Over the past few years, tourism numbers in the Czech Republic have skyrocketed with over 18 million people visiting the country each year. However, most visitors to this beautiful Central European nation tend to only set their sites on the Gothic charms of Prague and rarely venture far from the capital city. Contrary to the typical tourist path, though, there are many incredible places to visit. Whether you are backpacking the Czech Republic on a budget or if money is no issue during your travels, one could easily spend multiple weeks exploring without getting bored. So, if you’re curious to see what else is out there beyond Prague, follow this Czech Republic itinerary and discover a side to the country that most foreign tourists haven’t.
10 Day Czech Republic Itinerary: The Highlights
Though we do realise that holiday times can be limited, we think that the ideal length of time to spend exploring the Czech Republic is ten days. This gives you enough time to explore the tourist hotspots (Prague is popular for a reason!) while also getting off the beaten path to really discover the culture of this country. This Czech Republic itinerary sees you beginning and ending in the capital, making it easy to do either as a stand-alone trip or as part of a longer Central European adventure.
Days 1 – 3: Prague
Start your Czech Republic in the beautiful capital city. While Prague is incredibly popular with tourists, it is a beautiful city that is very much worth exploring. While most of the main sites in the city can actually be seen in just one day, spending a full three days will allow you to get a good feel for the city and its culture. It will also give you time to explore a bit more deeply and to venture to some areas that tourists typically don’t.
Many people also like to spend a day in the postcard-perfect town of Cesky Krumlov, which is about 2.5-3 hours away from Prague by bus or train. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an undiscovered gem, however. Cesky Krumlov, while absolutely beautiful and definitely worth visiting, is almost as packed with tourists as Prague. Go for the beautiful sites and atmosphere, but don’t expect to have the place all yourself. Other day trip options include Karlovy Vary and Kutna Hora.
If you don’t want to head outside of the capital during your first few days, there are ample things to do in Prague to keep you occupied for three days or more. Try to branch out from the Old Town and the city centre to get more of a feel for how locals live. Prague is a large and dynamic city and it’s impossible to appreciate it to its fullest if you only stick to the tourist attractions.
Where to Stay in Prague:
Because of its popularity amongst backpackers and luxury travellers alike, there is no shortage of places to stay in Prague. These are some of our top picks:
Best Budget Option:
Hostel Lipa – This small, locally-run hostel located in the Zizkov Quarter is one of the best places to stay in Prague, especially if you want to experience a more local side to the city. It is one of the best budget choices for those backpacking the Czech Republic. Though it isn’t located in the city centre, all of the main sites of the city are within easy reach by public transport or on foot. Check the latest prices on Hostelworld or Booking.com
Best Mid-Range Option:
Grand Hotel Bohemia – This boutique hotel located in the Old Town is a great mid-range option. Close to all of the main sites, you can reach most everything you might want to see in Prague on foot. There is also a highly-rated breakfast included in the room rate. Click here to check their latest prices.
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Days 4 – 6: Ostrava
About a three-hour train ride east of Prague lies the Czech Republic’s third-largest city of Ostrava. Due to its industrial nature, Ostrava hasn’t received nearly the amount of the tourism that it deserves, however, it is a massive and bustling city with a number of interesting things to do.
Ostrava is quite large and spread out, so it is best to explore in three days. This allows you to discover more about its mining history by visiting sites such as Dolni Mitkovice, Landek Park, and the Michal Mine, while also giving you time to chill out in the riverside park, enjoy some of its great restaurants and to wander around and get a good vibe of the city.
Ostrava is an excellent place to visit if you want to see a different side of the Czech Republic and there are a lot of reminders scattered about its communist past. Because it was once the epicentre of the Czech mining industry, it was a very important city when the country was under communist rule. Therefore, if you’re a fan of the imposing Soviet-style architecture, then Ostrava is the place to visit.
This is also probably the most off the beaten path destination on this Czech Republic itinerary, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a good tourism infrastructure here. While you most likely won’t have to deal with the tourist scams and prices that are prevalent in Prague, the English-speaking level is noticeably lower. Many restaurants don’t have English menus and most museums and sites don’t have tours given in English, however, there is almost always an English audio guide available. Just make sure to have Google Translate downloaded and you shouldn’t have any problems!
