10 Must See Tourist Attractions in the Czech Republic

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Let’s start with a quick game. Hands up
everyone who’s been to the Czech Republic! OK, great. Now… keep your hands up if you
went to literally anywhere other than Prague. Wow. That’s a lotta hands that just dropped
down. Yep, Czech Republic (officially called Czechia,
but known as Cesko at home and Czech Republic nearly everywhere else) is an odd one. Its
capital, Prague, is one of the most visited cities on Earth, logging more tourists in
2016 than Miami. Yet the rest of it remains shamefully underexplored. And while its teeny
tiny size of 78,866 km² – smaller than South Carolina – means there ain’t much
that space for off-trail wandering, what is there manages to pack as much of a punch as
countries five times its size. Think Czech Republic is just Prague and beer? After visiting
these places, you may have to think again. 10. Karlštejn Castle Castles! The Czech Republic has them in spades,
and then some. First as the independent kingdom of Bohemia (the Western part of Czech Republic),
then as an outpost of the Holy Roman Empire, and then as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire,
Czech Republic saw a spree of castle building even other European nations consider excessive.
It’s a fact* that you can climb any hill in the country, look in any direction, and
see at least half a dozen spectacular examples of defensive architecture (* fact may not
actually be true). The most spectacular of all this multitude
of castles? Karlštejn. Founded by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles
IV in 1365, Karlštejn is barely a stone’s throw from Prague – assuming that your average
stone throwing range is around 30 kilometers. But, hey! Never mind that, check out this
incredible castle! One of the most fairy tale like structures ever built, Karlštejn is
both beautiful and authentic. Surrounded by thick forest, it rises unstoppably above the
canopy, a collection of turrets and towers that could act as the setting for any Disney
film. Though, given how unbelievably cold the area gets in winter, you’ll probably
feel like that film is Frozen 2. 9. The City of Olomouc OK, it’s time to leave Prague’s orbit
and strike out east, for the country’s lesser visited side. Czech Republic is comprised
of two distinct regions: Bohemia in the West, and Moravia in the East. Classically, Moravia
is the lesser visited of the two. Despite its reputation for fine wines and finer walking,
it’s long been seen as the ugly stepsister to Bohemia’s Cinderella. Yet Moravia has at least one jewel in its
crown that could give even Bohemia a run for its money: the baroque city of Olomouc. Lonely Planet has called Olomouc the Czech
Republic’s best kept secret, and it’s easy to see why. A vibrantly colored old town
surrounding a vast cathedral, and topped off by not one but two meandering, cobblestoned
town squares, Olomouc is the kind of city visitors to Europe always dream of seeing.
Plus, it’s still undiscovered enough that you won’t have to fight jerkbag tourists
clutching selfie sticks for the best view! The centerpiece is the Holy Trinity Column,
an 18th Century stone marvel that tops out at 35 meters (114 feet, in real measurements)
and is listed by UNESCO. 8. Sedlec Ossuary An hour outside of Prague, Sedlec Ossuary
first shot to fame in the 14th Century, when a local Abbot scattered soil from the Holy
Land across the cemetery. 30,000 people clamored to be buried there as a result and, over the
following centuries, Sedlec became the hippest burial place in Central Europe. This led to what we’re gonna euphemistically
call “overcrowding,” and the monks eventually decided something needed to be done with all
the excess bones. So, in 1870, they hired a guy named František Rint and asked him
to work his magic. In Rint’s case, that evidently meant black magic, because he took
one look at the overcrowded ossuary and decided to turn it into a house made of human bones. Today, Sedlec is a macabre masterpiece made
out of 40,000 skeletons, all arranged into decorations that are either fascinating or
