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Considering of visiting Prague in winter? Wonderful thought! Numerous cities in Europe are extra satisfying to go to within the winter — you get to take pleasure in decrease costs and smaller crowds (so long as you don’t go to throughout Christmas market season, that’s).

I’ve been residing in Prague for a number of years and I’m at the moment gearing up for my fourth winter right here (or fifth when you depend my lengthy go to earlier than I moved right here). Winter is usually a very particular time to go to Prague — there’s no higher season for museum-hopping and classical music performances, resorts slash their charges, and Czech meals is made for winter climate!

That stated, I’ll be sincere with you — winter is usually a drag right here, too. Typically it looks as if the climate is grey for weeks on finish; generally the darkish days in December and January actually dampen your spirit.

I do suppose, nevertheless, that the positives outweigh the negatives in Prague in winter. It’s an amazing place for a winter journey.

Let me present you what it’s like — your 100% sincere information to visiting Prague in the course of the winter months! I believe you’ll have an exquisite time right here.

(Planning a visit to Prague? Don’t miss my information to uncommon issues to do in Prague, my picks for the greatest Prague eating places, and naturally — what NOT to do in Prague!)

This put up was printed in November 2023.

Kate poses for a selfie in a snowstorm with giant flakes in her hair and on her black jacket. She wears a black face mask with multicolor hearts on it and smiles. Behind her are a tree covered with snow, some park benches, and pastel orange, green, and yellow homes in the distance.
Me posing in a blizzard in early 2021 in Prague.

Is Prague in winter value it?

I completely suppose that visiting Prague in winter is value it — so long as you’re used to winter.

As I usually inform individuals visiting my former houses of New York or Boston in winter, “In the event you’re from Minnesota, you understand what you’re entering into. In the event you’re from Texas, you’re going to have a tough time.”

Individuals from hotter climates usually battle with choosing the proper winter gear (I give gear suggestions on the finish of this put up), and even when they do, they usually have a troublesome time being exterior within the chilly. In the event you’re from a heat setting and also you’re not used to spending a number of time exterior within the winter, you might be extra comfy visiting at a special time of yr.

In the event you’re used to winter and know tips on how to thrive in chilly climate, you’ll do effective right here. Prague’s previous city is a UNESCO World Heritage Web site and simply strolling round and ingesting within the metropolis’s magnificence is a worthy technique to take pleasure in a cold day in Prague.

And even when you’re not the most important winter fan of all time, the slender streets have a approach of blocking the wind, and also you’re at all times a stone’s throw away from a comfy pub or cafe.

The gorgeous Bohemian buildings of Prague dusted with a fresh layer of snow.
Welcome to Prague in January! By way of Shutterstock.

Issues to Know About Visiting Prague in Winter

“Christmas in Prague” and “Winter in Prague” are two VERY various things.

When lots of people discuss visiting Prague in winter, they’ve one factor in thoughts: vacation festivities, Christmas markets, and good cheer. Whereas the Christmas season is a extremely popular time to go to Prague, and for good purpose, I need to be sure to know the distinction.

Christmas (late November by way of early January) is a extremely popular time of yr to go to Prague. Presently, you possibly can anticipate enjoyable Christmas lights, a number of Christmas markets, and large crowds of vacationers swarming Outdated City Sq..

Winter (early January by way of late March), nevertheless, is the least widespread time of yr to go to Prague. That is when you’ll find the fewest crowds and the bottom costs — although you can find nothing remotely resembling vacation cheer.

I say this to be sure to know what you’re entering into. For lots of vacationers, “winter” is synonymous with “Christmas.” That’s not the case for many of the winter in Prague. It’s nonetheless very a lot value visiting — it’s simply totally different.

The Prague Christmas markets, with viewing platform in front of a Christmas tree and church towers.

Prague’s Christmas markets are great.

Prague’s Christmas markets begin annually in early December and are completed by January 6. This begins later than the Vienna and Budapest Christmas markets, which make their debut in mid-November, however they go on a bit longer than the German Christmas markets, which usually finish on December 23.

