Off the Beaten Path

Got the big city blues and looking for somewhere smaller? Why not try one of these, all of which are good bases to see more of the regions around them, year-round…

Olomouc is a place Lonely Planet calls the country’s most underrated city, a big university town of parks, fountains, and cathedrals. Cycle in the summer, snowboard in the winter. If you’re heading to Olomouc, we recommend staying with our friends at Poets Corner.

Český Krumlov is the perfect bohemian town in the foothills of the Šumava. The town is small but rich in character. Walk crooked cobblestone streets and breathe in the atmosphere of woodsmoke, the Vltava rushing by, and the clear air your city-filled lungs crave. Snuggle up in the uber-cosy digs with our friends at Krumlov House.

Pardubice is in the Pardubice Region and lies on the river Elbe, 96 kilometres east of Prague. There is an old Tower and a Castle. Factories include the Synthesia chemical factory (manufacturer of Semtex, a plastic explosive), an oil refinery Paramo, a heavy machinery factory and an electronic equipment plant. The city is well known for its sport events (Great Pardubice Steeplechase, Golden Helmet of Pardubice, Czech Open), ginger bread, rail and air transport.