Once at Prague Castle, check out the permanent exhibitions that include The Picture Gallery at Prague Castle, The Story of Prague Castle and The Treasury of St Vitus Cathedral. Or, take a peaceful walk around the castle complex to discover the many gardens.
Lobkowicz Palace is the only privately owned building within the complex and is also worth exploring. Belonging to the Lobkowicz family, the building contains the oldest and largest privately owned art collection in Czech Republic. The Lobkowicz Collection contains some truly one of a kind and rare artefacts, including works of art spanning medieval and renaissance time periods, and arms and armour from 18th to 20th centuries.
From Prague, there are two cities that have topped travellers’ lists in the past few years. Český Krumlov is like a miniature version of Prague and is located in Southern Bohemia. The beautiful town situated on the Vltava River has around 300 baroque buildings housing cafes, bars and niche museums.
Get the Český Krumlov Card that gives you entrance to five museums for 50% off regular admission price. There’s also a State Castle that forms the focal point of the old town. It’s free to walk through the castle complex or pay for a guided tour to see the interiors or climb up the castle tower for a view of Český Krumlov. If the climb proves too tough, try the cafe terrace of Hotel Rûže, which offers similar views of the Vltava River that meander through the town and under the State Castle.
The other city to visit from Prague is Olomouc, which is quickly gaining popularity, especially with backpacking students on a budget. The university town is explorable on foot and a walk around will bring travellers to bars and restaurants, including microbreweries, such as Moritz, which serves draft beer brewed on site. Festivals are also common night entertainment for the students studying here. Hang around Olomouc Town Hall for free concerts and markets selling traditional Czech cuisine and baked goods. The town hall is also where the country’s second astronomical clock and two cathedrals – St Moritz Cathedral and St Wenceslas Cathedral – are located.