There may be one most important Christmas market on Outdated City Sq., that includes meals stands, sizzling mulled wine, trdelniky (chimney desserts that are NOT Czech however are in all places), sausages, and a big Christmas tree. This market will get completely mobbed within the evenings, nevertheless it’s a part of the expertise!

There are a number of different, a lot smaller markets within the metropolis, like on Náměstí Republiky and Wenceslas Sq., and the farmers’ markets nonetheless energetic in December have a Christmasy aptitude to them.

And right here’s a little bit of honesty: when you’re not from Europe, you’ll LOVE the Prague Christmas markets. In the event you’re from Europe or have traveled to a number of totally different Christmas markets, you’ll discover that Prague’s markets pale compared to many different cities. It’s enjoyable right here, nevertheless it’s not among the best Christmas markets in Europe.

That being stated, Prague occurs to be inside a number of hours of three of my all-time favourite Christmas market cities: Nuremberg (3:45 by bus), Dresden (2 hours by prepare), and Vienna (4.5 hours by prepare). Berlin, Munich, Český Krumlov, and Salzburg are different nice cities that may fill out your Christmas market journey on this area (although don’t pack an excessive amount of in!).

Many vacationers come to Prague as a part of an extended city-hopping tour taking in Christmas markets throughout Europe. I’m a BIG fan of Christmas market-hopping journeys (right here’s data on tips on how to plan one in Germany) and extremely advocate doing this your self.

A faded red brick building in the snow on a sunny day in Prague.

Winter is the least touristy time of yr in Prague.

Prague is an extremely widespread metropolis for tourism — for good purpose! We’re probably the most lovely cities on the planet! And it doesn’t matter what time of yr you go, you’ll be sharing the Charles Bridge with a whole lot of your fellow vacationers.

However when you’re searching for a less-touristy expertise in Prague, you’ll love Prague in winter. The quietest month of the yr is January.

In the event you’re trying to expertise Prague with the fewest vacationers, low-cost lodge charges, simple entry to museums, no waits at eating places, and feeling like extra of an area, January by way of March is the perfect time to go to. Although take into accout college holidays and Valentine’s Day can usher in small bumps of winter tourism in February.

A hotel room with a large gray bed up against a padded wall.
We stayed on the Lodge King’s Courtroom for reasonable in the course of the winter.

Fancy resorts drop their costs in Prague in winter.

Prague isn’t the dirt-cheap getaway that it was once 20 years in the past, however costs listed below are a lot decrease than you’d anticipate to pay in Paris, or London, or Vienna. For that purpose, lots of people touring on multi-city journeys select Prague for his or her “splurge” lodge.

Properly, it simply bought sweeter — in January and February (particularly January), many Prague resorts drop their costs considerably. Typically they promote winter getaways to locals as a staycation choice. (And sure, my husband Charlie and I’ve loved a number of staycations at fancy Prague resorts in January!)

So sure — when you’ve at all times dreamed of staying someplace fancy — maybe the 4 Seasons Prague, with a view of Prague Fortress? Or on the new-ish, fashionable and trendy Andaz Prague, a stone’s throw from my beloved Kantyna? Or maybe within the coronary heart of the Outdated City on the Josephine? — winter is the time to do it.

Discover offers on extra Prague resorts right here.

A plate of golden fried chicken schnitzel on top of potato salad, served with a beer.
My favourite Czech schnitzel is ideal for winter!

Czech meals is ideal for winter.

Conventional Czech meals is hearty — and a bit heavy. Numerous meat and carbs, washed down with a pilsner. Precisely the form of meals that you simply need to stick with your ribs in winter.

And as you’d anticipate, there are some eating places across the metropolis dishing up improbable Czech meals. I don’t eat a ton of Czech meals, however I eat it far more usually in winter, when it fits the season so effectively!

Krystal Bistro is my favourite Czech restaurant in Prague, which truly serves Czech meals with French strategies for lighter, extra elegant dishes. I completely love their kuřecí řízek (kur-ZHEH-tsee r’ZHEE-zek, or hen schnitzel), which is at all times considered one of their specials on the board. You may get it with buttery mashed potatoes or with excellent, mustard- and pickle-filled potato salad.

