary, meanwhile, has a completely different aesthetic. It is a monastery attached to the former Sedlec Abbey in Sedlec, and estimated to have the skeletons of approximately 40,000 and 70,000 arranged in macabre ways. The bones and skulls make up chandeliers, garlands, and more.

St Barbara’s Church in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic


Prague is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, with sights to woo the traveler. But, outside of the city, plenty of wonderful day trips await. With the Czech Tourism Authority curating the best of the best in and around Prague, charming towns, castles and rolling hills add to the already deep culture and alluring views. The Czech Republic is ready to receive the traveler and show them a good time with memories to last for quite a while.


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