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Prague Day Trip Guide: Planning the Perfect Trip From Prague!

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February 9, 2022
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Is it possible to plan a jam-packed itinerary-filled day trip in Prague? Keep reading to find out all the hidden gems you can add to your day trip itinerary in Prague!

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Sometimes all you need a good day trip!  Luckily, there are many places to see that are not far from Prague. Trips include visiting Castles and historic monuments or indulging in a pampering spa day. Even spend your day outside in the incredible landscapes of Czech may be worth a day trip to.

If you are visiting Prague and want to spend the day exploring the hidden gems out of town, or if you are a city local looking for a quick getaway. The options here are endless but don’t worry, we've narrowed it down for you. Here are the best day trips from Prague!

Křivoklát Castle

Křivoklát Castle in prague
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This castle has quite the story and it is a miracle that it is still standing today. Originally the castle was founded in the 12th century by the Kings of Bohemia. Years later, the castle was damaged by fires. Once damaged, it was repurposed into a prison, and eventually, through time, it deteriorated. In the 19th century, the castle got new owners. They restored it and fixed the damage from the fires. An absolute miracle, which brings us to today. 

Today, the Castle is a historic site that has many purposes. It has a museum and exhibitions. There's also a restaurant that sits in the gorgeous courtyard, where they also host concerts, musicals, and films. You can take a sightseeing tour through the castle and view the historic prisons. There are art galleries you will get to marvel at and even a chapel. Visit the Castle at night, under the stars, by staying in one of their accommodation options. Křivoklát Castle is only a quick hour and a half drive from Prague. Spend the day living like royalty at this Prague day trip gem! 

Terezin Concentration Camp

Terezin concentration camp in prague
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Terezin was a World War II concentration camp that is located thirty miles north of Prague. A historic place with a truly devastating history. In 1940, Nazi Germany turned Terezin into a concentration camp that 150,000 Jews were sent to. It was not an extermination camp, but over 33,000 people died here. This was due to diseases, population density, and malnutrition. There were only 17,272 survivors once World War II came to an end.

During the time at the camp, many talented Jewish scholars made a cultural impact. This includes constructing a one hundred and fifty-person chorus. Eventually, the camp went under review and the creativity was shut down. Later, a play by Anna Smulowitz was released which showcased this inspection and the Jews who contributed to these art shows.

terezin children of the holocaust play in prague
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Today, Terezin is a non-profit organization that focuses on fighting bullying, hatred, and prejudice. Which, unfortunately, still exists in the world today. To raise money for this cause, they host their play called Terezin: Children of the Holocaust. The play is performed by student actors in middle and high school. Take the fifty-seven-minute day trip to Terezin and see this historic play. Learn about this sad but beautiful time at Terezin. All while giving back to a fantastic cause.

The Bohemian Paradise

bohemian paradise in prague
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This region of protected landscape lives up to its name. It is truly a paradise with fifty-five miles of stunning landscapes and landmarks. The name of this park, Bohemian Paradise, was inspired by Bohemia, which is a part of the historic Czech Land. In 1955, Bohemian Paradise was named the first nature reserve in all of Czechia. Later in 2002, it was enlarged due to the size of its breathtaking landscapes. You can reach this area by train, bus, or car from Prague, making it a convenient day trip option for all travelers and Prague locals.

There are plenty of things to see when you get to Bohemian Paradise. Prachov Rocks, which are sandstone pinnacles, are infamous in the region just three miles north of the town of Jicin. These phenomenal rock formations are sought after by photographers in Bohemian Paradise.

Next, try visiting the Podtrosecká Valleys! It is a nature reserve that was founded in 1999. This area has eight different ponds that are surrounded by sandstone rocks. Take a deep breath and relax by one of these beautiful lakes. The park also has many historical landmarks, such as Kost Castle, Hrubá Skála Chateau & The ruins of Trosky Castle.

Podtrosecka valleys in prague and ruins of trosky castle
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Bohemian Paradise has so much to offer. Spend the whole day taking in the beauty of the castles and rocks before catching the two-hour train back to Prague!

Saint Barbara’s Cathedral

Saint Barbara's cathedral in prague
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This UNESCO heritage site is one of the most famous Gothic churches in Europe. St Barbara's Cathedral is located an hour from Prague, in Kutna Hora. Originally, this church was supposed to be double the size it is now, but due to the decline in construction at the time, the church was left as it is today. Glass windows and arches were added over time, but the foundation lays the same as it did in 1588. 

Today you can visit this marvelous cathedral. Tours are hosted daily at the church. The Barbora tour takes you through the ground floor of the temples. You can see the inner balconies and visit the chapel. Admire the vibrant stained glass windows or take a walk through the old historic chapel. Visit one of Europe's oldest churches, just a short one hour drive away from Prague

Bohemian Switzerland National Park

Bohemian Switzerland national park
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If you're an adventure seeker looking to hike at one of the country's most beautiful National Parks, why not visit Bohemian Switzerland National Park? The park is only an hour and a half away from Prague, located in the North West Czech Republic. This park was named the youngest National Park in the Czech Republic! It sits across from the Saxon Switzerland National Park, located in Germany. Bohemian Switzerland National Park is home to some very famous and historical sites, including Pravčická brána, Europe's largest sandstone arch.

With over forty-nine miles of forest and mountains, it's no wonder why hiking is so popular in the Elbe Sandstone Mountain Range. Hike the Kamenice Riverbank and Gorges, a scenic hike that will bring you along the Kamenice riverbank. From this point, you will be able to view the sandstone mountains right from the water. The trail runs along the river, a peaceful walk to enjoy on your own or with friends.

tulips in the Sandstone mountain range in Prague
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Spend the rest of your day taking in the views! Gaze at the Elbe River, a famous location. Visit Ruzovský Vrch, which is the most famous mountain in the park. Relax at this breathtaking National Park. A scenic and quick two-hour drive from Prague. 

Karlovy Vary 

Karlovy Vary in prague
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Sometimes it gets really tiring traveling due to all that walking around. If that's the case, a day of pampering is necessary when traveling. This is why Karlovy Vary is on your day trip bucket list! This infamous spa town is only an hour and a half from Prague. Most importantly, it is home to some of the most fabulous hot springs in the world. Soak your problems away in one of their many hot spring locations. Park Colonnade is home to The Snake Spring, a popular spot that has been hosting hot spring visitors since 2001.

Fun fact: This spring is richer in CO2 than the other springs in the area!

Park Colonnade in karlovy Vary Prague
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Want to soak in a hot spring at a Castle? Try the Castle Colonnade. The lower & upper Castle Springs are open to the public. The two locations differ in temperature due to the altitude change. If crawling into a comfy robe is more your scene then Karlovy Vary has got you covered. Check out their Classic Spa Stay! This spa stay includes different spa procedures at a local spa in the area, such as a massage or facial. Whether you want to get a treatment or soak in a hot spring, Karlovy has a relaxing option for you.

The castle colonnade in prague
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Plan your day trip now with Pilot

Sometimes, all you need is a day trip to visit all the hidden gems surrounding popular tourist destinations. Prague is most definitely one of them. Finding something interesting to do for the day will not be a problem in Prague. 

If you get the chance, rent a car, or check the bus and train schedule using this itinerary guide and plan a day trip from Prague! Don't forget to use Pilot to help you plan your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Prague! We are here to help you leave Prague with a sense of adventure and return with more knowledge than you could hope for. 

Originally published on:  
August 7, 2021

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