You can always have Prague vacations whenever you have the luxury of time or you desire to do so. But it would be best to get yourselves informed of when to go to Prague so you can make the most of your time while in the city. It has a lot to offer but it pays to catch sights which are seasonal.
Weather may be unpredictable in Prague as much as it is anywhere else in the world, but it should not get in the way of your plans to visit the city. Typically during summer, the temperature can reach 66°F (19°C) except for sporadic chill or moist on some days. It feels like being in a refrigerator or even worst during winter. Prague experiences sunny and clear skies only for a total of 50 hours during the entire month of January, and 72 hours in February. Rains are heaviest in July.
A Spring fling with Prague
The most splendid time of the year to fly off to Prague is during Springtime. This is so because you don’t have to endure long lines when using public toilets or to hustle with other tourists on Charles Bridge. The weather is just right for strolls and walks. The temperature that reaches 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) in April and May is conducive to the growth of flowers that adds color and vibrancy to the city.
Prague vacation is ideal in between May and October because of the mild weather. May is perfect timing since this is when the famed Prague Spring Classical Music Festival happens. Music stars and fans all over the world come together during this festive event. Museums, galleries, and castles are normally open at this time of the year.
Prague’s aura in autumn
The Prague Castle seems to be accentuated by trees on the surrounding hills. The castle’s multicolored frame of trees is courtesy of the cool autumn breeze.
In October, the temperature is relatively high at 15°C to18°C (58°F to 64°F). This transforms Prague into an enchanting and breathtaking view. Cloudy skies and colder days are expected on some days so better be ready for these instances.
The crowds start to lessen and prices are lowered in early November due to a drop in temperature to 0°C (32°F). Or below.
In Prague, the following days are observed as holidays. Be cautioned that most shops and businesses are closed on these days.
On these holidays, most businesses and shops (including food shops) are closed, and buses and trams run on Sunday schedules.
January 1 (New Year’s Day)
May 1 (Labor Day)
May 8 (Liberation Day, from Fascism)
July 5 (Introduction of Christianity)
July 6 (Death of Jan Hus)
September 28 (St. Wenceslas Day)
October 28 (Foundation of the Republic)
November 17 (Day of Student Movements in 1939 and 1989)
December 24 and 25 (Christmas)
December 26 (St. Stephen’s Day).
Looking for a stress-free atmosphere? Then a weekend in Prague is what you’re looking for. You can go alone, with someone or even your family, and plan a great getaway in this lovely city to relieve and rejuvenate your mind and body.
As was said several times, Prague is a city rich in diversity and culture.
Nightlife here is unbeatable as you get to hear the music that can get you grooving, and get to see movie stars that add some excitement to the party. You will have no trouble finding nightclubs and bars as a few recommended ones include Club Mecca, Karlovy Lazne, Duplex, Stonx, Zlaty Strom Bar & Club, Roxy Dance Club and Radost FX in Wenceslas Square.
The city is alive at night and the energy gets higher as the night deepens. Electronic, house music, R&B, reggaeton, you name it, you’ll definitely find a place where you can hear it. Try to spend a weekend in Prague to get a first-hand experience of how partying in the city is. You won’t be disappointed.
The same goes for your palate once you try eating out in Prague. You will find Prague’s cuisine to be fine and conforming to high standards at reasonable prices. You can try out Club Mecca Restaurant or Radost FX’s vegetarian restaurant. If you’re looking for something special, dine at Palffy Palace Restaurant.
Finding a place to stay for the weekend in Prague is not a problem either. You can check-in at the most popular option – Hotel Duo Prague – which is a large four-star hotel and some bars you can hang out too. Hotels in Prague cater to varying styles, taste and budgets. Some hotels, restaurants, and international shops accept Euro as payment Some hotels, restaurants, and international shops accept Euro as payment. But having Czech Crowns in your pocket is wiser as a greater number of establishments accept only the local currency. The Czech Republic expects to become a member of the Euro Zone in 2010. In the meantime, have spare Czech Crowns at hand for purchases to be made in local shops.
