Long gone are the days when the Czech Republic was an obscure destination far off the Euro-tripper’s radar. Driven by a ever-growing obsession with Prague’s ageless glory, hordes of travellers now flock to Czechia with as much gusto as they tackle Germany, Austria or Italy.
Yet many travellers have yet to discover: There’s far more to the Czech Republic than its capital. Yes, Prague is one of my favourite European cities, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg when you’re planning out what to do in Czech Republic.
Looking to explore beyond Prague? Set your Czechia travel plans in motion with this comprehensive 10-day Czech Republic itinerary…
Table of Contents
- 10 days in Czech Republic: Things to know before you go
- Where to go in Czech Republic: A complete 10-day itinerary
- 10-day Czech Republic itinerary: Tips, tweaks & more places to visit
- Beyond Czech Republic in 10 days: Where to visit next
10 days in Czech Republic: Things to know before you go
When to go to Czech Republic
Like in most Central European countries, you should always expect the unexpected in Czech Republic when it comes to weather. Czech Republic sports a typical continental European climate ranging between hot & humid summers to cooler winters.
On any given day—whether in summer or winter or any season in between—you can find yourself moving from clear sunny skies to wet & grey within zero seconds flat.
Overall, the best time to visit the Czech Republic is in late spring or early fall, particularly May and September. In both these shoulder months, you’ll be freed from the worst of the tourist crowds while still getting to enjoy some warmer weather.
Do I need travel insurance for Czech Republic?
One of the most common questions you’ll ask yourself while planning a trip is: Is travel insurance worth it? The answer, for me, is actually quite clear cut: Yes, it really is!
Even in a modern European country like Czech Republic, accidents can happen. Whether its twisting your ankle on the cobblestoned streets of Prague or misplacing your bag on a bus on route to Telc, there’s always the chance that things won’t always go your way as you trot along on your itinerary.
For some travellers, getting travel insurance for Czech Republic might even be necessary.
If you’re not from a country that enjoys visa-free entry into the Schengen area, your visa application will require proof of at least €30,000 of medical coverage in case of in-country emergency. (And that should be considered a bare minimum as health care costs in Europe aren’t exactly known for being cheap!)
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Get connected in Czech Republic
As you’d expect in a modern European country, you won’t have much trouble staying connected in Czechia. In the country’s most popular tourist centres like Prague, Cesky Krumlov or Brno, you’ll have no problem finding free WiFi at restaurants, cafés, and hotels.
The biggest problem you might encounter is reliability. As with anywhere, using public WiFi has its limitations. You’ll often face connectivity issues due to sharing bandwidth with countless other patrons or simply slow connections due to outdated equipment.
Far better is to rent your own 4G WiFi Hotspot for Czech Republic. With it, you’ll enjoy 4G coverage on your own device wherever you are in the country.
Virtual Private Network
Whenever you’re connecting to the Internet, whether at home or abroad, your data could be at risk. Whether its your browsing history or—far worse—sensitive data like passwords or banking information, you want to do as much as you can to make sure your information is safe from prying eyes.
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Other Czech Republic travel planning resources
Ready to plan out your Czech Republic itinerary? Don’t forget the following travel essentials before you go!
- Guidebooks: As much I rely on technology these days, I rarely travel without print guidebooks. Lonely Planet Prague & Czech Republic offers one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date travel guides for the country.
- Phrasebooks: Outside of Prague, where English is spoken relatively commonly, there’s a good chance that the Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook & Dictionary will come in handy!
- Language learning resources: If you want to dig deeper into the difficult but satisfying Czech language, check out Teach Yourself Complete Czech and Routledge Colloquial Czech (audio available online). They’re the two best self-study Czech audio + book courses to take you from absolute beginner to more intermediate learner with a little (maybe a lot of) work.
Where to go in Czech Republic: A complete 10-day itinerary
Like many countries in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is compact. And for travellers, this is a massive blessing!
Whereas checking out a country like Germany in 10 days will leave you scrambling, exploring the breadth of Czech Republic on a time-crunch can give you a quick view of nearly every corner of the small country.
