The Ultimate 7 to 10 Day Czech Republic Itinerary

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by Maggie Turansky


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Though many visitors to this Central European nation set their sights only on the capital city of Prague, planning a Czech Republic itinerary that allows you to see a bit more of the country is never a bad idea. Czechia is blessed with countless charming towns and interesting places to visit so planning to spend 7 to 10 days in the Czech Republic is not exactly a difficult task.

Sure, Prague has a lot to offer and is very much worth visiting in its own right, however, you can really get a holistic view of the culture, traditions and diversity of the Czech Republic if you take the time to venture outside of the capital and visit a few more towns and cities.

Whether you’re interested in wandering around historic spa towns, drinking pilsner in its birthplace or exploring medieval castles, the Czech Republic truly has a lot to offer.

How Many Days in the Czech Republic?

If you want to visit more than just Prague, you’re likely going to wonder how many days in the country is going to be enough to do it justice. And while that answer can really depend (there is a lot to see), generally, planning to spend at least 7 days in the Czech Republic can be a good option.

With one week, you can spend an ample amount of time in Prague and make sure you get a good feel for the city while also allowing yourself to see some other towns and cities in the country. You could either opt to go east or west from Prague in a week, but you likely won’t have time to do both.

If you want to get even more out of the country, then consider planning to spend 10 days here. With this amount of time, you get to enjoy both Bohemia and Moravia along with spending enough time exploring Prague.

Beautiful streets in Olomouc
Beautiful streets in Olomouc

Getting To & Around the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic, being in the centre of Europe, is well-connected to the rest of the continent and further afield. If you’re planning a Czech Republic itinerary, the most logical starting point is the capital city of Prague and, unsurprisingly, this also has the most transport links in the country.

Prague is home to its own international airport, connecting it to countless destinations across Europe and the world. The city is also well-connected by rail and bus to neighbouring countries.

The Czech Republic also has international airports in Brno, Ostrava and Pardubice but these are a lot less trafficked and you likely won’t find as many flights from as many destinations as Prague. Most major cities in the Czech Republic are also going to be easily reached by both bus and train from neighbouring countries. You can view schedules here.

Once in the Czech Republic, the itinerary listed below can easily be done while relying on public transport. Both the bus and train networks in the country are reliable and everywhere listed here is well connected.

If you want more flexibility and the ability to get a bit more off the beaten path, however, renting a car can be a good idea. Driving in the Czech Republic is easy and the road quality is fantastic.

If you decide that you want to take a Czech Republic road trip, then we suggest browsing Rentalcars.com to compare prices for rental cars across several companies.

Tram lines in Prague
Tram lines in Prague

7 to 10-Day Czech Republic Itinerary

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 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.

Day 1: Prague

Begin your trip to the Czech Republic in the capital city of Prague. This city is popular with tourists for good reason – it’s absolutely beautiful and packed with interesting things to see and do.

To get the most out of this city, plan to spend at least 3 days in Prague to get beyond the tourist crowds and venture a bit off the beaten path.

Spend your first day exploring tourist highlights like the Charles Bridge, the Prague Castle and the Mala Strana neighbourhood. There is a lot to take in in these areas and you’re sure to enjoy yourself.  If you want to learn more about the city, consider taking a walking tour with a guide.

Where to Stay in Prague

Miss Sophie’s Downtown – This boutique hotel is a great choice for those who want to stay in the city centre of Prague. They have several great rooms available, a fantastic, central location, and great amenities to ensure your trip to Prague is a great one.

Grand Hotel Bohemia – For those who would like a luxury option in Prague, this plush hotel is a fantastic choice. As one of the best-rated hotels in the city, they have a range of plush rooms on offer and an excellent location for exploring Prague. There is a restaurant on-site and breakfast is included in the daily rate.

Hostel One Miru – A small family-run hostel in Vinohrady that makes for a great base for exploring Prague. Well-located for a more local side of the city, the staff make a real effort to share insider tips on the city and they also have affordable private rooms.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other hotels in Prague.

Astronomical Clock in Prague
Astronomical Clock in Prague

Day 2: Prague

On your second day in Prague, take this time to explore the Old Town even deeper and take in some more of the city’s highlights. Today is also a great opportunity to head to a museum or two.

Enjoy wandering around the Old Town Square, visit the Astronomical Clock, visit the Jewish Quarter, head to Wenceslas Square and learn about the history of Czechia at the National Museum.

End your day on the other side of the river, taking in the views of the city from Letna Park – which is also home to one of the best beer gardens in the city (and has spectacular views of Prague, as well!).

Day 3: Prague

The third day of your Czech Republic itinerary is also spent in Prague and this is a day where you can really step off the beaten tourist trail and explore some neighbourhoods that not everyone gets to in the city.

You can start your day wandering around Vysehrad castle before catching a tram to the leafy Vinohrady neighbourhood.

Spend a bit of time exploring this gorgeous area and admiring the architecture before venturing into trendy Zizkov. This neighbourhood is packed with cool cafes and restaurants and is also home to Vitkov Hill, which provides an excellent vantage point over the city.

