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Best Times To Visit Prague

The best times to visit Prague are the spring and early fall when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds. Because of the city's generally chilly climate, the warmer summer months (average high temperatures hover in the low to mid-70s) see the largest influx of tourists – which means higher hotel rates. The spring and early fall, however, offer clear skies, highs ranging from the mid-50s to the upper 60s and much lower room rates. Prague also shines during the festive Christmas season but be warned that the city sees a fair amount of snow and highs don't rise above the mid-30s. 

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Summertime in Prague brings beautiful weather but also big crowds and higher prices. iStock

The good news for travelers is that Prague is a stunningly beautiful European capital. It's the pride of Czechia with gasp-inducing art and architecture tucked around every corner and town square.

The slightly less good news is everyone wants a piece of that prettiness. Countless feet cross the cobblestones and wander through churches and museums every year and queues form to take in the breathtaking view of Prague Castle from statue-lined Charles Bridge . During the height of the peak tourist season, the city's medieval charm can evaporate as quickly as your drink on a hot day when those pretty backstreets are suddenly crammed with visitors.

Luckily, there is joy to be found during every season and timing a visit to sync perfectly with your wishlist will ensure you experience just how magical Prague can be.

Prague Pride Festival Parade. bright and happy parade visitors with rainbow and other LGBTQ attributes

June to August is high season when it's hot, sunny and crowded

Most visitors come during Czechia's short summer, when the weather is warm and the days reliably sun-drenched. All the attractions are open, parks and gardens are in full bloom, cafes and restaurants have outdoor seating, and daylight stretches as late as 10pm near the summer solstice. The downside is that Prague is packed to the rafters. Expect higher prices for lodging and meals and long waits to see A-list sights like St Vitus Cathedral and the Prague Jewish Museum .

June brings plenty of sunshine, but without being uncomfortably hot. As July hits, daytime highs reach  the mid-30°Cs (upper 80°Fs and 90°Fs). The city empties out the first week of the month as locals decamp to summer cottages to enjoy the public holidays of St Cyril and Methodius Day (July 5) and Jan Hus Day (July 6). In August, which continues to be hot, t housands of people from around Europe come to attend the annual Prague Pride Festival , a week of parties and happenings at venues across the city.

If you're visiting during these high-season months, double-check your accommodations have air-conditioning – not everywhere does.

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April to May and September to October are better times to visit

The spring and autumn months draw fewer crowds to Prague but offer the possibility of sunny days and warm weather (though bring a jacket and umbrella just in case). April and May are particularly beautiful as trees and flowers bud and bloom. Book in advance during the busy Easter holiday – the unofficial beginning of the tourist season – when a festive, three-week Easter market takes over Old Town Square.

In May, days are comfortably warm but the nights are cool. On May 1, couples traditionally climb Petřín Hill to toast their romance with flowers. The city’s ambitious festival season kicks off in mid-May with the annual Prague Spring Music Festival , the high point of the cultural calendar.

September brings the best of all worlds: warm days but without the summer crowds. The familiar rhythms of city life return as schools start up, theaters and concert halls reopen, and the first cool rains break the grip of the summer heat. Sidewalk cafes remain open as long as the weather holds. Days grow noticeably shorter and cooler through October, but it's still a good time to visit, particularly for lovers of live performances – the concert and theater seasons are in full swing and this is the best month to hear classical music or opera.

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November to March is best for budget travelers

The pace slows considerably through the winter months, which bring on weeks of gray skies and cold, rainy and (occasionally) snowy weather. Some parks and gardens close for the season, though most attractions and museums remain open year-round. The downsides of cold temps and mid-afternoon darkness are compensated by lower prices for hotels , fewer throngs on the squares, the undeniable delights of a cozy Prague pub , and the chance to see Charles Bridge covered in snow.

November marks the start of winter, and on All Souls Day (November 2) locals visit cemeteries to lay flowers and light candles. The cool, dark evenings are tailor-made for a night in the pub. Book restaurants in advance on St Martin’s Day (November 11), when chefs traditionally scrap normal menus in favor of plates of roast goose and dumplings. Winter snows start to fall in December and big Christmas markets on Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square get rolling, running through to New Year’s.

New Year’s Eve festivities on Old Town Square linger well into the early morning of January 1; later in the day, the city holds its annual fireworks display. In February, residents tend to leave the city for ski holidays or huddle in pubs or cafes. The winter blues are broken up by annual Mardi Gras festivals – Masopust in Czech – where people come out onto the streets in costume to sing, parade and roast pigs. The popular Saturday morning farmers' markets around the city, including the best-known one at Náplavka on the Vltava, start up by mid-month. March continues to be overcast and chilly, possibly with snow, but it also sees the first shoots of sunshine that remind us that nicer days are coming.

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Best Time to Visit Prague: Month-by-Month Guide

By Alex Schultz · Last updated on May 29, 2024

Marvelously known as the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’, Prague’s medieval old town really is a treat to amble about. Each year, millions of visitors come to explore its atmospheric cobbled alleys, cross the charming Charles Bridge, and make their way up to its hulking hilltop castle.

As it is such a massively popular destination, Czechia’s capital is quite crowded from Easter up until October when the cold, dark days put most people off. That doesn’t stop December from also being a busy month due to its cheery holiday decorations and Christmas markets.

To help you plan your trip to Prague, let’s take a look month-by-month at its climate, crowds, and cultural events. You can then decide when’s best to visit, depending on the weather and what you like to see and do!

What’s the Weather Like in Prague?

Lying along the Vltava River surrounded by hills and forests, Prague has a humid continental climate with warm, sunny summers and cold, dry winters. While temperatures can dip below freezing from December to February, both July and August average highs of 24°C (75°F).

Quite windy throughout the year, Prague sees the most amount of rain in the late spring and summer when sudden thunderstorms appear. As each month sees between 11 and 14 days with at least some rainfall, it’s worth bringing an umbrella whenever you visit.

In the colder winter months, snow can fall, though rarely stays around for long. The capital looks particularly magical all coated in white. It also has an amazing atmosphere to it during all the foggy days that regularly occur between mid-October and mid-March.

Best months to visit Prague


While the warmer summer months are perhaps best weatherwise for exploring the city, its historic center does get awfully crowded during peak season. Prices are also much higher as all its hotels, streets, and tourist sights are packed.

As such, the best time to visit Prague is in either spring or autumn when the flowers are blossoming or the trees are turning a gorgeous golden color. Although still popular months, April to June and September and October are a bit better price-wise. Air fares are normally cheaper as are hotels, depending on what events and holidays are going on.

December also sees huge crowds pour in, and come to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in its enchanting old town. Despite the cold, gloomy days, all its traditional markets and twinkling lights create a very festive feel around Prague.

Prague in January

Prague Winter

Once its Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations are over, January is a very quiet month in Prague. Temperatures average just 1°C (34°F), often dipping below freezing at night. As the air is crisp and there is a relatively high chance of snowfall, you’ll have to wrap up warm when strolling around the center.

While the days are overcast and there are only two hours of sunshine, its foggy, wintery feel can make for a delightful time. Prices are cheaper and there are no crowds at its attractions, some of which have reduced opening hours. Its Christmas markets are still around the first week while tons of terrific operas, ballets, and classical music concerts are held throughout the month for the Prague Winter Festival.

Prague in February

Prague Tram

A couple of degrees warmer, February is very similar weatherwise to January with gloomy, dry days and freezing cold nights. If snow falls, the center, castle, and Charles Bridge all look absolutely incredible, coated in white. To avoid the wind and cold, you’ll want to spend time in its museums and galleries or in a bar with hot wine and hearty Bohemian fare.

As so few people visit, you can find some great accommodation deals with flights also being very affordable. Numerous ice skating rinks are also dotted about the city which has lots of parades and street parties taking place for its week-long Masopust carnival.

Prague in March

March in Prague

While things start to warm up a bit and snow is much less likely, March is still the off-season in Prague. There is double the amount of sunshine, however, and about 12 hours of daylight in which to wander around in. Before the crowds arrive for Easter, this is a good time to take brewery tours and river cruises or day trips to Cesky Krumlov and Kutna Hora.

Although still quite dry, averages of 9°C (48°F) mean you’ll have to layer up when outside. Besides benefiting from cheap hotel and flight prices, you can catch countless documentary screenings at the One World Film Festival. The six-week-long St. Matthew’s Spring Fair – the largest in the country – also has lots of fun rides, rollercoasters, and traditional snacks to try.

Prague in April

Prague Easter

April is when spring really arrives in the city and the teeming crowds of tourists along with it. While average temperatures rise to 14°C (57°F) and there is more sunshine and daylight, the weather is still a bit unpredictable with sudden rain and cold spells sometimes occurring. Its parks and green spaces look very pretty though with all their blooming buds.

Prices do shoot up around Easter as people pack its scenic streets, squares, and tourist sites. Other than cheering on contestants at its marathon, you can explore its Easter markets or attend its Witches’ Night festivities. Somewhat similar to Halloween, this sees people dress up and an effigy of a witch burnt to ward off evil spirits and welcome the end of winter.

Prague in May

Prague Street

Much rainier but sunnier and warmer too, May is one of the most popular months to visit the capital. Its hotels are all booked up as visitors come to enjoy its lively ambience and the packed schedule of festivals and cultural events. Averages of 19°C (66°F) are ideal for sightseeing, strolling about its parks or taking cruises along the river.

As well as sampling tasty treats at its Food Festival, you can listen to interesting acts at the United Islands of Prague music festival. While many shops and museums shut for Liberation Day, the government opens the art-filled Hrzansky Palac to tour about. Countless symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles also perform at the Prague Spring Festival.

Prague in June

Prague in June

As June is not quite yet peak season in Prague, it can be a good time to visit and take tours to nearby castles or Cesky Krumlov. Its center is still quite crowded though and prices are not that much cheaper. While one of the rainiest months, 16 hours of daylight and averages of 23°C (73°F) do make up for it.

Tons of operas, concerts, and ballets also take place for its long-running Smetana’s Litomysl festival. The music and art Metronome Festival attracts plenty of people as do the parades and fireworks displays at the Royal Silvering of Kutna Hora. Towards the end of June, the Prague Proms International Music Festival starts up, continuing on til late September.

Prague in July

Prague in July

Due to the warm, sunny weather and school summer holidays, July is one of the busiest and most expensive months to visit Prague. Both its old town and castle complex are completely rammed with all its hotels, restaurants and cafes also heaving. Many of its main attractions, brewery tours, and river cruises will have long queues lining up outside them.

Aside from enjoying its JazzFest and Folklore Days, there is the fun Venetian Nights music festival to attend in nearby Mala Skala. While there is a lovely, summery feel about the city, make sure to pack an umbrella as it rains at least a bit for 14 days on average. Its long, hot days are still great though for sightseeing and spending time at festivals.

Prague in August

August in Prague

Just as hot, wet, and sunny as July, August is also the absolute peak season in Czechia’s capital. If you’re not a fan of massive crowds, you’re best off staying away as everywhere is packed and prices are at their highest. On the plus side, the warm weather is perfect for relaxing in its beer gardens or ambling about the picturesque parks along the river.

As it is festival season, loads of exciting concerts and cultural events also take place. These include Pride, the Prague Proms, and Let it Roll; the world’s biggest drum and bass festival. If the old town’s teeming alleys get too much, you can always escape the mayhem and take day trips to the Krivoklat or Karlstejn castles .

Prague in September

Prague in September

Once the school holidays are over, the crowds in the center finally decline a bit with its hotel and flight prices also becoming more affordable. September sees comfortable temperatures of 20°C (68°F) and autumnal foliage starts to appear by the river and in its parks. The days are shorter and drier, however, averaging around 5 hours of sunshine.

While the warm weather is lovely for walking about or enjoying outdoor activities, there are also countless fun events to enjoy. Aside from the Prague Proms which are still ongoing, the Dvorak Prague Festival hosts scores of orchestras, soloists, and chamber music ensembles. If you want to try more of the country’s beers, Oktoberfest also takes place in September.

Prague in October

Prague Autumn

As it is quieter, cheaper and the climate is still pleasant, October is definitely one of the best months to visit Prague. While average temperatures drop to 14°C (so 57°F), the spectacular golden colors of its trees make wandering about the city even more special. With 11 hours of daylight, there is still enough time to sightsee and stroll about its parks.

Its Signal Festival also delightfully illuminates many of the capital’s most famous attractions while Be2Can screens many of the year’s most interesting, award-winning films. Due to the attractive autumnal foliage, it’s worth taking trips to some of its nearby castles and towns.

Prague in November

Prague Rainy Day

After January, February and March, November is by far the quietest month with most people put off by the cold, dark days. If you wrap up warm, both its fog and chill can create quite a magical atmosphere around town. Towards the end of it, all the holiday lights and Christmas markets only add to Prague’s wonderful wintery feel.

In addition to cheaper hotel prices and airfares, there are barely any crowds in its squares or queues at any of its attractions. The Prague Sounds Festival also has soothing concerts to listen to in numerous theaters and venues around the city. With snow sometimes falling, the old town and its hilltop castle look even more enchanting.

Prague in December

Prague Christmas

December again sees huge crowds of visitors return to Prague for its Christmas markets and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Prices shoot up once the holidays start and all its scenic streets and squares are buzzing with people. Aside from enjoying its mulled wine and gingerbread treats, you can also take part in its Hanukkah festivities.

