Things to do in Czech Republic: Take a road trip to 5 fantastic offbeat destinations

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If you are planning to visit Central Europe, you should definitely consider visiting the Czech Republic for an amazing adventure you will not soon forget. While there are a lot of things to do in Czech Republic, taking a road trip to five fantastic offbeat destinations is my favourite. Unfortunately, most people often stick to Prague and not explore the beauty of lesser-known extremely unique towns. 

Related: If you are looking where to stay in Prague, check out Boutique Hotel Seven Days 

This central European gem is very easy to explore and you’ll be amazed by its offerings. Renting a car in the Czech Republic is very affordable, and generally speaking, the roads are in good condition and easy to navigate. Here are five fantastic offbeat destinations worth considering the next time you wonder about things to do in Czech Republic.

Things to do in Czech Republic: Go beyond Prague
Things to do in Czech Republic: Go beyond Prague

Olomouc

Located in the eastern part of Moravia, Olomouc is one of the most charming cities in the Czech Republic. The city is a paradise for sightseers, making it a great place for a road trip. As you cruise the city, you will find historical monuments in the beautiful upper square, such as baroque fountains, the 18th-century holy trinity column, Town Hall, the Astronomical clock and a bronze model of the city.

Aside from the upper square, Olomouc has churches that have been in existence since immemorial time along with many parks and hills, which provide different vantage points.

Things to do in Czech Republic: Visit Olomouc
Things to do in Czech Republic: Visit Olomouc

If you go to Olomouc, do yourself a favor and stay at the Theatre Hotel for a nature-inspired lodging performance. Don’t miss dining at their on-site restaurant, Entrée, that too is quite a performance.  

Lednice

The focal point for sightseers is the Lednice Château, one of the most beautiful complexes in baroque fountains Neo-Gothic style in Central Europe. It’s also one of the most popular tourist attractions in southern Monrovia. The Lednice compound is much more than just the Château; there are wonderfully massive gardens to stroll, as parks and nearby ponds and an extraordinarily large greenhouse.

The grounds are expansive, so the best way to view it all is by horse carriage, or, by boat through a lazy river that runs through the grounds. There are miles of walking trails as well.

You will also enjoy strolling the streets of this romantic village where you will find many shops, restaurants, and cafes to tantalize the tourist in you.

Things to do in Czech Republic: Visit Lednice castle
Things to do in Czech Republic: Visit Lednice castle

Don’t miss driving down the street a few miles to Valtice and visiting the Wine Salon, it’s an incredible wine tasting experience. Read more about it here – Czech Republic Wine Salon.

Brno

Located in southern Moravia, Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, yet most people have never heard of it. Bruno has a lot of the same charm and characteristics as Prague but with way fewer visitors, which also makes it much more affordable.

Brno also makes for a great home base while exploring this lush wine region. The city center is full of historical buildings, old churches, theaters, fountains, sculptures, clubs, and some wonderful restaurants.

Things to do in Czech Republic: Visit Brno
Things to do in Czech Republic: Visit Brno

If you go to Brno, I recommend staying at either Barceló Brno Palace or Hotel Grandezza, both are located near the city center which will allow you to easily explore the city by foot. 

Mikulov

Mikulov is an enchanting little village in the midst of a stunning countryside in southern Bohemia, which is surrounded by vineyards in all directions. Mikulov is in the heart of wine country and home to one of the largest wine barrels in the world. The dominating Baroque château in the center of town is the focal point, with lush gardens and many places to take in the varying landscapes and stupendous views.

Just on the outskirt of the main square is a butte known asSvatý kopeček (Holy Hill), this is really worth exploring. The Holy Hill provides some stunning views of the dominating Baroque château in the center of town, and peaceful landscapes beyond.

Things to do in Czech Republic: Visit Mikolov
Things to do in Czech Republic: Visit Mikolov

If you stay in Mikulov, check out Tanzberg Hotel, the location is fantastic, the accommodations are just fair, but the restaurant is quite good. 

Ostrava

Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic, but like Brno, most people probably have not heard of it. Brno is an old industrial town in the midst of re-identifying itself. One of the focal points of town is a former steel mill turned into a convention center and entertainment venue called “The Gong.” It’s a suburb display of how a city took blight and turned it into something brilliant.