You can also choose to use the day to take a day trip to popular spots such as Kutna Hora or picturesque Bohemian Paradise.

View of Zizkov from Vitkov Hill
View of Zizkov from Vitkov Hill

Day 4: Karlovy Vary

On day four, it’s time to leave Prague and head west to the historic spa city of Karlovy Vary. Though you could visit this city as a day trip from the Czech capital, you do have a lot more flexibility if you spend the night here.

The best way to reach Karlovy Vary is by bus, as it takes a little bit under two hours from Prague. There are trains, but they take about an hour longer.

Once in the city, take the time to wander around, enjoy the gorgeous Art Nouveau architecture and stroll through the mineral water colonnades. It’s believed that the sulphuric waters here can heal all that ails you, so you can try to take a drink from one of the many taps in the city.

There are also a few easy hikes you can do to get wonderful views of Karlovy Vary from above and plenty of beautiful parks to chill out and relax in.

Where to Stay in Karlovy Vary

Imperial Hotel – As one of the most iconic historic hotels in Karlovy Vary, this is an excellent option if you’re looking for a luxury stay in this Czech city. Situated on a hill overlooking the city and has numerous amenities to ensure you have a luxe and relaxing stay. There is also an on-site cafe and spa offering numerous treatments.

Boutique Hotel Corso – This hotel is another great option in Karlovy Vary. They have a great, central location, numerous plush rooms available, a spa and wellness centre and even a restaurant and swimming pool on the premises.

Revelton Studios – For those who’d like to have an apartment or studio in Karlovy Vary, this place is an excellent option. Centrally located, there are plenty of fully furnished studios to choose from, each with an equipped kitchen and comfortable amenities.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Karlovy Vary hotels!

Beautiful Karlovy Vary
Beautiful Karlovy Vary

Day 5: Pilsen

From Karlovy Vary, it’s time to head a bit south to another iconic city in the Czech Republic – Pilsen. Known primarily for being the home to the world-famous Pilsner Urquell beer, the main draw of this city unsurprisingly is the brewery. But other things make Pilsen worth visiting, as well.

Pilsen is home to a charming city centre that is worth exploring. It is also home to one of Europe’s largest synagogues and is steeped in Jewish history.

Another interesting thing to explore is the Underground Pilsen Museum, which will take you on a tour of the subterranean tunnels of the city.

Where to Stay in Pilsen

Hotel Rango – This hip hotel is located only 20 metres from Pilsen’s main square so it makes for the perfect base for exploring this Czech city. Set in a historic building, they have a range of modern rooms on offer and an on-site restaurant and bar to enjoy.

Wellness Hotel Republika 24 Apartments – If you want to have your own self-catering space in Pilsen, then these apartments are an excellent choice. Centrally located, there are plenty of apartments to choose from — all ranging in size and some even equipped with a sauna!

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Pilsen hotels!

St. Bartholomew Cathedral in Pilsen
St. Bartholomew Cathedral in Pilsen

Day 6: Cesky Krumlov

On day 6 it’s time to head to one of the main draws of the country outside of Prague – Cesky Krumlov.

You can reach Cesky Krumlov relatively easily from Pilsen by both bus and train, but keep in mind that you will likely need to switch in Ceske Budejovice.

It will take a few hours to reach Cesky Krumlov from Pilsen no matter which mode of transport you end up using, so plan to spend your first day in the town just wandering around and getting your bearings.

Cesky Krumlov really lends itself to getting lost in, so take the time to really enjoy this aspect of the city.

Where to Stay in Cesky Krumlov

Pension Kristian – If you’re after luxury in Cesky Krumlov, this hotel is a great option. Located just steps from the castle, they have plush rooms on offer and there is also parking available for those who have arrived in this beautiful town by car.

Pension Faber – This hotel is a great option for those visiting Cesky Krumlov on a mid-range budget. They have several rooms available, including a fully-furnished apartment, and a great location in the Old Town.

Luxury Apartments No. 91 – This one-bedroom apartment is a great option for those looking for their own space in Cesky Krumlov. Situated at the base of the castle, it is perfect for exploring all Cesky Krumlov has to offer.

Hostel Postel – Located in the centre of the town, this hostel is an excellent choice for budget and solo travellers. They have a range of private and dorm rooms available along with great common areas that make meeting other travellers a breeze.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Cesky Krumlov hotels!

Wandering Cesky Krumlov's Streets
Wandering Cesky Krumlov’s Streets

Day 7: Cesky Krumlov

If you only have 7 days in the Czech Republic, spend your final day exploring the town before heading back to Prague in the late afternoon.

The reason we say to spend a night or two in this picture-perfect UNESCO town is to make sure you take the time to really explore and take it all in when all the day trippers have gone home.

Cesky Krumlov is home to a massive castle complex, a sprawling and charming old town and plenty of hidden gems and places to take in iconic views. There are lots of things to see and do in this little town and many don’t spend an adequate amount of time to really enjoy it.