Kulajda (ku-LIE-da) is one other excellent Czech specialty for winter — it’s a soup crammed with potatoes, dill, bitter cream, and a poached egg. The most effective kulajda in Prague, for my part, is at Café Imperial, a grand, elegant restaurant. Don’t miss the gold swan taps within the restrooms.

And Prague locals love their enjoyable pubs that blend socializing, scrumptious meals, and the perfect beer on the planet. Lokal is a well-liked selection, with a number of totally different areas in Prague; my favourite of all is Kantýna.

However you understand what? You don’t have to restrict your self to only Czech meals. Prague has a FANTASTIC eating scene, with worldwide delicacies, all for a lot decrease costs than you’d get in Western Europe or the US. I put collectively a checklist of my favourite eating places in Prague right here.

Once you need a break from Czech meals, go for Vietnamese meals! We have now an enormous Vietnamese group within the Czech Republic, Vietnamese eating places are in all places in Prague, and a pleasant steaming bowl of pho hits the spot on a cold day. (My favourite pho in Prague is the roasted beef pho at Ngô Restaurant — it’s so wealthy and deep.)

Learn Extra: Finest Prague Eating places, In keeping with a Native Foodie

Old Town Square in Prague, surrounded by candy-colored buildings, gothic church towers, and the metal-layered astronomical clock.
A quiet winter day on the Astronomical Clock in Prague.

Not all excursions run in winter — however loads nonetheless do.

Earlier than you ebook your winter journey to Prague, you need to know that many tour firms take January and February off. Not all of them, however quite a lot of them. It’s best to discover out upfront if the tour you have got your coronary heart set on runs throughout your journey.

That stated, loads of Prague excursions run year-round, together with on the coldest days of January! Listed here are a number of of my suggestions:

Three-Hour Prague Strolling Tour — This tour takes in the perfect of the Outdated City in three hours, from Outdated City Sq. and the Astronomical Clock to the Charles Bridge, throughout to Malá Strana, up the hill to St. Vitus Cathedral — and likewise provides you free entry to Prague Fortress.

Prague Foodie Tour — My favourite factor to do anyplace is to take a meals tour — and on this tour, you’ll pattern so lots of the greatest Czech specialties and go to some cool neighborhoods (together with mine, Karlín!).

Letná Bohemian Various Bar Tour — Need to expertise Prague nightlife, however dread the considered badly behaving bachelor events? Go away the previous city and head to Letná, considered one of Prague’s coolest neighborhoods, for a very native evening out with some unforgettable bars.

Prague Communism and Nuclear Bunker Tour — Everybody who involves Prague (Individuals particularly) needs to know extra concerning the communist period, however individuals are usually afraid to ask. Actually, take a communism tour as an alternative! You’ll study a lot — and when else are you going to go to a nuclear bunker?!

Prague Jewish Heritage Tour — Prague has such a wonderful Jewish historical past, and this 2.5-hour strolling tour tour takes within the traditionally Jewish neighborhood of Josefov, the place you’ll go to the synagogues in addition to the Outdated Jewish Cemetery. Even when you have zero Jewish heritage, that is so fascinating to study.

Prague Micro-Brewery Tour — Prague is all concerning the Pilsner Urquell — or so that you suppose. There are many microbreweries creating actually fascinating beers, and this tour will introduce you to a number of of them, with beers and snacks, together with limitless beer tastings on the closing cease.

People ice skating in the evening, the outline of Prague Castle behind them.
Ice skating in Prague, by way of Petr Bonek on Shutterstock.

Winter is time for ice skating in Prague!

Ice skating in Prague is likely one of the nicest issues about visiting in the course of the winter season. There are many skating choices all around the metropolis! Skating is often free — you solely have to pay for skate rental (which I’m guessing you want, as you’re visiting Prague).

And since it’s the Czech approach, a number of ice rinks serve beer, svařák (mulled wine — extra on that in a bit), avenue meals, and sometimes have music taking part in.