horrifying, depending on how highly you rank on the Goth scale. There are bone chandeliers,
bone shelves, bone candle holders, and a skeleton of a crow, made out of the skeletons of humans.
Brrr! 7. Loket Old Town If the tiny town of Loket in Bohemia seems
familiar to you, don’t worry: you’re not accidentally regressing to a past life as
a Czech villager. Loket is the location where Casino Royale was filmed, along with nearby
Karlovy Vary (the movie is set in Montenegro, but whatever, right?). That means you can
sit out on the main square, by the fountain, and be quietly smug in the knowledge that
Daniel Craig’s buttocks once shared that very space. “But wait!” You might be saying, “I
didn’t watch Casino Royale!” Well, fear not, hypothetical interrupter, because there’s
more going for Loket than just whatever traces of Daniel Craig’s DNA might be lying around,
just waiting for some enterprising list writer to make a clone out of them. The old town
is knock out gorgeous, what with its winding cobblestone streets and castle perched above
a sinuously curving river. Plus, there’s an annual motocross race and opera festival
– not at the same time, sadly. The whole shebang lies at the most extreme
western point of Czech Republic, 140 kilometers from Prague and practically hugging the German
border. Its history is so clearly Teutonic that it was even used as a location in All
Quiet on the Western Front. 6. Hruboskalsko Rock Towers Right, we’ve covered cities, towns, and
boneyards, but so far we’re missing something kinda important. Ask most Czechs what they’re
most proud of in their adorably tiny country, and they’ll likely answer “the nature.”
The Czech countryside is the sort of place Goldilocks would go nuts for. It’s not too
mountainous, not too flat; not too wild, not too tamed; not too forested and not too agrarian.
In other words, it’s just right. All of which makes our task of picking just
one place from this gentle, rolling, picture perfect landscape somewhat difficult. We’ll
spare you the agonies that went into our decision. Suffice to say, there was simply nowhere that
could compare to the unpronounceable Hruboskalsko Rock Towers. To find this strange wilderness of rock skyscrapers,
you’ll first need to go to Ceský ráj, the first national park in the Czech Republic.
Founded in the 1950s, it’s small even compared to such parks in Britain. But when you’ve
got these great rock monsters to marvel over, who’s measuring? As a bonus, if you walk
there, you get to experience all that countryside we were waxing lyrical over earlier. 5. Mikulov Right down at the bottom of Moravia, so southerly
that it’s literally bumping up against the Austrian border, sits a town designed to give
your optic nerves quivers of joy. Mikulov is the sort of ancient hill town other ancient
hill towns wished they looked like; the Chris Pratt of the ancient hill town world, if you
will. Perched high above the best vineyards in the entire country (did we mention it’s
on a hill?), this baroque delight is like all the best bits of the Czech Republic rolled
into one. For one thing, it’s beautiful, with a blend
of Italian and local architecture that’s earned it the nickname “the Italian pearl
of Moravia.” For another, its surroundings are second to none. In a single bike trip,
you can cycle over the protected limestone plateau of Palava, kick back in one of Pavlov’s
historic wine cellars, visit the grand chateaux of Lednice and Valtice, and cross the UNESCO
protected park linking them, a delicately sculpted landscape known as “the Garden
of Europe” (the formula “it’s the X of Y!” sure is popular with Czech Republic’s
tourist board). What else can we say? Except, perhaps, go to Mikulov! 4. Ostrava’s Industrial Ruins Despite its international reputation as a
place of castles, beer, and pretty old towns (see basically everything above), it’s worth
remembering not all of Czech Republic comes from the Disney guide to quaint. It’s a
working country, with a large working class, and a history of heavy industry. In the far-eastern
city of Ostrava – right on the Polish border – those unlikely traits manage to combine
into something that’s all sorts of spectacular. Vítkovice is out of a dystopian sci-fi film.
