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Many tourists head straight to the capital, but Pardubice is a hidden gem - famous for its gingerbread and steeplechase, this Czech city has plenty to offer.
Take a stroll past the city's beautiful historical buildings, including Dům U Bílého koníčka (House at the White Horse), Kamenná vila (Stone Villa) and the City Hall, then up to the top of the Green Gate - a 60 metre tall tower with magnificent views of the town monument zone, the chateau and the surrounding areas. On the second Sunday of October, the oldest and most difficult steeplechase in Europe takes place here, with riders overcoming 31 obstacles on a 6,900m long track.
Penzion Víno Hruška (Pernštýnská 9)offers comfortable accommodation with all the amenities, including a kitchenette in some rooms, perfect if you would like to self-cater on your trip to Pardubice.
If location is important to you, Penzion Zelená Žába (Hronovická 929)is a cosy hotel located only five minutes from the historical centre and less than a mile away fom Pardubice train station, with an a-la-carte restaurant and a sports bar on-site.
Shopping fans can head to the Palac, a local shopping centre with a wide range of stores and restaurants under one roof, as well as a cinema.
If you fancy sampling some of the city's famous gingerbread, tourists and locals alike love JaJa, a family-run business which offers an assortment of 70 types of beautifully decorated gingerbread.
U dvou kohoutku (Smilova 364) is a popular restaurant serving hearty traditional food, with a terrace for those warmer evenings, whilst Na Cibulce (Jiriho Tomana 479) is cosy and comes highly recommended by visitors.
Head to Prostě(tř. Míru 68, 530) for a wide selection of gin and rum, and some very inventive cocktails, in stylish surroundings.