Two of the ice rinks near town middle are Ovocný Trh Out of doors Rink, which is true by the previous city corridor and attracts quite a lot of winter revelers; and Na Františku, which is on the sting of the Vltava River from the Jewish Quarter and has a pleasant, huge rink surrounded by lovely buildings.

If you need a extra native expertise in Prague, I invite you to River Rink — an ice skating rink in my neighborhood of Karlín, a straightforward eight-minute tram trip from the Outdated City, however a really native place the place you hardly ever see vacationers. You’ll discover loads of youngsters and adults right here, and an après-skate bar with cocktails.

A theater with a cast taking their bows on stage, the sides of the theater filled with lit up box seats.
The Estates Theatre in Prague is a wonderful place to take pleasure in inexpensive field seats.

See a classical music efficiency in Prague.

In the event you’re a fan of classical music, boy are you in for a deal with — Prague is likely one of the greatest European cities for classical music, from symphony to chamber music to opera. And tickets occur to be very fairly priced.

Winter is an particularly good time for classical music in Prague, as January, February, and March are filled with performances. (Summer time is definitely one of many worst instances to go to as a result of the orchestras are on vacation!)

I’m particularly a fan of the Estates Theatre, the place each seat above orchestra degree is a field seat (although you’ll be sharing with others). They placed on frequent performances of Don Giovanni — the famed Mozart opera was first carried out in Prague!

Not a classical music fan? There are all types of theatrical performances as effectively. I like to recommend testing the Prague Shakespeare Firm, who carry out a mixture of Shakespeare and non-Shakespeare. It’s at all times fascinating (and so they’ve carried out the funniest model of A Midsummer Night time’s Dream I’ve ever seen!).

Yow will discover a listing of performances right here.

Kate wearing a plaid shirt and holding a cup of tea in one hand and an axe in another in front of a sign reading "the house of axes"
Winter requires ingesting svařák from a teacup!

Have your self some svařák — mulled wine!

Mulled wine is a staple of Christmas markets throughout Europe — however within the Czech Republic, it’s extra of an all-winter beverage. Right here in Prague, it’s referred to as svařák (SVAR-zhak), or generally svařené víno, and it’s completely scrumptious.

Pink wine is mulled with quite a lot of spices together with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and star anise, then delivered to a boil briefly, then introduced all the way down to a simmer (we are able to’t be having boozeless wine on this nation, you see).

Yow will discover svařák throughout Prague in winter, from wine bars to cafes to avenue stalls. It’s the proper dish for warming your arms on a chilly night in Prague.

However my favourite svařák ingesting expertise was at The Home of Axes, an axe-throwing spot (and considered one of my favourite uncommon issues to do in Prague). They serve svařák in dainty little china teacups as you throw axes like Vikings. I really like the juxtaposition!

A gothic church in Prague, underneath a light layer of snow, the sky gray and dark and cloudy.

Winter may be GRAY, DARK, and MORE GRAY and MORE DARK.

One of many more durable issues about residing in Prague, I’ve discovered, is that it could really feel prefer it’s grey for months over the winter. You would possibly luck out and get a stunning snowstorm sooner or later and brilliant blue skies one other — however for many guests, you possibly can anticipate stable grey skies on your complete go to.

In the event you get up and the solar’s out, exit and luxuriate in it — it fairly often doesn’t final in winter. So many instances in Prague I’ve regarded out the window and thought, “Lovely day — I’ll take pleasure in that on my stroll this afternoon!” just for it to go grey inside an hour or two.

After which there’s the darkness. On December 21, the winter solstice, the solar rises at 7:58 AM and units at 4:02 PM. On January 21, it’s barely lighter with a dawn at 7:50 AM and sundown at 4:36 PM — however barely. Numerous Prague locals take vitamin D within the winter to fight this (I truly take it year-round as a result of it could’t harm!).

Needless to say grey days are one thing you possibly can danger year-round in Prague (we get fewer sunny days than in New England, the place I grew up) — but when sunshine is a precedence, you need to time your journey between Could and September.

People hanging out and drinking beer around a big marble table in a high-ceilinged pub in Prague.
Kantýna is the place many enjoyable nights in Prague begin and/or finish!