A city of steel girders, decaying ironworks, giant blast furnaces, and industrial machinery
that’s been left to rot, it’s the sort of place you could imagine the next Blade
Runner sequel being filmed. Try walking through here on a winter weekday, when there’s no
one else around, and you’ll probably feel like you’ve accidentally walked into the
aftermath of Armageddon. It should be ugly, but the whole combination is so overwhelming
and unique that it goes all the way around into being beautiful again. The best time to go is when the Colors of
Ostrava festival is on in July, a giant music festival that takes place entirely in the
steel city’s ghostly ruins. 3. Ceský Krumlov Ceský Krumlov is the reason Bohemia gets
all the love, while poor old Moravia is left sobbing on the sidelines. If there’s one
thing to venture outside Prague for in the whole of Czech Republic, it’s this little
town located in South Bohemia, by the Vltava river. A collection of low-lying, red roofed
Renaissance houses surrounding a really big – and really pink – castle, it’s the
type of town bucket lists were invented for. For real, you should hear the way Lonely Planet
raves about this place. Or, y’know, any other guidebook. There are museums galore,
winding streets, ancient houses, restaurants where you can eat meals modeled on the food
of medieval nobility, shaded parks to sit in beside the river… the list goes on. It’s
like someone distilled the entire essence of the country’s best bits into a single
town three hours outside Prague. Still, it’s not all sweetness and light.
Ceský Krumlov is the epicenter of tourist chaos in Czech Republic, which means visiting
often feels less like a pleasant life experience, and more like battling your way through a
Thunderdome full of dingbats clutching digital cameras. 2. Prague’s Old Town Look, we hate to do this. We really do. After
that opening about how there’s more to Czech Republic than just Prague? Yet, here we are,
discussing the Czech capital like we’re working for the Prague tourist board. Awkward. But what else could we do? For all it may
rankle Czechs that their capital gets all the attention, for all it may be swarming
with waves of tourists determined to make your trip as hellish as possible, for all
it may be an absolute cliché, there’s no avoiding one salient fact. Prague is a beautiful
city. More than that, it’s vibrant, exciting, steeped in history, and overwhelmingly grand.
Much as we hate to say it, if you’re visiting Czech Republic, you really, really need to
visit Prague. Where do we even start? We could tell you
about the thousands of spires that make the city look like it’s reaching to heaven.
Or maybe we could tell you about the cobblestone squares with their brightly lit Christmas
markets. Or maybe… you know what? Just take our advice. If you’re ever visiting Europe,
make sure Prague is on your list. 1. Brno’s Nightlife Well, this is gonna ruffle some feathers. Brno is Czech Republic’s second city, a
sleepy metropolis of 400,000 that doubles as the center of Moravia. Ask anyone from
Prague, and they’ll tell you that it’s a pretty-ish place let down by being terminally
boring. To which you should probably respond by telling them their information is like
five years out of date. While Prague’s smugly been climbing its way up the most visited
cities rank, Brno has quietly been turning itself into the top Czech place for anyone
who likes beer, food, coffee, or partying. We ain’t joking. Brno is home to the official
winner of the best bar in Czech Republic awards. It’s home to the best cocktail bar in the
nation, plus two other runners-up in the official top 5. The coffee there wins international
awards. Heck, the New York Times wrote Brno’s food and drink scene up in an article that
probably caused much wailing in Prague. Well, wail all you like, denizens of Prague,
because Brno is now officially where Czech good times are had. From the retro Bar Který
Neexistuje (‘the bar that doesn’t exist’), to uber-cool Super Panda Circus, to the award
winning Zelená Kocka (‘green cat’) beer hall, Brno has it all. We guess we’ll see
you there.


