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2 weeks in Poland and the Czech Republic

Prague and the Czech Republic make for ideal rail companions. Both countries have safe and efficient trains that travel on beautifully scenic routes. If you have 2 weeks in Poland and the Czech Republic you can make it count with this itinerary.

 

Itinerary highlights

If you’re looking for an introduction to Poland and the Czech Republic and you have two weeks to spend, you can’t go wrong with a Eurail Pass and this itinerary. There’s a wealth of history, natural beauty and architecture in these two countries that will have you coming back for more!

Days 1 - 3: Prague, the Czech Republic


    Charles Bridge at sunrise
Charles Bridge at sunrise
  • Walk Charles Bridge and explore Prague Castle on the other side.

  • Soak up the atmosphere in and around the Old Town Square, and be sure to pay a visit to the famous Astronomical Clock.

  • Sample a few local beers at one of the city’s bars or clubs - there are dozens of beers and bars to choose from!


 

tip-image Arriving by plane at Prague Airport? There are regular bus connections to the city centre that take just 35 minutes.

Day 4: Pilsen, the Czech Republic


    West Bohemian gallery
West Bohemian gallery
  • Tour the historic underground of Plzeň - there are guided tours through this fascinating network of tunnels and storehouses.

  • Sample a fresh pilsner beer as close to the source as possible - at the world-famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery.

  • Want to learn more about West Bohemia? Visit the popular Museum of West Bohemia for insight into the region’s history.


 

tip-image Pilsen may appear as Plzeň on some railway schedules. It’s located just 90 minutes away from Prague by train.

Days 5 - 6: Český Krumlov, the Czech Republic


    Skyview of Český Krumlov
Skyview of Český Krumlov
  • Tour the beautiful castle in this South Bohemian city.

  • View art from Austrian painter Egon Schiele at the Egon Schiele Art Centrum - it’s located in a beautiful 16th-century brewery.

  • Looking for some exercise? Take to the winding river in a canoe or kayak on a guided tour. 


 

tip-image The quickest route to Český Krumlov requires you catch a train to České Budějovice. This leg of the journey is just under 2 hours. There, you can catch an hourly bus that will get you to your destination in only 25 minutes.

Days 7 - 8: Olomouc, the Czech Republic


    Old town in Olomouc
Old town in Olomouc
  • Explore the Old Town on foot - in many ways it’s a miniature of Prague, complete with its own astronomical clock.

  • Head to one of the vibrant student-dominated beer gardens, or go underground for tea in one of the town’s numerous tea houses.

  • There’s a beautiful green belt around the outskirts of the town that you can explore on bike and foot.


 

tip-image Getting to Olomouc will take you back to Prague, but the route is easy and scenic. Catch a bus to Ceske Budejovice, and then take the train to Prague. From Prague, board the Leo Express which will get you to Olomouc in 2 hours.

Days 9 - 11: Krakow, Poland


    The market square in Krakow
The market square in Krakow
  • Start with a tour of the medieval town square in the centre of Kraków - you can explore it alone or with one of the free walking tours.

  • Visit Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory - it's now a museum detailing the sombre history of both Kraków and Poland.

  • Take a day trip to Auschwitz concentration camp - it provides important insight into the horrors of the Holocaust. You can reach Auschwitz by train in 2 hours, or join an organised day trip.


 

tip-image There are several options to get you to Kraków by train. The quickest routes take approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes, and require two changes in Katowice and Lubliniec. If you prefer to travel directly, there’s a night train that leaves at 1:55 AM and arrives at 7:25 AM.

Days 12 - 14: Warsaw, Poland


    The Old Town of Warsaw
The Old Town of Warsaw
  • Walk Warsaw Old Town - it was completely devastated during the war, but has been painstakingly restored.

  • Relax in one of the city’s legendary green spaces - there are several parks worth exploring. In Summer, keep an eye out for weekly Chopin concerts at Łazienki Park.

  • Sample traditional Polish fare in one of the city’s milk bars.


 

tip-image Trains to Krakow are quick and easy! There are trains leaving every 30 minutes, with a journey time of just over 2 hours. An advance reservation is required.