Of course, as with all of our 10-day itineraries, you’re not going to see everything the Czech Republic offers. With the exception of spending a little longer in Prague, we’ve sped up our travel plans a little more than our usual minimalist approach would suggest. This is mostly because of how close each of the destinations are to one another. Short bus or train rides mean that you’ll rarely arrive at your stops fatigued as you might elsewhere on the continent.
If you’ve got extra time, you might want to stretch out this 10-day Czech Republic itinerary to explore each stop in more depth at a less rushed pace. Otherwise, check out the itinerary tweaks in the summary to tailor a trip to better meet your travel preferences and time frames.
Let’s see what Czechia has in store…
Don’t even think about exploring the Czech Republic without making the ever-amazing Prague your introduction. For many travellers, Czech dreams end here. It’s not ideal, but not exactly horrible either: Even in a continent known for charming cities, Prague is pretty friggin’ special.
Fortunately, you’ve got a little more time to explore! Use Prague as your springboard to your Czech Republic itinerary. It’s a warm welcome to say the least, and one that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
I’d recommend at least 4 days here at minimum. There’s absolutely no chance you’ll be bored in that time.
And besides, on the off chance—and it really is a stretch—that you quickly grow tired of the city, there’s always a multitude of awesome day trips from Prague that will let you easily take in some of the Czech Republic’s other finest moments.
What to Do in Prague
Prague is one of those cities that nearly everyone falls in love with at first sight. It’s truly hard to express the feeling of wandering into Old Town Square and letting the city unveil itself to you for the first time. Prepare to run out of superlatives. Quickly.
Before we get into all the interesting things to do in Prague, perhaps a word of warning’s in order.
So, Prague isn’t exactly the quite the off-beat destination it was in what now seems like a entire lifetime ago. The crowds, especially in tourism high season, are at critical mass.
If you can manage to see past the throngs though, you’ll get a glimpse of what’s been around for centuries: A charming city that’s easily one of Europe’s best and one that will always keep you entertained.
Step into the past in Old Town Prague
It’s possible that there’s no more exhilarating feeling in Europe than plunging into Old Town Prague. Much of what you see as your scour the streets of Old Town dates back centuries. Unlike other cities and their mostly reconstructed old towns, Prague’s the real deal. Old Town isn’t just a collection of well-done replicas but real Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces that have withstood the test of time.
Start your exploration at Old Town Square, Prague’s historical centre plaza. Wandering in any direction from here will leave you in mesmerized, but try to stick around, knocking elbows with the masses, to see some of the treasures that lie around.
Reaching above the square is Old Town Hall Tower, an architectural gem with Gothic flair that dates back of 1338. Heading up the tower for epic views over Old Town Square is almost obligatory, but don’t forget to first check out the Prague Astronomical Clock. Mounted on the exterior of Old Town Hall Tower, this stunning 15th-century clock tells a visual story of Jesus and his Apostles along with a stern warning on the vices of vanity, greed, and lust.
Spend at least a day on your itinerary wandering around Old Town Prague. Keep your eyes peeled for other cool attractions like the Old Jewish Cemetery, Church of Our Lady before Týn, and the Prague Jewish Museum, a collection of synagogues in the Josefov area.
Explore Prague Castle
From Old Town, cross over the perpetually crowded Charles Bridge (Karlův most) to Malá Strana, home to the feather in Prague’s cap: Prague Castle.
Prague Castle is an absolute must-see on any Prague itinerary, but its name might seem like misnomer. Don’t expect something like Neuschwanstein Castle or even the more local Karlstejn Castle. Prague Castle is less a fairytale dream than a complex of Gothic and Renaissance palaces, streets, and courtyards that swing back to the Middle Ages.
The standout feature of Prague Castle is the massive St. Vitus Cathedral, the Czech Republic’s most important church and a masterpiece of Gothic style. The awe-striking exterior doesn’t disappoint as you walk into the church only to be dwarfed by the sprawling vaults, pillars, and stained glass windows.
In between ducking in and out of the complex’s palaces and courtyards, take a look at the 16th-century Golden Lane in the northeast corner of Prague Castle. The petite and colourful medieval merchant homes are quite a contrast to the Renaissance and Baroque stylings elsewhere in the city.
Sip on a cold one Letna beer garden
So, I’m sure you’re well aware: Prague’s no stranger to beer. Nearly everywhere you turn you’re bound to find cheap, delicious pints to soak away your stresses.