Low averages of just 3°C (37°F) and the freezing temperatures at night don’t stop everyone from having a delightful time. As well as celebrating St. Nicholas Day, there are phenomenal performances of The Nutcracker to catch at the Hybernia Theater. A vibrant, party feel takes over the city as New Year’s Eve approaches and fireworks are set off alongside the river.

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Prague is a lovely city to visit year-round and each season has its pros and cons. During the summer, you'll find ideal weather, but high prices, while the colder winter months offer vistas of snow-covered castles and the perfect conditions for enjoying a hot cup of mulled wine at a cozy bar. It's a matter of preference, yet when the city's warm springtime weather coincides with the Prague Beer Festival, it's easy to make the argument that May is actually the best time to visit Prague.

The farther from summer you plan to travel, the chillier the weather is likely to be. Summers in Prague are rarely scorching, with the highest average temperatures hovering between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 27 degrees Celsius). The temperatures in spring and fall are more mild, but it can still get quite cold at night. Yet, the colors of springtime blossoms and autumn leaves also make these seasons particularly photogenic.

Winters , particularly in January and February, can be extremely cold, with low temperatures falling between 22 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 to 0 degrees Celsius) but they also offer the chance to appreciate the city under a fresh blanket of snow. Prague's summer weather offers the best conditions, although they are also the wettest of the year, with an average rainfall of more than 2.5 inches each month.

If it weren't for the crowds and the higher prices, there would be no drawbacks to visiting Prague in the summer. While the weather is perfect for enjoying a sunny picnic in Letná Park , you'll have to fight crowds, wait in lines for major attractions, and make reservations for restaurants ahead of time. You will also pay more for airfare and hotel rooms, and centrally located accommodations may be more difficult to come by unless you book very early.

If you'd rather not put up with the crowds, and potentially the rain, you can plan a trip for the shoulder season in spring and fall to enjoy a compromise between nicer weather and fewer crowds. To enjoy Prague at its most quiet, January and February's frigid temperatures tend to keep most other visitors away. While December is also a cold month, the city will be bustling with people out and about to see the lights and shop the markets during the Christmas season.

This tends to be Prague's coldest month with temperatures hovering around the freezing point with average highs of 33 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) and average lows of 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius). The low temperatures keep the crowds away, but there are also fewer hours of sunlight.

Events to check out:

  • On January 6, you might stumble across the Three Kings Procession, a religious parade led by costumed kings riding camels.
  • For some indoor entertainment on a cold night, you can watch dozens of short films from around the world during the Prague Short Film Festival .

This is still quite a cold month for Prague with average high temperatures of 38 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius) and average lows of 27 degrees Fahrenheit (-3 degrees Celsius). However, it also tends to be snowier and rainier so there are fewer sunny days.

  • Like other European countries, Carnival in Prague, or Masopust as they say in Czech, takes place at the end of February (or at the beginning of March depending on which day Ash Wednesday falls). You'll see locals dressed up and out celebrating all over town with events held everywhere from public squares to museums.
  • Malá Inventura is an annual art event that organizes citywide theatre performances highlighting new playwrights. It takes place over a week towards the end of the month and there are also workshops and discussions scheduled.

Winter in Prague is just starting to wane in March with average temperatures falling between 46 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius) and 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). With a lower chance of rain and crowds still shying away from the cold weather, this is a pretty good month to visit as long as you don't mind bringing your winter coat.

  • You wouldn't think it, but the Czech Republic actually has historic ties to Ireland (because of the Celtic tribes that once settled there) and on St. Patrick's Day, the Irish Music Festival brings dance groups from Ireland and the Czech Republic together for a celebration of Irish culture.

Temperatures in April start low but get gradually warmer towards the end of the month with averages ranging between 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees Celsius) and 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). It can get rainy in April with typically 16 expected days of precipitation, so you'll want to make sure you bring a raincoat and waterproof shoes.

  • FebioFest is Prague's international film festival, one of the largest in the Czech Republic and held every year in theaters around the city center.
  • On April 30, you may notice some commotion in the park as folks gather to celebrate Čarodějnic , or Witches' Night. This is an old Czech tradition that welcomes spring with the setting of bonfires in public parks, drum circles, and plenty of food and beer. Petřín Hill is a famous spot to catch this event in action.
  • If you're visiting Prague during Easter, this is a great time to shop for authentic Czech Easter eggs which are elaborately decorated and easily found all over the city.

In May, spring really kicks into gear with average high temperatures of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). However, the average lows are still about 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius), so you'll still want to pack layers and a jacket if you go out at night. A late spring trip to Prague is apt if you want to realize some savings through airfare and hotel bookings and prefer mild weather to crowded attractions.

  • The Prague Beer Festival occurs annually in May, a perfect event for anyone too impatient to wait for Oktoberfest in the fall.
  • If you prefer not to pay entry fees to tour Prague's many churches, wait until May's Night of Churches when more than 1,000 of the city's churches will open their doors to the public.

In June, the hot weather of summer is just around the corner with average highs of 71 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) and average lows hovering around 51 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius). This is also probably your last chance to avoid the thick summer crowds if you visit towards the beginning of the month.

  • Each year, the Prague Spring International Music Festival welcomes orchestras from around the world to perform during a week of classical music. Young flautists and oboists are also welcomed to compete in the festival's competition that has been on the hunt for new talent since 1947.
  • If you miss the beer fest in May, you can attend the Mini-Brewery Festival which takes place in mid-June at Prague Castle and focuses on smaller brewers around the Czech Republic.

As the first full month of Prague's high season, you can expect many other tourists to be out and about enjoying the weather with average highs of 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius) and lows of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). The weather is ideal for enjoying the city, but you should expect attractions to be crowded and lines and restaurant wait times in the popular touristic areas to be long.

  • The annual musical series Prague Proms is held in concert halls and open air venues around the city throughout the month. In addition to classical music, you'll also be able to hear orchestras perform tributes to jazz classics and movie scores.
  • At the end of the month, you'll be able to enjoy folk dancing and Czech culture on many of the city's most famous squares during Prague Folklore Days .
  • During the last weekend of July, Prague's many castles say goodbye to summer by staying open late to offer lantern-led tours, concerts, and special performances during Castle-Château Night .

With about the same weather as July—highs of 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius) and lows of 53 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius)—you should expect the same level of crowds, if not more, with more people using their time off for the summer holidays. This will also drive up the cost of hotel rates and airfares.

  • Although it's more typical for cities to celebrate Gay Pride in June, Prague's Pride Festival takes place each year in August. Events take place all week, but the main event is the Saturday parade which begins in Wenceslas Square and finishes in Letná Park where there is a street party with DJ stages and food stands.

As the summer crowds start to thin out, September is a lovely month to visit Prague. Temperatures are still pretty warm with average highs of 65 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius) and average lows of 47 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius). It can rain a lot in September, but it's still a pleasant time to explore the city.

  • In September, you can join locals in honoring the city's patron saint at the St. Wenceslas Fair , which is usually scheduled for the end of the month. Expect folk dancing, music, and plenty of sausage and beer for sale.
  • Prague's Burgerfest is the largest festival of burgers and barbecue in Europe. Taking place over a weekend at the beginning of the month, this is a great place to get your fix of American culture, as it's the festival's mission "to prove that the burger has its place in quality cuisine."

In October, Prague's autumn colors begin to show and the weather is cool, but not too brisk, with average high temperatures of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) and average lows that dip down to 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). It can get pretty windy in October, but sometimes you'll luck out with a warm day too, so make sure you pack plenty of layers. This also happens to be a great month to visit if you hope to avoid big crowds.

  • In October, Prague celebrates fashion and design with Designblok , an annual three-day festival where you can learn more about the talented emerging artists in the Czech Republic.
  • In the middle of the month, the city lights up for three nights during the Signal Festival . Take this time to explore the city at night and enjoy the light design installations on display all over town.

In November, the average temperature drops to a high of 43 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius) and a low of 34 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius), letting everyone know that winter is not so far away anymore. You'll need a big coat, but should be able to enjoy much smaller crowds at the main tourist attractions as well as lower rates at hotels.

  • During the Feast of St. Martin , celebrated on November 11, you may notice that most restaurants will have goose on the menu. This is the traditional meal for this day and it's common for locals to start drinking wine precisely at 11:11 a.m.
  • On November 17, Czechs celebrate the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day, which marks a number of uprisings by Czech students against regimes from 1939 to 1989. On this day, there will be a candle-lighting ceremony in Wenceslas Square.

Although the winter officially arrives to Prague in December, this is the optimal time of year to see the city dressed up in festive decorations and to shop for some Christmas-themed souvenirs. With average high temperatures of 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) and lows of 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius), Prague in December is cold but bearable—and made all the better with the cheery atmosphere of the holidays.

  • Christmas markets will be open throughout the month—some even get started in November—and will be easy to find throughout the city's main squares.
  • On New Year's Eve, Prague likes to party. Whether you go out to a bar or a club, or find a nice spot to watch the fireworks over the Vltava River, it's a lively night to be in the city. Although locals light their own fireworks on New Year's Eve, the official city fireworks don't take place until the night of January 1.

In the spring, the warmer weather coincides with the Prague Beer Festival, which makes May an extra fun month to visit the Czech capital.

January and February are the coldest months in Prague and although it doesn't typically snow more than one inch at a time, you're most likely to catch a Prague snowfall in January.

It doesn't get very hot in Prague, but August is typically the hottest month with average high temperatures of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) and average low temperatures of 58 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees Celsius).

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When it’s the best time to visit Prague? (top tips by a local)

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Are you planning a trip to Prague but unsure of the best time to visit? With its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture, Prague is a popular destination all year-round.

However, the city’s climate and peak tourist seasons can greatly affect your travel experience. In this blog post, I want to look into the best times to visit Prague based on weather, crowds, and events, as well as the cheapest time to visit for budget-conscious travellers.

Whether you’re interested in seeing the city’s famous landmarks, attending cultural festivals, or simply soaking up the local atmosphere, my guide should help you to find the perfect time to visit Prague.

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Which is the best month to visit Prague?

I think that the ideal months to visit for most people are May and September. During these months, the weather is mild and comfortable, and there are generally fewer tourists compared to the peak summer season.

However, if you’re looking to save money on accommodation, it may be worth considering a winter visit when prices tend to be lower (unless you want to go super low budget – see my notes below for visiting in the summer). Despite the colder weather, Prague’s winter charm and festive atmosphere make it a popular destination during the holiday season.

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What’s the best season to visit Prague?

The best time to visit Prague is in the spring (like April for Easter, May for slightly warmer weather and flowers in bloom or June when it’s great weather and the schools are still in session) or autumn ( September is still warm and October is definitely quieter), as the weather is nice and warm and Prague is less busy than in summer.

Going off-season completely, like for example in January , February , March or November is fine too, bearing in mind that the winter weather in Prague is often very cold and there are not that many things happening.

For a medieval fairytale town with a Christmas atmosphere, you can also visit in early December up to the 6 th of January.

Summer is usually the busiest part of the year, and Prague can get very hot (with several heatwaves ) and overcrowded in the centre. The Prague summer weather can be also very changeable with varying temperatures.

July and August are also school holidays, and most Czechs leave Prague to spend their summer in the countryside or even abroad at the seaside.

It’s also traditionally a time when most road works and repairs are carried out in Prague with roads sometimes closed, and trams and buses diverted.

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When it’s the cheapest time to visit Prague?

Most travel guides tell you that the cheapest time to visit Prague is during the off-season (or low season during late autumn to early spring), but I don’t think that’s quite right.

It might be correct in terms of getting your flight, or train ticket as these seem to go up during the high season and stay reasonably low off-peak, but everything else, in my opinion, is more affordable or completely free in the summer than in the winter.

For example, considering that accommodation might be your largest expense (if you are staying for more than 2-3 days), then summer (during July and August) is the time when you can find super affordable accommodation as the local university accommodation is rented out during the students holiday.

Rooms start from 550 KCZ per person per night, which is about £20 or $25. The student accommodation is usually away from the centre, but for example ‘Na Vetrniku’ has easy access to the centre by Prague underground and tram.

The type of accommodation you can expect is fairly basic (think youth hostel style), but a lot of these rooms are nowadays single or double with their own bathroom. You can find all the details, list of accommodation and how to book on the C harles University Tourist Accommodation website.

All other accommodation will of course be more expensive in the summer, but student accommodation is only available in the high season.

In the summer you can also buy sandwiches, salads and light snacks cheaply in the local supermarkets and have a picnic in many of the Prague parks and green spaces. I don’t know about you, but I find that I’m not as hungry on a hot day in the summer as I’m in the winter and that helps to keep the food budget down. You can also visit the many traditional Czech food canteen style restaurants to keep your food budget down (these are of course open all year round).

There are also many free events in the summer (as opposed to the late autumn or winter – apart from the Christmas time) – concerts, theatre, food festivals or free open government houses during the national public Czech holidays in early July.

I also find that in the summer more attractions are open to the public and I find myself exploring Prague without actually wanting to visit the museum for half a day, as the days are so sunny and it’s so lovely to just wander around. All the free things to do in Prague are much more fun to do in the summer than they are in the winter when it’s cold and dark very early in the day.

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Is it better to visit Prague during weekdays or weekends?

