This month we will be looking at the Czech Republic route from Praha to Břeclav, and enjoy the incredible scenery on your way, from rolling hills to towering castles.
Praha forms the hub of the Czech railway system, with services to all parts of the country together with many international destinations. The city’s principle railway station is Hlavní nádraží, with many services also available from other important stations, such as Masarykovo nádraží, Holešovice and Smíchov. Commuter rail services operate under the name Esko Praha, which is part of the Praha Integrated Transport system.
Praha, known as the city of a hundred spires is the capital, the largest city in the Czech Republic and the fourth most visited European City after London, Paris and Rome. The city has a rich architectural heritage and is famous for its cultural life. In 1992 the historic city centre was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Bursting with attractions and situated in Wenceslas Square, the heart of modern Praha is the neo-Renaissance of the National Museum, built in 1818 and the largest in the Czech Republic. Its magnificent interior is a shrine to the cultural, intellectual and scientific history of the Czech Republic. The main historical building was re-opened in October 2018 after several years of renovation work.
Take a cruise on the winding Vltava river with its succession of bridges, including the picturesque Charles Bridge, with the backdrop of Praha Castle that dominates the left-bank region of the city from behind massive walls set high on a hill.
The historic Old Town Square in Praha offers a charmingly eclectic mix of architectural styles spanning several centuries – undoubtedly one of Europe’s most beautiful sights.
Leaving Praha behind and continuing on our journey we head 96 kilometres east to the city of Pardubice. The journey from Praha to Pardubice takes approximately 60 minutes. Pardubice hlavní nádraží, the main railway station, is very busy; all services of Czech Railways, RegioJet and LEO Express stop there.
Pardubice is a city in eastern Bohemia and the capital city of the Pardubice region. The city lies in the Labe lowlands, in a landscape of meadows, deciduous forests and historic canals.
Pardubice is a great city and full of life. At the heart lies a very impressive central square, a beautiful chateau and it is internationally famous for its gingerbread and sporting events. These include horse racing and the Grand Pardubice Steeplechase. The race has been organised in the city since 1874 and is held annually, on the second Sunday in October.
The Golden Helmet of Pardubice is the oldest motorcycle Speedway competition in the world. The first race was held in 1929. Until 1963, the venue was the racetrack of the Grand Pardubice Steeplechase. After that, the competition moved to the speedway stadium in Pardubice-Svítkov and is held annually in September or October.
The 26th annual multi-genre City Festival traditionally enriches autumn in Pardubice and includes open-air concerts, street performances, historic vehicles and many other fun activities for everyone. The event culminates with the popular lantern parade and a spectacular firework show started from the ramparts of Pardubice Castle.
Famous for its gingerbread, which has been produced in Pardubice for centuries, the town has even registered its patented recipe with the European Union. Check out the Gingerbread Cottage, a former hunting chateau built in 1882, which is now the centerpiece for the Pardubice Gingerbread Museum, before you leave.
Next we will be heading to Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, with its beautiful architecture, and finishing in Břeclav.
On the final leg of our journey we head to Brno with its vibrant atmosphere and numerous cafes. From Pardubice hlavni nadrazi to Brno takes around 90 minutes by train.
Head to Freedom Square a hive of activity and interest. The triangular square is surrounded by stunning Renaissance buildings and fountains. There is a superb farmers market with a variety of produce on offer, a great place to soak up the local atmosphere.
Built on a hill above central Brno sits Špilberk Castle, with one of the best views of the city. In the summer it plays host to various events, concerts and theatre performances. Don’t forget to explore the gothic-style Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul and listen out for the noon bell ringing at 11 o’clock!
We head south east by train from Brno Hlavni Nadrazi to our final destination Břeclav. This frequent service takes approximately 30 minutes.
Just outside the railway station, in the park opposite, you will find the Velopavilon Bicycle Museum with an exhibition of historical bicycles, scooters and carriages, as well as photographs on the history of cycling which is well worth a visit.
Situated on the Dyje River, Břeclav is an ideal place to visit with many other attractions close by including: Lednice-Valtice Complex, Colonnade at Reistna near Valtice, the picturesque town of Mikulov and Pálava with its amazing nature.