I'm looking for a day trip while I'm in Czech Republic. I will be in the eastern part of the country near Český Těšín or Ostrava. We will make our way to Prague via train for departure but looking for somewhere along the way to stop for a short visit or we could check in at our Prague accommodations and just go for a day trip from Prague. We've been to Terezin, Cesky Krumlov, Kutna Hora, Olomouc, Berno, and wine country in southern Czech so looking for something different. I've always gotten great suggestions on the forum!
Logical stop would be Olomouc. About in the middle of the way. But you have been there. So try Novy Jicin, Stramberk, Frenstat pod Radhostem, Trojanovice. Of course not all of them. One or two. Rick Steves tour Best of Eastern Europe used to stay overnight in Trojanovice or Pustevny on their way from Prague to Krakow. Unfortunately not any more. Prague to Krakow is now done in one long bus ride. Trojanovice is a mountain resort on the foot of the legendary Radhost mountain. There is a chairlift (or/and cable car?) on the side ridge of Radhost. It is a pilgrimage place with several mountain lodges, restaurants, etc. The place is called Pustevny. You are looking for something different than what you have already see. Well, then Trojanovice and Pustevny. If you have time then add short and easy hike from Pustevny to the summit of Radhost.
Thanks Ilja! I will pass the idea of hiking to my two traveler buddies and see if they’d be up for a hike. We will have luggage with us unless we first go to Prague and then go somewhere for a day trip.
All my suggestions are very close to Ostrava. You can get there for a day trip from Ostrava. Also almost all railroad stations have a luggage storage for a small fee.
If you are interested in the historical aspect of where you are, these two places are historically important areas in the tragic history of 20th century central Europe , Cesky Tesin and Ostrava.
The former was part of Teschen, a duchy, the Duchy of Teschen, in Austria-Hungary, then in the inter-war years the bone of contention between Poland and Czechoslovakia, which Hitler used to play the Poles and the Czechs off against each in 1938.
Ostrava was one of the first places in the Sudetenland, then known as Mährisch Ostrau in the A-H Empire and in the inter-war years, that clamored against the Prague government in 1938 which Hitler exploited.
As Fred says Ostrava was divided into Moravska Ostrava and Slezska Ostrava. Moravian (in German Maehrisch) and Silesian. Moravian Ostrava was not in Sudetenland unlike Silesian Ostrava which was. Now it is just one Ostrava but those historically divided parts are still called Moravska Ostrava and Slezska Ostrava.
Thanks for the historical accuracy that Mährisch Ostrau was not part of the Sudetenland. I had read (can't remember the source....inexcusable) that the clamoring of the Sudeten Germans against the Prague government began in Mährisch Ostrau or that it was one of the first places to witness this on the part of the Sudeten Germans.