84 Comments

qp Ratan Sharma · March 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

No hands up , nope no nope nope nope.

DrSharkBoy · March 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

You guys should do a video on the top ten weirdest planets ever discovered.

Willie Preisig · March 11, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Are start a series called “ top ten tourist attractions of (insert country here)”

Nickolai Wils · March 11, 2018 at 5:58 pm

I agree, you should Chech out those castles

Infidel Gastro · March 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm

OK, OK, enough of the tourist attractions already, let's have more interesting Top Tenz topics. These are fine once in a while.

Patrick Connors · March 11, 2018 at 6:03 pm

I'm guessing you've woken up to crowded streets outside your front door a few too many times?

freyaw89 · March 11, 2018 at 6:06 pm

🤚

michael Longford · March 11, 2018 at 6:07 pm

I bet the czechs don't hound you on your pronunciations either eh Simon. A beautiful country tho interesting video.

John Spera · March 11, 2018 at 6:10 pm

looks like a beautiful place.

Windhelm Guard · March 11, 2018 at 6:17 pm

i have been to krazlice a couple of times.
also one time i slept past the stop in krazlice, so i had to ride the train all the way to sokolov.

Kartoffel Pommes · March 11, 2018 at 6:18 pm

We're going to Prague in a few weeks; a couple days in the city then on to a water park near by for spring holiday. We'll definitely check out some of the rest of these places too! Very cool video, thanks for the suggestions!!

Nuff Nuff · March 11, 2018 at 6:22 pm

Thank you for this video.. I have been waiting for this along time.. living here, I am always looking for new places 😊 Ďekuji mnohokrát Simon

Emir Alpaslan · March 11, 2018 at 6:23 pm

Do Germans drink beer for breakfast

Kaitybubbly · March 11, 2018 at 6:24 pm

Hey I really liked this video! I'm planning a trip to Europe next year so this is helpful, hope you release other videos like this about other places across Europe.

Nuff Nuff · March 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm

And thank you for not upsetting the Czech people and calling it Czechia .. it's a terrible name very much despised by the Czech population that had no vote/choice to change the name…

Vít Šefl · March 11, 2018 at 6:27 pm

Anyone from Czech :P?

Välfärdskrigare · March 11, 2018 at 6:36 pm

Czech public agent.

D C · March 11, 2018 at 6:40 pm

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful country with me, Simon. I wish I could visit the Czech Republic some day.

Joshua Radick · March 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm

I’ve been to a few of these places. Late March is not the warmest time of year to visit, but there are fewer tourists. And while it’s certainly not a happy place to visit the city and concentration camp of Terezine is another must visit location, because it is a perfectly preserved site (because the Soviets used it after the Nazis) and stands as a grim reminder of the atrocities of the Third Reich, and the fates of those who fell outside of their mad plans. All in all the Czech Republic has been my favorite country to visit in Europe, fantastic history, great food, amazing beer and cool people. Also Česká Zbrojovka, CZ, is one of my favorite weapons makers.

Marge O'Connor · March 11, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Too bad you didn't mention Doksany and it's art. The monastery has a strong connection to Strahov Abbey.

Mike Gill · March 11, 2018 at 6:56 pm

Craig, Pratt, what's gotten into you? 🙂

Tommy Breitwieser · March 11, 2018 at 7:07 pm

any chance of simmler lists for other European nations?

Player Review · March 11, 2018 at 7:18 pm

CZ factory in Uhersky Brod, sadly they don't do public tours, otherwise they'd be on the list. 🙁

Silkendrum · March 11, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Of course we have to wonder how many of these places you have visited.

rosario lake · March 11, 2018 at 8:31 pm

do more videos like this one but specialize in countries that has cheap accommodation for vacationing

Jeffrey Tak · March 11, 2018 at 8:51 pm

We went to Czech and saw most of those.. and yes it was beautiful, but please bring your 4 wheeled drive, with extra TUBES, because the roads are really really really bad.. and a lot of houses are 9 of ten empty so it looked a bit abandoned.

Grizz Axxemann · March 11, 2018 at 9:02 pm

I just want to go to the CZ-UB manufacturing facility 😀

Juan Ramirez Gonzalez · March 11, 2018 at 9:15 pm

I like catacombs

calichef1962 · March 11, 2018 at 10:30 pm

Simon, I'm so glad that you've made this lovely video about your adopted homeland. I'd wondered if you ever would. If I were independently wealthy I'd be on the next plane bound for Czechia. It sounds like a beautiful country.

paul greenwood · March 11, 2018 at 10:32 pm

I'm almost certainly wrong, but is Ostrava (steel works) where part of the second Robocop was filmed? Looks very much like it….

Heather Walker · March 11, 2018 at 10:57 pm

Anyone else just really want to pat simon's head?

