Last Updated on June 8, 2024

It’s summer, and things are heating up in Czechia (the Czech Republic).

Pub life has shifted into beer gardens and outdoor festivals. Accolades have been pouring in for the local art scene and architectural beauty. Spa season brings a peaceful air to some of Europe’s oldest spa towns. Non-stop flights from New York City to Prague are back in business.

Overall, the vibes are just right.

My family loves Czechia and each visit seems to offer more exciting sites to explore. This summer offers guests amazing new experiences, so let’s go find them!

Prague’s Newest Art Installation

Look up or you’ll miss a pair of unusual butterflies outside the newly remodeled Maj department store.

Czech artist David Černý designed the artistic insects, combining Spitfire jets used in WWII with mechanical butterfly wings, all in a blue-and-purple palette. The structures are wrapped up in symbolism, from honoring Czech pilots who served in the British Royal Air Force to the ideas of butterflies representing peace or agents of change.

Spitfire Butterfly Jets.
Spitfire Butterfly Jets. Photo courtesy of Visit Czechia

The building itself is set to reopen to the public on June 24, 2024.

Travelers Love the Czech Art Scene

Why do visitors love the Czech art scene?

Access, affordability and talent.

Prague took second place in a new study that identified which European cities win points with art lovers, as well as the number of statues, monuments, street art and bonus points for free entry.

A day trip beyond the capital adds more art in interesting spaces: Kutná Hora’s contemporary GASK gallery in a Baroque Jesuit College, fine arts displayed in a former spa and swimming pool in Liberec, and the Olomouc art scene housed in a former telegraph factory.

Arts and culture can help bridge cultural divides and bring familiar names to faraway places.

A new Tim Burton exhibit showcases 50 years of films like Beetlejuice, Batman, and The Nightmare Before Christmas through storyboards, sketches, and photos inside Prague’s Art Nouveau Municipal House.

Head to the Spa

One of Czechia's incredible spas.
One of Czechia’s incredible spas. Photo courtesy of Visit Czechia

May kicked off the many months of spa season ahead to relax and recharge. Throughout summer and into autumn, visitors can indulge in thermal springs, massages, hillside hikes, and fresh air across the country.

How about a visit to the country’s oldest spa in Teplice, maybe a peat bath in the fishing town of Třeboň, or sample free-flowing springs in the ornate West Bohemian Spa Triangle — recognized among UNESCO’s Great Spa Towns of Europe?

Go ahead, treat yourself, you’ll thank me later.

Outdoor Family Fun

Bring the kids along for a Czech adventure as the city offers cycling routes, mountain resorts, and sights for hands-on learning. Take the family on a sky-high climb or an underground tour. Try a river-rafting trip or a rooftop pool.

You get to decide what kind of all-ages fun fits your family.

Trails Less Traveled

The new EPU app was designed to help prevent overtourism by highlighting less-crowded hiking routes. Access sustainability info, safety tips, and ideas for lesser-known routes on the English-friendly website (the app version remains Czech-language only for now).

Folksy Charm

The Strážnice International Folklore Festival—Europe’s largest and oldest folklore festival—takes over the Moravian town of Strážnice at the end of June.

Enjoy dance competitions, admire traditional costumes, visit an open-air museum, and sample a delicious wine from a region often overshadowed by the Czech beer scene (but well worth your time).

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