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Czech Republic in Pictures: 15 Beautiful Places to Photograph

Written by Diana Bocco
Oct 1, 2019

The Czech Republic is a country of contrasts and surprises. Home to more than 1,200 castles and chateaus, it also offers incredible natural and cultural sites. From ancient towns to rolling, forested hills to World Heritage-listed monuments and unusual rock labyrinths, there's a bit of everything for everybody within its borders.

If you're looking for the most photo-worthy destinations in the Czech Republic, be prepared to travel and explore. Not only are there many far apart, but reaching each one of these might require a romantic train ride through the Bohemian countryside and a good pair of boots for the trek of a lifetime.

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1. Prague

Charles Bridge in Prague at sunset
Charles Bridge in Prague at sunset

Pedestrian Charles Bridge, originally built in the 15th century, is one of Prague's most photographed sights. Nicknamed "the City of a Hundred Spires," the capital city of Prague has a bohemian allure and a history that goes back a millennium—full of walled courtyards, Baroque buildings, and medieval cobblestone streets that writer Franz Kafka once walked on.

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2. Karlstejn

Karlstejn Castle
Karlstejn Castle

Gothic Karlstejn Castle presides over the 14th-century town of the same name. Originally built to safeguard royal treasures (including the imperial crown jewels), this medieval fortress is one of the most stunning castles in the country, reigning serene on a hill surrounded by lush forest. A path behind the castle takes you to hiking trails and the famous Malá Amerika (Little America), a flooded abandoned quarry.

3. Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov is worth a visit any time of the year but it's especially magical when it snows, and the red-roofed town becomes a winter wonderland. A 13th-century castle, a meandering river, and a picturesque mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture add to the charm of one of the most visited cities in the country. The historic center of this Middle-Ages fairy tale town is a designated UNESCO World protected site.

4. Bohemian Switzerland National Park

The Kamnitz Gorge in Bohemian Switzerland National Park
The Kamnitz Gorge in Bohemian Switzerland National Park

The Pravcická Archway, on the rocks above the river Elbe, is Europe's largest sandstone arch. Despite its name, Bohemian Switzerland is on the Czech side of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. This picturesque region offers plenty of hiking trails, protected canyons and ravines, scenic gorges, and pine forests as far as the eye can see.

5. Kromeriz

Kromeriz flower garden
Kromeriz flower garden

The Baroque Archbishop's Palace is one of Kromeriz's most recognizable spots—scenes for both Amadeus and Immortal Beloved were filmed in these magnificent 17th-century formal gardens. The tiny town is also well-known for its golden-white townhouses and the amazing countryside view you can get from the 34-meter-high castle tower.

6. Jizera Mountains

Winter in the Jizera Mountains
Winter in the Jizera Mountains

Home to some of the best skiing and snowshoeing trails in the country, the Jizera Mountains sit right on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. In summer, visitors come around for cycling and hiking but can also find places to learn about mountain folklore, enjoy the unique local gastronomy, or just embark on a photo-tour of the picture-perfect valleys and soft-forested peaks.

7. Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary's city center is a dreamy example of New Renaissance-style architecture in the heart of a forested valley. Famous as a spa town, Karlovy Vary is home to many thermal springs housed in imposing colonnades. The city is also known for being the home base of Moser Glass, a famous luxury glass manufacturer, as well as the host city for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of the oldest film events in the world.

8. Ceske Budejovice

Historic center of Ceske Budejovice at night
Historic center of Ceske Budejovice at night

Dusk falls over the picturesque city of Ceske Budejovice, which sits at the confluence of the Vltava and the Malše rivers. The heart of the city is the square piazza, flanked by Baroque arcaded houses and a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets. From rowing on the Vltava river to climbing the 225 steps to the top Gothic-Renaissance Black Tower, there's much to see and do in the heart of South Bohemia.

9. Hluboka nad Vltavou

Hluboka Castle
Hluboka Castle

Right on the Vltava river, the Tudor-style Hluboká Castle is the town's main attraction. Considered one of the most beautiful castles in the country, Hluboka belonged to the Schwarzenberg family until the last owners abandoned it to flee from the Nazis. The historic château is surrounded by an expansive landscaped park and furnished with original pieces and art from the mid-19th century.

10. Sumava National Park

A mountain stream in Sumava National Park
A mountain stream in Sumava National Park

Home to many lakes and heavily forested mountains, Sumava (also known as the Bohemian Forest) sits on the border with Germany and Austria. Kašperk Castle—located at a record-breaking 886 meters above sea level—is within the park boundaries, and so is Certovo jezero (Black Lake), named so because its water appears to be black, an optical illusion caused by the dense forests around it.

11. Kutna Hora

St. Barbara's Church in Kutna Hora
St. Barbara's Church in Kutna Hora

The Church of Saint Barbara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, makes for a dreamy background to one of the most unique towns in the country. Kutna Hora was once a major silver mining center but it's now better known for its Sedlec Ossuary—a chapel decorated with the bones of up to 70,000 people who perished during the time of the Black Plague and the Hussite Wars.

12. Krkonose National Park

The Pancavsky waterfall
The Pancavsky waterfall

The Pancavsky waterfall, set on the wall of a glacial valley, is the highest one in the Czech Republic. Deep into the heart of Krkonose National Park, you'll also find a mix of unique ecosystems—from alpine meadows to high mountain peaks to icy moorlands. Famous for its miles and miles of never-ending hiking trails, the park is part of the exclusive UNESCO list of biosphere reserves.

13. Adrspach Rocks

Aerial view of the Adrspach Rocks
Aerial view of the Adrspach Rocks

The sandstone formations and stony pillars that make up the Adrspach-Teplice park were once at the bottom of the ocean. A magical connection of trails cut through the park, crossing over waterfalls, down into deep ravines and gorges, and up to the ruins of Strmen Castle. The nature reserve is a designated breeding site for peregrine falcons and a popular rock climbing destination.

14. Moravian Karst

The Macocha Abyss
The Macocha Abyss

The Macocha Abyss is the deepest sinkhole in Central Europe and one of the major attractions in the Moravian Karst cave system. There are two observation platforms here—one at the top of the chamber, and one 90 meters from the bottom of it. Visitors can join a guided tour of the nearby Punkva Caves, which ends at the base of the Macocha Abyss.

15. Telc

Colorful buidings in Telc
Colorful buidings in Telc

Once a busy 13th-century merchant route between Bohemia and Austria, Telc is now a sleepy town better known for its medieval square center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Telc's 17th-century Renaissance chateau and well-preserved Baroque houses and stone streets look straight out of a fairy tale and are best explored on foot.

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