Famous for gingerbread and steeplechasing, the fairy-tale town of Pardubice is waiting to be discovered. Lying on the banks of the Elbe river, the city in the Czech Republic oozes charm and is a hotspot that culture vultures will fall head over heels for. With its stunning architecture, fascinating history and mouth-watering gastronomy, you won’t struggle for things to see and do. Here’s how to spend 48 hours visiting Pardubice.
Located right in the centre of the old town, Hotel Euro is a stone’s throw away from Pernstynske Square and two kilometres from Vychodoceske museum. The modern hotel offers large relaxed, elegant, contemporary rooms with free WIFI and complimentary breakfast at the chic international restaurant. In close proximity to Aquacentrum Pardubice, guests can use the new aqua entertainment centre for its pool and fitness facilities. Ideally situated beside a train station, this is one of the best places to stay in Pardubice.
Hotel Euro – Jiraskova 2781
The Pernstyn Square
One of the most beautiful squares in the country, this spot is the beating heart of the city and is located in the centre of the old town. Fenced in on all sides by late gothic buildings, the cobbled stoned square is buzzing with life at all hours of the day. The facades of the buildings of the area are designed in renaissance, baroque and empire styles but take a closer look at the insides where you’ll see they still resemble the original designs from 600 years ago. Full of outdoor restaurants and cafes, it is best to enter the square through the 15th century Green Gate, a massive tower and attraction in its own right. A real sight for sore eyes, this is a must-see to add to your list of what to do in Pardubice.
Built in 1538, this baroque style house sits on Pernstynske namesti and is one Pardubice’s most famous attractions. Whilst the inside is spectacularly decorated true to its gothic origins, it’s the façade that captures the attention of passers-by. Featuring Jonah in the jaws of The Whale, this house has become a landmark in Pardubice. Belonging to the East Bohemia Gallery, the space is now used for children’s creative day camps and public art workshops.
Housed in a former hunting chateau, the Gingerbread Cottage is the place to visit to get your fix of golden goodness. The city’s history with the sweet treat dates all the way back to the 16th century and they have even had their recipes patented with the EU. Visit the Pardubice Gingerbread Museum and take a guided tour to learn about the history of the trade. For the children, the museum holds a separate talk explaining the story of the famous fairy-tale house in Hansel and Gretel and re-enacting some of the scenes. A great day out for all the family, the Gingerbread Cottage is well-worth a visit.
A calm oasis in the centre of the bustling town, the chateau was built in the 13th century, first as a moated castle and then later in the Renaissance style by the Pernstejn family. Renowned in Central Europe for its unique appearance, the battlements are planted with trees and greenery and are a popular hangout spot for locals during the weekend. The chateau is also home to the East Bohemian Gallery which displays 19th and 20th century Czech designer glass. Take the afternoon and wander round this historic landmark – you won’t be disappointed!
Kunetice Mountain Castle
Travel six kilometres outside of the city centre and visit Kunetice Mountain, home to Kuneticka Hora Castle, in the Pardubice region. Formerly the fortress of Divis Borek of Miletinek during the 15th century, today the castle is open to the public as a museum. The castle has the oldest known Renaissance mural in Bohemia which dates back to 1523 and depicts Samson and Delilah. Hosting a calendar of music and theatrical performances, there’s always something going on at this ancient site.
Bonté Daily Restaurant – Masarykovo namesti 1458
Preparing beautifully presented food using only the freshest local ingredients, Bonté Daily Restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Pardubice. Ideally located in the centre of the city, the eatery is decked out in minimalist interiors with rustic, wooden accents creating a cosy atmosphere. Reasonably priced, with friendly staff, the restaurant is located on the ground floor of a modern building and is a must when visiting Pardubice.
Café Bajer – Trida Miru 763
When strolling through the centre of town, stop at the busy main street of Trida Miru and grab a coffee at the historical Café Bajer. Serving a selection of drinks, desserts and beer in the evenings, this vibrant little spot is definitely one to add to your list of where to eat out in Pardubice. Built at the very beginning of the 20th century, the building is an attraction in itself boasting a rich history of hospitality over the ages. Sit out on the courtyard or take away some chocolates from the sister shop Chocolate Bajer. A true favourite with locals, a trip to Pardubice isn’t complete without spending a bit of time at this gem.
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Flights to Pardubice
- Lucy Norris