Day Trips in PragueEdit This
A trip to Prague just isn't complete without checking out some of the incredible surrounding cities. Here are some great day trips to keep in mind for your next vacation:
Plzen (Pilsen in German)
If you're a fan of beer, don't miss the Plzen Brewery Museum and the Pilsner Urquell Brewery! To get to Plzen from Prague, you have many options; take the bus, the train, or simply drive. Buses leave every 15 minutes from Florenc, the bus station in Prague. You can buy a one-way ticket for about $5. The train is a bit more expensive, and it's also a little slower, so if journey time is important your best bet is to take the bus. After about 1.5 hours, you'll arrive in Plzen; make your way to the museum, it's easy to find. Here you can explore the history of beer from its origins until present day. The brewing history of Plzen goes back to 1295, while the brewing of Pilsner, for which the town is famous, was developed by the Prazdroj Brewery. Brewery Tours run daily, groups of 10 or more can make a reservation, smaller groups can join one of the scheduled tours, in Czech, English or German.
Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad in German)
For a relaxing spa day, visit the spa city of Karlovy Vary. Soak in the curative mineral waters for awhile, buy some famous Karlovy Vary pink porceline, eat a tasty spa waffle, and if you dare, try drinking some of the hot mineral water sold by the cup. Also try Becherovka, a well-known, one hundred percent Czech liquor made out of herbs. It takes about 2.5 hours to get to Karlovy Vary from Prague by bus and costs approximately $20 for a round-trip ticket.
Everyone loves a good medieval city, so what better city to go to than Cesky Krumlov? A UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its perfectly preserved medieval center and castle, this city holds the second largest castle in Bohemia. The best time to go is during the Five-Petaled Rose Festival in June. Watch the jousting and fencing, folk theater events, and the fireworks above the castle. The city goes back to the Middle Ages at this time of year, so keep an eye out for all the people dressed in costume, it's quite a sight. Nature lovers will enjoy the Sumava National Park, the largest in the country. To get to Cesky Krumlov, take the bus at $9 one way (3hr), or the train at $13 one way (4hr 20min). The train is more scenic, but the bus is cheaper as well as faster.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is Kutna Hora, which arose out of the exploitation of silver mines. The city is known for its fabulous Gothic architecture, bestowed upon it by royalty. Take a look at St. Barbara's Church, the Gothic Stone Haus (which is now a museum), St. James Church, and the Cathedral of Our Lady. All are striking, monumental examples of this type of architecture. By train, it costs about $4 to get to Kutna Hora from Prague and takes around an hour.