One of my favourite places in Prague for a quick beer is Letna Beer Garden, not far from Prague Castle. The views over Old Town from here are absolutely spectacular.
There’s not much of a beer selection (especially when compared to other brew pubs in Prague), but that shouldn’t stop you from sucking in some fresh air and sipping on a cold one among some great greenery and good company.
Escape Old Town at Vyšehrad
When the Old Town throngs have finally set you on edge, escape the city centre to the relative peace of Vyšehrad.
With just a short metro ride you’ll find your way to one of the city’s most important historical sites—and one that doesn’t seem to get the same tourist love as those closer to the centre.
There’s truthfully not a whole lot to do here. Besides a few sites like the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul at Vysehrad and the Rotunda of St. Martin, the real reason to come out to Vysehrad is for some relaxation and to take in the sweeping views towards Old Town over the snaking Vltava River.
Get haunted on day trip to Kutna Hora
Now, there’s a ton of awesome day trips from Prague. But if you have time for only one, make it to the haunting town of Kutna Hora.
Just an hour away from Prague by train, Kutna Hora isn’t short on charm, and is the perfect escape from the extreme crowds of Czech Republic’s capital.
Walking around town, with its remarkable architectural delights, is enough to make the trip worthwhile. But the real drawcard in Kutna Hora is the one-two punch of the Sedlec Ossuary and Cathedral of St. Barbara.
From the train station, it’s a mere 15-minute walk to Sedlec Ossuary, holding sway as one of the world’s creepiest tourist attractions. Inside, you’ll find an assortment of human bones decorating the chapel. Don’t miss the centrepiece, a chilling bone chandelier hung with a nearly whole set of human bones.
Elsewhere in Kutna Hora, shake the chills from your spine with the far less macabre Cathedral of St. Barbara. While it’s not as dominant as St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, the Gothic spires and external vaults surrounding the church give it a vibe that’s refreshing among European churches. Well worthy of its UNESCO heritage site status, I’d say.
Where to Stay in Prague
Prepare to get a little frustrated when embarking on your journey to find where to stay in Prague. The city’s growing popularity has seen an explosion of options to the point of complete accommodation market chaos. Add on top of this ever-surging prices and a never-ending battle with unavailability and you’ll see why it’s no easy feat!
I always recommend staying in or near Old Town when visiting Prague. You’ll appreciate being within close walking distance of many of the top attractions in the city. Just keep in mind that, at almost any time of year, you’ll need to book well ahead of time in Prague. Here are a couple of our top picks to try out:
- Hotel Lippert: About as close as you can get to Old Town Square without being on it. Considering the location, its large rooms are a surprisingly good value.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- My Old Prague’s Hall of Music: Located in Josefov among the Prague Jewish Museum, these apartment are a great alternative to the often over-priced hotels in Old Town. The neighbourhood is fairly quiet, too.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- Salvator Boutique Hotel: A 4-star boutique hotel that offers clean, quiet rooms with city & garden views steps away from Wenceslas Square and the Prague National Museum.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- Savic Hotel: A hotel with supreme traditional Czech charm located in a historic building in the heart of Old Town. Besides the delightful rooms, the on-site restaurant serves up excellent local fare.
- Booking.com | Agoda
How to Get to Prague
Prague is the most important gateway to the Czech Republic and sees the lion’s share of international flight arrivals. Searching well ahead of time, you should be able to find reasonably cheap flights to Václav Havel Airport (PRG) from several North American and European cities.
At the lower end of prices, expect to pay about C$700 from Canada, $500 from the US, and £45 from the United Kingdom return.
Looking for cheap flights to Prague? I’d recommend searching for airfare deals on CheapOair! It’s my new favourite flight search engine online. More often than not, it’ll hash out fares that are much lower than other more popular OTAs like Skyscanner.
From the capital, head south into the heart of Bohemia to the picture-perfect town of Český Krumlov. Not long ago Cesky Krumlov was a relatively unknown gem. Unfortunately, it’s obscurity seems to have past.
I knew a town this captivating wouldn’t stay quiet for long. From my first visit to my most recent, much has changed in Cesky Krumlov. The thick crowds have since pushed in, and the tourism industry has reared its ugly head to cash in on the beauty. Despite it’s popularity, one thing remains: This town’s still one heck of a charmer.
