10 Safest Cities in the Czech Republic

Updated On October 10, 2023
Czech Republic

Whether you’re traveling abroad or local to an area, you want to get around with confidence.

Nothing encourages the feeling of freedom the same way being safe does.

Aside from normal precautions, not having to worry about explicit danger is a major bonus.

That bonus is increased tenfold for women.

Luckily, the Czech Republic has been ranked the 10th safest country in the world.

That means, more than almost any other place, everyone within the borders can feel comfortable while out and about. 

No matter how well a nation scores in safety, there are always some cities that stick out more than others.

Here, we’re going to highlight the safest cities of the already very safe Czech Republic.

10 Safest Cities in the Czech Republic


1. Prague

Prague is routinely listed as one of the safest cities in all of Europe.

The crime rate is .5 events out of every 100 people.

That’s lower than all of Sweden, a country most think of as extremely safe. 

If you call the capital city home, you’re even safer than those traveling.

Most of the crimes are scams geared toward tourists.

When traveling through the city, be wary of locals posing as officers or drivers. 


2. Brno

This southern city in Czechia has the lowest crime rate aside from Prague.

It’s also the second-largest city with 380,000 inhabitants.

The crimes that do happen here are typically theft and vandalism.

Citizens feel safe walking around the city both during the day and at night.

That’s especially helpful considering all the history and museums to check out.

Even as a tourist, getting out and seeing the town is smooth sailing. 


3. Plzen

Not too far from the German border lies an old city.

Most associate Plzen these days with the Pilsner Brewery.

This town is too proud of its beer to be bothered with being bad. 

Almost all the crime categories in Plzen are checked off as low or very low in terms of occurrences.

Drugs and theft have been the biggest problems of the past few years.


4. Ostrava

On the eastern tip next to Poland is Ostrava.

The biggest industries are coal mining and steel.

The city zoo is the only one on the planet with western tree hyraxes.

So, whether you come to see this cute animal and its offspring or live here full-time, you’ll be safe.

Crimes committed here are vandalism and bribery.


5. Liberec

Just over 100,000 people call Liberec home, making it the fifth-largest town in the country.

Nicknamed “Manchester of Bohemia”, this part of the Czech Republic has been official since the mid-14th century.

When polled, those from Liberec were most worried about bribery or corruption, as opposed to violent crimes.

In the past few years, drugs and vandalism are the illegal events causing disruption.

Ústí nad Labem
Ústí nad Labem

6. Usti nad Labem

Usti nad Labem is quite a busy place.

Less than 100,000 people live here, but it’s an important town in Czechia.

There is an active port, a railway, and a big-time industrial center.

This city means a lot to the nation’s financial health.

That might be why it’s one of the safest cities.

People are working too much to have time to get involved in crimes.

With that being said, the crimes most likely to take place are drug possession and corruption. 

Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary

7. Karlovy Vary

Every petty disturbance and crime is rated as very low in the town of Karlovy Vary.

Being the most famous spa town in the Czech Republic perhaps has a calming effect on all those who live in and visit the area.

How can you get in trouble when you’re that relaxed?

There have been almost no violent crimes, crimes associated with personal attributes, or robberies in years.

The only thing locals worry about really is corruption and vandalism. 


8. Olomouc

Both religious and secular people travel from across the world to visit.

Olomouc is a Czech city full of breathtaking churches and other master-level architecture.

One of the clear favorites in town is the multitude of fountains.

There are 25 but the Baroque-styled fountains are the most talked about.

Themes are historical, such as Roman gods and even Caesar himself.

Thankfully, Olomouc is ranked as extremely safe to walk in both day and night.

The only crimes the citizens deal with are vandalism, theft, and stolen cars.

Ceske Budejovice
Ceske Budejovice

9. Ceske Budejovice

Speaking of architectural delights, Ceske Budejovice has a picture-perfect square that is one of the highlights in town.

Přemysl Otakar II Square is surrounded by colorful buildings and the famous Samson’s Fountain.

Much of Ceske Budejovice is made in the Gothic-Renaissance style.

Don’t get too lost looking around, though.