Personally, I prefer to visit the centre of Prague and all the main attractions during weekdays, when it’s less busy.

Unless you have a specific reason, why you want to visit at the weekend (as in, it’s the only time you have available or you’ve seen a festival that you want to attend, which is normally held at the weekends) I can’t see a reason, why you should battle through the crowds, jump away from the happy people on a stag do that are driving electrical scooters on the pavement or be rushed through your lunch or coffee, because there are lots of people waiting their turn and the staff is rushed off their feet.

The only time I think it’s good to visit during the weekend is off-season, when some of the attractions are open on Saturday and Sunday only. You will also find that all the free (or even paid for) festivals are held at the weekends, so if you want to see something specific, you might still choose to visit during the weekend.

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Is there any time, that’s not good to come to Prague?

In theory, no…there is always something to do, see and explore, but you just might need to adjust your expectations.

Over the years, I found that from mid-January (when the Christmas lights and festivities finish) to about the end of February, Prague could be a pretty bleak place. There is not much happening in terms of festivals, there are no specific days to celebrate and some attractions (mainly private ones), shops and restaurants are taking a break.

Also, winter weather in Prague can be very cold – easily – 5 or 10 Celsius at night and the daylight disappears by 2 pm. If the day is cloudy, which most of the time is, it can feel like there is not much light all day.

The museums close often a bit early in the winter season (4 or 5 pm), so you have quite a bit of time in the afternoon when it’s dark, cold and tourist attractions are closed.

The obvious solution is to go for a long dinner, shopping or see a film in many independent art cinemas in Prague , a theatre play ( The Estates Theatre in the centre of Prague has plays, operas and ballets with English subtitles).

This blog post was originally written on 4 July 2023 and last updated on 4 July 2023


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October in prague: weather, things to do, calendar of events.

October in Prague

If you want to enjoy a mellow autumn at full breath – welcome to October in Prague. October is a middle of autumn and the weather here is quite comfortable despite of chance of rain. Still it’s a wonderful time to take pleasure in long slow walking tours around the city.

 Weather in October in Prague

October in Prague is characterized by dry weather with cool days and chilly nights. The average temperature during a day is + 15°C and + 7°C after dark. See the average figures:

  • Day average temperature : +15 °C;
  • Night average temperature : +7 °C;
  • Number of sunny hours : 4;
  • Average rainfall : 24 mm;
  • Relative average humidity : 73%.

What To pack and what To wear?

As it’s already autumn be prepared and take plenty of winter-style clothing, such as jeans, thick jumpers, coats, gloves, hats to make sure you stay warm during a day and especially at night time. Also put to your suitcase a scarf, it doesn’t take much place but helps you to protect your neck. As the possibility of rain in fall is quite big do not forget an umbrella. And of course boots or other comfortable walking shoes are a must.

Things To Do And Places To See

There are many variants how to spend great time in the city of 100 spires . You may go to cultural walking tours through the city if the weather is fine. Or plan visit to museums and exhibitions if it rains. October is a wonderful season for photo shoot in Prague in a sign of yellow leaves and grass. You will definitely have a good time as well as get wonderful remarkable pictures. And of course enjoy delicious Czech cuisine, the choice of restaurants and cafes is impressible.

October Holidays And Events In Prague In 2018

On 28th of October Czech Republic celebrates a public holiday “Independent Czechoslovak State Day”. This is the day of creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. This day is for free visit to Municipal House in Prague . But for this state holiday, there are numerous concerts and parties taking place in October. And remember about farmers markets in Prague! In Autumn they are especially bright and tasty.

Let October in Prague be your month! Write a message with dates of your trip, budget, number of people and wishes for Prague to ([email protected]). From my side I will compile the plan and share it with you.

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The best time to visit Prague

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Prague – the capital city of the Czech Republic, also known, rather romantically, as the City of a Hundred Spires – has something to recommend itself to visitors all throughout the year. In the run-up to Christmas , the city is taken over by twinkly festive markets, while the spring brings with it gorgeous blossoms in the many parks and gardens. For travellers seeking a temperate summer climate, it's a great option, too – average temperatures in July reach an undeniably pleasant 21°C. Autumn , meanwhile, turns Prague's beautiful streets amber and golden as the leaves change.

When is the best time to visit Prague?

It depends on what kind of holiday you're planning. As with most European destinations, the summer months of June, July and August are the busiest in terms of tourists. The pros of visiting during the summer is longer days, al fresco eating in the many restaurants and bars, and a handful of public festivals and holidays as well as Prague Pride (taking place in August). The cons might include higher prices and more crowds.

We're all for visiting popular destinations in shoulder season – for Prague, that means booking a trip in April-May or September-October. You can expect reasonably good weather, fewer crowds, more affordable prices and a sprinkling of cultural happenings, too, such as the Prague Spring Music Festival, which takes place each May.

Those who want to see the city during the festive season (late November to early January) will be well-rewarded with chocolate box Christmas markets , twinkling lights and maybe even a smattering of snow.

Czech Republic Bohemia Prague Trams passing in the town centre

When is high season in Prague?

The high season in Prague is during the summer – June, July and August. If you plan to visit during this time, make sure to book accommodation well in advance to get the best deals, and make sure to prioritise restaurant bookings, too.

When are the Christmas markets in Prague?

Typically, the Prague Christmas markets take place each year from the last days of November to the first week of January (in 2024, the market is open 30 November 2024-6 January 2025). There are also lots of smaller markets around the city during this time. You can get a glimpse of the enormous (24-metre) Christmas tree in the Old Town Square, and there are also nativity scenes, ice skating rinks and live performances to take in, too.

Mala Strana and Nerudova Street in Prague Czech Republic

When is the most affordable time to visit Prague?

The cheapest time to visit Prague is during the low season, from January to March. At this time of year, hotel rooms are cheaper, and flights are likely to be more affordable. The streets will be quieter, which means you get to experience the city like a local – although some restaurants and attractions might be closed for the season, so make sure to check in advance.

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Weather in Prague: What’s The Best Time of year to Visit the Czechia?

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Ask any seasoned traveler—weather can make or break your vacation, even to the most stunning destinations. You need to plan your trip with travel-friendly weather conditions in mind.

When planning your trip to Prague, consider the time period with the best weather conditions; with an average monthly high, and plenty of hours of sunshine, it’s essential to ensure you make the most of your time in the Czech Republic. We’ve put together this handy Prague weather guide to help you make the most of your trip.

Depending on your plans, it is important to know that the summers in Prague are pleasant; the winters are severely cold, snowy, and windy; and the weather is partially foggy- This is Prague’s weather all year round in a nutshell.

What is the Average Weather in Prague?

Because the climate in the Czech capital is moderately continental, the summers can be comfortably warm, but the winters very cold, oftentimes below freezing temperatures. The skies tend to be partly cloudy all year round, with temperatures ranging from 26 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

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A visit to Prague in the winter is like stepping into a fairy tale. Sure, it’s chilly, but if you bundle up, you can experience the most of what Prague has to offer without the typical hordes of tourists.

Winter hits in early November, making the weather in November in Prague warmer than in the other winter months. Winter will last till the end of March.

The weather in Prague in December and January is bitterly cold. The weather becomes very chilly in Prague in December, oftentimes dipping below freezing. It’s possible that the weather in January in Prague will be as chilly as Prague’s December weather.

Prague winter temperatures typically ranges from 28.4 to 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Snowfall may be frequent, though usually light, and the days are short, with the sun setting around 4:30 p.m. If you’re visiting during this season, bundling up is a must. Be sure to have waterproof clothing on hand as well.

By  February , the average temperature starts to rise from 26.6 to 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Days start to get longer, going from eight to a little over nine hours of sunlight. It’s best to prepare warm winter gear for this month.

Prague Castle with St. Vitus Cathedral, Hradcany, Czech Republic as seen from spring gardens.

The temperatures stop falling below freezing, and the snow in most places finally begins to melt in mid-March, ushering in the season of Spring. But the best time in Spring to visit Prague is in April and May when the Prague weather is pleasant. Fewer people and Prague weather make April and May the best time to stay in Spring.

The weather during spring varies greatly. Expect a mix of warm days and days with possible snowfall. The weather in Prague in March in general is still relatively cold, though the average temperature may start to climb to 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit well before the start of April. Days are often overcast, but tourists can enjoy up to 13 hours of daylight toward the end of the month.

Prague temperature in April climbs up to 57.2 degrees Fahrenheit on average, though there may still be the occasional snow flurry. This trend continues in May, even once spring is in full swing. The weather in Prague in May has an average temperature of is at 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit on average, but rainfall is fairly common. Be sure to bring umbrellas on sightseeing tours.

Summer day in Prague

Summertime in Prague brings with it pleasantly warm days, averaging at 73 degrees Fahrenheit, with occasional thunderstorms in the afternoon. The days are much longer, which means more time to enjoy outdoor activities. Nights can still be cool, so bring a light sweater or a jacket if you’re spending the evening outdoors. The weather in Prague in August is usually the warmest month in Prague.

The Republic of Czech, like the rest of Europe, observes Daylight Saving Time (DST). The clock advances by one hour in late March and subsequently falls back by one hour in late October. As a result, it appears like the sun sets a bit later in Prague during the summer.

Prague in Autumn

Autumn transitions from the warmth of summer to the cold of winter, so expect a gradual dip in temperature during these months. In September, temperature ranges from 48 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit, making for pleasant weather all-around. There are still 12 hours of daylight, which gives more than enough time for sightseeing.

The weather in Prague in October dips on average to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, dipping further to 43 degrees Fahrenheit in November. Daylight hours also start to taper off, with November averaging at around 8.5 hours. While you can get by with sweaters during the start of the season, heavier coats and thicker cold-weather apparel are necessary if you’re staying in Prague until the tail end of autumn.

Weather-wise, mid-May to mid-September is the best time to visit Prague. These months provide a good amount of daylight for sightseeing. But take note that you may have to navigate larger crowds in Prague’s most popular tourist attractions during this peak season. Flights and accommodations also cost more.

If you want to avoid the crowds, spring is a good time to visit the city. It may still get a bit cool, especially in the earlier months, but it’s mild enough that you can still go around town comfortably. If it does get too cold, you can warm yourself up in the many cafés in the city. Autumn is also a good option to avoid summer crowds, though it can get significantly colder, so be sure to pack warm clothes.

Choose the best time to travel in Prague, Czech Republic

Prague operates on Central European Time (CET), so the local time in Prague follows the Central European Time zone.

The Czech Republic enjoys four distinct seasons and has a temperate climate. When you visit Prague, you can expect pleasant temperatures all year round and moderate rainfall.

Central European Summer Time is two hours ahead of UTC. Most countries in  Europe observe Daylight Saving Time by following this time zone. So visitors to Czech Republic should be informed that local time is based on CEST rather than UTC.

Central European Time (CET) is observed from autumn through winter, whereas Central European Summer Time is observed from spring through summer. Therefore the temperatures in Prague Central European Summer Time are warm and pleasant.

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When is the best time to visit prague – a season by season guide.

One of the top questions I am asked as a Prague travel expert is, when is the best time to visit Prague? The simple answer is “anytime!” because Prague is a city that has much to offer its visitors no matter the time of year. Every season has its pros and cons, so I hope my guide below can help you decide when the best time of year to visit Prague is for you.

Prague needs no introduction. Consistently voted as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it is a year-round popular tourist destination. Visitors to Prague have plenty to look forward to regardless of when you choose to visit, it is only your personal travel preferences that you may want to take into consideration when choosing the best time to travel to Prague.

While the majority of visitors arrive in the summer months, there are plenty of reasons to visit the Czech Republic even in the winter months.

I have lived in the Czech Republic now for 10 years and have experienced the city in all seasons. While I certainly have my favourite seasons here in Prague (Autumn is my favourite!) the city really can be experienced at any time, but to help you decide I have tried to break down the pros and cons of visiting Prague season by season including some brief information on Prague’s weather to help you decide a good time for you to visit.

Best Time to Visit Prague and the Czech Republic

If you’re looking for a general summary of when is the best time to visit Prague then, generally speaking, Spring and early Autumn tend to be the best seasons to visit. You’ll miss the peak influx of summer tourists, but you will still benefit from mild temperatures.This is typically called the shoulder season which runs from mid-March to May and the end of September to October. You’ll also find airfares to Prague and hotel prices will be somewhat lower in this period too (Easter is an exception which may fall in April).

Tourist Seasons in Prague

Low season in prague: january & february.

The two coldest months in the Czech Republic are when tourism is at its lowest. Snow and freezing temperatures often dominate these months but if you’re brave enough to withstand sightseeing in the chilly climate you’ll benefit from little to no crowds and cheaper hotel rates and airfares.

Shoulder Season in Prague: March to Early May & Late September to November

Shoulder season is the best time to visit Prague. You’ll miss the peak crowds of the summer but still enjoy mild temperatures and sunny days. You can roam the city’s sights in a light jacket, and enjoy the pastel spring blooms or autumn-fall colors as well as a host of festivals and markets. Prices in hotels are a little lower than in the summer but book early enough and you can grab some great bargains. Weather can be a little unpredictable in these months so packing a variety of layers that can be removed or added will be beneficial.

