Every semester, NYU Prague organizes several day and weekend trips to nearby cities and towns to introduce you to Czech culture. Some of these excursions are required components of your course work and are included in the cost of your tuition. Other, optional day trips have additional fees, but are quite affordable.
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Karlštejn Castle was built in the 14th century to hold the crown jewels of the Moravian Empire. There are some stunning hiking paths that take you to a tiny town, ancient church and stunning gorge.
The Castle of Český Krumlov is the second largest in Bohemia. The center of town has been preserved in its medieval form and is a UNESCO Monument of World significance
Only an hour away from Prague, this small ancient town is home to the eerie and famous Bone Church. The church was decorated by a monk in the 19th century with real human bones!
A world famous spa town, Karlovy Vary is one of the most frequently visited and one of the most beautiful places in the Czech Republic. Besides being home to these well known natural springs, the most recent James Bond film was partially filmed here. This is a must-see while you are in the Czech Republic! Be sure to visit the Becherovka Museum.
A quiet village about fifty minutes by bus from downtown Prague, Terezín is a ghost town in more ways than one: it was the site of a WWII prison. Today, it is combined with the Litomerice Concentration Camp (located 3 km away) as a memorial site. Altogether, 10,000 people perished here. There is a large gravesite out front, a museum and grounds inside. It is thought-provoking and infinitely sad. Joyce says, “This is one of the things that impacted me most.”
This is one of the most famous Czech spa towns. In the fall it is surrounded by beautiful mountain foliage and year-round by gorgeous buildings. It is a very small town, and its main point of interest is the Colonnade. Be sure to eat spa wafers, and try the mineral springs! Also, try to make an appointment for a massage. The whole point of the town is to relax! At night the fountain lights up, and sometimes even sings!
This is a small town with a young crowd as far as nightlife goes. There are two Czech universities in the vicinity and a bunch of places to hang out at night. During the day you can walk around the city, there are tons of small shops, and a beautiful river to walk along.