The best of the Czech Republic or a day trip from Prague returning to the hotel afterwards
This monumental castle dating back to the 14th century is one of the most beautiful icons of the Czech Republic and you will find it about 30 km southwest of Prague. It is one of the most-visited castles and was built by the Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. The simplest way to get there from our Hotel Kampa Garden *** in the centre of Prague is to take the metro to the main railway station in Prague (line A from Malostranská station changing to line C and getting off at Hlavní nádraží station), where you can buy a return ticket for a direct train to Karlštejn station (a journey of about 40 minutes costing a few euros. The ticket is valid for any train on the given day and does not include seat reservation). Czech train timetables can be found here http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusymhdvse/spojeni/. You then walk to the castle from the station. More details are available on the official castle website https://www.hrad-karlstejn.cz/en - don’t forget that some tours need to be booked in advance.
Český Krumlov – UNESCO
The most beautiful and iconic city dating back to the time of the Renaissance. Its picturesque view over the castle (very large and beautiful castle and gardens) and the town houses with a river winding its way among them will completely captivate you. Don’t forget to visit the wonderful flower garden in the castle and take in the view from the tower. For those who want to see even more, Hluboká Castle can be found near the city of Krumlov, a place where many films have been shot, this being a magnificent building with wonderful interiors. The city of Český Krumlov is literally a Renaissance jewel in the crown and can again be reached by train (start out by metro from our Hotel Kampa Garden *** in the centre of Prague to Hlavní nádraží station and then buy a day return to Český Krumlov for a couple of euros. We recommend you set aside the whole day for this trip and leave early in the morning, ideally by express train (the trip takes about 2.5 hours and trains back to Prague run into the night).
Kutná Hora – UNESCO
The oldest monastery site/city in the Czech Republic dating back to the 12th century. The city’s prosperity is linked to mining and processing of silver. You can look forward to a tour of Gothic buildings, dominated by the Cathedral of St. Barbara, as well as the Jesuit college, the city centre which was added to the UNESCO heritage list in 1995 and last but not least, don’t forget to visit the nearby ossuary. We recommend you set aside the whole day for this trip, easily making it back to our Hotel Kampa Garden *** in the centre of Prague afterwards. The least strenuous way to travel is again by metro and train: metro to the main railway station in Prague where you can buy a day return to Kutná Hora station (the ticket costs a couple of euros, is valid all day for any train in the given class and does not include seat reservation). You will then get your bearings in the city of Kutná Hora using the signs and the maps which are to be found everywhere.
Průhonice Park and Chateau (UNESCO)
The chateau park and chateau with botanical gardens open to the public not far from Prague in Průhonice have been captivating visitors since 1885. The natural park which spreads out over an area of approx. 250 hectares was founded by Count Arnošt Emanuel Silva-Tarouca in the diverse and rugged valley of the Botič stream has been awarded the status of natural cultural monument and UNESCO heritage site. You will find here masterfully placed imported tree species in combination with domestic ones (around 1,600 species) and several interesting look-out points and an estate – areas of woodland and fishponds alternating with meadows and dead channels of the stream. Průhonice park is a captivating place whatever the season. There is also an important collection of Rhododendrons boasting approx. 100 species and 8,000 plants. You can also enjoy this half-day or full-day trip into the countryside from our Hotel Kampa Garden *** in Prague 1 – take the Metro to “Opatov” station on red line C and change there to bus number 363 in the direction of the Průhonice stop (the bus journey takes approx. 15-20 minutes). Průhonice chateau park is open all year round.
More details can be found on the official website www.pruhonickypark.cz