If you’re a lover of wine and you’re itching for a day-trip outside of Prague but not too far out, Mělník is a must-see.
Mělník is comfortably located just about 35 kilometres north of Prague, making your trip easy and convenient if you just hop on a train or bus which should last only about an hour.
What makes this city absolutely worthwhile is that its perched on a high ridge that gives you incredible views of the merging of Bohemia’s two largest rivers — the Labe and the Vltava. Another great aspect of this town and region, is that it is a major producer of wine. When you climb up the clock tower to take in more views, you will also see the stretch of vineyards leading to forests and further plains.
Aside from these highlights, taking a stroll in this colourful town without any program will give you a calm breath of fresh air compared to the hustling streets of Prague. As of today, there are around 30,000 inhabitants in Mělník, some of whom live in Prague and go back to this town for the weekend to spend with family and friends.
Some recommended attractions to visit in this town are as followed:
1) The Chateau
Here you can enter and explore how the Lobkowicz family lived. You’ll be able to see the exquisite interiors of private bedrooms, halls, dining rooms, massive concert halls, a showcase of armoury and a chapel.
Entrance fee is 80Kč per person and just 25Kč to go down into the wine cellars. You can also take a tour for the wine cellars, or you can go on your own.
I highly recommend going into the cafe inside the courtyard of the caste. The furniture inside is all taken from the castle, which will give you a unique experience as you sit on some royal seats for once.
2) The Church of St Peter and St Paul
Here is where you can get a take on some of the best views, from the top of this church’s bell tower which overlooks the two merging rivers. While most of the church can be dated back to the Gothic era, the pear-shaped spire at the top of the tower is said to be built in the Baroque style after the original was struck by lightning in the mid 17th century.
3) The Crypt of Bones
Inside the church, there is a crypt that also serves as an ossuary of over 15,000 individuals. Most of the people were victims of the black plague and physical trauma. The bones are neatly stacked and arranged against the walls of the crypt. If you look closely enough, you can see some bones that have been damaged from non natural causes, which are also displayed in a separate area as well as some that have made their way into the arrangements.