It’s possible as a day trip from Prague, but try to give yourself at least two full days in Cesky Krumlov. You’ll be able to enjoy the town at a super leisurely pace and even get a chance to explore the surrounding area.
TIP: Driving a car? Stop over for lunch in České Budějovice en route to Cesky Krumlov from Prague to check out its epic Přemysl Otakar II Square!
What to Do in Cesky Krumlov
When you’re coming from the tourist wonderland of Prague, it can seem like there aren’t a whole lot of things to do in Cesky Krumlov. And it’s true in a sense.
Much of the beauty of Cesky Krumlov reveals itself as you wander aimlessly through the streets. Traversing the Old Town from end to end only takes about 20 minutes, yet you can still find yourself getting lost along the way along the cobblestones and narrow alleyways.
Start with the following ideas and leave yourself time to simply wander. Finding time to duck into hole-in-wall restaurants and pubs for some hearty food & drink is where much of the true Cesky Krumlov experience lies.
Seek out royal views at Český Krumlov Castle
It’s surprising when you discover that a town as small as Cesky Krumlov has such a massive attraction. Next to Prague Castle, Cesky Krumlov Castle in the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic. Like so many gems in this country, the history dates back to the mid-13th century, and the castle wears that past on its sleeve.
Over time, successive rulers slapped a hodgepodge of Renaissance and Baroque styles to create an architectural mix that’s wholly unique. The views of the town from atop the castle are worth the admission alone, but be sure to carve out time to explore its courtyards, gardens and passageways thoroughly—you’ll never know what kind of treasures you’ll stumble upon.
Wander aimlessly through Old Town
You can probably trace the boon for Cesky Krumlov’s popularity back to around 1992 when UNESCO dropped world heritage status on its stunning Old Town. Although it seems to have lost some of its former charms due to overdevelopment, Old Town is still an incredibly interesting place to meander around to check out its blend of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
The quickest way to experience Cesky Krumlov is to walk south along Latrán to náměstí Svornosti in the heart of Old Town, weaving in and out of alleyways along the way. To fuel up with some delicious Czech cuisine, stop in at Papa’s Living Restaurant (Latrán 13), one of the best local restaurants in the town.
Float down the Vltava River
With the ever-increasing popularity of Cesky Krumlov, the attention’s moved beyond the streets to the waterways of the Vltava. On the edge of Old Town you’ll notice a smattering of adventure sports outfits ready to get your adrenaline pumping on the river.
One reason to grab more than one day in Cesky Krumlov is to spend some time floating around the Vltava River. Just don’t take the Vltava too lightly. I’d recommend hooking up with an experienced outfitter with Malecek Rafting to help you navigate the river safely. There’s some rough water not far from town that can leave you a little battered and bruised—or even worse!—if you don’t know where you’re going.
Where to Stay in Cesky Krumlov
Since it’s a fairly small town, choosing where to stay in Cesky Krumlov is a little less of a challenge than in a big city like Prague. You find find as much in the way of traditional hotels as you will guesthouses, pensions and private apartments. Here are a few good options close to the centre of town:
- Pension Faber: A beautiful guesthouse set in a 15th-century building on Latrán, the main approach to Old Town. Offers splendid clean rooms and a terrific roof terrace. Cesky Krumlov Castle is just steps away.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- Residence Muzeum Vltavínů: A homey apartment with modern furnishings and a dash of traditional Czech architectural style. Located in the heart of Old Town.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- Largo: A chic Old Town favourite that oozes with style. Its location in the shadow of Cesky Krumlov Castle is simply magnificent.
- Booking.com | Agoda
How to Get to Cesky Krumlov
By public transportation, the fastest and most convenient route from Prague to Cesky Krumlov is by bus, clocking in at just under 3 hours. Direct RegioJet buses to Cesky Krumlov leave Prague Na Knížecí hourly from 6:00 to 21:00 (€7.10-€7.70). This is a popular route so you may want to purchase your ticket in advance!
The approach to the UNESCO-listed town of Telč can be a little underwhelming. Give it a minute.
