By Emily EM Collins
If you've stayed in Prague before and on this visit you're looking to get out of the medieval city and visit some of its surrounding areas, then these scenic day-trips are likely to be just what you're looking for. None of the journeys should take longer than three hours, which means that you should be back at your Prague hotels by nightfall:
The best spa experience in the Czech Republic is located just 2.5 hours outside the city centre and is best reached by express bus from Florenc bus station. The town has been known for its healing waters since the 14th century, when it was first discovered by Charles IV. Some patients even visit the town on referral by their GP for the medical treatments that involve consumption of the water. However, there are also treatments designed purely for relaxation from spa massages to light and heat therapy, which along with beauty treatments must be booked in advance. After such a relaxing day you'll fall asleep as soon as your head touches the pillow back at your Prague hotels.
Plznen Brewery Museum
If the cheap beer was one of the main drawing factors of a holiday in the Czech Republic, then you simply must take a day trip to the town of Plznen. Not only is the beer much cheaper outside of the city centre, but the town is also the home of Pilsner beer. In the 15th Century malt-house, visitors can trace beer's history from Mesopotamia to current day brews. Once you've explored the museum you'll want to visit the factory where you can watch a short film on beer production, and visit a cooper's workshop; of course, there's also plenty of tasting opportunities during the tour. If after the tour you haven't yet had your fill of beer then you must visit Na Parkene Pub before you catch the train back. This pub serves up unfiltered beer that was the mainstay of beer drinkers a century ago.
If you want to buy a special souvenir from the Czech Republic, then forget searching the gift shops around your Prague hotels. Instead book a trip to the 15th century silver-mining town of Kutna Hora, where the Royal Mint was established. The town is also known for its ossuary or bone church, with an entire interior decorated from human bones salvaged from the 30 years' war. The Royal Mint and stunning gothic cathedral of St. Barnabas are two other attractions worth visiting, while the Royal Mint Museum paints a detailed picture of Kutna Hora's past.
Just thirty minutes from the centre of Prague, Konopiste was the former home of Franz Ferdinand whose assassination in Sarajevo sparked the start of WWI. His historic home is now more commonly known for the 300,000 hunting trophies that line the walls and the opulent d�cor. History buffs will want to visit the museum that features the bullet that killed the Archduke alongside various pieces of paraphernalia. More recently, the film "The Illusionist" was shot in the castle grounds and guests may recognise some locations from the movie.
Emily Collins works in the travel industry and writes articles based on the world's top destinations and the latest holiday offers.
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