Nix Gerit · March 11, 2018 at 11:21 pm

As a Czech, I adore this video 🙂 And congrats on the pronunciation, you haven't butchered anything 😉

llongone2 · March 11, 2018 at 11:55 pm

Hostel

Kevin · March 12, 2018 at 12:03 am

Brown/black guy with white girlfriend going to Prague this summer. Should I be worried? Going to be driving around (if possible).

llongone2 · March 12, 2018 at 12:03 am

Anyone else missing the former U.S. president, Baroque Obama?

gitarrillo 20 · March 12, 2018 at 12:27 am

damn, i was waiting for brno lol i freaking love this town! much love from bavaria

Piet Muijs · March 12, 2018 at 12:52 am

I have been in the Czech Republic many many times. One of the most awesome hikes I have ever done in the middle of a river bed with tons of tiny rusty ladders.

Chris A · March 12, 2018 at 1:30 am

Do one on Switzerland!

George · March 12, 2018 at 1:55 am

TopTenz do you live in Prague Simon?

Nexus Akayuki · March 12, 2018 at 2:28 am

I AM LITERALLY FROM THe CZECH REPUBLIC SIMON OMMMGGGGG

Kyuu Tomoyaki · March 12, 2018 at 4:14 am

I've never left the United States, but it's videos like this that makes me really want to travel to Europe! Also, I hope you have something awesome planned for when you hit 1 million subs! ^_^

Anindya Basarkod · March 12, 2018 at 4:43 am

I'm going to Czechia in two weeks! This video was very well timed!

Mike De La Mater · March 12, 2018 at 8:20 am

Watched it till the pop up ad. Sorry, these will be the end of YouTube

Daniel Moravec · March 12, 2018 at 9:12 am

Just a little adjustment. Sedlec is actually part of city Kutna Hora, which is also rly nice place to go btw.

Mihaela V · March 12, 2018 at 10:13 am

MotoGp races are at Brno, went there 2 years ago 😀 cool city, I would move there :)))

Divine Evil · March 12, 2018 at 11:06 am

Why do I hear Bruno, instead of Brno?

The Obsesed Anime Freaks · March 12, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Simon… don't you live in the czech republic now? so aren't you a little biased? but anyway…

my showcz · March 12, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Já bydlím v České republice/I'm from Czech republic.

Aba · March 12, 2018 at 2:41 pm

It so nice you made a video about Czech Republic! Can you make a video about Romania(Transilvania) too,please?There are so many beautiful places,but due to the comunism,the foreigners think that Romania is a lost land…but it has so much natural beauty to offer!

Grant Miles · March 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Do they speak German , or English there?

Tomáš Holly · March 12, 2018 at 3:24 pm

I'AM FROM CZECH REPUBLIC /JSEM Z ČESKA! 😀

modeler cz · March 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm

i can use normal map of Mikulov…. oh wait, lets use the map thats show the amount of jews living there in 1835 🙂

David Barta · March 12, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Někdo z česka?

LodiTX · March 12, 2018 at 4:43 pm

First: informative video, but Budapest is still my number one go to place.
Second: The. main site I would want to visit is the corner where Heydrich was blown up. He survived only to die days later from infections caused by the horsehair with which his car seat was stuffed being forced into his wounds. Good on the horse! You also neglected any mention of numerous Lidice memorials. The costs of the magnificent and entertainment places would have been helpful; although I realize historical information must bow to fun and that most tourists have never heard of the events I mentioned, surely they are as significant as an ugly chapel made of medieval bones that remind me of the wicker man. I believe that the reason so many castles in Czechoslovakia survived is because the wives of Nazi officials wanted to live in them. I guess that's why Hitler ordered two insignificant villages destroyed rather than a castle.

Cassandra Olivier · March 12, 2018 at 5:01 pm

It sounds interesting

James Madden · March 12, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Not to objective since you live in Prague…hehe

not myname · March 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm

No, the Czech republic is made up of three distinct regions; Bohemia, Moravia and Czech Silesia.

Pitmaster4Lyfe · March 12, 2018 at 9:27 pm

I'd love to see this in person ,looks freakin awesome!!☻

Mattteus · March 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm

is this because you live there?