Once you step into the town, popping out into Telč’s glorious town square, lined with colourful Renaissance and Baroque architecture, you’ll see what all the fuss is about.
With just under 6,000 denizens, Telč is truly tiny. You probably won’t want to spend much more than a day here. (Although, let’s be honest, would lingering slightly longer in a town like this be a bad idea?)
What to Do in Telč
It’s not surprising with its size: You won’t find a whole lot of things to do in Telč. Most of your exploration will be confined to getting to know the city centre leisurely, and simply taking pleasure in the sights in front of you. If you’ve only got a day, focus in on Telč’s two star attractions:
Let your jaw drop at Zachariáš of Hradec Square
For Telč to win you over, it’s as easy as stepping into the Zachariáš of Hradec Square (Telč Square). Lined with a colourful array of Renaissance and Baroque houses connected by a seamless arcade, this elongated square is easily one of the most beautiful in the Czech Republic.
Besides gawking at the ornate merchant houses, take time to check out Telč Town Hall, St. Jacob’s Church and the Church of the Holy Spirit, all lining Telč’s main square. Or if you’d rather just chill, grab a seat at one of the square’s outdoor cafés to simply relax and take in the beauty.
Marvel at Telč Castle
Once you’ve had your fill in town, follow the square to its northwest corner to dive deep into Telč Castle. Originally built as a 14th-century Gothic fortress, Telč Castle underwent a series of renovations just two centuries later to become one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Moravia.
Inside the chateau, you’ll marvel at the ornate decorations lining ceremonial halls culminating at the glorious splendor of the Golden Hall. The residence rooms, although not quite as compelling as the halls, give you a quick glimpse into the lives of the castle’s 19th- and 20th-century residents, the Podstatský-Lichtenštejns.
The only way to visit Telč Castle is with a guided tour. Choose between either Route A (Renaissance Halls) or Route B (Residence Rooms). Each lasts between 40 and 50 minutes. Book your tickets at the gate tower (80 Kč/€3).
Where to Stay in Telč
Considering the town’s size, it’s not a surprise that choosing where to stay in Telč isn’t exactly a brain buster. Like many smaller European towns, mostly guesthouses and small pensions occupy the accommodations scene. Check out a few of these top picks:
- Kotrba privat: A small lovely guesthouse located directly on the main square that’s absolute superb value for its location. Furnishings are a little dated but rooms are super clean and the service is top-notch.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- Penzion Kamenne Slunce: An excellent guesthouse with loads of Czech country charm. The more expensive apartment units feature a hot tub and fireplace.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- Hotel Telč: A delightful 3-star hotel in the heart of Telč. The clean & comfortable rooms fuse together both modern and rustic elements for a wholly unique vibe for the town.
- Booking.com | Agoda
How to Get to Telč
There are two daily RegioJet buses from Cesky Krumlov to Telč (06:00 and 11:00) that require a change in České Budějovice (07:00 and 12:30).
For this leg of the journey, it’s far easier, quicker, and more convenient to rent a car. With a car you’ll not only cut down transit time but be able to fit in other quaint towns like Třeboň en route.
It may be the Czech Republic’s second biggest city, but the Moravian capital of Brno isn’t exactly Prague Jr. With just a third of Prague’s population Brno’s got a far more provincial feel than the Czech capital. That doesn’t mean that its reputation as a boring place among Czech is well founded.
Sure, Brno lacks the hard-hitting tourist spots like its bigger Bohemian brother to the northwest. And it’s understandable: Prague’s one of the best travel destinations in the world.
All comparisons aside, Brno’s a great place to spend a couple days. Even if you run through the gamut of typical tourist stuff, you’ll love the chance to experience the city’s lively cafés, restaurants, brewpubs, and night clubs, some of which might even give Prague a run for its money.
What to Do in Brno
For most travellers, two days is plenty of time to run through most of a list of things to do in Brno. Most of Brno’s charms appear less in trying to find them in specific places than letting the city slowly reveal itself to you through its people, food, and drinks. Nonetheless, here are a few things to check out:
Look out onto the city among history at Špilberk Castle
Set upon a steep hill in the middle of Brno, the 13th-century Špilberk Castle stands out a the city’s most prominent feature. It’s played a major part in Brno’s history, for better or for worse.