Pickpocketing seems to be the thing tourists must worry about the most.

Citizens are more concerned with officials being bribed than being attacked.


10. Trebon

If there ever was a city to use as a getaway, it would be Trebon.

Visitors might go as far as to say that just being there is therapeutic.

The reason is the town has many spas, ponds, and rejuvenation treatments.

Bliss is another word for it.

Perhaps it’s the chill atmosphere that keeps the need for police intervention so low.

As for crime statistics, each category is ranked very low.

5 Safety Tips for Traveling to the Czech Republic

1. Close Your Pockets

In bigger cities and in the downtown areas of small towns, keep your distance.

One undying scam involves pickpockets.

Often, pairs work in teams to distract tourists.

They bump into you a little too rough or try and show you something.

The other half of the duo uses it as an opportunity to do some sleight-of-hand tricks with your personal items.

Do not engage with two people or anyone you don’t know without hyper-awareness of your possessions. 

2. Count the Change

It’s not uncommon for American travelers to be taken advantage of when abroad.

The reason is that many believe that all Americans are rich.

It’s also why anyone selling something is likely to shortchange customers with a recognizable western accent.

To avoid this, you can use your card whenever possible and travel with very little local currency.

3. Beware of Fakes

When it comes to public transportation, it’s easy to get swept up in the commotion at a stop.

This is when someone up to no good will pounce.

Tourists are approached by people who seem to be employed by the station.

At this point, the false worker will ask for a ticket and immediately declare it invalid.

To remedy the situation, they demand a fine be paid to them on the spot.

All that needs to be done at this point is to ask for a badge.

In the Czech Republic, these workers are actually required to show proof of who they say they are.

If they persist, call the police. 

4. Stranger Danger

If a tourist approaches you asking for help, pay close attention to the details.

If they have an accent similar to the other locals, they probably aren’t also tourists.

As a native English speaker, it might be tough to tell if someone is from the city you’re in, but it’s easier to notice when someone is faking an English accent.

This “tourist” is creating a setup where you might be robbed.

Instead, ignore them or say no. 

5. Stay Connected

Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group, it’s imperative to have someone back home you’re connected to.

If something happens, having family or friends in the loop who know of your whereabouts could make the difference.

Sharing your location is a great way to keep the connection without having to think about it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the most dangerous city in the Czech Republic?

According to an analysis of the crime index, Bartolomějská is the one visitors are most likely to have issues with.

For whatever reason, criminals in this part of the republic are most likely to steal a car rather than hurt another person.

Other crimes being committed include drug possession and battery.

Is it safe to walk around Prague at night?

Being the safest, it would not be considered especially dangerous.

However, there are places in the city that should be avoided.

As always, take extreme caution no matter what you’re doing after dark.

If a street is without lights, don’t go down it.

If you’re a solo lady, get on the phone and have something you can spray or hit a potential stalker with.

Attacks happen fast, be ever vigilant.

Where is the best place to live in the Czech Republic?

Depending on what you’re looking to get out of the experience will have an impact on what you might consider better.

If you’re an English speaker who isn’t proficient in Czeck yet, Prague is the best bet.

Brno has a strong ex-pat community.

Ostrava is helpful for workers sans office.

Many of the cities have their own unique qualities to offer.

4 Comments on 10 Safest Cities in the Czech Republic

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    Munchkin says:

    Prague’s low crime rate and the overall safety of Czech Republic cities make it a comfortable place to live, with most crimes being scams targeted at tourists rather than locals.

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    Wyatt Washington says:

    Karlovy Vary is not only famous for its thermal springs but also for its safety. I spent a relaxing weekend there with my family, and we felt completely at ease exploring the town’s elegant spa houses and scenic parks.

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    Marisol Sweeney says:

    I had the pleasure of visiting Plzeň last year, and I was pleasantly surprised by how safe it felt. The city’s rich history and vibrant cultural scene make it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

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    Giovanna Peters says:

    Prague definitely deserves its spot on the list! As a solo traveler, I felt completely secure exploring the city’s landmarks and hidden gems, even at night.

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