Prague is famous for its castle and the Charles Bridge, Pilsen boasts a historic brewery, and Brno’s growing food scene was featured in the New York Times. Those destinations continue to draw in crowds of travelers for good reason. However, the expansive countryside and smaller town life across Bohemia, Moravia, and Czech Silesia can be as essential to understanding the Czech character as finding your favorite brand of local beer.

This country is packed with picturesque towns and villages. The historic chateaus don’t come with wait lines that last hours, and the vibes are laid-back and relaxed. These are just a few of our favorite places to get a taste (and Instagram-worthy picture) of smaller-town life in the Czech Republic. Several #TBEXOstrava2018 attendees will have the chance to explore many of them in greater detail during the post-conference FAM trips. But whether you’re joining a FAM trip or not, there are bountiful reasons why a visit to Czech Republic’s smaller towns will leave you with memories that last forever.

Pardubice

Small Town Charm in Czech Republic

Where is it?

Bohemia, about an hour train ride east of Prague

Why We Love It

The picturesque Renaissance square and chateau, an adorable postcard museum, and an easily walkable city layout.

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Kroměříž

Small Town Charm in Czech Republic

Where is it?

Moravia, about an hour east of Brno

Why We Love It

Um, have you seen those manicured Baroque gardens? Don’t miss the Archbishop’s wine cellar!

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Tábor

Small Town Charm in Czech Republic

 

Where is it?

Bohemia, roughly 90 minutes south of Prague

Why We Love It

A medieval landscape, the story of Jan Hus and the Hussite movement, and a fun historical tournament held every September

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Zlín

Small Town Charm in Czech Republic

Where is it?

Moravia, a 90-minute bus ride east of Brno

Why We Love It

A functionalist architectural landscape for a change, the history of Baťa shoes, and the first Czech skyscraper

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Mariánské Lázně

Small Town Charm in Czech Republic

Where is it?

Bohemia, roughly two hours west of Prague

Why We Love It

A lesser-known spa town for peaceful relaxation and odd-hour serenades from the singing fountain

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Opava

Small Town Charm in Czech Republic

Where is it?

Silesia, about an hour west of Ostrava

Why We Love It

Architectural diversity, from Gothic to modern, with close proximity to the TBEX Europe 2018 conference in Ostrava

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Telč

Small Town Charm in Czech Republic

Where is it?

Bohemia, a roughly two-hour drive southeast of Prague

Why We Love It

That famous fairy tale vibe, rows of pastel houses, and a royal Renaissance chateau

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So, don’t be afraid to explore beyond the famous names and big-city sights. The Czech Republic is a land of stories, and any time you step foot off a train you’re likely to discover a new area to fall in love with!