Whether it stood as a royal castle, fortress or barracks, Špilberk Castle’s history was anything but boring. At its most infamous, Špilberk Castle even housed one of the most oppressive and brutal prisons in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Today, the complex is a national heritage monument where you can delve into some of the stories that make Špilberk Castle so fascinating. Pop into the Brno City Museum while you’re up here to get the lowdown on Moravia’s capital.
Visit The Cathedral Of Saints Peter And Paul
Like Špilberk Castle, it’s impossible to miss the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul peering over the city. Not only is this cathedral one of Brno’s most famous sites, it’s well known throughout all the Czech Republic as one of the country’s most important churches.
The roots of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul dig back to an 11th-century Romanesque chapel. Its current Gothic form took shape centuries later, adding an air of mystery to the city’s skyline.
Curiously enough, the clearly Gothic exterior betrays a Baroque interior that’s surprisingly a little more reminiscent of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome than St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.
To get the full experience, be sure to scale up the towers for a view of Brno from above, and head down to the crypts for a slightly unnerving experience.
Chill out in Park Lužánky
When you’re travelling from city to city, it’s sometimes hard to find moments of quietude. If that’s the case then you simply need to find time for Park Lužánky in Brno.
This isn’t your run-of-the-mill city park. Park Lužánky is the oldest of its kind in the Czech Republic and among the first in all of Central Europe with a birthdate stretching back to 1786.
Today, the 22-hectare park teems with trees, flowers, and recreational facilities that get Brno’s citizens jazzed up for the fresh air. You’ll find people playing sports, kids frolicking in the playgrounds, and aspiring grillmasters frying up meat for a picnic. Join in to less your travel stresses melt away.
Where to Stay in Brno
Compared to the sprawl that is Prague, it’s not difficult to figure out where to stay in Brno. The accommodations market in Brno, particularly in the city centre, is heavier on private apartment rentals rather than traditional hotels.
It’s good in a way. You’ll get a more local experience, and often end up paying less for higher quality rooms. Here are a few ideas:
- Cosy Design Apartment: A modern studio apartment with modern industrial flair in the heart of Brno.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- ADC Design Apartmány: Another beautiful design apartment that’s just steps away from St. James Church.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- Hotel Pegas Brno: A guesthouse situated in the shadow of Spilberk Castle. Moravia’s first brewery is located on site with its top beer selections served in the restaurant and on the hotel’s summer terrace.
- Booking.com | Agoda
How to Get to Brno
From Telč there are two direct RegioJet buses to Brno at 08:41 and 14:16. The journey takes two hours and costs between €4.30-4.90.
Alternatively, it’s less than 1.5 hours by car from Telč to Brno. Saving time isn’t the only bonus to renting a car. The Mikulov Wine Region is just a short ride from Brno, and makes for an excellent side trip if you’ve got a few extra days to spare.
There’s a chance you’ve never heard of Olomouc before. But visit for just one day, and there’s little chance you’ll ever forget it.
With a population just less than 100k, Olomouc surprises with a historical centre that’s perhaps rivalled only by Prague with in the Czech Republic. Even more surprising is that the wave still hasn’t quite caught on. Unlike places like Prague and Cesky Krumlov, you’ll find room to enjoy Olomouc without the pressing crowds.
Think of Olomouc as Moravia’s own version of Prague. It’s among the Czech Republic’s best places to visit for architecture, culture and religious heritage, and there’s a historic preservation zone here that is surpassed only by the Czech capital for size and wealth of buildings.
What to Do in Olomouc
With two World Heritage Sites and a host of brewpubs and restaurants, there’s more than enough to fill up at least a day. Get started with these ideas of things to do in Olomouc:
Holy Trinity Column
At the beginning of the new millennium, UNESCO honoured Olomouc’s Holy Trinity Column by pinning it to its World Heritage list. And it’s no wonder.
I mean, there’s no shortage of “plague” columns throughout Central Europe. But this one certainly takes the cake. Standing at a dizzying 35-metres, the Holy Trinity Column is one of the tallest Baroque sculptures in all of Central Europe.