High Peak Season in Prague: Late May to Early September

Summer in Prague and throughout the Czech Republic is when tourist levels are at their highest. The weather can be quite hot, especially in July and August and the days are long (daylight until after 9 pm!) which is perfect for sightseeing and fitting in a sunset drink by the Vltava river. Larger crowds in the Old Town Square, Prague Castle, and along Charles Bridge can be expected along with higher hotel prices and airfares. The high season is the best season to visit for reliable weather but the most expensive.

Best time for….

Best time to visit Prague for shopping: There are no set times for sales in Prague however historically early January after Christmas sees many shops hold sales as well as July. These typically coincide with the change of “fashion seasons” with many shops reducing the cost of the previous seasonal clothing items. If you’re looking for holiday markets, Prague holds seasonal markets at Easter and early in September for Autumn, as well as the famous Christmas Markets in Prague held annually in the Old Town Square.

Best time to visit for good weather: June to August tend to bring the warmest weather in Prague and throughout the Czech Republic with average temperatures around 21 to 25 degrees Celsius. However, they have also been known to hit the low 30s, especially in the city center and southern parts of the country. With hot weather comes summer storms so you should also prepare for late afternoon/evening thunderstorms although these are often short-lived.

Best time for photographers: In my opinion, October is a fabulous time to visit Prague if you’re a photographer. Fewer crowds mean fewer people in your photos and the autumn foliage makes photos pop with colour. It’s still warm enough to wear light clothing so you don’t end up having to lug around heavy winter clothing along with your camera gear either!

Visiting Prague in the Winter

Prague Skyline under blanket of snow winter 2020

Winters in Prague are considerably cold, with temperatures reaching well below zero Celsius. Winter in Prague typically runs from late November to early March. Surprisingly November and December still see relatively mild temperatures, around 10°C during the day.

January is generally the coldest month of the year closely followed by February where it is not unusual for daytime temperatures to sit around zero. The average temperature in November is around 9°C during the day but it is not unheard of for temperatures to fall down to around 0°C.

December sees the temperatures drop even further with an average of 3°C and below zero at night. Days are incredibly short in December with the sun setting around 4:30 pm so you’ll want to plan your days accordingly when visiting Prague in this cold winter month. If you happen to visit for Christmas you may even wake up and experience a White Christmas (we had one in 2021!).

January and February see colder temperatures still. There is a higher chance of seeing snowfall in these two months than in December as the average daily temperature sits at 0°C. In recent years we have seen freezing temperatures of -18°C in the Czech capital so only the brave should consider visiting in these months.

Despite the cold temperatures, you’ll still find blue sky on sunny days but if you’re lucky you’ll visit when the city is under snowfall. Prague sees regular snow dustings in the winter, often just a few centimetres in the city center. But head out of the city and the snowfall increases dramatically, especially when you head towards the Krkonose Mountains in the east or north towards the German border in the beautiful Czech Switzerland National Park .

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While you’ll need to bundle up with a warm coat, hat, scarf, and some decent winter boots, visiting Prague during the winter is a rewarding period as you’ll find prices for hotels and airfares are at their lowest and crowds are fewer.The only exception is during the advent season when Prague’s Christmas Markets are held . Hotel prices increase considerably during this period and Prague is at its busiest outside of the summer season.

Pros for visiting Prague in the Winter:

  • Considerably fewer crowds
  • Lower hotel prices
  • Chance to see Prague covered in snow
  • Christmas Markets

Cons for visiting Prague in the winter:

  • Shorter days with an average of 8 hours of daylight.
  • Sightseeing outdoors in the cold weather can be uncomfortable
  • Heavier clothing and layers are required
  • Some sights (especially outside of Prague) have shorter opening times or maybe closed

Things to do in Prague in the Winter

Old Town Square Prague Christmas Market 2020

St Nicholas Day

Mikulas falls on the eve of St. Nicholas’ Day, the 5th of December and it marks the start of the advent season for Czech people. If you happen to visit on this day, don’t be surprised to see groups of people wandering the streets of Prague dressed as angels, devils, and a man with a long white beard and a staff (St Nicholas). T

he trio visit children to hand out candies and in some places, they hand out gifts. The devil is traditionally very scary and he tells children that he will carry them off in a sack to hell if they misbehave, while the angel and St Nick are much more friendly. They typically give out sweet treats and gifts in exchange for a poem or song. It is a historic Czech tradition and a fascinating one to experience.

Prague Christmas Markets

If you plan to visit Prague in the winter, or more specifically in December, you’ll be lucky to experience Prague’s famous Christmas Markets that take place over the period of advent. The chilly air paired with the delicious scent of cinnamon and hot mulled wine and the festive decorations and lights make the Christmas season a very magical time to see the city.

You can find numerous Christmas markets around the city with a number of wooden hut stalls selling anything from local souvenirs to hand-made gifts, Christmas baubles, and artisan products. Visitors to the Prague Christmas Markets can also expect live music and entertainment in the Old Town Square, and the beautiful view of the beautiful Christmas tree that sings a Christmas song after dusk on the hour.

For more information take a look at our in-depth guide to Prague’s Christmas Markets.

New Year’s Eve in Prague

You may even want to stay a little longer and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Prague when the city parties all night long. Stand on Charles Bridge or on one of Prague’s viewpoints to get a spectacular firework show at midnight or see the official firework show on January 1 st .

For more information take a look at our in-depth guide to Celebrating New Year In Prague.

Visiting Prague in the Spring

Namesti Miru Spring in Prague

Springtime is perhaps the best time to visit Prague, especially in late March and early April when the blossom and magnolia trees are in bloom across the city. After a long and dark winter, Spring sees Prague bounce back to life with colourful flowers, Easter Markets and festivals, and longer days.

Prague weather can vary greatly in spring, so you best prepare for both cold and mild temperatures when packing your suitcase. You may also want to consider packing an umbrella and some waterproof clothing during these months as there tends to be a fair amount of rainy days.

Days are still rather chilly in early spring with average highs of 8°C and even the chance of snow. A warm coat should be packed if visiting in March and layers that can be removed if the temperatures are a little higher during the day. Come April and the beginning of May, temperatures are around 14°C to 20°C during the day but still quite cold at night.

At the end of May, you can expect mild weather with an average of around 22°C but also as high as 26°C. Thanks to the change in clocks, Spring sees longer days so you can certainly fit more sightseeing into your itineraries.

You may also want to check what festivals are being held when you visit as it is a popular season for food festivals and music festivals as well as national holidays when certain sights and shops will be closed in May. Easter holidays will see prices increase slightly in Prague but outside of this period hotel prices will be lower.

Pros for visiting Prague in the Spring:

  • Days are getting longer
  • Warmer temperatures but not too hot
  • Lower hotel prices than the summer
  • Easter Markets & Spring Blooms
  • Fewer people than summer time

Cons for visiting Prague in the Spring:

  • Unpredictable weather
  • Chance you’ll experience more rain
  • Requires more variety of clothes to be packed

Things to do in Prague in the Spring

Easter decoration on the old town square, Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Easter Markets

Prague Easter markets are a highly anticipated event during spring in Prague. Velikonice (Easter) festivities bring bright and colourful displays to Prague’s Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, and behind St. Vitus Cathedral as well as wooden huts (similar to Christmas markets) with beautiful handicrafts, traditional hand-painted eggs, delicious food, a number of cultural events and fun activities. If you plan on visiting Prague in the spring, then visiting around Easter is a good time even though you’ll pay slightly more for hotels.

The Easter season in the Czech Republic is full of traditions including whipping girls with braided willow branches decorated with ribbons for luck and fertility, egg painting, and re-enactments of the crucifixion of Christ. Despite being a predominantly atheist country, you’ll see plenty of Christian processions and re-enactments in the weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, especially around Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

Burning of the Witches

Known as pálení čarodějnic, or “the burning witches”, this centuries-old tradition takes place every year on eve of April 30th. Traditionally, Czechs gather and build bonfires, placing an effigy of a witch on the top. It was believed that the power of the witches would be weakened as the weather got warmer and burning them would release their hold on the winter.

Experts say it was a celebration to mark the end of winter and cast away the dark and evil spirits that lingered in the winter. It gives a whole new meaning to “Spring cleaning!”. On this day you’ll be able to witness bonfires and small celebrations in and around Prague as well as some smaller villages outside of the capital. Families come together for an evening barbeque of sausages and pivo, outdoor games, and live music.

Czech Valentines Day

While most people celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February, the Czechs have their own traditional valentines day on the 1st of May. “Late evening, on the first of May—The twilight May—the time of love,” is the first verse from Karel Hynek Mácha’s romantic poem called “May”. The day of love is celebrated by kissing your lover under a blossoming cherry tree.

Legend says a lady who is kissed under a blossom tree is ensured happiness and health. On the 1st of May, you’ll find many couples walking hand in hand in Prague’s many parks with Petrin Park in Prague 1 being a popular spot thanks to its abundance of blossom trees. It is a wonderful time to visit Prague as you can enjoy the late spring weather which is normally warm enough for a picnic or outside dining and a walking tour through the beautiful city.

When to visit Prague – Summer

View of Vltava river and Prague Castle in the summer

Summertime arrives in Prague in June. The peak tourist season is now in full swing and temperatures start to soar. Summer is the busiest time of the year to visit Prague and you’ll find the historical center packed full on the weekends.

If you plan to visit Prague in the summer you’ll want to make sure you book months ahead to secure your accommodation , especially if you plan to stay in the city center close to the major attractions.

Of course, summer brings the best weather. Days are pleasantly warm and nights are relatively mild too. June has the most daylight hours so take full advantage of the early sunrise at 5 am to see Charles Bridge without any people! Sunset is around 9 pm and on the summer solstice in June you’ll see the sunset directly behind Prague Castle.

You may also want to use the extra daylight hours in the summer to head out of the city on one of the many day trips from Prague including places such as Konopiste Castle, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov or Kutna Hora.

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It is said the Czech Republic has mild summers with average high temperatures of 26°C and average lows of 16°C. But, in my experience, over the past 10 years, it is not unusual to see temperatures higher than 30°C in July and August.

You’ll want to pack your summer attire, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses, and perhaps a light cool jacket for chillier evenings and nights.

You should also be prepared for late afternoon storms and rain which tend to happen when the temperatures have been consistently high for a number of days or weeks. So a breathable waterproof jacket and umbrella might still be worth packing.

Pros for visiting Prague in the Summer:

  • Best months for warmer weather
  • Long days (sunset at 9 pm)
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Beer Gardens
  • Open-air concerts

Cons for visiting Prague in the Summer:

  • Most expensive period to visit
  • Hard to find accommodation in the center (unless you book early)
  • Longer queues and waiting times at sights
  • Higher prices for hotels, airfares, and tours
  • High temperatures

Things to do in Prague in the Summer

Prague Vltava River in Autumn

Outdoor Beer Gardens

You can beat Prague’s summer heat and high temperatures by escaping to one of the city’s many beer gardens. The Czech Republic is renowned for its beer with one of the most popular Czech beer brands, Staropramen, brewed right in the city! Prague has a number of very good outdoor beer gardens, many of them located in shaded areas of large parks, beside the river and even hidden in small courtyards! Two of the largest and most popular beer gardens are Riegrovy Sady in Prague’s hip neighbourhood of Zizkov and Letna Beer Garden which boosts a spectacular view over the city and Vltava River.Two of our favourites (since they tend to be less busy) are Vysehrad’s Beer Garden and the small and hidden gothic beer garden of U Pinkasů in Prague 1.

Naplavka is an incredibly popular hangout spot located just south of the historic centre. Naplavka (which means “on the embankment”) is a long strip of the embankment that starts from the tram stop Vyton and runs all the way up past the dancing house.During the summer months, it plays host to the very popular farmers market on Saturday mornings as well as a number of outdoor boat restaurants and riverside bars strategically placed to face the west of the city so you can sit and enjoy a beer while the sun sets behind Petrin Hill. Come nightfall the long strip often turns into an under-the-starry skies disco with a number of festivals and outdoor concerts happening throughout the summer.

Visit other Czech towns

Since the summer season is Prague’s busiest period, you may want to consider taking a trip out of the city and visiting one of the Czech Republic’s smaller towns or cities. Cesky Krumlov is a popular choice and as such, this small town will also be heaving with tourists.We suggest heading to lesser-known towns such as Telc, Loket, or even Tabor where you’ll see fewer tourists and lower prices. You could even take a train to Brno, Ostrava or Olumouc if you’re looking for a more city vibe with more things to do and see.

Hiking and the outdoors are two of the Czech’s favorite past times. In the summer months, Czechs typically spend most weekends outside or in nature, whether it be hiking, cycling, rock climbing, or even kayaking on the river.One of the most popular spots for hiking and a great day trip from Prague is the Czech Switzerland National Park, 2 hours north of the city, close to the German border. You can hike to the famous Pravčická Brána (the largest natural arch in Europe) or stay the weekend and include a mystical boat ride through the Kamenice Gorges and then a hop across the border to see the UNESCO Bastei Bridge.

Visiting Prague in the Autumn (Fall)

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Autumn is another desirable season to visit Prague and it happens to be my favourite season of them all. If you prefer fewer crowds but still seek pleasant weather and warm temperatures then Fall in Prague is the ideal time for you to visit.

The Autumn season typically kicks in towards the end of September and along with it the beautiful fall colours, as the leaves change and begin to fall from the trees. You’ll see in the last of the summer days, temperatures begin to drop, and the crowds thin.