Heat up in a enjoyable pub in Prague.

Right here in Prague, we all know that Czech beer is the perfect beer on the planet — and it occurs to be delightfully low-cost. Czechs are inclined to punctuate life with visits to the pub. End a motorcycle trip or a day of snowboarding? Head to the pub. Seeking to rejoice a promotion? Head to the pub. Your good friend’s again on the town after per week away? Head to the pub.

The most effective native beers in Prague are tank pilsner — that is the great things. Pilsner is marked with levels, which is roughly double the share of the beer (i.e. a 12-degree beer is about 6% alcohol). Pilsner Urquell is the go-to model (and I humbly recommend you keep away from Staropramen — see extra on my What To not Do in Prague put up); a number of enjoyable native breweries are Vinohradska and Únětice, and you’ll find these beers all around the metropolis.

So the place’s a great place? My all-time favourite is Kantýna, which is extra of a restaurant, however occurs to serve among the greatest tank pilsner within the metropolis. You possibly can stand in the midst of the room and luxuriate in your beers amongst convivial Czechs.

One other great place is the aforementioned Lokal, with scrumptious beer and down-home Czech delicacies that locals love.

If you need the most affordable tank pilsner within the metropolis, head to U Glaubiců in Malá Strana, near Prague Fortress. Right here the beer is about 43 Czech koruna (lower than $2).

And don’t overlook the micro-breweries, both! Czechs are making all types of beers lately (and as a Massachusetts native, it warms my coronary heart to drink a New England IPA within the Czech Republic).

Two of my favorites are Dva Kohouti in Karlín and Automat Matuška in Dejvice, the latter of which additionally serves dynamite barbecue and quirky vegetable dishes.

The atrium National Museum, with giant intricate staircases and walls made of marble.
The Nationwide Museum is value a go to on a chilly day.

Spend your days museum-hopping in Prague.

On the coldest days of winter — particularly when it’s raining and sleeting — you’ll be glad to move indoors. It’s the proper time to move to a museum.

Whereas Prague isn’t a museum powerhouse in the way in which London, Paris, and Amsterdam are, you possibly can simply fill a number of days with museum visits alone. Listed here are among the spots I like to recommend:

The Nationwide Museum (Narodní Muzeum) sits atop Wenceslas Sq. and has an eclectic mixture of displays. My favourite is the Corridor of Minerals, with a whole lot of rocks and minerals laid out so neatly and colorfully. I like to recommend visiting the highest flooring simply earlier than sundown for beautiful views over town.

The Strahov Library, close to Prague Fortress, is completely beautiful — it’s straight out of Magnificence and the Beast. It’s best to know that you could solely poke your head in with an everyday ticket. As a substitute, I strongly advocate shelling out for a non-public tour, which can allow you to truly stroll by way of the beautiful library and take pictures. (Additionally, there’s a very good brewery simply exterior the library!)

The Jewish Museum of Prague is likely one of the oldest Jewish museums on the planet, courting again to 1906 — and as you’d anticipate, a sobering place to go to. Prague’s synagogues, together with the large Klausen Synagogue, Maisal Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, and the beautiful golden Spanish Synagogue, host quite a lot of Judaica and artifacts from earlier than the Jewish ghetto was destroyed throughout World Battle II.

The Franz Kafka Museum is likely one of the quirkier museums in Prague, telling the story of the literary legend. Whether or not you have been compelled to learn The Metamorphosis in class or just a fan of the “Kafkaesque” episode of Breaking Unhealthy, this museum is an fascinating deep dive into considered one of Prague’s favourite sons.

The Intercourse Machines Museum at all times will get introduced up in Prague — often with a number of eye-rolls — however right here you’ll find each form of erotic help you possibly can think about, a few of them courting again greater than 500 years! (Preserve out of the way in which of bachelor and bachelorette events.)

People sitting in a cozy cafe, chatting and working on laptops.
Můj Šašek Kávy is the proper cafe to go to on a cold day.

Seize a espresso at a cute cafe in Prague.

