Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Konopiště

Konopiště Chateau

Archduke Franz Ferdinand d’Este, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is famous for being dead – it was his assassination in 1914 that sparked WWI. But the archduke was an enigmatic figure who avoided the intrigues …
Top Choice Castle in Karlštejn

Karlštejn Castle

Karlštejn Castle, 30km southwest of Prague, started life in 1348 as a hideaway for the crown jewels of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. After falling into disrepair over the centuries it has been restored to such fair…
Top Choice Museum in Plzeň

Techmania Science Centre

Kids will have a ball at this high-tech, interactive science centre where they can play with infrared cameras, magnets and many other instructive and fun exhibits. There's a 3D planetarium (included in the full-pric…
Top Choice Church in Kutná Hora

Sedlec Ossuary

When the Schwarzenbergs purchased Sedlec monastery (2.5km northeast of the town centre) in 1870 they allowed local woodcarver František Rint to get creative with the bones piled in the crypt (the remains of around 4…
Top Choice Castle in Český Krumlov

Český Krumlov State Castle

Český Krumlov's striking Renaissance castle, occupying a promontory high above the town, began life in the 13th century. It acquired its present appearance in the 16th to 18th centuries under the stewardship of the …
Top Choice Church in Kutná Hora

Cathedral of St Barbara

Kutná Hora’s greatest monument is the Gothic Cathedral of St Barbara. Rivalling Prague’s St Vitus in size and magnificence, its soaring nave culminates in elegant, six-petalled ribbed vaulting, and the ambulatory ch…
Top Choice Brewery in Plzeň

Pilsner Urquell Brewery

Plzeň's most popular attraction is the tour of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery, in operation since 1842 and arguably home to the world's best beer. Entry is by guided tour only, with three tours in English available dai…
Top Choice Spring in Karlovy Vary

Hot Spring Colonnade

The Hot Spring Colonnade is in an incongruous concrete-and-glass functionalist structure built in 1975 and once dedicated to Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. It houses the most impressive of the town's geysers, Pramen…
Top Choice Spring in Karlovy Vary

Mill Colonnade

The most impressive piece of architecture in Karlovy Vary is the neo-Renaissance Mill Colonnade (built 1871–81), with five different springs, rooftop statues depicting the months of the year, and a little bandstand.…
Castle in Hluboká nad Vltavou

Hluboká Chateau

A raven pecking the eyes from a Turk's head (the grisly crest of the Schwarzenberg family) may be a recurrent decorative motif at Hluboká Chateau, but the image is at odds with the building's overt romanticism. The …