It is a fantastic time to explore some of the early fall scenery in one of Prague’s parks and gardens before they close for the winter or head out to visit one of the nearby castles such as Krivoklat, surrounded by the most stunning autumn foliage or small Czech towns such as Cesky Krumlov which is spectacular in the Autumn.

Vysehrad Park Autumn Fall Prague

You can still enjoy very warm weather in September with average highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. September tends to be quite a dry month but becomes more unpredictable towards the latter end of the month. Days also begin to get much shorter with sunrise around 6:30 am and sunset around 7:45 pm, but there is still plenty of daylight hours to take in the sights.

Come October there’s a chill in the air. Outdoor cafes bring out their patio heaters, pumpkins begin to appear in the farmer’s markets and there is a cosier feel to the city.

You should pack some light clothing as well as some warmer layers for the early mornings and evenings that can be cold and foggy. There will be far fewer tourists in October so it is a great time to visit sights such as Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, and Prague’s Old Town Hall where you can climb the tower and take in some of the best views of Prague.

It is also a great time to take in the city views on one of the many river cruises along the Vltava, perhaps while enjoying a 4-course meal or even on the way to Prague’s highly-rated zoo.

Pros for visiting Prague in the Autumn/Fall:

  • Fewer crowds than in the summer months
  • Autumn foliage
  • Picture postcard photos
  • Slightly lower hotel rates
  • Still reasonably good weather

Cons for visiting Prague in the Autumn/Fall:

  • Higher chances of rain

Things to do in Prague in the Autumn/Fall

Signal festival.

The SIGNAL festival in Prague is a relatively unknown festival to tourists but one that sees many of Prague’s iconic buildings illuminated at night as part of a contemporary visual art project. The four-day festival in October is free to experience as you’ll simply see the many bold and colourful light instalments on the facades of buildings, and you’ll even find interactive video mapping pieces in public spaces and national squares. It is a unique opportunity to see and enjoy Prague “in a different light” so to speak whilst enjoying a night-time stroll around the city. Venues and maps are published on their website ahead of time as well as the SIGNAL app.

St Martin’s Day

The feast of St Martin is celebrated on the 11th of November in the Czech Republic. Also known as Martinmas, the day is associated with the beginning of winter and the first snow. A popular Czech proverb says “the first snowfall of the season can be expected on this day since St Martin may arrive on his white horse”.

Traditionally it has been a celebration of food and wine, when historically farmers would prepare large feasts for their workers as a thank you for their hard work and when their wages from the harvest period were paid. Therefore the day is a time of happiness and abundance.

To celebrate, Czechs often cook large meals, with roasted fattened goose is the popular choice, paired with the first bottle of young wine which must be opened at precisely 11:11 am. These wines are fresh and young because they have only been left to ferment for a couple of weeks since the harvest.

In Prague, you’ll find many places serving St Martin’s wine (svatomartinské) on the 11th of November, including Villa Richter in the royal St Wenceslas Vineyards next to the castle and St Clare’s Vineyard in Havlickovy Sady in Prague 2.

There are also lively celebrations in Naplavka, alongside the Vltava River (weather dependant) which include live music, traditional foods, and of course delicious St martin’s wines to sample. Children are not excluded from the celebration, with many creating handmade lanterns that they parade through the Vysehrad and Riegrovy Sady parks after dusk.

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When is the best time to visit Prague?

By: Author Tiana Thompson

Posted on Last updated: July 9, 2023

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Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is a city with a unique blend of elements that attract travelers from around the globe.

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The diverse architecture with some of the most beautiful bridges in Czech Republic , hearty Czech cuisine, and rich history give the city an appealing character, making it a place that should be on everyone’s travel list. And did I mention it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

However, choosing the right time to visit Prague can be a bit of a conundrum.

The experience can greatly vary depending on the season, and we’ve all heard those travel nightmares where unexpected weather or untimely crowd influx can turn a dream vacation into a trip you’d rather forget. Imagine having to huddle in thick winter wear during the coldest month of the year just to explore the city or battling overwhelming crowds during peak season.

Having visited Prague in three different seasons, I’ve seen the city bask in the warm summer sunshine, blanketed by the frosty winter snow, and everything in between. I’ve dealt with the ups and downs of navigating the city’s charms in various weather conditions and crowd levels.

With these experiences under my belt, I’m here to guide you through the challenge of deciding when to visit Prague based on what you’re looking forward to doing there. Are you a fan of sightseeing, a foodie, a festival lover, or maybe you’re traveling on a budget?

Well, strap in, as I take you on a journey through the seasons of Prague and help you decide on the best time to visit this truly remarkable city.

In this post, you'll find...

  • Overall best time to visit Prague:  May
  • Best time to visit Prague for good weather:  May
  • Cheapest time to visit Prague:  March to April or October to November
  • Best time to visit Prague for festivals and events:  June to August

Overview of Prague’s Climate

With four distinct seasons, Prague’s weather can be a bit of a mixed bag, but that’s part of the charm.

We’ve got warm weather in the summer months, clear skies in spring, freezing point temperatures in winter, and rainy days in autumn. There’s something for every weather palate here, from sun lovers to snow bunnies.

But remember, always check the average temperatures before your trip. You don’t want to show up with a light jacket when it’s colder than a penguin’s backside!

Related read: The Ultimate 3-Day Prague Itinerary

Visiting Prague in Different Seasons

Spring in prague.

Ah, spring! When daylight hours increase and the city shakes off winter’s chill. From early spring to late spring, you can expect mild weather with average highs around 54-64°F. Not too hot, not too cold. Just like Goldilocks’ porridge!

Spring is a great time to visit iconic spots like Charles Bridge or Old Town Square without the summer crowds. And guess what? Easter holidays in Prague are in full swing during this time. The city center’s main square gets lively with Easter markets and events.

But remember, April can bring its share of rainy days, so don’t forget that waterproof clothing!

Summer in Prague

Summer is the high season in Prague, with warmest month usually being July boasting average highs around 80°F. The city is bathed in hours of sunshine, and Prague Castle never looks more majestic.

If you’re a fan of warm days, summer’s a good time to visit.

This is also the perfect time to take a day trip to small towns like Český Krumlov and Karlovy Vary. But here’s the rub: summer is also the peak season. So, expect higher prices for private rooms and fewer available tables at the best places to eat.

But hey, who cares when you’ve got warm weather and long summer days, right? Just remember to stay hydrated – Czech beer counts, but water’s probably a better idea!

Autumn in Prague

Early autumn in Prague is a marvel, with warm days and clear skies. But late November can bring colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours.

However, with the changing leaves and fewer tourists, the city feels more magical. Fewer people also mean lower prices and fewer crowds at top sites like the St. Vitus Cathedral.

Sounds pretty sweet, right?

Winter in Prague

Alright, so you’re thinking of visiting Prague in the winter months. Not a bad time, honestly.

Yes, you’ll need warm clothes because it gets cold with average lows around 30°F in early January. And yes, it might be grey and gloomy sometimes.

But guess what? It’s Christmas season! Prague’s Christmas markets, especially the one in the Old Town Hall, are legendary. Plus, a white Christmas in Prague? That’s the stuff of dreams!

The Cheapest Time to Visit Prague

So, you want to experience all the magic of Prague without breaking the bank? I hear you, and guess what? It’s totally doable. The trick is to embrace the low season, otherwise known as the ‘cheaper’ or ‘budget-friendly’ time of year.

If you’re looking to make your dollar (or euro, or yen, or rupee) stretch further, then early spring (March to early April) and late autumn (late October to end of November) are your best bet.

During these months, the city has fewer tourists, and this is great news for budget travelers. Why? Well, fewer crowds mean lower prices. You’ll notice that the costs of accommodations, especially those private rooms with a view of the Vltava River, are much cheaper compared to the summer months or Christmas season.

Restaurants also tend to offer lower prices, and you may even stumble upon a deal or two for popular attractions.

Speaking of attractions, can you imagine having Prague Castle or Charles Bridge almost all to yourself? It’s like being the star of your own fairytale – and who doesn’t want that? The off-peak season allows you to enjoy this capital of the Czech Republic in a more intimate setting without the horde of tourists that usually flock in during the high season.

karlova street in prague in summer

And don’t worry about the weather! Prague’s weather during these times can be pleasantly mild with some sunny days. You may need to pack a light jacket for the cooler evenings and be prepared for some rainy days, but hey, isn’t that part of the fun?

Do bear in mind, though, that while the low season does mean fewer crowds and lower prices, it also means fewer daylight hours, and some attractions may have shorter opening times or be closed for maintenance. But with a little bit of planning, this shouldn’t put a damper on your trip.

One more thing – if you’re into festivals and don’t mind braving colder temperatures, early January, right after the New Year celebrations, can be a surprisingly good time to visit. Yes, it’s cold, but you’ll find some excellent post-holiday deals, and the chance of experiencing a snowy Prague is something truly special.

Related read: Is Prague Safe to Visit?

Best Time to Visit Prague Based on Interests

There’s never a bad time to visit Prague, but depending on what you’re into, some seasons shine brighter than others.

Sightseeing and Architecture

If you’re a fan of captivating sights, remarkable architecture, and Prague’s many beautiful bridges , then spring (late March to early June) and early fall (September to October) are the best times to visit.

The weather during these periods is generally pleasant and mild, making it the perfect time for walking tours around the city. Imagine strolling across the Charles Bridge under clear skies, or exploring the historic Prague Castle without the discomfort of summer heat or winter chill.

prague church

Plus, with fewer crowds, you’ll have more space to really soak in the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural styles that Prague is famous for.

Food and Drink

For foodies and brew connoisseurs, your taste buds will thank you for visiting during the Prague Food Festival in May or the Czech Beer Festival in September. These festivals serve up the best of Czech and international cuisine, along with hundreds of varieties of Czech beer (Pilsner, anyone?).

If you’re passionate about good food and drink, these months offer a culinary delight that shouldn’t be missed. The weather during these months is usually great, allowing you to enjoy outdoor venues and food stalls scattered around the city center.

Festivals and Cultural Events

If you’re the type who loves to immerse themselves in culture and festivities, Prague’s summer season (June to August) is full swing with music festivals and cultural events. Enjoy the sultry summer evenings with music in the air – from jazz to classical, there’s a beat for every music lover.

However, don’t rule out the winter, particularly December.

Yes, it’s cold, but Prague’s Christmas markets are nothing short of enchanting. Imagine sipping hot mulled wine while browsing through beautifully decorated stalls filled with handmade crafts, all surrounded by snow-dusted architecture.

prague in christmas

It’s a magical experience!

Budget Travelers

If budget is your primary concern, the shoulder season (early spring, from March to April, and late autumn, from October to November) are your best friends.

These periods offer the ideal combination of lower prices, fewer people, and still quite good Prague weather. Accommodation costs drop significantly after the summer months, and you’re more likely to find deals on flights too.

Plus, with fewer crowds, you can enjoy major attractions like the Old Town Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, or a day trip to Český Krumlov with a little more peace and quiet.

Phew! That’s a lot to take in, but don’t worry, you’re ready to conquer the Czech capital, rain or shine. Remember, Prague is always a good idea, regardless of the time of year. 

The Overall Best Month to Visit Prague

Okay, we’ve talked seasons, but what about the cream of the crop, the top dog, the absolute best month to visit Prague? Well, my friends, we’re talking about May.

Here’s why May is the best month to visit Prague:

May is the sweet spot where spring is just edging into summer, the weather’s mild with average highs around 18-20°C, and the city is just beginning to buzz with the excitement of the upcoming high season. The flowers are blooming, trees are lush, and everything is coming alive again after the winter chill.

prague flowers in summer

But the best thing about May? It’s got the perfect balance of pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and lower prices compared to the full swing of summer. You won’t need much more than a light jacket, and those occasional rainy days just add to the charm.

During May, you can wander around the cobblestone streets, visit Prague Castle, or walk over Charles Bridge without feeling too overcrowded or rushed. A stroll through the Old Town Square is a must during this time. The cafés set out their tables, and you can enjoy a Czech beer or a meal in the sunny open air.

And let’s not forget the events! Prague in May is a hub for festivals and cultural happenings. The Prague Food Festival usually takes place in May, showcasing the best of Czech and international cuisine. Yummy!

If you’re a music lover, classical music concerts are common during this month as part of the Prague Spring International Music Festival.

May is, in many ways, the ideal time to visit Prague. You get all the perks of the warm weather without the peak season prices or crowds. But remember, the best month to visit is really up to you and what you’re looking for. Each month offers something unique, so you can’t really go wrong!

Thanks for reading!

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Things to do in Prague Prague Travel Guide Best Time To Visit Prague

It hasn't been a very long time since Prague was only frequented by people seeking a path less beaten by hordes of tourists. Currently, the Czech capital receives over 20 million visitors annually and the number is climbing every year. As such, it is important to know when to visit Prague. If you factor in the tourist count and weather, February, March, April, October, and November are the best months to be in Prague.

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Best time to visit prague for different kinds of travellers.

Best Time for Sightseeing: May to September

There's no bad time to visit Prague, but the best time for sightseeing is during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. The weather is usually mild and there are fewer crowds than in summer. However, if you're planning a winter visit, keep in mind that many attractions close down from mid-November until March.

