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9 nights in the Czech Republic:

Hello forum
5 nights in Prague, can we spend more time there or less?
How to spend the other nights?
Rent a car and drive a few small towns and country side but base from one town? I hate to jump around just for wear and tear and enjoyment.
Cesky Krumlov or hradec kralove
So a few ideas would be great. ...

Posted by
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Nine nights in the Czech Republic sounds ideal. However, I would stay in Prague for 3 or 4 nights, to give myself more time to explore the rest of the country. Not enough tourists see the rest of this wonderful country, and there are far too many tourists in Prague!

Hradec Králové, Olomouc, and Brno are great little cities, that are definitely worth your time. Smaller towns like Třebíč, Třeboň and Telč are worth a look in. Mikulov is wonderful, and the Mikulov - Valtice - Lednice triangle is worth exploring. I wouldn't bother with Krumlov, unless you want to participate in conveyor-belt mass tourism. Also, your crowns will go much further if you stay away from Krumlov and Prague.

A car will give you great freedom, but you can also achieve a lot on the train. The Czech Railways offer a summer rail pass (unlimited travel for 7 days) which is a great, and inexpensive way to get around.

It really depends on what you would like to do. There is lots of offer, it's just a matter of finding it.

Posted by
187 posts

We will be going to Czech Republic from Vienna.
So the triangle of towns you mentioned are close to Vienna about an hours drive
Should we mix train car rental or drive from Vienna and back and then train to Prague?
Any ideas?

Posted by
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We were in Central Europe last fall that included 6 nights in wonderful Prague. Prior to Prague we spent time in Budapest and Vienna. On our way we decided we wanted to experience some downtime in Cesky Krumlov. We had also heard to expect crowds of people. We arrived on a Thursday afternoon, had lunch and by then "the day trippers" we're leaving. The following morning we took a private walking tour at 0800 with Krumlov Tours. We literally had CK to ourselves. Following our "off the beaten path tour" with Karolina we toured the Barogue Theater, had a leisurely lunch on the river and then explored another area of town avoiding the crowds. We left CK Saturday am. We have no regrets visiting this charming town. It turned out to be one of the top highlights of our tour. We stayed at the recommended Castle View Apartments. We found the accommodation affordable, and quiet location. CK has some lovely affordable restaurants as well. Our favorite was Papa's Living Restaurant.

Edit to add we used CK shared shuttle door to door. Vienna>CK>Prague

Posted by
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Hello from Wisconsin,
Marcus has a nice selection of smaller cities to visit in Olomouc and Brno, and his other recommendations. Let me add that you can hardly go wrong booking in somewhere in the vicinity of these two places, O and B. The rural roads around them are great, leisurely, beautiful, relaxed, and go through small villages and are often doubly lined by apple trees.

Get near Nove Mesto na Morave. This is a small place with a nice town center, a hotel (The Pansky Dum) with very reasonable rates for apartments (about $55/night) with a breakfast included. This is a recreational area for Czechs, so it is lovely, green and rolling.

wayne iNWI