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Central Bohemia

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Central Bohemia is a region in the Czech Republic. Officially, is consist of two regions, Central Bohemia Region and capital city Prague. Central Bohemia is a great option for those who want to experience different Czech Republic beyond crowded Prague but do not have too much time.

Cities and towns[edit]

  • Prague — world city and capital of the Czech Republic, great starting point for one-day trips in Central Bohemia
  • Kutná Hora (pop. 20,000) — historical town in UNESSCO with famous St. Barbora cathedral, old silver mines and the Chapel of All Saints, which is decorated with thousands of human bones.
  • Mělník (pop. 19,000) - one of the prettiest towns in Central Bohemia lies on confluence of the two longest Czech rivers Moldau and Elbe. Baroque chateau, old and large gothic church and local wineyards are worth a visit
  • Kladno - big indutrial city (pop. 70,000) is is near Křivoklátsko Protected Landscpe Area and just 30 kilometres northwest of Prague.
  • Benešov (pop. 16,000) - 2 kilometres from this town is Konopiště Chateau, popular Cetral Bohemian destination
  • Mladá Boleslav (pop. 44,000) - city with history of car factories, Laurin and Klement in past and Škoda auto factory today
  • Poděbrady (pop. 14,000) - historical spa town
  • Slaný (pop. 16,000) pretty historic town - gothic church, gate etc.
  • Beroun (pop. 19,000) - located in beautiful hilly landscape near Křivoklátsko, with remains of gothic fortification with two city gates.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Karlštejn [1]— hiking trip to the famous castle as well as an off the beaten track monastery
  • Kokořínsko [2] lying between Central and North Bohemia, this Landscape Protected Area offers some pretty sandstone rock formations, few castles and Máchovo jezero lake.
  • Lidice Memorial [3]- memorial of village completey destroyed during the Nazi occupation, as revenge for assasination of Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich in 1942.
  • Koněpruské Caves[4] - 6 kilometres from Beroun largest cave system in Bohemia
  • Průhonice Park [5] - 250 hectares of natural park with rare flowers and chateau is along with Prague historic centre in UNESCO. It is located right on the edge of Prague.
  • Český Šternberk Castle [6]
  • Konopiště Chateau - chateau where archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assasination started World War I.
  • Vojna Memorial [7] communit workig camp near Příbram
  • Křivoklátsko [8] - Protected Landscape Area and UNESCO biosphere reserve with unique species of plants in forests of Berounka River valley. Křivoklát Castle is there.
  • Budeč - ruins of slavic hill fort and oldest still standing building in the Czech Republic - church of Saint Peter and Paul from 895(!), near Kladno
  • Brdy Mountains - a piece of wilderness in Central Bohemia located south of Prague with deep forests. It used to be proving ground closed for visitors, but in 2016 will be military activity ended and mountains will become Protected Landscape Area.
  • Hořovice chateau
  • Svatá Hora u Příbrami [9] - Marian Pilgrimage site of European significance
  • Sázava Monastery [10] founded in 1032.


Central Bohemia played major role in creation of Czech state. Oldest building in Czech Republic, Church of Saint Peter and Paul is located here. Large Karlštejn Castle and Kutná Hora with silver mines and gothic cathedral and baroque monastery are reminders of ages, when Bohema was one of the most welathy and powerful parts of Europe.

Landscape is mostly flat due to rivers Elbe and Moldau, which confluence here. It is one of the most fertile parts of the Czech Republic. Mountains can be found in the south part of Central Bohemia, with maximal elevation of 864 meters.

Central Bohemia has also official tourist board based in Husova street 156/21 Prague 1 Old Town. The official website of Central bohemia is (Currently under reconstruction). There are also social pages on Faceboook and Instragram.


Get in[edit]

You can reach most of the places in Central Bohemia under one hour from Prague. Visit some sights in Central Bohemia can be an ideal one-day trip from Prague.

By car[edit]

  • Prague-Kladno 30 minutes
  • Prague-Beroun 30 min.
  • Prague-Příbram 46 min.
  • Prague-Mělník 38 min.
  • Prague-Benešov 46 min.
  • Prague-Kutná Hora 1h7min.
  • Praha-Mladá Boleslav 46 min.

By bus or train[edit]

Some connection are not direct. For more accurate information look at IDOS [11]

  • Prague-Kladno 30 min. by bus
  • Prague-Beroun 25 min. by bus, 35-50 min. by train
  • Prague-Příbram 50-60 min. by bus
  • Prague-Mělník 40 min. by bus
  • Prague-Benešov 30-50 min. by bus, 60 min. by train
  • Prague-Kutná Hora 1h40min. by bus, 1h by train
  • Prague-Mladá Boleslav 40 min. by bus, 1h3min. by train

Get around[edit]

It depends where, but bus as well as train is generally a good option. If you want to drive car, realize that some Central Bohemian local roads can be in bad condition. Traveling by foot could be recommended for some beautiful landscapes of Křivoklátsko, Kokořínsko and Brdy.

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You can find lot of castles, chateaux, historic towns and other sigts in Central Bohemia

Castles and ruins

  • Karlštějn
  • Křivoklát
  • Český Šternberk
  • Jenštejn
  • Kokořín
  • Okoř
  • Žebrák


  • Veltrusy
  • Průhonice
  • Konopiště
  • Hořovice
  • Dobříš
  • Mníšek pod Brdy
  • Mělník
  • Poděbrady
  • Mnichovo Hradiště
  • Lány

Nazi and communist histrory

  • Lidice Memorial [12]
  • Vojna Memorial [13]


Few tips for one-day trips from Prague. There is, of course, lot of options based on your preferences and interests.

Southeast of Prague

  • Prague-Průhonice Park-Sázava-Český Šternberk Castle-Konopiště Chateau-Prague (2h30min. of total time driving)

Around Beroun

Kutná Hora

North of Prague

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Get out[edit]

Your next stop can be almost anywhere in the Czech Republic, because of Central Bohemia's position in the middle of the country.

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