The city has lots of interesting places to see on a road trip which includes The Vítkovice Area, Landek park, The Michal Mine, Silesian Ostrava Castle, The Miniuni, The Ostrava Zoo, The Ostrava Museum and the Viewing Tower of the New City Hall.

Things to do in Czech Republic: Visit the Ostrava main square
Things to do in Czech Republic: Visit the Ostrava main square

These are just a few of the fantastic Czech Republic road trip destinations. There are so many more things to do in Czech Republic, but these five are a good introduction for someone who has never been to the country before.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below.

Mike Shubic of MikesRoadTrip.com is a guest contributor to Travel See Write; he is a highly accomplished road trip travel blogger from the United States.

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23 Comments

  • Hey Archana…thanks so much for having me as a guest writer on your amazing website. This post looks so great. Cheers, Mike

  • Peter says:

    I had no idea how beautiful Czech architecture could be. Actually, this goes for the whole of Eastern Europe! Especially their castles. Definitely worth a visit it seems.

  • Leah says:

    I would love to drive through the Czech Republic one day! Great suggestions! I love visiting beautiful churches, and it sounds like are a lot to see there! I will definitely be referring back to this post!

  • Akamatra says:

    My hubby is always telling me we should visit Brno since we have friends there. I would a chance to go to all the other places too!

  • Daniel says:

    The whole country is really picturesque, including the countryside but this is a really cool list. I’ve visited all of these as they are some of the most famous places in the country and had a great time.I just can’t get enough of the fascinating architecture of this country.

  • Rhian Westbury says:

    Some lovely looking places especially Lednice Château. I’ve only done Prague in the Czech Republic before but that was very pretty x

  • Kavita Favelle says:

    This is my kind of travel, we love taking road trips though I would not have thought of the Czech Republic as a self-drive destination. But I love all five of your suggested places. I love small and lesser known cities so I am sure I would love Olomouc, Lednice, Brno, Mikulov and Ostrava.

    • MikesRoadTrip says:

      Hi Kavita…yes, CZ is a great place to take a road trip. Very easy driving once you get outside Prague. Glad you enjoyed the suggestions. Hope you can make it there one day. Cheers, Mike

  • Jenn and Ed Coleman says:

    I love how you gave the perfect amount of detail in this article. I got introduced to each city but the article was still an easy read. Brno sounds like a great choice for Prague lite. I bet the price point is much better too.

  • Eboni Dixon says:

    I think the Czech Republic is so so underrated! I am heading to a city close to Prague on Monday! I’m so excited and this post just reminded me so!

  • Sierra says:

    Thank you for showing me the Czech Republic beyond Prague! It is all so beautiful and looks like an amazing road trip. The Lednice Chateau looks stunning and I would love to take a carriage ride through its picturesque streets.

  • Soumya Gayatri says:

    The Czech Republic has always been on my bucket list. And now after reading through your post, I want to go there right now. Some of these places I had not even heard of. And yet they look so pretty and colorful, full of life. I would not miss them for anything in the world. As I start to fine tune my itinerary for the Czech, this post has given me some of the most beautiful places to visit there. Thanks a ton!

  • Ami Bhat says:

    Ostrava has been high on my list. This is the 2nd post in a single day that recommends it. The other towns too have a very fairytale like ambiance. Guess the duration of my Czech stay is bound to increase

  • aisasami says:

    I really want to visit the Czech Republic one day as my mom’s family is from there. But,I don’t think we from these places or have relatives from there.

  • Aditi says:

    Wow! splendid pictures. These really inspire me to consider a trip to the Czech Republic!

  • Jana says:

    Wow, the architecture is amazing in Czech! It has that fairytale vibe going on! Thanks for all the info!

  • kartika nair says:

    Bookmarking this page. I can surely use your post for my upcoming trip to the Czech Republic Thanks!

  • Vivek says:

    nice, I like Czech-republic

  • Arnav Mathur says:

    Czech Republic was the first European nation I visited, and it struck a cord. I loved the vibes in Prague and Brno, but would definitely love to check out Ostrava, Olomouc for sure.

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