I really like Prague’s cafe scene. Whether or not you’re searching for a conventional grand Bohemian cafe or one thing extra hip and native serving third wave espresso, we’ve bought loads of choices. (And I go to a number of of them per week!)

Whether or not you’re up for espresso, tea, or sizzling chocolate, I extremely advocate attempting my favourite Czech pastry — the větrník (vee-ET-er-NEEK). It’s a Czech tackle a cream puff, crammed with a number of sorts of cream and topped with caramel. Yow will discover větrníky in tons of cafes.

In the event you’re searching for a grand cafe within the conventional Bohemian fashion, Café Savoy is the place for you. You’ll love the inside, all wood and gold with chandeliers. This can be a restaurant serving meals, however you too can come for espresso and pastries.

In case your pursuits are extra towards the hip native café, a number of I like to recommend are Můj Šalek in Karlín, which has fab espresso and a dynamite větrník; Etapa in Karlín, which has a number of vegan and gluten-free choices; and La Bohème in Vinohrady, which has a delightfully adorned inside (particularly throughout Christmas time).

The best possible espresso in Prague is served at EMA Espresso Bar. The espresso right here is persistently excellent, and only a hair above all the opposite high locations. There are three areas of EMA in Prague. (That stated, it’s not a comfy place for hanging out — it’s extra of a are available in, have your espresso, and go place.)

And at last — if you wish to attempt a Vietnamese egg espresso (it’s mainly a candy, thick, sizzling drink like espresso combined with marshmallow fluff!), you possibly can have one at Cà Phê Cổ, a restaurant with a cool inside within the Vinohrady neighborhood.

A view of the church towers and orange-roofed buildings of Cesky Krumlov
Even on a grey winter day, Český Krumlov is beautiful!

There are such a lot of locations within the Czech Republic to discover in winter.

Don’t restrict your self to solely visiting Prague within the Czech Republic! So many vacationers pop into the Czech Republic with out going past the Prague metropolis limits, and that’s a disgrace.

So what are some bonus locations value visiting in winter?

Karlovy Range could be my high advice. This spa city is about two hours from Prague and there’s nothing like soaking in sizzling springs in the course of the chilly winter months. You can even stroll alongside the river, store within the boutiques, hike into the encircling hills, and luxuriate in some scrumptious eating places.

Český Krumlov is one other stable selection. This small medieval city, about two hours from Prague, is completely beautiful, with a citadel and pointy church towers and a river curling across the metropolis. And whereas it’s extraordinarily touristy in the summertime (as in you’ll be combating your approach by way of tour teams), winter is blessedly quiet. You possibly can see my information to Český Krumlov right here.

Brno is a enjoyable choice when you love visiting cities and getting off the overwhelmed path. It’s 2.5 hours from Prague. In the event you like structure, you’ll LOVE Villa Tugendaht (ebook tickets approach upfront), the city has a number of historic websites, and there are many fabulous cafes, bars, and eating places.

Every of those can technically be finished as a day journey when you’re formidable and begin early, however I strongly, strongly advocate staying at the very least in a single day.

A snowy forest surrounded by a mountainous landscape.
Bohemian Switzerland is completely beautiful after a snowstorm.

And there are some nice winter day journeys from Prague!

How a few day journey from town, then? There are many nice day journeys value taking in winter! Listed here are a number of which can be value it in the course of the winter months:

Kutná Hora. I at all times advocate this as a day journey from Prague, because it’s a cool place with a straightforward, brief journey to get there. Kutná Hora is most well-known for its ossuary (creepy bone church!), however the city itself is absolutely fairly and price strolling round and exploring.

To get to Kutná Hora, take the prepare from Prague’s Central Station (Hlavní Nádraží), which takes about 50 minutes. In the event you’d quite go on a guided tour, you possibly can ebook this one.

Plzeň. The Czech Republic is house to the perfect beer on the planet, and Plzeň is house to the Pilsner Urquell brewery. Pilsner Urquell is probably the most beloved beer within the nation, so when you’re a beer fan, touring the brewery is a should! Plzeň additionally has a pleasant city sq. and is value strolling round.

