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8 to 10 days in Prague

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8 to 10 days in Prague

Too much? Not enough? Been there done that with trips to Athens, Rome, Paris. Looking for something a bit different - Prague looks like an ancient fairytale. We usually break our trip into two places/cities but there is nothing I can find with a 3/4 hr. train ride (max) that appeals to me. Am I missing something??? Must admit I don't know much about the history of chec rep./Prague but the photos call to me... We are a family of four with two well traveled teenagers. We love, love to wander... Also to see some historic sites (& day trips), meet interesting people & not be on any type of managed schedule. Unless of course it is a day trip or private tour of something/somewhere.

Advice please? Thanks in advance for any and all recommendations!

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1. Re: 8 to 10 days in Prague

Cesky Krumlov

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8-Vo5Qa6rc

look at the right hand column of this page.there is a topic for day trips

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2. Re: 8 to 10 days in Prague

8 to 10 days isn't too much in Prague. I've been here for 20 years and am still finding out new things about the city:-) It is a great place to base yourselves and then make day trips. Or a 2-3 day trip to Cesky Krumlov, as tejashombre suggested. You can make great daytrips to places like the Karlstejn castle, the city of Plzen with its famous brewery, the spa town of Karlovy Vary, the former concentration camp Terezin... The list goes on and on.

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3. Re: 8 to 10 days in Prague

Why don't you give Prague 4 days and the other 4 to Vienna (about 5h by train)? Much better than staying around here and visiting cute but quite uninteresting secondary cities and villages.

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4. Re: 8 to 10 days in Prague

Thank you both for the feed-back. We usually stay a 6 days in a city and always feel like we could of stayed longer. Will be nice to stay put for a change!

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5. Re: 8 to 10 days in Prague

"Much better than staying around here and visiting cute but quite uninteresting secondary cities and villages"

got to disagree with that statement, there are some wonderful places within the Czech republic to visit many withing easy day trips from Prague.I would never call Plzen cute but it is bloody interesting for lots of reasons,Tabor is a bit cute but still interesting from the Hussite perspective and for the style of building layout.

Mlada Boleslav though not a stunning or cute place has got some great history and more modern attractions like the Skoda museum,Brno a lovely city with wonderful architecture,some of which was completely cutting edge at the time and are the basis for all modern skyscrapers that we have today, its castle area is facinating and the countryside nearby especially the Dam area quite lovely.

Karlstejn is CUTE! BUT there are some great walks in the area,walk to Beroun and end up in a fantastic Brew house in the middle of an old sugarmill, now junk yard(you don't get that in the tourist books)

I could go on but I have to head to work.

I will be back in Prague for a week in May for the beer festival and will make a few trips to cute and uninteresting secondary cities and villages, I am sure I will find something of interest probably something to do with the beer.

Edited: 2:43 am, March 12, 2013
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6. Re: 8 to 10 days in Prague

More about Brno - 'friendlier, more laid-back and more fun than the capital' (2.5 hours by train or bus):

guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/jun/19/low-cost-f…

www.youtube.com/watch…

http://www.ticbrno.cz/podzemi.aspx?lang=en-US

http://brnonow.com/guide/

www.moravskykras.net/en/moravian-karst.html

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1052

http://www.ignisbrunensis.cz/?setLanguage=eng

You need several days and there are many day trips you can make e.g.

http://www.zamky-hrady.cz/2/pernstejn-e.htm

mikulov.cz/tourism/introduction-of-the-town/

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7. Re: 8 to 10 days in Prague

I found Brno to be one of the friendliest places I have ever visited and not just because I had a great guide.

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8. Re: 8 to 10 days in Prague

... and a great guest helped as well!

All right - enough of the love-in :) Hopefully we can meet up there again some time, I've got some more good pubs up my sleeve.

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9. Re: 8 to 10 days in Prague

good.

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10. Re: 8 to 10 days in Prague

Have a look @ these websites - to give you an idea what to see. Are you interested in some festivals? What do your teenagers like to do or see? Date of travel?

Day trips:Short Karlstejn/Krovoklat castles, Liberec (cable car to Jested mountain, beautiful Zoo & Botanical Gdns, Babylon Water Park for teenagers, (for families: Libnet tickets to neighboring countries (Germany & Poland - better overnight...,Tabor - Hussite history

Day trips - longer, overnight would be better:

Ceske Budejovice - main sq., Motorbike Museum, brewery + Cesky Krumlov. Could be combined with Jindrichuv Hradec (castle, climbing the tower, main sq. - better stay overnight..Litomerice with a climb to ruins of castle Hazmburk, possibly Terezin, coube be combined with Rip Hill - again, better with overnight, could stay on premises of Libochovice Castle.

Brno + Southern Moravia with numerous castles, wineries, festivals (mainly @ the end of summer/early fall)

I do not consider Olomouc as a day trip, but it seems a lot of people do it with Regio studentagy train on TA.es & other forums.

Hikes + Glass factories - Bohemian Paradise

I am sure you could stay the whole 8-10 days in Prague, but you may find 6 days there + 2-4 days somewhere else a better option...(accommodation outside Prague = usually a lot cheaper)

Links:

http://www.hrad-hazmburk.cz/

http://www.litomerice.cz/eng/history.html

http://www.zamek-libochovice.cz/

jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/t…

c-budejovice.cz/en/…history.aspx

http://www.motomuseum.cz/

http://www.budejovickybudvar.cz/en/index.html

http://www.zamek-jindrichuvhradec.eu/en/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zTEVS4DZT8

http://www.zvon.de/en/EURO-NEISSE-tickets/

zvon.de/en/Buslines-of-the-CSAD-Liberec-a.s/

cd.cz/mezinarodni-cestovani/…

http://www.infolbc.cz/indexen.html

http://wikitravel.org/en/Bohemian_Paradise

http://www.cesky-raj.info/en/

http://www.ruckl.cz/en/

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/860

http://www.myczechrepublic.com/olomouc/

Normally I do not like Rick Steve's, but this video gives a good info.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oII0M7Y7bQ

http://tourism.olomouc.eu/sights/unesco/en

You will find other links on specific forums + info. right hand side

cd.cz/vnitrostatni-cestovani/…

czech.cz/en/Tourism/Transport/Train/New-tran…

http://bustickets.studentagency.eu/

http://www.le.cz/