Where to Stay in Ostrava:
Ostrava isn’t a hopping tourist destination yet, so there aren’t as many accommodation options available as there are in other, more popular Czech cities. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great places to stay, however. Here are some of the top picks:
Best Budget Option:
Hostel Moravia – This is the only hostel in Ostrava and it is brand new, but it can be a great option if you’re a solo traveller or backpacking the Czech Republic and want to save some money on accommodation. It is also located close to most major bus and tram lines, so you can get anywhere in the city with ease. Check the latest prices on Hostelworld or Booking.com
Best Mid Range Option:
Hotel Villa Ostrava – If hostels aren’t quite your speed and you would prefer to stay in a hotel, then Hotel Villa Ostrava is a great option. Located close to the city centre and within easy reach via public transport to all of the main Ostrava attractions, this is a perfect base for your trip to Ostrava. Click here to read the latest reviews on Booking.com
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Days 7 – 9: Olomouc
After spending six busy days exploring the hustle and bustle of Prague and Ostrava, it’s time to take a step back and enjoy a slower side of Czech life in one of the country’s most beautiful and underrated cities: Olomouc.
Though seemingly small in size, Olomouc is actually the sixth-largest city in the Czech Republic and its large student population gives this charming town a vibrant and youthful vibe. Olomouc is the perfect city to just wander around without much of an agenda as it just lends itself to be explored. Spend some time taking in the beauty of its vast main square with its astronomical clock (the second-largest in the country) and imposing plague monument.
Olomouc also has a thriving pub and cafe culture and, if you’re there outside of the summer months, a hopping nightlife as well. Because the city is home to one of the Czech Republic’s oldest universities and students make up roughly 25% of the population, the small city has a lot of interesting things and events going on. There are also a number of trendy cafes and tea houses to while away your time.
Olomouc also is a great location to venture into the Moravian countryside and there are a number of day trips you could take in order to see a more rural side of the Czech Republic.
Where to Stay in Olomouc:
Olomouc isn’t high on the tourist map but because of its charm and convenient location between Krakow and Prague, we don’t expect that to last for long. Even though there aren’t a ton of tourists in Olomouc, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of great places to stay. Here are our suggestions:
Best Budget Option:
Poet’s Corner Hostel – run by a friendly American-Czech couple this was the first hostel in Olomouc and continues to be one of the best places to stay in the city! They offer both dorms and private rooms and upon checking in, they will give you a comprehensive map of the city, highlighting some of their favourite spots. Check the latest prices on Hostelworld or Booking.com
Best Mid Range Option:
Miss Sophie’s Olomouc – This boutique hotel located right in the city centre is one of the best places to stay in Olomouc. It comes very highly rated, they have a range of rooms for single travellers to families alike and there is a buffet breakfast option available. Check the latest prices on Booking.com or Hostelworld.
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Day 10: Prague
The last day of this Czech Republic itinerary sees you travelling back to Prague, which is about a 2 to 2.5-hour train journey from Olomouc. Multiple trains leave per day, so you can spend your morning admiring the beauty of the city for the last time before heading back to the capital.
Two Week Czech Republic Itinerary
If you have two or more weeks to spend in the Czech Republic, then you have a great opportunity to see a number of different corners of this beautiful country. This two-week Czech Itinerary builds upon the previous one but includes an extended stay in a more rural part of the country.
Start your two weeks in the Czech Republic following the same itinerary as above, with three days in Prague. After Prague, however, is where we divert with a stopover in the gorgeous Jeseniky Mountain region. Spend days four to six enjoying the nature in the Czech Republic’s premier skiing and action sports destination, basing yourself in the charming town of Jesenik. There are many things to see and do in the Jeseniky Mountains whatever the season, and it is a great place to get active and escape from city life.
After your sojourn to the mountains, pick up the previous itinerary and head to Ostrava on days seven to ten. Then continue on as outlined above. If you’re not keen to go to Ostrava (although we would highly recommend it!), then you can head to Olomouc directly from the Jeseniky mountains on days seven to ten and then conclude your two week trip to the Czech Republic in the country’s second-largest city of Brno.
Five-Day Czech Republic Itinerary
If you only have five days to spend in the Czech Republic, we would suggest spending your limited amount of time only in two separate cities. We would still suggest spending your first three days in Prague, because it is always best to spend at least three days in large cities, no matter where you are in the world. After that, head to Olomouc for your final two days. This will take you off the beaten path a little bit and still allow you to see a different side to the Czech Republic that most tourists don’t see if they’re only spending five days there.
Whether your Czech Republic is for a stand-alone trip or part of a longer Central Europe trip or backpacking route, there are a number of interesting places to see and visit in this fascinating country. Take the time to venture beyond Prague and the beaten tourist path and you surely won’t be disappointed.
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Have you travelled in the Czech Republic? Are you planning to? Let us know where you’ve been or where you’re planning to go in the comments!