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Czechia Grand Tour encompasses 11 stages that will take you on a rollercoaster of Czech experiences. Fascinating cultural venues and a variety of fancy landmarks to see both inside and outside Czechia`s most popular cities are everything that you can expect during this road trip. Good road infrastructure and beautiful views behind your car window will make your driving experience pleasant and unique. Stop lingering and start a long tour around Czechi`s most interesting highlights.
The car tour starts at the Prague Airport and continues to such cities as Kutna Hora and Olomouc. Later, you will explore the southern part of the country with such urban jewels as Uherske Hradistě, Mikulov, Znojmo, and Česky Krumlov. The subsequent stages take you to the northern recesses of Czechia with such places as Marianske Lazně and Karlovy Vary. The final lap encompasses the return to the Prague Airport, from where you can start the exploration of the capital itself.
Your journey starts at the Prague Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.
Czechia Grand Tour begins at the Prague Airport where you will have a plethora of opportunities to search for your perfect rental vehicle. The airport is rife with interesting car rental companies that offer diverse services. From the Prague Airport, you travel to Kolin located at a distance of 85 km away. Kolin is located in the Central Bohemian Region and offers a great insight into the Czech architecture.
From Kolin, you head for Kutna Hora located at a stone`s throw away. Both towns will be perfect for a further exploration of the region which is full of rural areas characterised by idyllic atmosphere and beautiful views. In Kutna Hora, you will have a great opportunity to taste some of the local delicacies as there are plenty of regional restaurants in the town centre.
Kutna Hora is an inconspicuous town with a vibrant past. St Barbara Church, the Church of Our Lady, and the Church of St James are one of the more interesting buildings of this type among the local towns. The stained glass in the Church of St Barbara is especially intriguing. After a longer stroll around the town centre and possibly a hearty meal, head for Pardubice by taking road no 2 through Valy.
Pardubice was settled in the 13th century and offers an array of cultural monuments and sights. Try visiting St Bartholomew Church and the Green Tower of Pardubice to gain a greater insight into the city`s past and architectural merit. However, the greatest tourist highlight is, of course, Pardubice Castle that is a must-see highlight and a real treat for the avid fans of history. Later, hop in the car to reach the final destination of this stage Olomouc.
Olomouc is the sixth largest city in the country that can boast excellent instances of architecture, especially in the area of the Old Town. While in Olomouc, explore the city by visiting Red Church, Olomouc Orthodox Church, Town Hall, and Hradisko. Afterwards, head for Velehrad located around 85 km away. Even though it is not a large settlement, it offers a few interesting sights including King`s Table, which is a memorial stone, the Basilica of Assumption of Mary and Sts Cyril and Methodius, and a Cistercian monastery.
From Velehrad, you continue your journey by taking first 427 road and then E50 to Uherske Hradistě. The town enjoys a very scenic location on the Morava River. You can either pass the town and begin the subsequent stage of your road trip or take a longer break to enjoy the small-town architecture and a delicious meal based on local ingredients in one of the restaurants situated in the town centre.
This stage of your trip will take you along almost 90 kilometres of nice roads and beautiful views that you can admire through your car window. From Uherske Hradistě, you will drive further south to reach Lednice located at a distance of around 70 km away. It is one of the small villages characteristic for South Moravia. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site List and a top-notch example of local architecture.
After a short stroll around this small settlement, you can either head for the final destination of this stage, namely Mikulov or treat Lednice as a starting point for a trip to the Palava Protected Landscape Area which lies on the border with Austria. It offers a beautiful insight into the diverse ecosystems of Southern Czechia. Within its limits, you find a number of perfectly preserved monuments of historical merit.
Mikulov is an equally good starting point for venturing into the deepest recesses of the Palava Protected Landscape Area. When it comes to the town itself, it is recommended to try some of the local delicacies that are served in the restaurants found around the scenic main square. The greatest highlight of this town is definitely Mikulov Castle which is a proof of the place`s eventful past and an exceptional treat for the fans of history.
From Mikulov, you drive for around 60 km to reach Znojmo, one of the major towns of the region. Among the top-rated highlights, you will find the Znojmo Town Hall Tower, Catacombs, the Column Monument, and the Gothic Church of St Nicolas. These attractions are topped with Znojmo Castle which gives you an opportunity to admire a stunning panorama of the town and the surrounding region. The settlement is actually located on a rocky outcrop that can be found on the left bank of the scenic Thaya River. Its location adds to the ambiance that can be experienced in Znojmo.
From Znojmo, you will take E59 road to Telč. The road passes through such places as Pavlice and Želetava. Telč is a beautiful showcase of Renaissance architecture with such attractions as Telč Castle, St James Church, and Namesti Zachariaste z Hradce. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets before you hop in your car to continue your journey to Jindřichův Hradec, located around 45 km away. In order to reach the town, head west and admire the beauty of the South Bohemian Region through your car window.