Best Time for Backpackers: February, March, and November

The best time for backpackers to visit Prague is during the summer months. The weather is nice and there are plenty of events and activities going on. However, accommodation prices can be high during this time and there are more tourists around. If you're looking for a cheaper option, consider visiting Prague in the spring or fall.

Best Time for Honeymooners: March, April, October, and November

The best time for honeymooners to visit Prague is during the spring or fall. The weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds than in summer. However, if you're looking to save money, consider visiting Prague in the winter. Many hotels offer discounts during this time and there are still plenty of things to see and do.

Tourist Seasons in Prague

  • High season in Prague: June to August This is the warm weather period in the Czech capital. This period of time also has generally longer daylight hours, making it ideal for sightseeing. However, the high season sees the most amount of tourists in Prague. You should abandon the idea of enjoying the Charles Bridge by yourself.
  • Shoulder season in Prague: March to May & September to November This season in Prague lies on either side of the high season. It is the time that is known for mild weather and slightly less tourist crowd. You could roam around the city a bit more peacefully during this time. The weather is fickle during the shoulder season and can be considerably difficult to pack for.
  • Low season in Prague: January to February These are the coldest months in the city. The holiday season is over by this time and tourists flee for the fear of the weather during the low season. If you are planning to visit Prague during this time, be prepared for the chilly climate. On the plus side, you are almost guaranteed the cheapest airfare and hotel rates in the low season.

spring in Prague

Prague in Spring

Spring season in Prague is known to be around mid-April to May. The temperature keeps rising as the season goes by. The parks of Prague are at their variegated best during the Spring. If you can plan a trip during this season, you can get some discount deals on accommodations and airfare.

summer in Prague

Prague in Summer

Summers stretch in Prague from the month of June to August. The day temperature hovers around a comfortable 70 degrees during the season, making sightseeing an altogether pleasurable experience. Even though there is an overload of tourists, you will have a comfortable stay if you can take advantage of the early sunrise and head out.

autumn in Prague

Prague in Autumn

Autumn in Prague begins in September and lasts halfway through October. The foliage changes its colour and gives Prague a warm hue. The temperatures keep dropping throughout the season, so the earlier in Autumn you head to Prague, the better. Autumn provides you with an opportunity to explore Prague at your own pace after the high season.

winter in Prague

Prague in Winter

Winter season is quite bitter in Prague. The chill sets in at the beginning of November and lasts well into March. Snowing is common during the winter season. This also means that the least amount of tourists can be spotted in Prague except for the few weeks of the holidays. If you don’t mind carrying around a lot of warm clothes, you could have one of the most economical trips of your life during this season.

The Weather in Prague year round has been charted on a graph below. The Highs are depicted in red and the Lows in blue.

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A Month-On-Month Guide To Visiting Prague

Follow our detailed guide to pick a month for your Prague exploits.

Prague in Jan

Prague In January

Average Temperature: -2°C to 2°C

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January is the coldest month of the year in Prague. The mercury often drops below the freezing point and snowing is not uncommon. This is why most of the parks will remain closed or will have restricted opening time in January. Do not forget to carry plenty of warm clothing as you would be needing them throughout your trip. January generally sees a drop in the crowd, so you may be able to get considerable discounts on lodging and commuting expenses. If you are in Prague in January, you may be able to catch the last few days of the famed Christmas Market. The fireworks display on New Year’s day is also a spectacle.

Prague In February

Average Temperature: -1°C to 5°C

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It is still winter in Prague. In fact, it isn’t uncommon to get temperatures 10 degrees below the freezing point in February. The weather is far more fickle at this point of the year. There are clear days as well as snow days in this month. It would be wise to pack a lot of warm clothes if you are planning to be in Prague in February. There are still no tourists around, so you should be able to secure some great deals on flight and hotel rates and roam around the city in peace. Do not forget to check out the ice skating rinks at Tower Park and Letna Park. A Czech Press Photo Exhibition also takes place during the month and it is worth attending.

Recommended Experiences in Prague during Winters

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Prague In March

Average Temperature : 2°C to 10°C

best time to visit Prague

March shows the first signs of melting snow. The temperature steadily moves away from frigid throughout the month. However, do not ditch all of your warm clothes as there is still a likelihood of chilly weather, especially after sundown. There are a few rainy days in March as well. March is the time when some tourists begin returning to Prague. If Easter and Good Friday happen to be in March, you will notice a slight surge in regional tourists. One of the most notable events of the March is the OneWorld International Documentary Festival that brings together remarkable films and media from around the world.

Prague In April

Average Temperature : 6°C to 16°C

best time to visit Prague

April weather in Prague is rather silly. The mercury is on its way up, but then, often, about of rain will bring the chills back. Keep this factor in mind when packing for an April tour of Prague. You cannot visit Prague in April without waterproof clothing. Despite the rain, the outdoor cafes start popping up throughout the city. Most of the years, Easter week is in April, which is why there is a moderate flow of tourists this month. Spring season is indicated with the landscaped parks and gardens. Pick a clear day and set out on the Jazzboat for a once in a lifetime musical experience. The AsiaFest at Smichovska Nabrezi is also worth attending.

Prague In May

Average Temperature : 10°C to 20°C

Prague is completely in the throes of Spring in May. The city is in full bloom and the rain lessens a bit from the last month. You will still require a sweatshirt during the evenings. You must go out for a walk in the city in May. Tourists begin coming in steadily, but you may still be able to secure some lucrative deals on hotels. Keep your eyes peeled for the restaurants that pop up around the Vltava river as the summer warmth seems imminent. The Czech Republic celebrates Liberation Day on May 8th, so you may find a few closed attractions on this day. You may be able to visit the Czech Senate and the Czech Parliament on this day. You cannot afford to miss the Prague Food Festival at Vysehrad in May.

Recommended Experiences in Prague during Spring

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Prague In June

Average Temperature : 14°C to 23°C

best time to visit Prague

Summer finally arrives in Prague in June. The temperature soars to a comfortable level and so does the tourist footfall. Pack some light clothes for the walking tours during June. There is still going to be some rain in June, so do not forget your umbrellas and jackets. Also, keep a small bottle handy if you are going to be out in the sun. Enjoy the last few days of the Spring Classical Music Festival in June. One of the marquee events of the summer in Prague is the Holi: Festival of Colors that is celebrated in June. A beer and music festival by the name of Den Kozel is also worth attending.

Prague In July

Average Temperature : 16°C to 27°C

best time to visit Prague

Historically, July has been the warmest month in Prague. The days will be hot, especially with the impact of climate change. You can experience a few thunderstorms during the July evenings. You need to carry breathable clothing as well as waterproof jackets in July. July is in the middle of high season in Prague. You are unlikely to find any attractions devoid of queues. You may have a hard time finding proper accommodation if you do not make prior bookings. Head to the Old Town Square for Bohemia Jazz Festival. Throughout July you will be able to attend various French and Italian cultural events in Prague.

Prague In August

Average Temperature : 15°C to 26°C

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The short tenure of Summer is towards its end in August. Temperatures are still warm and comfortable. On hot days, you might want to take a dip in the Vltava river, but the mountain water is too cold to be pleasant. Wear light clothes and use plenty of sunblock during the August days in Prague. Rain is least likely of all the summer months in August. Try to beat the crowd by heading outside the city limits. If you want on offbeat experience, go for the Invisible exhibition which lets you experience 90 minutes in the world of blind people. You could attend the Prague Pride parade that celebrates love and inclusiveness.

Recommended Experiences in Prague during Summer

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Prague In September

Average Temperature : 11°C to 20°C

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Summer gives way to Fall in September in Prague. The temperature is warm and there is far less likelihood of rain. The occasional rain brings the temperature down temporarily, which is altogether delightful. The foliage in the city gets a warm tinge as well. It is a great time to roam about in the parks and gardens. Carry light clothes and sunblock for your on-foot expeditions. A one-day kayak festival by the name of Naplavka should make for an interesting experience. You shouldn’t miss the Jack Daniel’s BurgerFest that takes place at Křižík’s Fountain. It is a barbecue and grill festival that is attended by chefs from all around the world.

Prague In October

Average Temperature : 6°C to 13°C

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The temperature keeps dropping as October. Fall is about to come to an abrupt end in October. If you happen to be Prague at this time of the year, make it a point to visit the last few outdoor cafes that you will see. Pack some warm clothing and a few full sleeved tees for October. There is a likelihood of rain, so have umbrellas handy as well. The tourist footfall in October drops considerably, making it a good time to secure deals on hotels and flight fare. Attend the String of Prague festival that has a mix of classical and contemporary music concerts. During the Signal Light Festival, you will see Prague decorated in numerous light pieces.

Recommended Experiences in Prague during Autumn

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Prague In November

Average Temperature : 3°C to 8°C

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Freezing temperature makes its return to Prague in November. Towards the end of November, Prague typically receives its first snow of the winter. Pack plenty of warm clothes. You may ditch light clothes completely for November. There are several winter specialities among food items that begin popping up in November. In terms of tourist count, November is one of the least popular months in Prague. Look for empty avenues to walk around when the sun is out. Head to any of the cemeteries in Prague on the evening of November 2nd to see the candlelit graves on All Souls Day. Don’t forget to witness the Airship exhibition at the DOX.

Prague In December

Average Temperature : 0°C to 4°C

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Despite the freezing weather, some tourists come to Prague in December in the hope of witnessing a white Christmas. It is not quite unlikely either. December generally has clear skies and a chilly wind. Remember to bring enough layers to bury yourself in. It is time to enjoy the classic Czech combo of rum, hot water, and lemon juice. December is mostly about the holidays, so don’t forget to head down to the Old Town Square to listen to the Christmas carols. The ice rinks around the city open up in December. Perhaps the most popular and essential attraction of December is the Christmas Market.

What is the best time of year to visit Prague?

The best time of year to visit Prague is during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. The weather is usually mild and there are fewer crowds than in summer. However, if you're planning a winter visit, keep in mind that many attractions close down from mid-November until March. 

What is the best time of day to visit Prague Castle?

The best time of day to visit Prague Castle is in the early morning or late afternoon. This will help you avoid the crowds and enjoy the views.

Is it worth visiting Prague in the winter?

Yes, it is definitely worth visiting Prague in the winter! The city is even more beautiful when it's covered in snow and there are still plenty of things to see and do. Just be sure to dress warmly and pack your rain gear.

Which is the best month to visit Prague?

May and September are the best months to visit Prague. The weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds than in summer. However, if you're looking for cheaper accommodation prices, consider visiting in the winter. 

What is there to do in Prague in the winter?

There are plenty of things to do in Prague in the winter! You can go ice skating at one of the city's many outdoor rinks, visit the Christmas markets, or take a scenic walk through Old Town. Just be sure to dress warmly and pack your rain gear.

Is Prague warm in May?

Yes, Prague is warm in May! The average temperature for the month is 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit). However, it can get quite hot during the day, so be sure to pack light clothing. 

What should I wear in Prague?

Prague is a casual city, so you don't need to worry about dressing up too much. However, you should avoid wearing shorts and tank tops, as this is considered disrespectful. If you're visiting Prague Castle, make sure to wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking involved.

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The Best Time to Visit Prague

SD › Best Time to Visit Prague Updated: April 19, 2021 By Santorini Dave

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When is the Best Time to Visit Prague?

I like to visit Prague is in late spring or early fall, just before and after the peak summer tourist season. Plan visits in May or September for comfortable temperatures around 18 to 20°C, ideal for sightseeing without having to battle big crowds.

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Old Town Square in Prague. The best times to vacation in Prague are spring and fall.

  • Best Time for Sightseeing : Spring and fall, especially April and May or September and October, are ideal for sightseeing, thanks to mild weather and thinner crowds. Visitors may be able to stroll the iconic Charles Bridge without having to squeeze through an army of tourists and a gauntlet of hawkers. If the weather does get chilly, there are plenty of indoor options like churches and museums, as well as cafes for warming up with a specialty coffee.
  • Best Time to Visit for Good Weather : The summer months bring the warmest weather with high temperatures around 21 to 23°C, but this time also brings a bit more rain. For the driest weather and mild temperatures, plan your visit in the second half of April or between mid-September and mid-October which tend to experience less precipitation and comfortable temperatures ranging from 14 to 19°C.
  • Best Time for a River Cruise : Cruising the river Vltava is a great way to view Prague’s magnificent historic buildings and monuments from a different perspective. Cruises are available throughout the year and no matter what the season it’s likely to be a pleasurable experience, although boats are often jam-packed in the summer. The time of day the cruise departs is the more important consideration. A cruise at dusk is especially magical to witness Prague lit up in all its glory. During the winter, passengers sit in a large, heated dining area with windows for enjoying mulled wine and a warm meal while watching the city float by.
  • Best Time to Visit Prague Castle : As the largest ancient castle in the world according to Guinness World Records, Prague Castle attracts a lot of visitors. Summer brings the biggest crowds while the least crowded time to go is in winter. The best time for thinner crowds is typically early in the morning or mid-afternoon from 3 p.m. on. There are almost always fewer people on a weekday than on a weekend.
  • Best Time for Shopping : Prague doesn’t have specific times of the year for sales, although summer tends to see the fewest sales with tourism at its peak. No matter the season, look for the signs that read “sleva” for discounted items. The holiday period, during most of the month of December and early January, may be the best time for shopping as the city is transformed into an old-style marketplace, with merchants setting up booths that sell all sorts of handcrafted items, Christmas décor, and toys along with hot, steamy wine and Bohemian treats.

