Historical Czech Republic in winter
You maybe have heard of Czech and Moravian mountains that offer good options for both downhill and cross-country skiing. It may seem there is no other reason to visit the Czech Republic in this time of year; yet there are plenty of interesting places to visit. Moreover, there is a low season in the cities so you can enjoy low prices, quiet streets and hot wine or mead while browsing Christmas markets. However, even many famous castles and chateaus remain opened during winter and present great option for a day trip. Here you can find some options what to do and visit:
- Prague castle in the capitol may be the most famous sight; opens daily 9-16 http://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle/prague-castle-tourist-information/visit-of-prague-castle.shtml
- Castle Karlštejn may be the most visited sight close to Prague, you can get there easily by train and short walk. Opens mostly during weekends, check for the dates and book your tickets online http://www.hradkarlstejn.cz/guided-tours/opening-hours/ . Surroundings of the castle is very nice and if you like hiking, you can walk for example to city of Beroun (15 km) on red trail which is allegedly the first marked trail in the Czech Republic.
- Another impressive castle reachable by train from Prague is Křivoklát http://www.krivoklat.cz/en/ – in December, it opens during weekends and state holidays 10-15, and from January till March daily except of Monday (also 10-15). It is even possible to sleep over at the castle! Surrounding area is also very nice for hiking.
- If you like chateaus more than castles, consider visiting small city of Dobříš, reachable by bus from Prague (34 minutes) http://www.zamekdobris.cz/en – opens daily 8-16.30.
- Kutná Hora is a city belonging to UNESCO. In Middle Ages, a third of Europe’s production of silver was mined here and wealth of the city is still well seen today. Unfortunately guided tours in mines are closed until April however you can still enjoy sightseeing for the whole day. You can get there by bus or train from Prague. Consider also visiting unique ossuary http://www.ossuary.eu/index.php/en/