Crossing the Vltava can be quite a leisurely experience. Take a boat ride to enjoy one of the natural beauties of Prague. After this, you can either head to shopping centers or other tour stops within the city.
All year round, Prague is an alluring place to go to. The city provides a romantic scenery that dating couples or newlyweds may consider for a honeymoon. Leisure holiday is also worthwhile as you experience the Central European flavor that the city offers.
For those planning to do bridals showers or stag parties, Prague is the place to be. The city is considered Europe’s strip-capital so for planners of these sorts of pre-wedding parties, you will find classy clubs for lap dancers or strippers. Just remember that these strip clubs strictly implement a no-touch policy.
Flying off for a weekend is relatively easy as you can book your tickets in airlines such as British Airways, Easyjet, Expedia, Opodo and some other carriers that hold flights to Prague.
A week in Prague may not be enough to tour the entire city. If you have the opportunity to spend days in this beautiful European stop, it will be of help to familiarize yourself with the four main areas of Prague: The Castle, The Old Town, The New Town and The Lesser Town (Mala Strana).
Throughout its entire existence, the Prague Castle has always been the center of history and politics in Prague and in the entire Czech Republic that is why it is also the seat of the President of the Czech Republic. What’s fascinating about the castles is the changing of its guard every hour on the hour, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. A solemn fanfare also happens in the castle each day at noon.
Serving as a safe place for old Czech art, St. George’s Monastery is part of the Czech Republic’s National Gallery. If you’re curious about the famed Vladislav Hall, it can be found at the gothic-styled Royal Palace. As for the underground tombs of Czech kings, the St. Vitus Cathedral is the place to visit. The Chapel of Saint Wenceslas is tour-worthy its artistic value belonging to the most important monuments of Czech expressive arts. The chapel is adorned with frescoes and semi-precious stones.
The Castle’s northern wing is where you’ll find the Imperial Stable and its exhibition hall. The Royal Garden also has an exhibition and concert hall called the Ball Hall. The Royal Garden, as well as other gardens like the Rajska, Harigovska, Na Valech and Na Baste, are accessible to the public only in summer.
Other spots in and around the castle that might interest you in your week in Prague include the former Burgrave’s House, the Lobkovic Palace and the Royal Summer Palace of Queen Anne or Belvedere.
The Old Town
The Old town has a few sights to offer. You can start your tour on this side of Prague with the Old Town Bridge Tower which is one of the most beautiful Gothic towers in Europe. After passing through the tower, you can pass by Clementinum which houses the Czech Republic’s National Library, and the State Technical Library.
If you’re a fan of Art Noveau, you’ll definitely want to check out the Municipal House that has the well known Smetana concert hall. The Old Town is also where you’ll see the Powder Tower, Carolinum which is the original Charles University building, the Estates’ Theatre, and the synagogues at the Prague Jewish Ghetto.
The New Town
After you’ve seen Prague’s Old Town, you can experience the other side of Prague—the New Town. Considered a shopper’s haven, Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti) holds the statue of St. Wenceslas with four patron saints of Bohemia (St. Prokop, St. Adalbert, St. Ludmila and St. Agnes). The National Museum and National Theater are also found in the New Town.
The Lesser Town (Mala Strana)
Your Prague week will never be complete if you don’t include the Lesser Town in your tour plans. Try walking down Neruda Street (named after the Czech poet Jan Neruda who lived in the house called “At Two Suns”) to get to the Castle. One part of the Lesser Town is the Petrin Look-out Tower which is a reduced copy of the Eiffel Tower (60 m high) built-in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition.
Churches like the St. Nicolas’ Church and Church of Our Lady Victorious – Prague Child Jesus are found in the Lesser Town. Some other worthwhile tourist stops in this part of Prague are the Lesser-Town Bridge Tower, Charles Bridge, and Ledebour Garden.