Prague Travel Seasons

  • High Season (June through August) : The summer months of June, July, and August are the high season in Prague. This is when the city experiences mostly dry, sunny weather with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 20s. The season also brings the most tourists, with larger crowds and the longest lines, along with the highest accommodation rates and airfare of the year.
  • Shoulder Season (Mid-March through May; September, October) : The shoulder season is an ideal time to visit Prague, frequently bringing pleasant daytime temperatures in the upper teens and chilly nights that dip to around 5°C. The city experiences fewer crowds this time of year, which often results in discounted room rates and more reasonable airfare.
  • Low Season (Mid-November through mid-December, early January through mid-March) : Late fall and winter is the low season in Prague. This is the best time of year to visit for the biggest discounts and few (if any) crowds. Bundling up with a warm winter coat, hat, gloves, and boots is necessary with temperatures that are often well below freezing.

Prague Weather by Month

  • Prague Weather in January : January is one of the coldest months of the year in Prague with average temperatures at -1°C. The probability of snowfall during a visit this month is relatively high, with the best chance during the second half of the month. Moderate snow is more likely than rain, though either can occur. This is the time to bring warm, waterproof clothing like a heavy coat, gloves, and scarf. There is unlikely to be much in the way of sunshine, with about 90% of days bringing cloud cover. Days will be short, with a little over eight hours of daylight early in the month. On the upside, sights are unlikely to be crowded. (Average Max Temperature: 2°C. Average Precipitation: 20mm.)
  • Prague Weather in February : The city begins to thaw slightly in February with average temperatures increasing, although it will still be cold. The average high is 4°C and the low is -3°C. Precipitation remains at 20mm, spread out over 11 snowy days and 12 rainy ones, with the best chance for snow during the first week of the month. Days are getting longer now with 9 hours and about 19 minutes of daylight on February 1st. Pack as you would for February, with plenty of warm winter gear. (Average Max Temperature: 4°C. Average Precipitation: 20mm.)
  • Prague Weather in March : While it’s still rather chilly in March, the weather is warming with the onset of spring. The average high doubles to 8°C, and while it doesn’t happen often, temperatures have been known to rise as high as 17°C. The city does get the occasional snow flurry this month, but cloudy and partly cloudy days are the norm. There is more daylight for enjoying outdoor sights, with 13 hours by the end of March, thanks in part to the spring time change. Sunglasses are more likely to be needed now, along with a mix of clothing for both cooler and warmer days. (Average Max Temperature: 8°C. Average Precipitation: 28mm.)
  • Prague Weather in April : Spring is officially here and while it’s likely to feel cool earlier in the month, temperatures steadily increase, and sun can be expected more frequently as April progresses. The average high temperature is now 14°C, with lows above freezing at 4°C; snow flurries are still possible, though rare. On average, there are 16 rainy days and three snowy days in April, with most precipitation occurring during the first half of the month. Now is the time to pack sweaters and lighter jackets, along with some short-sleeve shirts and sunglasses. (Average Max Temperature: 14°C. Average Precipitation: 33mm.)
  • Prague Weather in May : Spring is in full bloom now, with the city experiencing lots of warm days that see high temperatures averaging 18°C – occasionally as warm as 26°C. While temperatures have warmed, rain showers are common this month with precipitation increasing quite a bit. A water-resistant jacket and umbrella may be needed now, along with layers for warmth on rainy, windy days that can make it feel much cooler. This is the time of year weather tends to change unexpectedly, with sunshine one minute and rain the next. (Average Max Temperature: 18°C. Average Precipitation: 69mm.)
  • Prague Weather in June : The weather is pleasantly warm, and days are long, with sunrise at around 5 a.m. and sunset at 9 p.m. at the beginning of the month. The average high temperature is 21°C, with temperatures rising as the month progresses. There may be some rain; 67mm will typically fall over 17 days in June, slightly less than the previous month. Now is the time to bring summer attire like t-shirts, dresses, and shorts, but you’ll also want to bring some long-sleeve shirts, pants, and a light jacket for cooler days and nights. With a good possibility of rain at some point, packing an umbrella is recommended. (Average Max Temperature: 21°C. Average Precipitation: 67mm.)
  • Prague Weather in July : July is one of the warmest months of the year in Prague with plenty of sunshine and long days bringing 16 hours and 19 minutes of daylight on the first day of the month. The chance of rain is about the same as June, averaging 18 wet days, so bringing a mix of clothing that includes some waterproof attire, an umbrella, along with shorts, t-shirts, skirts, and/or dresses is advised. Nights are cool but not cold with lows at 13°C, so a sweater, sweatshirt, or light jacket should suffice after dark. (Average Max Temperature: 23°C. Average Precipitation: 69mm.)
  • Prague Weather in August : August is typically Prague’s warmest month, likely very similar to July but slightly drier, and with a little less precipitation falling on average. When rain does arrive, it provides a refreshing respite from the heat, and it won’t be long before the sun reappears. For hottest weather, plan trips for early in the month. Evenings will be cool with an average low at 12°C, so bringing a sweater or jacket is necessary for after dark, or for those sudden downpours that can make warm temps feel chillier. (Average Max Temperature: 23°C. Average Precipitation: 66mm.)
  • Prague Weather in September : September is a wonderful time to be in Prague, with especially pleasant temperatures. The average high is 19°C and the low at 9°C, while crowds are now diminishing as the month progresses. There isn’t as much precipitation, with 27mm fewer than in August. While days are getting shorter, even by late September there are still almost 12 hours of daylight, with sunrise at 7 a.m. at sunset at 6:43 p.m., providing lots of time for taking in the sights. Packing clothing that can be layered is recommended. In the morning, a warm sweater or jacket is usually necessary, but by afternoon, short sleeves and possibly shorts may be more appropriate. When evening comes, that jacket or sweater is likely to come out again. (Average Max Temperature: 19°C. Average Precipitation: 39mm.)
  • Prague Weather in October : Temperatures noticeably cool in October with autumn now in full swing. While there are more cloudy days, the sun still comes out frequently and rain is minimal with just 24mm on average. The colors of fall are at their peak. As the high average temperature does drop quite a bit, to 13°C this month, exploring outdoor sights is still likely to be pleasant with a warm sweater and perhaps a scarf. After the time change late in the month, plan itineraries around shorter days – sunrise at 6:49 a.m. and sunset at 4:41 p.m. on October 31. (Average Max Temperature: 13°C. Average Precipitation: 24mm.)
  • Prague Weather in November : Prague is well on its way to winter, with temperatures dropping significantly throughout November. The average high has dropped 4 degrees to 9°C, while the low is just 1°C, bringing a possibility of snow, though it’s still unlikely (precipitation averages just 32mm this month). There are just eight-and-a-half hours of daylight this month, and it’s not unheard of for temperatures to drop as low as -7°C, so cold weather clothing is a necessity – heavy coat, gloves, hat, scarf, and warm shoes or boots. (Average Max Temperature: 6°C. Average Precipitation: 32mm.)
  • Prague Weather in December : December is one of the coldest months in Prague, though it tends to bring little in the way of precipitation, so snow is fairly rare. (The average amount is just 26mm over five days.) Bundling up is a must, however, with the average high just 2°C and lows at -2°C. The days are short and usually overcast with just a few hours of sunlight before the sun sets at around 4:30 p.m. Pack clothing that can be layered, like long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, pants and insulated leggings. Thermal underwear is recommended especially for those who plan to be outdoors quite a bit. (Average Max Temperature: 2°C. Average Precipitation: 26mm.)

Prague Events and Festivals

Prague in january.

  • New Year’s Day – January 1, New Year’s Day, is an official holiday throughout the country. All state institutions and many businesses will be closed. A fireworks display typically takes place from Letna Park, with the best views of the show along the river. January 1st also begins the Winter Festival of Bohemia. This annual classical arts festival focuses on music, ballet, opera, and dance, with concerts typically hosted at the National Theatre.
  • Three Kings Procession – This annual event is held on January 5, the 12th day of Christmas. In the afternoon, a procession takes place from Malostranske Namesti, with three kings riding camels to the Old Town Square. People can often be seen writing K + M + B in chalk on doorways which means good luck for the coming year.
  • Jan Palach Day – On January 19 every year the country honors the student who set himself on fire as a protest during the August 1968 Soviet invasion and subsequently died. Locals can often be seen light a candle or laying flowers in his memory.
  • Prague Wine Week – Typically starting the last Monday of January and running for a week, this unique festival is all about wines, wineries, and gastronomic delights. Selected restaurants throughout the city will prepare special menus, and wine professionals and enthusiasts gather together in wine shops, wine bars, and restaurants.

Prague in February

  • Carnival – Carnival celebrations (called Masopust in Czech) take place a week before Ash Wednesday; a time for dressing in costume, wearing masks, feasting, and revelry. In addition to fun on the streets, there will be multiple concerts and balls hosted as well.
  • Valentine’s Day – Many restaurants and hotels in Prague will offer special packages and dinners for Valentine’s Day.
  • St. Matthew FunFair – An early rite of spring held annually since the 16th century, this fair offers about 130 rides along with a wide range of attractions, foods, and handcrafted items for sale. It typically begins on the last Saturday of February and runs through much of April.

Prague in March

  • Film Festival One World – One of Prague’s most famous festivals, Film Festival One World was first held in 1999. In the two decades since, it’s become the largest human rights documentary film festival in the world. It features a variety of films dedicated to political causes as well as films that focus on the environment, social issues, and lifestyles. Screenings are held at some of the smaller cinemas around the city.
  • Febiofest – This film festival began as a no-budget event for a few friends and film buffs in 1993, but today it’s known as the country’s biggest non-competitive film festival showcasing over 500 movies, television, and video features by international filmmakers, many with English subtitles.
  • St. Patrick’s Day – While it may seem an unlikely place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, there are lots of ways to do so in Prague, including the annual Irish Musical Festival. It typically runs from about March 15 to March 20 and includes Irish music, dance, and culture over six days, with performers from Ireland and throughout the Czech Republic.

Prague in April

  • Easter – Easter falls in either March or April, with celebrations taking place in Prague throughout the month. The Friday before (Good Friday) as well as Easter Monday are national holidays, with many closures. Most popular with visitors are the Easter markets in the Old Town that are popular for buying Czech Easter eggs and hand-carved wooden toys.
  • Street Food Festival – This festival held twice a year, in spring and fall. The celebration of street food from across the globe brings more than 10,000 people to the city.
  • Burning of Witches – Known as Paleni Carodejnic, this ancient folk festival held on April 30 each year marks the end of winter and beginning of spring. It’s aimed to ward off evil and includes all-night bonfire parties and the burning of brooms on Kampa Island and beyond.

Prague in May

  • Labor Day – Held on May 1, this national holiday is mostly an opportunity for picnicking and enjoying the arrival of spring weather. Couples often lay flowers at the statue of romantic poet Karel Hynek who penned “May,” a poem about unrequited love.
  • Prague International Marathon – Held on the Sunday closest to May 7, the Prague International Marathon brings runners from around the world to race from the Old Town Square through an especially scenic course over bridges and along the Vltava River. The entire weekend is filled with activities. Visitors can expect some travel disruptions, including restrictions on the Old Town Square and surrounding roads.
  • Khamoro – This arts festival, first held in 1999, brings a variety of music to the city from the local area and from across Europe. It typically includes traditional music, gypsy jazz, classical music, dance, literature, theater, films, and workshops hosted at various venues like churches, theaters and historic buildings around Prague.
  • Prague Food Festival – Held at the Royal Garden on the northern side of Prague Castle, the gastronomic event of the year takes places around the last weekend of May. It offers the opportunity to try dishes from the best chefs and restaurants at affordable prices for a unique cultural experience. There are beer- and wine-tastings, cooking demos, food stalls, and children’s events.

Prague in June

  • United Islands of Prague – Typically hosted in early June, this free multi-genre open-air music festival takes place in the Karlin district. It focuses on young talented singers and musicians, along with a number of domestic and international stars.
  • Dance Prague (Tanec Praha) – This city’s major dance festival has been taking place since 1989 and brings participants from across the globe to compete for prizes in categories like jazz, folk, classic, and contemporary as well as choreography.
  • Microbrewery Festival – This beer festival held on a weekend in mid-June at Prague Castle, features over 150 different types of beer produced by various Czech breweries. It also includes fresh-baked goods, Czech meats, and charcuterie.
  • Metronome Festival – Held near or around the summer solstice, this music festival showcases a mix of big-name international and acts from the Czech Republic.
  • Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations – This Renaissance festival takes place over three days, with medieval music, street plays, craft fairs, and fencing duels. It also features a magnificent procession with lots of historical costumes, including knights on horseback. 2 hours south of Prague in the town of Český Krumlov.

Prague in July

  • Saints Cyril and Methodius Day – This national holiday is celebrated on July 5th to honor the two Byzantine Greek brothers who played an important role in Czech history. Schools, offices and businesses will be closed, and shops may have limited hours, although attraction and entertainment venues are usually open. Many locals take this day to reflect on the evangelical works of the brothers in spreading Christianity, and special church events and prayer services are held.
  • Jan Hus Day – July 6 is Jan Hus Day, a public holiday that commemorates the burning at the stake of preacher, religious thinker and church reformer in 1415. Expect some business closures and many shops to have limited opening times.
  • Bohemia Jazz Fest – This free festival is one of Europe’s largest jazz festivals. It takes place in various Czech cities, including two dates in Prague.
  • Prague Folklore Days – This free annual international gathering of folk groups brings amateurs who travel to Prague from many different countries. It takes place over four days on open-air stages in Republic Square, Wenceslas Square, and the Old Town Square.

