Our picks for the best day trips from Prague! Take some time to get out of the city and see the countryside, medieval villages, centuries old castles, and much more on one of the many amazing day trips from Prague!
After living in Prague for over a year, we’ve had more than enough time to explore the city and beyond. And that includes some truly spectatcular day trips.
While there’s more than enough things to do in Prague to keep you busy, there are some wonderful destinations just outside the city as well. If you have the time, consider exploring with one (or more) of these amazing day trips from Prague.
I’ve really tried to keep in mind everyone’s different travel styles, so I’ve included information for independent travelers, and for travelers who’d prefer to take a tour.
As always, the tours we recommend are through Get Your Guide, because they offer spectacular service and always get great reviews from our readers. If you’re planning to tackle these day trips on your own, I recommend using RentalCars.com to find the best rate on a local car rental.
And if you’re just beginning to plan your Prague vacation, be sure to check out our Prague Neighborhood Guide as well, which will give you all the information you need on Prague’s various districts and top hotels.
And now, without further adieu… here are our favorite day trips from Prague!
Take a day trip from Prague to Karlovy Vary Spa Town, to bask in the natural hot springs.
If I had friends coming to Prague for 2 weeks, I’d suggest they took the time to visit Karlovy Vary as a day trip from Prague. However, if I had friends visiting Prague for just 1 week or less, I’d probably suggest they focus on some of the other day trips I’ve suggested in this list.
The history of the city dates back to the 14th century, when the local mineral springs were used as treatments for famous figures such as Peter the Great and Goethe. The hot spring is the most famous attraction - spewing out hot thermal waters to a height of 12 meters.
An organize tour is the easiest way to see Karlovy Vary in a single day. We recommend this tour from Get Your Guide. It includes transporation from Prague. You'll tour the town to see the historical and modern colonnades the city is known for, taste the water from all 12 natural mineral springs, and sample the traditional liqueur of Becherovka.
If you decide to tour on your own, I recommend staying overnight at Villa Rosa, which has amazing views of the town!
Take a day trip from Prague to Pilsen, or Plzeň as it’s spelled locally.
I always thought Pilsen was a type of beer rather than a brewing style. Either way, the word is synonymous with Czech beer, and has been imitated the world over (think Beck’s or Heineken).
And it all began here, in Pilsen, about 90km from Prague. Learn about the history of the famous brew on an entertaining tour of the Pilsner Urquell Brewery that ends with a sample straight from the barrel!
Pilsen itself is a great opportunity to see another Czech city on your trip without investing a lot of time. The town doesn't have as much charming appeal as others on this list, but you come for the beer anyway!
Spend some time in the old town square, visit St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral (which is the highest tower in the country), and the Jewish Synagogue (the second largest synagogue in Europe).
Click to read more about how to organize a day trip to Pilsen from Prague.