As I mentioned in my
, there are few better ways to really discover this beautiful world than by travelling, especially when you're setting out on a road trip adventure. There's nothing quite like the sense of adventure of hitting the open road, so why not open up Europe and embark on a longer road trip holiday. No matter what time of year you visit, the Czech Republic is a wonderful country, with a fascinating history and breathtaking scenery. And there are plenty of incredible destinations to visit along the way!
Prague, Czech Republic
If you're heading to the Czech Republic, then you simply must put Prague at the top of your list of places to see. There are few cities in the world, let alone Europe, to rival its beauty; this coupled with such a rich history, warm and friendly locals, and some of the best beer you'll ever taste makes for a brilliant holiday destination at every turn.
By far the most popular attraction in the city is the castle, Pražský hrad, positioned about the left bank of the River Vltava. This fairy tale castle can't help but capture the imagination, with its towers and spires, and its sheer impressive size - according to the Guinness World Records, it's the world's largest ancient castle. Inside you may not find any damsels in distress or daring young knights, but there are plenty of fascinating museums illustrating the history of the fortress. You can buy tickets at the entrance for either the long tour, or the short tour that covers the highlights. Both tickets are valid for two days, giving you plenty of time to explore.
Sedlec Ossuary, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
Not far from the city of Prague (about an hour's drive) lies this peculiar little curiosity, and there's no better time to visit than in the run up to Halloween! It may be a little macabre, but trust me, you won't be able to help but be utterly fascinated by this place. The church was bought as part of the monastery by the aristocratic Schwarzenberg family in 1870, after which point it was discovered that the crypt held the remains of roughly 40,000 bodies. A local woodcarver was commissioned to get creative with the interior design of the place, and the result was the impressive array of skull and bone chandeliers and garlands that you see today. Like I said, it may be a little macabre, but it's a truly unique attraction, and funnily enough, your kids are bound to love it!
Marvel at the hauntingly beautiful interior design of the Sedlec Ossuary
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
If, after that long drive, you're feeling in need of a bit of rest and relaxation, head to the charming little spa town of Karlovy Vary. This understated yet glamorous town has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years, who come in search of the apparent healing properties of the sulphur-rich mineral water. Now, it's completely up to you whether you try it or not - take it from me, it doesn't smell appetising - but some people swear by it. Alternatively, you can take a dip in the steam baths, or perhaps indulge in a rejuvenating massage. Personally, I prefer to take to the hills and explore the hiking trails, breathing in the gloriously pure mountain air of the place.
If you're after a slightly gentler pace of life, the town offers a great arts and entertainment programme to keep tourists amused, or you can simply pull up a chair at the side of the river and watch the world go by as you sip on a nice, warming beverage.
Take a refreshing stroll along the river that runs through the paintbox coloured town of Karlovy Vary
Driving to the Czech Republic with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
The drive to the Czech Republic from our Calais terminal may by quite a stretch, but it is definitely worth it, and when it only takes 35 minutes to cross the Channel with
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
, you'll have plenty of time on your hands! The distance to Prague is roughly 1,100km, depending on your route, which should take you about 10 and a half hours. There are a couple of different ways you can go, all of them scenic, taking you through Belgium and Germany before reaching the Czech Republic. The quickest route goes via Bruges and Brussels in Belgium, Cologne and Nuremberg in Germany, over the Czech Republic border past Plzen before reaching Prague - what's more, any of those cities will make for a refreshing pit stop along the way. Happy driving!
Prague © Moyan Brenn
Sedlec Ossuary © Lucy Orloski
Karlovy Vary-7 © Oscar Daniel Rangel Huerta