One day trips from Plzeň: to Prague and other beautiful places
Looking for things to do around Plzeň? Discover what to see and do in Plzeň Region with our detailed guide. Pilsen region bears the touch of baroque, you will find spa towns, monasteries, castles and nice countryside including rivers, lakes and hills just a few minutes driving from Pilsen.
Prague: the Capital City of the Czech Republic
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And more than 7 millions of tourists each year would agree with it. Prague is very close to Pilsen. You can use a train for one day trip from Pilsen to Prague: the journey takes only one and half hour.
Why is Prague (in Czech called Praha) so popular for travelers from all over the world?
Because of a romantic atmosphere ideal for long walks, because of breath-taking views, because of the rich history, the world largest castle Hradčany, because of nice gardens and parks and also boat trips on Vltava river which streams through the city.
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The cornerstone of the Prague Castle (Hradčany) was founded around the year 885. And thereby was established also Prague, sometimes called “City of 100 spires”. The most massive development of Prague was seen during the governance of King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV who rules the country in years 1346-1378. Prague becomes one of the most prosperous cities in Europe and the cultural capital of Central Europe.
Prague Castle and Charles Bridge above Vltava river.
Thanks to the King Charles IV we can admire Prague monuments as Charles Bridge, Charles Square and St. Vitus Cathedral or study the Charles University.
The Charles Bridge is definitely one of the “MUST-SEE” in Prague. Musicians and artists occupy the bridge during the day, at night you will discover beautiful scenery you won’t soon forget.
Looking for the afternoon or an half-day trip from Pilsen? Thanks to the short distance from Pilsen is Kozel Castle popular goal of Pilsen citizens. If you use a train (from Pilsen to Šťáhlavy) you can combine the visit of Kozel with the 2 km long walk in a nice tree alley.
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Kozel is the nearest castle to Pilsen.
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Mariánské Lázně: spa town where the fountain sings
From all spa towns near Pilsen I personally prefer Mariánské Lázně.
- Mariánské Lázně Town is very close to Pilsen.
- It is easily accesable by train in 1 hour.
- beautiful performance of the singing fountain
- nice green parks and promenade
- special spa bisquits which you should eat hot
- miniaturs of Czech sights.
Spa Town Mariánské Lázně: colonnade.
Mariánské Lázně is a town with stunning architecture. Its forests and parks offers guests traditional spa treatment with a wide range of healing sources.
Most of 100 mineral springs in Mariánské Lázně are cold and help with treatment of diseases of kidneys, the urinary and respiratory tracts and locomotive system disorders.
Rabštejn nad Střelou: so close to Pilsen and so adventurous
Located above the Střela river is Rabštejn nad Střelou worth of visit because of the beautiful folk architecture, monumental hills (former slate quarries), romantic river valley, deep forests, army shalters reminding World War II. and not many tourists.
If you can afford more than one day trip, you can use the train from Pilsen to the nearby village, walk to Rabštejn and find the accommodation there.
Rabštejn nad Střelou: the view across the canyon from the opposite riverside.
Šumava: the trip from Pilsen for sport lovers
Do you like mountains? Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing or Nordic walking? Then you can enjoy these activities in Pilsen region: in Šumava, Böhmerwald in German language. Šumava is the mountain on the Czech-German border which is popular because of a nice scenery and deep forests.
Šumava is beautiful not only in winter but during the whole year. Summer is very nice for mountain biking and walking, children and their parents appreciate numerous playgrounds. Many hotels are equipped by swimming pools and tennis courts.
In winter Šumava becomes a heaven for skiers. You will find here many trails for cross-country skiing and also downhill skiing. And what is perfect: Šumava is situated only 80 km far from Pilsen! It is easily accessible by car, bus or train.
Šumava is a paradise for ski lovers.
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Written by Šárka Novotná
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I'm Šárka and I'm so glad you've found this Website! I was born in Plzeň and from the love to my home city I launched PlzenGuide.com. I hope you will find important information and ideas about how to spend an incredible time in Pilsen Czech Republic.