Cesky Krumlov Castle
Cesky Krumlov Castle

Day 8: Brno

If you’ve planned a 10-day Czech Republic itinerary, this day should be used as a travel day to get from Cesky Krumlov to the country’s second-largest city of Brno.

There are direct buses from Cesky Krumlov to Brno that leave a couple of times per day. The journey takes a bit over six hours, so it will eat up a good portion of your day.

If you do have your own vehicle, you can expect the drive from Cesky Krumlov to Brno to take only about three hours, so you can save a lot of time if you’ve hired a car.

Once in the city, spend your afternoon wandering around and seeing a few of the top sites. Brno is a small city that you can cover in a short time, but this gives you a good opportunity to slow down and enjoy the atmosphere.

Find a cosy pub to drink some beer or, better yet, sample some Moravian wine that is grown in the region just outside of the city!

Where to Stay in Brno

Penzion Bird’s Nest – This quaint, quiet and comfortable guesthouse is a great option for mid-range travellers in Brno. Located in a quiet suburb, they have clean and comfortable rooms available and come very highly rated.

Atrium Apartments – If you’re looking for a private apartment in Brno, then these apartments are a great choice. They are pet-friendly, fully equipped and there are a range of sizes to choose from. They are also located in a great place for exploring the Czech Republic’s second-largest city.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Brno hotels!

View of Brno from Old Town Hall
View of Brno

Day 9: Brno

On the ninth day of your trip, spend the majority of your day exploring Brno and seeing what this city has to offer. As the second-largest city in the Czech Republic and the capital of the Moravia region, there is a distinctive cultural difference between Brno and Prague.

Brno boasts a lot of interesting things to see and do and there are markedly fewer tourists here than in the Czech capital. Take your time to explore the Old Town, head to Spilberk Castle and wander through the Ossuary at the Church of St. James.

In the later part of the day, hop on a bus or train and head north to the beautiful city of Olomouc.

It’s easy to reach Olomouc from Brno and the two cities are only about an hour from each other. You can either opt to take the bus, train or drive and you won’t spend too much time in transit.

Day 10: Olomouc

Spend the final day of your trip in the beautiful city of Olomouc. Though Cesky Krumlov often tops lists as the most beautiful town in the country, my personal belief is that Olomouc should get the number one spot. This cool and hip city is home to a major university, so it has a youthful energy with a lot of cool things to do.

Olomouc is also absolutely gorgeous. Packed with beautiful architecture, sprawling main squares, an astronomical clock, lovely winding streets, cool pubs, inviting parks, beautiful churches and much more, Olomouc makes for the perfect end to any trip to the Czech Republic.

This is also still a relatively under-the-radar destination in Czechia and there aren’t too many tourist crowds, so you don’t have to contend with large tour groups and the inflated prices that you may in other, more popular Czech cities.

Where to Stay in Olomouc

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.

Long Story Short – This boutique hostel is an excellent option for those travelling solo or on a tight budget. They have both dorm and private rooms available and even have their own adjacent cafe that opens early and closes late.

Not what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Olomouc hotels!

The beautiful city of Olomouc
The beautiful city of Olomouc

Have More Time?

If you have more time and want to spend up to two weeks in the Czech Republic, then consider heading to the country’s third-largest city of Ostrava after exploring Olomouc. Ostrava is a gritty, industrial former mining hub that isn’t a huge tourist hot spot but can be very interesting to explore.

If you want to get out into nature, then you can easily head to the lovely Jeseniky Mountains from Ostrava. There are a lot of things to do in this region and it is a very popular holiday spot for Czechs both in the summer for hiking and in the winter for skiing.

Another option from Prague is to visit Bohemian Switzerland National Park which located close to the border of Germany and is a great place to get lost in nature.

Sunset over the Jeseniky Mountains
Sunset over the Jeseniky Mountains

Planning a Czech Republic itinerary is a lovely task when you consider just how many beautiful places there are to visit in this Central European nation. If you take the time to explore beyond Prague, you will be rewarded with memories that will last a lifetime.

Are you interested in visiting the Czech Republic? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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Maggie is a co-founder and writer for The World Was Here First. Originally from the US, she has lived in five different countries and has travelled to dozens more, both solo and with her partner, Michael. She particularly loves exploring Spain and spending time in the Caucasus and the Baltics. Read more about Maggie

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  1. Dear Maggie,

    Fantastic information. I heard Asian tourists are swarming to Cesky Krumlov, I didn’t see you reviewing it, what are your thoughts?

    Thanks very much.

    Aline

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    • Hi Aline, glad you found this helpful! Cesky Krumlov is incredibly popular with tour groups from every nationality, so it can get pretty congested there, especially if you’re visiting in peak season. It’s been a number of years since we’ve been there, so we don’t really have any up-to-date info on it. I do think that most people treat it as a day trip, so if you want to avoid the crowds it might be helpful to spend a night or two there to see it without hordes of tour groups. Hope this helps!

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