Featured on the column is an array of ornate religious sculptures intricately carved by local artists. The figures depict several Catholic motifs—saints, apostles, the Virgin Mary, and, its namesake, the Holy Trinity. Inside the column, there’s a small chapel with some more detailed religious imagery carved into stone.
Gape at St. Wenceslas’ Cathedral
Elsewhere in Olomouc, prepared to be floored by the superlative St. Wenceslas’ Cathedral. With spires standing at over 100-metres, this massive cathedral isn’t just the defining feature of Olomouc but one of the country’s tallest buildings. And as far as cathedrals go, only St. Vitus in Prague surpasses its grandeur.
Like so many churches in Central Europe, St. Wenceslas’ Cathedral began with humble Romanesque origins. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the building’s distinctive Neo-Gothic façade took hold, betraying an interior that hasn’t changed since the Middle Ages.
When you’re done, scramble over to the neighbouring Archdiocesan Museum to catch the full 1000-year-old story of Olomouc.
Olomouc Town Hall
Digging back to the 14th century, Olomouc Town Hall is proof that the town’s architectural palette doesn’t end with its churches. There’s a ton to distract your attention on the façade with its narrow Gothic spires, arcade, and window decorations.
The real kicker here though is the building’s least historical element. Back in the 1950s, the communists built a socialist realist astronomical clock on Olomouc Town Hall, repairing the original that was destroyed during WWI. Rife with various communist motifs, the new Olomouc Astronomical Clock is a quirky look back into the Cold War mind, and not-to-be-missed when visiting Olomouc.
Where to Stay in Olomouc
You’ll notice quite a variety when choosing where to stay in Olomouc. There’s a good mix between hostels, hotels/guesthouses and private apartments. Here are a few ideas:
- Long Story Short Hostel & Café: A bright and modern hostel that’s a rarity in the European budget accommodations scene. Offers everything from dorms to a massive luxurious king room with a soaker tub.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- Hotel Penzion Na Hradě: A well-appointed guesthouse occupying a historic building on a quiet side street in the heart of Olomouc. The beautiful main square and its Holy Trinity Column is just minutes away by foot.
- Booking.com | Agoda
- Miss Sophie’s Olomouc: A super comfy boutique hotel that glows with impeccable modern & rustic design features. Its central location can’t be beat.
- Booking.com | Agoda
How to Get to Olomouc
The quickest way from Brno to Olomouc is by bus. RegioJet buses leave the Hotel Grand in Brno every couple of hours starting at 06:30. The bus ride takes just over an hour and costs €3.80.
10-day Czech Republic itinerary: Tips, tweaks & more places to visit
- Want to move around less? Stay a bit longer Prague and take advantage of its excellent transport connections to take cool Prague day trips to places like Plzen, Karlstejn and Karlovy Vary.
- Love wine? Set aside some time to visit the Mikulov Wine Region. With a car you can hit up the wine region as a day trip from Brno or, better yet, stay overnight in Mikulov or Pavlov to enjoy a wine tour without stress.
- Beer lover? You simply need to visit Plzen, birthplace of the world-famous Pilsner. Visiting as a day trip from Prague is very possible, but I’d recommend at least one night to get the most out of your trip.
- Need pure relaxation? The spa town of Karlovy Vary has been a famous retreat for centuries. Book yourself into an exclusive spa resort for a night or simply walk around town through the colonnades, sipping on the curative waters, on a day trip from Prague.
Beyond Czech Republic in 10 days: Where to visit next
- Slovakia: It’s a short skip and jump down to the country’s former Czechoslovakian brethren. Start your Slovakia itinerary in Bratislava, a highly underrated city that’s bound to put a smile on your face.
- Germany: Czech Republic and Germany go together like peanut butter & jelly. Spin your travel plans around or backtrack to Prague on the way to Berlin to launch an epic Germany itinerary of your own.
- Poland: From Olomouc march on towards the former Polish royal capital of Krakow, one of the best cities to visit in Europe. Enjoy a few days before firing off from Krakow to further explore one of Central Europe’s most compelling country on your own Poland itinerary.
- Austria: Consume more Wienerschnitzel and Mozartkugeln than you ever thought possible by extending your European vacation into the beautiful country of Austria. The capital of Vienna is just a short hop from Brno or Olomouc, and is the perfect place to launch a first-rate Austria itinerary.