Would you like to discover the Czech Republic? We recommend that you visit Pardubice. It is a pleasant town, located not far from the capital, known for its magnificent castle. It’s easy to get there, so it’s the ideal solution if you want to enjoy a short trip for one or two days.
Where is Pardubice?
At the east of Prague, about 100 kilometers away, is the small town of Pardubice. It is close to some interesting places, such as Chrudim and Hradec Králové. A little further south, there is also the town of Kutná Hora, known for its incredible ossuary.
How to get to Pardubice?
Getting to Pardubice is easy! Indeed, the city is accessible, especially by train. From Prague’s main train station, it takes about 1.5 hours to get there. It takes about 2 hours to get there by road, either by bus or by rental car. The round trip won’t cost you much (about 10 euros if you make it in time).
What to do in Pardubice?
Are you planning to visit Pardubice for a day or two? The city has a lot to offer. In the following content, we present you everything you need to know about the surroundings in order to organize your stay in the best possible way.
1. Pernštýn Square
Pernštýn Square is one of the most beautiful squares in the Czech Republic – no less. In the summer, the square becomes extremely attractive with its many terraces and cafes. Nearby is the 15th century Green Gate (Zelená brána), which also serves as a gateway. At the other end of the square you can see the Pardubice Castle.
2. Pardubice Castle
Built in the 14th century, Pardubice Castle is the very symbol of the city. Located in the center of the town, it is a real oasis of peace and greenery. Do not hesitate to visit it. You will be surprised by the tapestries, period furniture etc…
Inside, there is also the East Bohemian Gallery. A gallery presenting collections of Czech paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries and 20th century design glass.
3. Jonah’s House (Dům u Jonase)
A frankly unusual establishment. Indeed, the exterior of this house is baroque, while the interior is purely Gothic in style. Today, this lovely house (which serves as a landmark for local youth), is used by the East Bohemian Gallery, in order to organize public art workshops.
4. The many events
Pardubice is home to many events! One of them is the Podzimní slavnosti (Autumn Festival), during which numerous sports and cultural events are held throughout the city. There is also a big chess tournament in the city and the famous horse race, which has been held every year since 1874.
5. Travelling around
Pardubice is particularly well located. As mentioned above, the towns of Chrudim and Hradec Králové are only a few minutes away. Take advantage of your time to visit some of the most remote and lesser-known parts of the Czech Republic!
Where to eat in Pardubice?
Are you interested in visiting Pardubice? If you are interested in the program presented above, you will probably be tempted by a small restaurant to taste good Czech food. Bohem is the first place we suggest you to turn to. A very typical cuisine, for a good moment of relaxation.
Do you like the atmosphere of Irish establishments? Go to Saint Patrick’s. You will appreciate to taste local dishes but also typical Irish dishes… All accompanied by a good Guinness!
We also invite you to discover the Potrefena Husa. It is a well established chain, especially in Prague. You can be sure to enjoy excellent dishes. However, it is a little more expensive than other places.
Finally, be sure to dine aboard the Arnost boat. The Arnost sails up the Elbe between April and October. A two-hour trip during which you will enjoy dining with a very nice view!
Where to have a drink in Pardubice?
A must-see place in Pardubice is the Cokolada Bajer. It is an establishment located in the very heart of the Zelená brána. It is a non-smoking cafe where you can enjoy an excellent hot chocolate. An iconic and inseparable establishment of the city.
For a more “alcoholic” drink, we invite you to go to Saint Patrick’s, the Irish bar mentioned above. You can be sure not to be disappointed by the atmosphere!
Visit Pardubice: our latest recommendations
Pardubice is a nice town but it is quite small. We therefore invite you to take the opportunity to make a short trip to other nearby points. It’s the ideal way to spend a weekend or more discovering some of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic.