In the first part of the article, we looked at how to enjoy summer in the Czech Republic, focusing mainly on festivals, water activities and some relax. We also mentioned the weather you should prepare for in the Czech Republic this summer. Today, we’ll look at how to enjoy summer in the city and what sights to see in the Czech Republic.
1. Czech cities worth seeing
If you haven’t visited our capital city yet, you definitely need to fix that. This city is truly one of the most beautiful in Europe and we are proud of it. It’s only three hours by train from Zlín, but we recommend staying in Prague for at least two to three days so you can see as much as possible. You’ll find beautiful parks in Prague, which are perfect now in the summer, you’ll find lots of beautiful monuments and streets, but also lots of bars or you can experience a great party.
TIP: In Prague definitely don’t miss out Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, National Museum and St. Vitus Cathedral.
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and is relatively close to Zlín. We recommend visiting in this summer season as it also offers nice parks, streets and squares. If you arrive in Brno in the morning, you will be able to see the highlights in one day.
The third largest city is Ostrava, where we recommend visiting especially Dolní Vítkovice, an industrial complex that now serves as a cultural, educational and social centre. You can find great museums there, visit the mines underground or the Bolt Tower, which is a tall tower with a café on top with a view of Ostrava.
Olomouc is a picturesque town, again not so far from Zlín. There are many monuments and a beautiful square where you can refresh yourself in one of the local restaurants in the warm summer weather. It is ideal for a nice day trip.
TIP: You can visit Svatý Kopeček, where you will find a beautiful basilica and a zoo nearby.
Kroměříž is very close to Zlín. In this beautiful town you can see especially the Archbishop’s Castle and its large gardens. Be sure to visit the Flower Garden, which is inspired by the gardens of Versailles. Afterwards, you can visit the main square and the mirror labyrinth.
2. Beautiful Czech places
Fortunately, the Czech Republic is a small country, so if you have time in the summer and would like to travel around a bit more, it won’t be hard at all. Most places can be reached by train and bus. If you want to take a longer trip, even for several days, we have a few places that are definitely worth seeing.
Lednice Castle – this castle is one of those on the UNESCO list. Lednice Castle together with its gardens is one of the most beautiful in the Czech Republic.
Picture source: Turistickamapa.cz
Hluboká Castle – this castle is quite far from Zlín but it is really worth seeing as it is truly magnificent.
Český Krumlov Castle – not far from Hluboká Castle is Český Krumlov Castle in the small town of the same name, which is one of the most beautiful in the Czech Republic!
Bouzov Castle– another monumental castle that is a real gem and not that far away from Zlín.
Stezka Valaška (Wallachian Trail) – if you want to do a nice hike, you can just take this trail, which is literally among the treetops. At the same time, you can take a great photo in the clouds on this trail. Near the Valaška trail you can also go on another hike to the Radegast statue, which is one of the most famous beer brands in the Czech Republic. This trail is not at all difficult so there is nothing to worry about.
Picture source: Regiontourist.cz
Viewpoint Máj (Vyhlídka Máj) – this viewpoint is close to Prague, but it is definitely worth a visit because this view is really breathtaking, you won’t regret it!
There are many monuments and castles in the Czech Republic, so do not hesitate to do your research and visit as many of them as possible!
3. Water Adventure
One of the typical activities for Czechs in summer is to rent a raft and go out on the water for a few days. This activity consists of renting one or two rafts with your friends (depending on how many you go, as one raft can carry 4-6 people) and floating down one of the Czech rivers. Most of the time, the rafters float down the river for three days and they camp in the evening, after a full day on the raft, at a campsite, of which there are many along the Czech rivers.
Getting out on the water with friends is a really great adventure. You don’t have to be experienced at all. Most of the time you don’t even have to paddle, you just drift on the waves and have fun with your friends.
Just remember to bring your tent and sleeping bag for camping, swimsuit, sunscreen, and warm clothes for the evening. A waterproof cell phone case, something against mosquitoes or raincoats can also come in handy. But never raft if the weather is really bad, it is raining a lot or if there is a storm!
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