To get to Plzeň, take the prepare from Prague’s Central Station (Hlavní Nádraží), which takes about 90 minutes.

Bohemian Switzerland and Saxon Switzerland. This area is definitely between the Czech Republic and Germany, nowhere close to Switzerland. It’s a wonderful wooded paradise, house to the most important arch in Europe (Pravcicka Gate) and the fantastic thing about Kamenice Gorge, the place you possibly can take a ship trip by way of the canyon. Come right here for climbing! It’s the Czech nationwide interest.

I strongly advocate visiting this area on a guided tour from Prague, because it’s a bit furry to do by yourself, particularly in winter.

Dresden, Germany. In case your winter go to to Prague occurs to be between December 1 and 23, I encourage you to go to Dresden’s Christmas markets, which I believe are among the many greatest in Germany. Positively prioritize visiting the medieval Christmas market particularly! If it’s not on this time-frame, although, I’d give it a miss in winter.

To get to Dresden, take the prepare from Prague’s Central Station (Hlavní Nádraží), which takes about 2.5 hours.

Český Krumlov. I URGE you to remain in Český Krumlov in a single day as a result of the in a single day expertise on this magical medieval city is 1,000,000 instances higher than visiting by day, particularly in winter. I wrote an entire put up about it! THAT SAID, I do know that lots of people gained’t be capable of keep in a single day. So if that’s not an choice, sure, you need to go to on a day journey.

To get to Český Krumlov, you possibly can both ebook an organized full-day tour, or take the prepare from Prague’s Central Station (Hlavní Nádraží), which takes about 2.5 hours and most journeys require altering in České Budějovice.

(Whereas Karlstejn Fortress is commonly beneficial as a Prague day journey, the citadel is closed throughout many of the winter months.)

Hockey spectators wearing hockey jerseys and their faces painted red, which and blue like the Czech flag.
Czechs REALLY love their hockey! By way of Jdrw25 on Shutterstock.

Winter is hockey season in Prague!

Do you know that Czechs are loopy about hockey? Not fairly on a Canadian degree (hehe), however anybody who’s observed the variety of Czechs on NHL groups gained’t be shocked that hockey is a well-liked sport right here!

Throw in your heat coat, seize a beer from the concession stand, and prepare to cheer in your new favourite worldwide staff on the ice!

There are two most important groups in Prague: HC Sparta Prague and HC Slavia Prague. You possibly can watch them play at two of the most important venues within the nation — the O2 Area and Tipsport Area. The total season runs from mid-September by way of early March.

You should purchase tickets for HC Sparta right here and tickets for HC Slavia right here (surprisingly, Slavia doesn’t have a web site in English although).

Oh, and don’t be shocked if a helicopter is simply hovering close by in the course of the recreation. That’s a factor right here!

A park in Prague with the lightest dusting of snow on the ground, the grass peeking through in patches.
Many of the winter in Prague, the snow appears like this.

Does it snow in Prague? Sure, however not a ton.

There are numerous snowy days in Prague in the course of the winter months. I really like the times when huge, fats snowflakes fall from the sky and the whole lot will get quiet.

That stated, the snow hardly ever sticks round for lengthy in Prague. More often than not, it’s melted inside a day or so. Up to now winter, we solely had one snowstorm the place the snow caught round for a number of days (due to temperatures beneath freezing for a lot of of them). That was in December.

So sure — it’s a good suggestion to convey snow-appropriate footwear to Prague in winter (suppose comfortable, waterproof boots with rubber soles). However you additionally may not want to make use of them. Both approach, it’s higher to be ready than not!

Fireworks exploding over the medieval-era Charles Bridge in Prague.
Coming for New 12 months’s? Carry your earplugs.

New 12 months’s Eve in Prague is LOUD.

Considering of coming to Prague for New 12 months’s? In the event you’re trying to rejoice in fashion, you’ll have a good time right here. Prague has tons of bars and golf equipment, lots of which promote tickets for particular New 12 months’s Eve occasions (together with river cruises), and folks collect in Outdated City Sq. to welcome the New 12 months at midnight.

