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Beyond Prague: The Best Czech Baroque Side Trips

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A pilgrimage site steeped in mysticism, a Baroque pharmacy that stocks mummy powder, and glorious landscaped gardens to rival Versailles are just a few of the intriguing Baroque-era sites that await across the Czech Republic. Sure, Prague offers its own crash course in the best of Baroque, but it’s well worth venturing beyond the capital to experience the country’s worth of towns, attractions, and stories. Here are five easily accessible excursions.
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Valtice, Czechia
With its rolling vineyards and distinctive light, Southeast Moravia is a slice of Tuscany in the Czech Republic. Called the Moravian capital of wine, the area’s Valtice is also home to the country’s best-preserved Baroque chateau and the...
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Olomouc, Czechia
In the east of Moravia, this ecclesiastical city is a Baroque lover’s paradise. Its myriad sites include the Archbishop’s Palace, considered one of the most valuable Baroque buildings in the Czech Republic; the Church of St. Michael, dominated by...
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767 01 Kroměříž, Czechia
The Czech Republic’s fairytale landscape is often a favorite spot for filmmakers. Czech-American filmmaker Milos Forman chose Kromeriz’s Archiepiscopal Chateau to shoot part of his Oscar-winning Amadeus. Its centerpiece is the Versailles-inspired...
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Kuks, Czechia
Although built on a bluff (landowner Count Franz Anton von Sporck alleged incorrectly that the local waters had healing properties), this East Bohemia city’s beautiful Baroque spa complex and its art incite forgiveness. Spread across both banks of...
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Žďár nad Sázavou, Czechia
The city of Zdar Nad Sazavou is found in the Czech Republic’s central Vysocina region, which could easily be “Santini country.” It features the most spellbinding works of Jan Blazej Santini Aichel, the leading Czech Baroque architect. First, head...