Prague

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Natural springs, picturesque cathedrals, a major brewery, an historic fortress – the region surrounding Prague isn’t short on cultural attractions. Thankfully, public transportation is one of the nation’s greatest strengths. A system of trains and buses deliver curious tourists to their destinations efficiently and economically from the main station, Hlavní nádrazí. The transportation department’s useful website now offers thorough information in English on schedules and routes (www.dpp.cz/en).

Day Trips from Prague

Cesky Krumlov

Southern Bohemia’s crowning city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The long trip (3 hours by bus one way) makes it exhausting as a day trip, but it’s absolutely worth the detour as an overnight stay. Plan it into your itinerary for the majestic state castle and sports like ice skating, hockey and swimming.

118 miles south of Prague (3 hours by bus),
Tags: outdoors | history | day trip | sports | castle

Karlovy Vary

Soak up the benefits of this posh, pretty spa town’s hot springs alongside the jet-set. Other lures include hiking, shopping and cultural events like July’s international film festival.

70 miles west of Prague (2 hours by bus),
Tags: hiking | day trip

Kutna Hora

Once the nation’s second-largest city, this old silver-mining town houses St. Barbara’s Cathedral (Barborska) and the gruesome Sedlec Ossuary (bone church) with the creatively arranged bones of 40,000 Black Plague victims.

40 miles southeast of Prague (1 hour by train),
Tags: family | architecture | day trip | religious

Plsen

Make a pilgrimage to this beer capital – they’ve been brewing since 1295 – and modern industrial center, in the country’s fourth biggest town. Tour the famous Prazdroj Brewery and accompanying museum.

56 miles southwest of Prague (2 hours by bus),
Tags: architecture | history | day trip

Terezin

This fortress town served as a transit camp for Jews awaiting deportation to Auschwitz. Now the site of memorials and museums, it is a poignant reminder of the Nazi mass-murder apparatus.

40 miles north of Prague (1 hour by bus),
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip | museum

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