However you need to know that Czechs LOVE to set off fireworks on New 12 months’s Eve. And never simply at midnight — they begin early within the night (generally even in the course of the day!) and preserve it going till daybreak.

Personally, I don’t exit on New 12 months’s Eve in Prague — I believe the vacation normally is the worst evening of the yr to exit, interval! So costly, crowded, and full of individuals partying approach too exhausting, regardless of the place on the planet you’re. As a substitute, you’ll discover me at house with pals, consuming good meals and ingesting good wine, giving my cats a number of love by way of the scary fireworks.

In the event you your self need a enjoyable however not-as-crazy New 12 months’s in Prague, I like to recommend leaving the previous city and getting dinner at a pleasant restaurant in a neighborhood like Vinohrady, Letná, or Dejvice, adopted by an area bar.

A beautifully crenellated building in Prague, set at the end of a snowy garden.
Anticipate chilly climate throughout your winter journey to Prague.

Prague Climate in Winter

What sort of climate do you have to anticipate in Prague in winter? Right here is month to month climate data for Prague from December by way of March, together with common temperatures.

Needless to say the climate can differ fairly a bit, and local weather change has additionally meant hotter, much less snowy winters in the previous few years.

Prague in December

In December, Prague tends to be fairly chilly, with common excessive temperatures round 36°F (2°C) and lows dipping to about 28°F (-2°C).

This month usually brings a contact of winter marvel, with a median snowfall of roughly 4.3 inches (11 cm). Rainfall is comparatively low, with round 0.8 inches (20 mm) of precipitation.

Needless to say December can also be the darkest month of the yr, with the darkest days across the winter solstice.

Prague in January

January is likely one of the coldest months in Prague, if not THE coldest month in Prague of the yr, with common excessive temperatures round 35°F (2°C) and lows averaging 26°F (-3°C).

It’s a snowy month, usually receiving about 5.5 inches (14 cm) of snowfall. Precipitation within the type of rain is minimal, with a median of round 0.6 inches (15 mm).

Prague in February

In February, Prague’s climate stays chilly, with common excessive temperatures close to 38°F (3°C) and lows round 26°F (-3°C).

Snowfall continues, with a median of roughly 4.7 inches (12 cm). Rainfall is scarce, usually totaling about 0.5 inches (13 mm) on common.

Prague in March

As spring approaches, March sees barely milder temperatures in Prague, with common excessive temperatures reaching round 46°F (8°C) and lows round 32°F (0°C).

Snowfall turns into much less frequent in March, averaging round 2.4 inches (6 cm) in the course of the month. Precipitation will increase barely, with a median of about 1 inch (26 mm) of rainfall.

People walking past a Christmas tree and market stands in Prague.
One of many smaller Christmas markets in Prague, by Náměstí Republiky.

Packing for Prague in Winter

So what do you truly should pack for a winter go to in Prague? In the event you’re from a chilly local weather, convey your typical chilly climate gear. In the event you’re from a heat local weather, listed below are some gadgets I like to recommend:

Base layers (thermal underwear). I’m an enormous fan of the Uniqlo heat-teach scoop-neck high and leggings, that are very heat, inexpensive, and I put on on a regular basis. Base layers are important for Christmas market journeys in winter as a result of they provide you an additional layer of heat.

Heat sweater. Sweaters (or jumpers, Brits!) make the proper mid-layer between your base layer and your outerwear. Do you know that Uniqlo makes inexpensive cashmere sweaters in a ton of colours?

Heat winter coat. If it’s not waterproof, that’s okay, however make sure that to convey an umbrella (and really convey it out with you).

Boots. Waterproof winter boots are perfect, as anybody who’s stepped right into a deep slushy puddle can inform you. You may not want them, however they’re an excellent merchandise to have in your wardrobe for winter journey.

Heat socks. I’m an enormous fan of merino wool socks, which I put on in the course of the winter and for climbing year-round.

Hat. I’m not a hat particular person; nonetheless, I rock a beanie in winter in Prague.

Speakeasy journey provide scarf. I really like these scarves, which are available in quite a lot of patterns and supplies, and so they include a hidden zip-up pocket that’s excellent on your valuables!

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