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East Bohemia is located in the Moravian part of Czech Republic and is known for its beautiful countryside and many castles. There are many things to do in East Bohemia, from hiking mountains and biking to visiting cultural sites. If you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy nature, East Bohemia is the perfect destination.
Whether you’re interested in exploring the outdoors or learning about the history of the region, East Bohemia has something for everyone. Here’s your guide to traveling East Bohemia:
East Bohemia Travel Guide
Where to Eat
Before I tell you where to eat, know that out of every country I’ve ever been to (34 and counting), Czechia is probably the most friendly to allergens and special diets. They have a number system that corresponds with specific allergens, so when you’re out to eat, just look for the menu items without the number you’re allergic to.
Orličky 186, Orličky, Pardubický, Česká republika, 561 55
When we pulled up to this place, I immediately thought of a cute ski lodge, and the feel of the place wasn’t too far off. There’s a lookout tower that’s mushroom-shaped, though it was pouring rain, so we couldn’t go up.
Kramářova Chata serves traditional Czech cuisine, and it’s pretty darn good. The svíčková na smetaně (beef sirloin in cream sauce) was amazing, as were the bramborové knedlíky (potato dumplings). The service was great, too.
Dolní Morava, Pardubický kraj, Czechia, 561 69
If you’re looking for some traditional Czech fare, Penzion a restaurace Terezka is the place to go. This pension (a small, family-run hotel) is located in Dolní Morava, a small town in East Bohemia. The 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 amazing hot chocolate. You can even ask for coffee to go.
64 Terezy Novákové, Litomyšl, Pardubický kraj, Czechia, 570 01
If you’re a beer lover, you’ve got 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 at the restaurant. The menu features traditional Czech dishes, and serves unpasteurized, unfiltered, top-fermented, wheat or stout beers from small breweries, microbreweries, and restaurant breweries in Czechia.
tř. Míru 66, Pardubice, Pardubický, Česká republika, 530 02
Put on a nice outfit for this one. Restaurace nejen DVOREK is an elegant gastronomical restaurant located in Pardubice, the largest city in East Bohemia. The restaurant features modern Czech and international cuisine. The interior is sleek and chic, and the service is amazing. If you’re looking for a special night out, this is the place to go. You’ve got to make a reservation in advance, though, because people love this place. They also have superb hot chocolate.
Ráby 34, Staré Hradiště, Pardubický, Česká republika, 533 52
This is another great option for traditional Czech cuisine. Restaurace pod Kunětickou horou is located in Staré Hradiště, a small town in East Bohemia. Try the roast pork ribs, marinated in honey with beer and garlic. It’s delicious and so filling. I regret to inform you they don’t have hot chocolate, but they have delicious lemonade and hearty soup.
Fortenská 43 Chrudim, 537 01
I had the best salad of my life at this restaurant. It had grains, some kind of raspberry honey mustard dressing, and goat cheese. I’m going to 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’ve also got hand sanitizer for everyone to use, and that makes the entire place smell fruity and wonderful.
Where to Stay?
Velká Morava 46, Dolní Morava, Pardubický, Česká republika, 561 6
Y’all, this hotel is 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. Sure, the landscape is stunning. After all, it’s right near the border of Poland, and it’s basically one giant resort with great family-friendly activities (like an alpine coaster you can take down the mountain), an amazing spa, delicious food, and so much more. Their entire marketing angle is to make it so much fun for kids that the children beg to come back.
Wanna head to the spa but have kids in tow? No worries, they’ve got tons of kids programming (like kids massages?!). It’s a four-star family hotel with 106 rooms, plus it has four cottage houses. They’re 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 of summer break. During July and August, the resort can receive as many as 13,000 people per day.
Smetanovo nám., Litomyšl, Pardubický, Česká republika
This was another one of my favorite stays. Its historic staircase reminds me a lot of the stunning, grand stairwells in Cuba. Hotel Zlatá hvězda is located in Litomyšl, and it’s a good option if you’re looking for something with charm, beauty, and comfort. My room had a little balcony where I had the most amazing view of the town center. If your room doesn’t have a balcony, you can go to the terrace for the same view.
Kostelni ulice, Pardubice, Pardubický, Česká republika
This is a great option if you’re looking for something in the city center of Pardubice. Hotel 100 is located on Kostelni ulice, which is the main street in the city center. It’s a three-star hotel with modern rooms and all the amenities 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, Czechia, 561 69
- There are five routes of difficulty at its ropes course set in the tree tops
- Climbing wall
- Double Big Swing (I was terrified on this because it feels like you’re gonna fall off the ride—this is normal. You’re held in by the carabiners, not the swing seat itself)
- Powerfun (basically a controlled free fall)
- A kids park
- Sky Bridge 721 (the world’s longest suspension bridge)
- Mammoth Alpine Coaster (at top speed, it took me eight minutes to get down the mountain)
93 Jiráskova, Litomyšl, Pardubický kraj, Czechia, 570 01
This is a must-see if you’re in the area. The castle is stunning, and the gardens are even more beautiful. Make sure to take a tour of the castle—you’ll learn so much about its history. You can also tour the castle cellars and enjoy a wine tasting while you peruse the art sculptures.
Jiráskova, Litomyšl, Pardubický, Česká republika, 570 01
This is a stunning baroque church located in the city center of Litomyšl. The inside is just as beautiful as the exterior, and it’s 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.
Nové Hrady, Pardubický kraj, Czechia, 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 ball gown and that’s why we got to tour the inside. They used to have a large property in Prague, then they sold it to purchase this castle and spent the proceeds on renovating the place. It’s stunning, and has such a beautiful garden and pond. If you’re lucky enough to check out the vegetable garden, you’ll find beets as big as dinner plates!
Chrudim, Pardubice Region, Czechia, 537 01
I’m not a fan of mini 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 in front of us. This wasn’t my experience at FotbalGolf Chrudim. It’s basically mini golf, but with giant courses because you kick a soccer ball around obstacles and into giant holes. Y’all, I LOVED this. We also found a cute hedgehog that we rescued from a hole. Make sure you wear tennis shoes with long socks or long pants. I made the mistake of kicking the ball into the greenery and as soon as I went to retrieve it, I immediately felt the telltale sting of stinging nettle.
Ráby 34 Pardubice region
Take a short ride up to Kunětická hora castle walls for stunning views of the countryside. It also offers longer rides throughout the surrounding area. Our group had very experienced and brand new riders alike, and it was really neat seeing the birds circling the castle just like we’re in a fantasy novel.
How to Get Around
In addition to driving, we took a train to and from our starting and finishing locations. České Dráhy (Czech Railways) is how you’ll get around, and the train rides are surprisingly cheap (it was something like $9 USD for first class). The trains have Wi-Fi, though it didn’t work well on our first train. Plus-sized travelers will appreciate its folding table, offering a ton of room. There are bathrooms on board, as well as overhead luggage space.
Where is the Czech Republic?
The Czech Republic is located in Central Europe, bordering Germany to the west, Poland to the north, and Austria to the south. It’s part of the European Union.
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 in 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 warm summers.
What is the best time to visit East Bohemia?
The best time to visit East Bohemia is from May to September.