Jindřichův Hradec is a must-see town in terms of the exploration of religious architecture. Here, you will find a number of interesting churches, including the Church of Ascension, the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, and the Church of Saint Catherine. For those who are more into medieval fortifications, try heading for Červena Lhota Castle, located north-west from the town. After a thorough exploration of Jindřichův Hradec, you can drive to the last destination of this stage, namely Budweis.
The largest city of the Southern Bohemian Region, Budweis enjoys a beautiful location on the Vltava River which adds to the idyllic ambiance of the city itself. Even though the city is mostly known for beer production, you can also visit here such places as Town Hall, the Samson Fountain, Ottokar II Square, the Black Tower, and the Museum of the South Bohemia. All types of tourists will find here something of interest and will be surprised at the diversity of highlights.
After a short stroll around the city, get back on the road to travel to the finishing line of this lap, namely Česky Krumlov located approximately 25 km away. The simplest way to reach it is to take road no 39. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to admire the beautiful green areas of Southern Czechia. This part of the country is slightly mountainous with beautiful verdant hills and arid rural areas.
The next stage of your trip will take you around 3 hours to cover. You start at Česky Krumlov which is worth a longer sightseeing trip. The greatest centrepiece of this city is Česky Krumlov Castle which was hailed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby the castle, you will also find the intriguing Revolving Theatre where all the most important cultural events take place, such as the International Music Festival that starts in July.
You cover around 70 km by taking road no 3 to reach Pisek, a middle-sized settlement located in the northern part of the South Bohemian Region. It is sometimes referred to as the Athens of Southern Bohemia as a considerable number of schools have their headquarters in the city. The main sights include Stone Bridge, Pisek Castle - a treat for the lovers of history and architecture - Marian Column, and the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After some time spent in the town centre, hop in your car to hit the road again and reach Pilsen, located around 85 km away.
Pilsen can be found in western part of Bohemia. It will enchant you with beautiful and unique architecture, delicious cuisine based on local products, and interesting landmarks that will provide you with plenty of insight on the history of this region. While in the city, do not forget to visit St Bartholomew Cathedral, the Main Square, and Town Hall. Later, hit the road to reach Kladruby with its beautiful Abbey of Kladruby located nearby.
The trip to Kladruby will be full of picturesque landscapes that you can admire through your car window. In the near vicinity of the town, you will also have an opportunity to visit Křivoklatsko Protected Landscape Area with rich and diverse habitats and broadleaf temperate forests. Afterwards, you head for Marianske Lazně. You will reach it by taking road no 22 heading north. This famous spa town will be an ideal choice for those who seek some peace and quiet and would like to experience the rejuvenating properties of curative carbon dioxide sources.
This road trip stage takes you along a distance of only 64 km, but there will be plenty of additional opportunities for stopovers. The first destination of this lap is Bečov, located around 30 km from Marianske Lazně. This will be a total relief from all the more urbanised areas around Czechia. It will be also a great starting point for many car trips to the surrounding Slavkovsky Les, known as the Emperor`s Forest, which is rife with beautiful plants, trees, and flowers.
After some time spent near natural wonders, buckle up to head for Loket. Take road no 209 and head north. This small village is the penultimate destination of this lap. This road trip stage ends with the well-known Karlovy Vary enjoying a blissful location at the confluence of the Ohře River and Tepla River. In order to reach it, follow E48 road. Within its limits, you will find an array of interesting venues, landmarks, and architectural pieces.
Karlovy Vary dates back to the Bronze Age. Over the centuries, it has evolved into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole country. With a plethora of interesting tourist highlights, such as the Catholic Church of St Mary Magdalene, the Orthodox Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, City Opera House, and Dvořak Park, it is renowned among a diversity of motorists visiting the city. The city is additionally famous for Czech liqueur, Becherovka.
From Karlovy Vary, you take E48 road to reach Karlstejn. The town is very popular among the fans of history who come here to explore the Karlstejn Castle. After a short stroll around the site of the fortification, you can head back to your car to reach the Prague Airport, where you can leave your car if you opted for this travel option. Having reached the airport, you can begin your adventure with the Czech capital.
In order to reach the city centre from the Prague Airport, you can organise a private pickup, use public transport, or take a shuttle bus. Choose an option that is most convenient for you and forget yourself in the beautiful city of Prague. Some claim that the Czech capital is the equal of Paris beauty-wise. Its cobble streets, scenic courtyards, and small gardens will be a paradise for those who would like to aimlessly saunter around its streets.
If you are into religious architecture, you should definitely consider a visit at the St Vitus Cathedral with its imposing bell towers and turrets. If history is your cup of tea, head for the Prague Castle, along with its gardens and surrounding fortifications. However, to grasp Prague`s atmosphere to its fullest, you should not miss such places as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and Veletržni Palac, where you will find a top-notch collection of art covering the works coming from the period between the 19th and the 21st centuries.