Many of you – travellers – don´t only stay here in Prague when visiting Europe. After several days exploring the city you usually continue to other nearby capitals like Vienna, Budapest, Berlin or Bratislava. Is this your plan, too? Then read on to learn how to get there without using ordinary train or bus. Since May 2019 there is a new cool service operated by minibuses of Sidetrip tours. They don´t only take you from A to B. You will also visit lovely towns along the way for sightseeing or even for wine tasting!!! I tried their services myself couple days back and this post is about my experience with them.   


And who is writing this blog? My name is Dana, local Prague guide who is trying to present the city in a less touristy way and help travelers to avoid traps. 

 

HOW THE TRANSFERS WORK?

 

“Turn the wasted travel day into a highlight of your trip” is motto of Sidetrip tours. There is everything in it. This company is offering one-way transfers from Prague to Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Munich, Berlin and of course vice versa. Or even combination! 

The unique thing about this service is that they will not only take your from A to B (just like regular buses or trains). They will take you to various smaller historical towns and show you around. You will stop for lunch or at the gas stations where you can buy snacks or use WC. Pretty comfortable!

All of these trips take around 10h in total. I think this is a great idea how to spend your time in Europe wisely. Can you imagine how many places you will see? Not only the capitals but also countryside, villages and historical towns.

WHERE DID WE GO?

 

I took a trip from Prague to Vienna and Bratislava. This means we visited Kutná Hora, Brno (where we had a lunch and visited local farmer´s market), we saw Lednice, Telč, Znojmo, Mikulov (all UNESCO heritage towns with almost zero tourist around. Especially Znojmo was big WOW). Along the way we also did organic wine tasting in a family owned winehouse and visited their vineyards. 

All of the transfers are operated by airconditioned minivans for only 8 people!! Lovely small-group experience. The guide/driver takes care of everything (tickets, guiding, questions…). You just enjoy the ride and sightseeing (or sleeping if you wish). We shared the van with other travellers but you can also book a private trip. Price is 65 euro / person for the shared trip.

And finally, these are pics from our trip. As you can see, I trully enjoyed everything along the way – weather, people travelling with me, all the beautiful places (and wines)…I hope your travel experience with Sidetrip tours will be the same one day (or at least very, very positive). They work hard to make you guys satisfied, really. Thank you for everything. 

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Our first stop was in Kutná Hora to see famous St. Barbora church and look a bit around the city center. Of course we didn´t miss the creepy bone church!

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Ossuary (so called bone church) in Kutná Hora.

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And this is Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic (around 500 000 citizens). We had a luch here, explored downtown area and visited local farmer´s market where we got some fresh apricots and strawberries.

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Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Brno.

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This is Pálava region, famous for wine making (see, Czech Republic is not only a beer country!!). We are heading for some delicious wine tasting now!

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Checking the grapes in a family owned wineyard.

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Wine tasting!!!! It was great to cool down in a wine cellar. In total we tasted 6 different organic wines. I loved their Pálava, Hibernal nad Muscat so I bought all them. Great souvenir from my trip (didn´t last too long…).

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And here we are already in Lednice, In 1996 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “an exceptional example of the designed landscape that evolved in the Enlightenment and afterwards under the care of a single family.” It contains a palace and the largest park in the Czech Republic, which covers 200 km2 (77 sq mi).

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Czech countryside, Znojmo town. Znojmo is famous for their local pickles called Znojemské okurky. Don´t forget to buy some in a supermarket.

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Lovely Telč. This town is well known for its square, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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THE SQUARE in Telč. Don´t you think this is so much better then a regular train ride from one capital to another?