EAST BOHEMIA, CZECH REPUBLIC TRAVEL GUIDE

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East Bohemia is located in the Moravian part of the Czech Republic and is known for its beautiful landscape and many castles. There are many things to do in East Bohemia, from hiking in the mountains and cycling to visiting cultural sites. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy nature, East Bohemia is the perfect destination.

Whether you’re interested in exploring nature or learning about the region’s history, East Bohemia has something for everyone. Here is your guide to traveling in East Bohemia:

East Bohemia travel guide

Where to eat

Before I tell you where to eat, you should know that of all the countries I’ve ever been to (34 and counting), the Czech Republic is probably the friendliest to allergens and special diets. They have a number system that corresponds to specific allergens, so when you’re out to eat, just look for the menu items without the number you’re allergic to.

Kramářova chata na Suchém vrchu

Orličky 186, Orličky, Pardubický, Czech Republic, 561 55

When we pulled up to this place, I immediately thought of a cute ski lodge, and the feeling of the place was not too far off. There is an observation tower that is mushroom shaped, although it was pouring rain so we couldn’t go up.

Kramářova Chata serves traditional Czech cuisine, and it’s pretty good. svíčková na smetaně (beef loin in cream sauce) was fantastic, as were brambrové knedlíky (potato dumplings). The service was also great.

Penzion a restaurace Terezka

Dolní Morava, Pardubický kraj, Czech Republic, 561 69

If you are looking for some traditional Czech cuisine, Penzion a restaurace Terezka is the place to go. This guest house (a small, family-run hotel) is located in Dolní Morava, a small town in eastern Bohemia. Pension Terezka has its own restaurant, which serves traditional Czech dishes such as svíčková na smetaně and bramborové knedlíky. The interior is warm and rustic and it serves great hot chocolate. You can even ask for coffee to go.

Brewery and restaurant Veselka

64 Terezy Novákové, Litomyšl, Pardubický kraj, Czech Republic, 570 01

If you are a beer lover, you have to check out Pivovar a restaurace Veselka. This brewery and restaurant is located in Litomyšl, a small town in East Bohemia. The brewery produces its own beer, which you can try in the restaurant. The menu features traditional Czech dishes and serves unpasteurized, unfiltered, top-fermented, wheat or stout beer from small breweries, microbreweries and restaurant breweries in the Czech Republic.

Restaurace not only DVOREK

tø. Míru 66, Pardubice, Pardubický, Czech Republic, 530 02

Put on a nice outfit for this one. Restaurace nejen DVOREK is an elegant gastronomic restaurant located in Pardubice, the largest city in East Bohemia. The restaurant offers modern Czech and international cuisine. The interior is sleek and smart and the service is fantastic. If you’re looking for a special night out, this is the place to go. However, you need to make a reservation in advance because people love this place. They also have excellent hot chocolate.

Restaurant pod Kunětickou horou

Ráby 34, Staré Hradiště, Pardubický, Czech Republic, 533 52

This is another good option for traditional Czech cuisine. Restaurace pod Kunětickou horou is located in Staré Hradiště, a small town in eastern Bohemia. Try fried pork ribs, marinated in honey with beer and garlic. It is delicious and so filling. I’m sorry to inform you that they don’t have hot chocolate, but they do have delicious lemonade and hearty soup.

Hotel and restaurant Fortna

Fortenská 43 Chrudim, 537 01

I had the best salad of my life at this restaurant. It had kernels, some sort of raspberry honey mustard dressing and goat cheese. I will dream about this salad. It also has really thick hot chocolate and delicious soup. The decor is beautiful, but my favorite part is the ceiling. They also have hand sanitizer that everyone can use and it makes the whole place smell fruity and wonderful.

Where to live?

Wellness Hotel Vista

Velká Morava 46, Dolní Morava, Pardubický, Czech Republic, 561 6

It is this hotel everything. I’ll get into the activities you’ll find later in the next section, but if you’re traveling with a family, you must stay here. Of course the scenery is stunning. After all, it’s right next to the Polish border, and it’s basically a huge resort with great family-friendly activities (like an alpine coaster you can take down the mountain), a great spa, delicious food, and more. Their whole marketing angle is to make it so fun for kids that the kids beg to come back.

Do you want to go to the spa, but have children in tow? No worries, they have tons of kids programming (like baby massages?!). It is a four-star family hotel with 106 rooms, plus it has four cottages. They are working on making the spa bigger, and then they plan to build a five-star hotel. The best time to visit is June or September, just outside the summer holidays. During July and August, the resort can receive as many as 13,000 people a day.

Hotel Zlatá hvězda

Smetanovo nám., Litomyšl, Pardubický, Česká republika

This was another one of my favorite stays. Its historic staircase reminds me a lot of the fantastic grand staircases in Cuba. Hotel Zlatá hvězda is located in Litomyšl and is a good option if you are looking for something with charm, beauty and comfort. My room had a small balcony where I had the most amazing view of the city center. If your room does not have a balcony, you can go to the terrace for the same view.

Hotel 100

Kostelni ulice, Pardubice, Pardubický, Česká republika

This is a great option if you are looking for something in the center of Pardubice. Hotel 100 is located on Kostelni ulice, which is the main street in the city center. It is a three-star hotel with modern rooms and all the facilities you need. Plus, it’s walking distance to all the best restaurants, bars and shops in Pardubice. There is no elevator, so be prepared to climb several floors to your room.

What to do

Adrenaline activities at Dolní Morava Mountain Resort

Dolní Morava, Pardubický kraj, Czech Republic, 561 69

  • There are five difficult routes on its rope course set in the treetops
  • Climbing wall
  • Double Big Swing (I was scared of this because it feels like you’re falling off the ride – that’s normal. You’re held in by the carabiners, not the swing seat itself)
  • Powerfun (basically a controlled free fall)
  • A children’s park
  • Sky Bridge 721 (world’s longest suspension bridge)
  • Skywalk
  • Mammoth Alpine Coaster (at top speed it took me eight minutes to get down the mountain)

Litomyšl Chateau

93 Jiráskova, Litomyšl, Pardubický kraj, Czech Republic, 570 01

This is a must-see if you are in the area. The castle is stunning and the gardens are even more beautiful. Be sure to take a tour of the castle – you will learn so much about its history. You can also visit the castle’s cellars and enjoy a wine tasting while viewing the art sculptures.

Piarist chrám Nalezení sv. Cross

Jiráskova, Litomyšl, Pardubický, Czech Republic, 570 01

This is a stunning baroque church located in the center of Litomyšl. The inside is just as beautiful as the outside and is definitely worth a visit. If you check out the crypt, you’ll find an art installation that feels like you’re in a Dr. Seuss’ novel.

Nove Hrady Chateau

Nové Hrady, Pardubický kraj, Czech Republic, 539 45

We were lucky enough to get a private tour of this castle by one of its owners (a married couple owns it). I’d like to think she saw me in my prom dress and that’s why we got a ride inside. They used to have a large property in Prague, then they sold it to buy this castle and used the proceeds to renovate the place. It is amazing and has such a beautiful garden and pond. If you’re lucky enough to check out the kitchen garden, you’ll find beets the size of dinner plates!

Kathy Haan at a castle in the Czech Republic, East Bohemia

FotbalGolf Chrudim

Chrudim, Pardubice Region, Czech Republic, 537 01

I’m not a fan of miniature golf, mainly because our family always seems to go when it’s hot and the greens are always packed so we have to wait forever for groups ahead of us. This was not my experience at FotbalGolf Chrudim. It’s basically miniature golf, but with giant courses because you’re kicking a soccer ball around obstacles and into giant holes. All of you, I BELOVED this. We also found a cute hedgehog that we rescued from a hole. Be sure to wear tennis shoes with long socks or long pants. I made the mistake of kicking the ball into the green and as soon as I went to retrieve it I immediately felt the telltale sting of the nettle.

Horse riding at Ranch pod Kuňkou

Ráby 34 Pardubice region

Take a short walk up to the castle Kunětická hora for a fantastic view of the countryside. It also offers longer tours throughout the surrounding area. Our group had both very experienced and brand new riders and it was really neat to see the birds circling around the castle like we are in a fantasy novel.

Kathy Haan riding in East Bohemia

That’s how you get around

In addition to driving, we took trains to and from our start and finish locations. Czech Dráhy (Czech Railways) is how you get around and the train rides are surprisingly cheap (it was something like $9 USD for first class). The trains have Wi-Fi, although it didn’t work well on our first train. Plus-sized travelers will appreciate its folding table that offers plenty of space. There are bathrooms on board and a luggage room above.

Czech Railways - Kathy Haan in East Bohemia

Frequently asked questions

Where is the Czech Republic?

The Czech Republic is located in Central Europe and borders Germany to the west, Poland to the north and Austria to the south. It is part of the EU.

What is the currency in East Bohemia?

The currency in East Bohemia is the Czech Koruna (CZK).

What language is spoken in East Bohemia?

Czech is the official language of East Bohemia. However, English is also widely spoken.

What is the climate like in East Bohemia?

The climate in East Bohemia is continental with cold winters and hot summers.

What is the best time to visit East Bohemia?

The best time to visit East Bohemia is from May to September.

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