Itinerary through the old towns of Czechia.
The highlights are the fairy tale town of Český Krumlov,
the grand architecture of Karlovy Vary and the morbid bone artworks of Kutná Hora.
The marked route is available
for online viewing and download in the gpx format.
České Budějovice (Budweis)
Medium sized town has a well kept baroque area with cathedral and town hall.
Most famous for its Budweiser beer. Do a brewery tour to taste it fresh from the tanks.
By bus to Český Krumlov
Český Krumlov (Krumau)
Small town that has everything one could wish for.
An imposing castle with gardens, narrow medieval alleyways, baroque churches,
and through it all meanders the Vltava River.
It is a real pleasure to wander through the old and quiet streets at night.
Many little booths sell the delicious Trdelník, a small pastry roll with sugar, cinnamon and a choice of
filling. Very addictive like the whole town.
Rent a kayak or canoe and explore the town and surroundings from the river perspective
Lots of easy hiking paths in the surrounding hills
By train to Pilsen (necessary to switch in Prague)
Another town famous for its beer, in this case the Pilsner Urquell. The brewery offers tours as well.
By train Karlovy Vary (necessary to switch in Prague)
Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)
A world famous spa town that has been a tourist and medical destination for centuries.
The magnificent buildings tell of the grandeur that ended with the beginning of the first world war.
Visiting the colonnades, drinking from the healthy water and swimming in the thermal baths will leave you feeling invigorated for sure.
The original Carlsbad wafers (a sweet pastry) can be found in booths and stores around the town.
By bus / train to Prague
Today one of Europe's most visited cities. Renowned for the gothic Charles Bridge, the enormous castle
and many historic neighborhoods.
Especially beautiful in the early morning hours, before big tour groups take
over the historical parts and when the bridge is covered in fog.
Watching the figures move around the illuminated astronomical clock at night also produces a very unique feeling.
There is a lot to see in Prague but because of the tourist crowds one can be tempted to move on.
Take a train to Kutná Hora. Historical town with a very creepy chapel (Sedlec Ossuary).
Inside thousands of bones are arranged to form the interior decoration.
Take a train to Karlštejn station and walk up to magnificent Karlštejn castle.
The forests around the castle contain good hiking paths,
one of them leads to the cave monastery Svatý Jan Pod Skalou (about 2.5h one way).
By bus to Brno
This town has a lot of unusual sights like the dungeons under the Špilberk Castle, the Ossuary beneath
the Church of St. James
or the mummified monks in the Capuchin Monastery.
The Tugendhat Villa is of interest for fans of architecture
and the Mendel Museum presents the renowned biologist and his research.
The Moravian Karst is a landscape of caves and gorges with many marked hiking trails.
It is reachable by train, stop at Blansko station.
By train to Olomouc
University town with a large and interesting old town area. The highlight is the massive Holy Trinity Column but
there are many other things to discover.
Helfštýn castle, large ruins, take train to Lipnik Nad Becvou and walk from there (about an hour).
Bouzov castle, good condition with interesting history, take train to Mohelnice and walk from there (about two hours).