UNESCO sites in Czech Republic
- Prague, the capital with its incredible historical centre (and its famous monuments such as the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle).
- Olomouc, a dynamic university town with the second largest historical centre after Prague.
- Český Krumlov – beautiful town with a castle.
- Holašovice – preserved baroque village
- Telč – well-preserved Renaissance town
- Zelená Hora – a unique baroque church
- Litomyšl – castle and historical centre from the Renaissance period
- Kutná Hora – silver mining town with the Gothic cathedral and other sights.
- Vila Tugendhat in Brno
- Třebíč – preserved Jewish quarter
- Lednice-Valtice Area – Cultural landscape – castles, chateaux, ponds, gardens…
- Kroměříž – Archbishop’s Castle and Garden
Castles and chateaux in Czech Republic
There is more than 2000 of castles, castle ruins and chateaux in the Czech Republic. Wherever you are in the Czech Republic, there will be some castle or chateaux nearby.
Iconic landmarks of Czech landscape are castles. Often situated on top of the hill, from most of the castles is beautiful view to countryside. Some of of those castles are just ruins, but some castles are well-preserved with old interiors, furniture etc. Most picturesque and interesting are for example: Loket Castle, Karlštejn Castle, Kost Castle, Rabí Castle ruin, Český Šternberk Castle, Bezděz Castle, Křivoklát Castle, Bouzov Castle and Pernštejn Castle
Renaissance, baroque or neo-classical, possibly every Czech town has its own chateau. For example: Konopiště’ Chateau, Valtice Chateau, Lednice Chateau, Hluboká nad Vltavou Chateau, Kuks Chateau, Mikulov Chateau, Vranov nad DyjíChateau, Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou Chateau, Červená Lhota Chateau, Děčín Chateau and OrlíkChateau.
Churches in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a land of many great cathedrals. Perhaps the most important one is the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle. It has a great importance for the Czech nation as a coronation place of Bohemian kings and also the place of their last rest. It contains treasury for the most precious relics of the kingdom and remains of patron saint Wenceslaus.
Another Gothic jewel is the monumental St. Barbara’s Church of Kutná Hora, a part of UNESCO cultural heritage. St. Barbara is a patron of miners, which is particularly appropriate in Kutná Hora, which gained its wealth and fame in the Middle Ages due to rich silver mines.
Among other highlights are St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral in Pilsen, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Hradec Králové, Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc and Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Brno.
- Kladruby Monastery
- Brevnov Monastery
- Plasy Monastery – cistercian
- Vyssi Brod Monastery
- Svata Hora u Pribrami
National Parks in Czech Republic
- Krkonoše NP
- Šumava NP
- Bohemian Switzerland NP
- Podyjí NP
Protected Landscape Areas in Czech Republic
Beatiful landscape areas Bohemian Paradise, České Středohoří, Křivoklátsko, Třeboňsko, Beskydy Mountains, Jeseníky Mountains and many more.
- The Macocha Caves, north of Brno, are definitely worth a visit. You can take a guided tour into the caves, which will take you through a myriad of winding tunnels, with close up views of stalactites and stalagmites. The tour ends with a boat ride on an underground river.
- The Battle of Austerlitz – Slavkovské bojiště is one of the most important events in the history of Europe in the 19th century.
- Technical museum in Brno (nice and modern)
- Lakes under Palava (mountains). This lakes are actually river dams but good for sailing and fishing (you must have fishing license) it’s full of big fishes.
- Mikulčice archaeological site, site of the former capital of the Great Moravian Empire (c. 900 AD).