Mattteus · March 12, 2018 at 10:28 pm

aw no love for Pilsen 🙁

SWAT0013 · March 12, 2018 at 11:15 pm

Czechia as a name is plain stupid – so expensive to advertise this "awesome" name, that was/is/and most likely will be totally unnecessary… We were, are and will be only Czech republic!
Maybe Brno won some awards – but unless you are really looking only for food, Prague is simply nicer city to visit – and I like both cities 🙂

Greeting from Czech republic – it was nice to see video like this (and to realize I have seen pretty much everything from the best of Czech republic 😉

Mark Susskind · March 12, 2018 at 11:42 pm

Prog Forever

Lisa Kleinwort · March 12, 2018 at 11:51 pm

Very nice tribute to your adopted home! Beautiful!

Random · March 13, 2018 at 2:41 am

The same thing that goes with the Czech Republic and Prague goes for Louisiana and New Orleans. Everyone visits New Orleans, but I, and many other who live in Louisiana, think that Baton Rouge, the Capitol, is much better, being more fun, interesting, and beautiful than New Orleans, but no one ever cares about Baton Rouge, or anywhere else in Louisiana, just New Orleans. That is just an opinion, but I would recommend visiting more places than just New Orleans when visiting Louisiana. Thank you for reading. ~ Random

Little Jenny · March 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm

I want to go to the Czech Republic very much and yes, see more than Prague (specifically Brno).

Cube · March 13, 2018 at 6:22 pm

thanks Simon for doing this bit on our tiny country… 😉 and props for not butchering our local place names.. 🙂

Tapani Löfving · March 14, 2018 at 8:49 am

Do "10 things almost ruined because of people being naive" 😀

terlondre · March 14, 2018 at 9:57 am

Czech Republic, is it somewhere in Russia?

You don't get to be offended by science! · March 14, 2018 at 5:59 pm

Czech Republic is on my bucket list! Such a beautiful country!

Ze · March 16, 2018 at 4:13 pm

Top 10 tourist attraction to Czech out

O J Marin · April 24, 2018 at 11:29 am

I've seen 3 adds in less than 6 minutes on this 11 minutes video. By the end of it, it'll take double the time.

Petr Pavlas · May 20, 2018 at 10:09 am

Wow. The part about Ostrava is so wrong. You know, the whole area is visited by tourists because there were some massive investments made in that industrial area, which means huge renovations, new buildings, museums and modern architecture. But lmao, you didn't mention anything from that and instead, you chose pictures showing the area before all those things even were there!!!

Silly Goose · May 28, 2018 at 10:55 pm

dude, this is cool

Pan Karel · August 25, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Olomouc ♥

Seanie The Commie · September 6, 2018 at 1:17 am

I went to the skull place when I was little, I was sick af

Johnny Martin Johansen · December 12, 2018 at 12:09 am

What?? No mention of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad in German)??? It's one of the most beautiful town I've ever visited. And btw, if you're going to see the bone church, do NOT buy a double ticket pass, including the nearby cathedral, because that one is fairly modern, boring, and ugly as hell – nothing like all those gorgeous other ones everywhere in this beautiful country.

Judith Knight · January 11, 2019 at 10:17 pm

I stayed overnight in Czesky Krumlov totally beautiful town and one of my favourite places in Europe

East Park Home · January 12, 2019 at 1:03 am

You forgot to me mention the concentration camp an Jewish cemetery.

Kristina Washington · February 20, 2019 at 11:02 am

cool. Thanks lots for sharing. <3

Michal Pastrnek · March 4, 2019 at 9:54 pm

Yeah Olomouc is the best🔥🇨🇿

Zenasuki · March 26, 2019 at 8:44 pm

Vsauce

Jø Kərr · June 15, 2019 at 6:24 am

My heritage is Czech! My last name is Trnka, (yes, it's spelled correct lol), and it means "black thorn."

Mark S · June 21, 2019 at 7:59 pm

And Czech women are hot

Iveta Kutilova · August 26, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Kutna Hora missing bro 🙂

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