There’s so much to see in this city more than one can imagine. One week in Prague will be an experience of a lifetime if you manage to see all of these places.
The weather in Prague isn’t much different from the one you’d expect in Britain. Both of them have four distinct and very unpredictable seasons characterized by a high precipitation level. Temperatures during Summer can reach over 30º, but usually, it varies from 20°C to 27°C (68°F -80°F). Summer in Prague also means experiencing a lot of long, sunny days with intermittent dramatic, heavy thunderstorms. Of course, short bursts of rain can be annoying but this too is a side of Prague to experience. The best way to enjoy it is by sitting in a covered pavement cafe and experience a different atmosphere of Prague by observing the city’s skyline cloaked in the rain with the grey sky in the background. So a piece of advice is to always make sure you have with you your sweater and umbrella, as summer rains are common in Prague.
Visiting Prague in the Summer could prove to be a little bit crowded, but if you think about it this means that Summer is one of the most appreciated periods to see the city since the days get longer and warmer. Plus tourist attractions are also open for a longer time.
As a matter of fact, during the Summer tour buses flock to bring in visitors so it’s also an opportunity to meet new people. Unfortunately because of this, local flavor is a bit scarce during this time of the year. However in contrast art, theater and music blossom. In fact, many festivals and events grace the city and can be in the form of an opera, or comedy or Shakespearean.
You may need to bring the following when you decide to spend your summer days in Prague:
Summer clothes made of light fabric
Sweater or light jacket
Shoes comfortable for walking
110-220 voltage converter electrical needs you bring with you
Appreciate Prague while it is cloaked in white snow. Even winter in the stunning Prague is exciting and breath-taking, especially for those who love to engage in winter activities like skiing.
December can be very cold with temperatures ranging from 2°C to -2°C (36°F to 28°F). Prague winter temperatures are much like in Chicago or Detroit, and Zurich. February can be dead cold as well, but this time of the year provides an opportunity to be enticed by Prague’s monochrome silhouettes, shadows, and solitude.
The Charles Bridge is a sight to behold when covered with snow. The Wenceslas Square and Prague Castle are mesmerizing as well during the winter season. Although most castles and other attractions in the city are closed, they host open winter balls open to the public.
Crisp and cold weather is something that everyone endures during the cold months in Prague. This can possibly get in the way of tour plans of those who are sensitive to cold weather. Gloves, a warm scarf and a hat as well as layered clothing are the most suitable attire to beat the cold. Winter boots with water-resistant sole are much more suitable than high heels if you plan to explore the city on foot. Take note that dusk comes early at around 4:00 pm in December and 5:00 pm in February.
Wine and dine in Prague winter
Life in Prague isn’t much different during the wintertime, the Czech people don’t stop just because it gets a bit chillier. What you should do more than ever during the cold period is try the Czech cuisine, beer or wine is available in Prague’s native restaurants. Plus in the Czech capital everything costs less, so don’t worry about the budget… You could easily get away with a few euros and a satisfied stomach.
One of Prague’s best treats is its Christmas markets called vánoční trhy.
They open four Saturdays before Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and they’ll shut down the first week of January. Christmas markets in Prague sell various items including crafts, traditional Christmas decorations, and gifts. You can also buy hot wine (svařené vínoorsvařák), grog, warm honey liquor (medovina) and traditional foods. The atmosphere is made more jovial with Czech Christmas carols sung or played in the background. Lights adorn the markets during night time.
The most famous market areas are Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Usually, you can also find Czech souvenirs there in addition to the usual goodies. Other markets are located on the Havelské tržiště, Republic Square, Náměstí Míru. Also, the Prague Exhibition Grounds in Prague 7 is a place for a special Christmas market.
It’s clear that a winter holiday in Prague is worth it, actually, it can be a blast despite the bitterly cold weather. Just do not forget to cover yourself from this weather so you can make your days there a time to remember!