Prague in August

  • Prague Pride Festival – One of the biggest cultural events of the year in the country, the Prague Pride Festival takes place over a week in early August. It includes more than 100 cultural and social activities, sports events, public debates and discussions.
  • International Festival of New Circus and Theater – This annual international festival in mid-August features acrobatics, music performances, theater, cabaret, slapstick comedy, art workshops, and more to Prague. It starts with a parade that winds through Old Town.
  • Verdi Festival of Italian Operas – This event kicks off the opera season in Prague with a celebration of operatic greats.
  • Castle-Chateau Night – This special night at Prague Castle brings classical music to the Palace Gardens on the last weekend of August each year, along with guided tours of the gardens, historical fencing displays, and stalls that sell a variety of snacks.

Prague in September

  • Burgerfest – This unique two-day food and cultural festival takes place over the first weekend in September. The largest festival of burgers and BBQ in Europe, it offers plenty of fun, food and events like cooking shows with grill masters from across the globe who introduce new techniques and trends for preparing burgers.
  • Autumn International Music Festival – For 2 weeks in September every year, this popular music festival celebrates the work of the nation’s most famous classical composer, Antonin Dvorak. It includes performances by some of the top chamber ensembles, orchestras and soloists in the world.
  • St. Wenceslas International Festival – The St. Wenceslas Festival is traditionally held around September 28, the national holiday that commemorates the death of the Czech prince, St. Wenceslas. Celebrations take place across the country, including Prague, which sees a variety of sacred music, including gospel, chants and choral music.

Prague in October

  • Strings of Autumn – The Strings of Autumn is an eclectic program of music performances. It features musicians from around the world who perform everything from baroque and avant-garde jazz to classic and contemporary Swiss yodeling. It runs for more than a month starting in about mid-October each year.
  • Signal Light Festival – For four days in October, this festival brings artists from across the globe to Prague’s historical buildings and iconic landmarks to create interactive light installations, site-specific projections, and video mapping. At dusk, the city is magnificently illuminated to brighten dreary days of fall.
  • Foundation of the Republic Day – This national holiday on October 28, a landmark date in Czech history, celebrates the day Czechoslovakia became independent. While restaurants, museums, and tourist attractions are usually open, some may close on the first working day after the holiday.
  • Designblok – This festival of international design is held in late October every year. Dedicated to design in all forms, it’s considered the largest design and fashion event in central Europe. The indoor exhibition features a fashion show and displays of clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, and lighting, as well as utilitarian and industrial design from top Czech designers.
  • Halloween – While the Czech Republic doesn’t celebrate Halloween as elaborately as countries like the U.S., there are many events around Prague, from themed fairs and markets to carnivals and parades, pumpkin-carving workshops, and trick-or-treating.

Prague in November

  • All Souls Day – November 2 is All Souls Day, a time when fresh flowers and wreaths are placed on graves, and candles are lit to kindle a light for dead souls. After dark, cemeteries are lit with thousands of candles.
  • Nouvelle Prague festival – The Nouvelle Prague festival is held annually over two days in early November, showcasing bands from the Czech Republic and around the world at Staropramen Brewery.
  • St. Martin’s Day – November 11 is St. Martin’s Day, a one-day festival that primarily revolves around food – especially goose – with restaurants throughout Prague and beyond serving a goose menu and St. Martin’s wine, the first real wine of the season.
  • Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day – Celebrated annually on November 17, this day marks the end of what was the country of Czechoslovakia after the Cold War and is considered the most important of Czech holidays. Celebrations include a parade and candle-lighting ceremony in Wenceslas Square. The city’s museums feature special exhibits focused on this chapter in the nation’s history.

Prague in December

  • Christmas Markets – The main event in Prague throughout most of December is the Christmas markets. There are markets around the city, with the largest featuring gigantic trees, Christmas carols, music performances, handmade treats, and plenty of mulled wine, mead, and hot cocoa.
  • St. Nicholas Eve – Mikulas is an annual event celebrated on December 5. This is the time when the Czech Saint Nicholas brings good children treats in the Old Town Square and other spots throughout the city. He doesn’t wear a red outfit, but dresses like a bishop in white clothing and is usually accompanied by mischievous devil and angel guides that are a part of Czech folklore.
  • Prague Christmas – In mid-December each year, this event brings an international choir and advent music festival to the Old Town Square.
  • Christmas Holidays – The Christmas holidays take place starting the evening of December 24 and continue through December 26. On Christmas Eve, midnight mass is held at many churches throughout the city at midnight. In the Old Town Square an open-air Christmas mass is held at 9 p.m. Expect most businesses and attractions to be closed during this period.
  • New Year’s Eve – On December 31, New Year’s Eve, the city celebrates in a big way with lots of festive street parties, events at clubs and bars in Old Town and beyond, and a spectacular fireworks display.

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There’s no denying that Prague is a stunning city, with its historic castles, charming cobblestone streets, and vibrant nightlife. But with millions of tourists visiting each year, it can get quite crowded. So when is the best time to visit Prague to avoid the crowds and get the most value for your money? Here are some tips and tricks from a seasoned traveler who has visited Prague multiple times.

1. Avoid the Peak Season

The peak season for tourism in Prague is from May to September, when the weather is at its warmest and the city is busiest. If you want to avoid the crowds and long lines at popular attractions, it’s best to visit outside of these months.

2. Consider the Shoulder Season

The shoulder season, from April to May and September to October, can be a great time to visit Prague. The weather is still pleasant, but the crowds are smaller than in the peak season. This can mean better value for your money, as hotel prices tend to be lower and there are fewer tourists competing for limited space at attractions.

3. Look for Deals and Discounts

No matter when you visit Prague, it’s always worth looking for deals and discounts to help save money. Many hotels and airlines offer special rates for travelers who book in advance, and there are often discounts available for students, seniors, and families.

4. Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates

If you’re able to be flexible with your travel dates, it can also help you find better value for your money. For example, traveling mid-week rather than on a weekend can often result in lower prices for flights and hotels.

5. Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Trip

Here are a few additional tips and tricks to help you make the most of your trip to Prague:

  • Book your flights and hotels in advance to get the best prices
  • Consider staying in a neighborhood outside of the city center to save money on accommodation
  • Use our tool to predict how busy Prague will be at your desired travel time
  • Purchase tickets to popular attractions online to avoid long lines
  • Consider purchasing a city pass or tourist card to save money on multiple attraction

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By Jaroslav Kalfar

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Few could doubt the literary bona fides of the Czech Republic, a country that elected a dissident playwright, Vaclav Havel, as its first post-Communist president. Literature is at the center of the Czech heart because it created us and liberated us.

As Austria-Hungary strove to make us German, writers and poets worked to create and preserve the idea of Czech language and national identity. When the Communist Party fought to purge intellectual rebellions, dissidents met in Prague’s legendary smoke-filled pubs to discuss and smuggle their banned work through the samizdat network .

Famously, Prague , known as the City of a Hundred Spires, was the foremost muse for the troubled mind of one Franz Kafka, despite his uneasy relationship with the city. (Communist authorities tried to erase Kafka from Czech history for decades .)

While Prague hasn’t escaped the commercialization befalling many European metropolises — Gothic cathedrals now share space with luxury fashion brands and golden-arch fries — its literary life cannot be snuffed out. Literature and myth live in every cobblestone, leading down narrow alleyways in the city’s Old Town toward medieval alchemic mysteries, techno parties in centuries-old basements and astronomical clocks tracking the paths of stars.

What should I read before I pack my bags?

The secret to Prague’s lasting beauty is as arbitrary as it is straightforward: Neither the Allies nor the Axis felt the need to destroy the city during World War II. Prague held on to its shimmering rooftops and medieval bridges built by Holy Roman emperors. Though war didn’t change the city’s looks, it did reshape the soul of its people.

The protagonist in Jaroslav Hasek’s novel “The Good Soldier Svejk” is greasing his rheumatic knees in a Prague apartment when the news of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination reaches his ears. Svejk had been let go from the army when he was officially certified as an idiot, but the outbreak of World War I hurls him into the conflict. Around one million Czechs fought for Austria-Hungary, often with little understanding of why they should risk lives on the empire’s behalf. The loss of individuality to conflict is at the heart of the Czech experience: a country trying to build, constantly usurped by its larger neighbors.

In Bohumil Hrabal’s novel “I Served the King of England,” an aspiring hotelier named Ditie studies the art of service at a prestigious Prague hotel, where he nearly hangs himself after being accused of stealing a spoon. Under German occupation, he falls in love with Lise, an ardent Nazi, and submits to medical examinations to ensure that his sperm is Aryan-worthy. Eventually, Ditie fulfills his dream of opening his own hotel — where he hosts the writer John Steinbeck — but he is poised to lose everything when communism makes his newfound wealth a target. The story is a mad dash through our chaotic 20th century, when Prague changed radically — and yet, not at all — leaping from empire to democracy to fascist occupation to communism and, finally, to American-inspired capitalism.

Ivan Klima’s memoir, “My Crazy Century,” begins with the author’s childhood in Terezin , a World War II concentration camp 30 miles north of Prague. The postwar years trace the Czech pivot toward communism as the only path to reclaiming the humanity stolen by Nazi ambitions. Like many of his countrymen, Klima was a believer until he wasn’t, observing the communist movement’s devolvement into Stalinist purges, socialist realism and Soviet occupation of Prague.

Much as Klima tapped into his experiences, the dissident Eva Kanturkova drew on her time as a political prisoner in her novel “My Companions in the Bleak House.” The book’s narrator is snatched from the streets and trapped in a prison with other women who have committed so-called crimes against the regime: being Romany, being unemployed and performing sex work.

What books should I bring along with me?

Arguably, no writer has loved Prague more than Jan Neruda. In “Prague Tales,” Neruda captures the bourgeoise ecosystem of the 1870s in charming tales based on his own upbringing in Mala Strana, one of Prague’s oldest neighborhoods, nestled just under Prague Castle. Here, a law student is distracted from his learning by the haves and have-nots in his building falling in love, plotting to overthrow Austria-Hungary and attending funerals to slander the dead.

Within Michal Ajvaz’s novel “The Other City” is an alternate version of Prague: The Klementinum library transforms into a jungle, a ship sails through the snow-blanketed streets and the narrator battles the citizens of Other Prague who want him to leave their curious world alone. To know the city, one must surrender to the apparitions at the edge of one’s vision, uncertain whether the winding alleyways may lead to ecstasy or curse.

In Daniela Hodrova’s “City of Torment,” a compendium of three novel s, the protagonist, Alice, begins the story by gazing out her apartment window over the Olsany graveyard; to avoid being transported to a concentration camp, she takes flight in pursuit of her lover — or jumps to her death. Later in the trilogy, Prague becomes occupied by marionettes and turns into a circle of the inferno, where Hodrova tries to swap places with her protagonist. This hometown love letter is a nod to the city’s dizzying architecture, fragmented identity, and troubled history. It also bears witness to the deadening of the human soul caused by the totalitarian war on art.

What books can show me other facets of the city?

As Prague spins out into its less photogenic outskirts, away from the five towns of the historic center, citizens go about their lives in monotone Brutalist neighborhoods. Some of the most authentic Prague stories take place in these sidliste , far from the tourist bustle and absinthe bars of Old Town.

Within the perfect moral society of Homo Sovieticus — the Communist conformist ideal — the authorities refused to acknowledge widespread drug abuse, facilitating a well-hidden culture in Prague. In Radek John’s soul-shattering novel “Memento,” young Michal escapes his tyrannical father by attending drug parties. There he meets Eva, and their shared passion for morphine and methamphetamine traps the two lovers in a cycle of codependence and poverty. The book mirrors the spin of getting high, getting even and getting arrested in a city that has become one of Europe’s most popular drug destinations.

In Petra Hulova’s “Three Plastic Rooms,” a Prague sex worker invites us to witness her daily business, addiction to spending, revulsion for the dehumanizing effects of technology and fear of growing too old for her trade. The book is not for the faint of heart: The narrator expresses a full spectrum of ageist, fatphobic and misogynistic sentiments that land somewhere between authenticity and authorial trolling. The protagonist laughs at the many absurdities of desire while using the same humor to cope with the traps capitalism has set for her, in a city where the sex industry is a popular visitor attraction.

If I have no time for day trips, what books could take me there instead?

Seekers of beauty will roam the vast Bohemian Massif, where ghostly dryads are said to dance in the ruins of castles and picturesque pubs sustain shrinking villages. In “Kytice,” Karel Jaromir Erben turns Czech legends into poems that capture the fables and Grimm-esque horrors of the vast countryside, showing what a Czech child might imagine looms under their bed.

Czech villages are also rich in lore. In “Rustic Baroque,” Jiri Hajicek portrays the village subcultures now and decades ago. The novel’s protagonist, a genealogist who works for wealthy expatriates, stumbles upon a tale of revenge among a farmers’ agrarian collective. The book tackles the painful subject of Czechs’ reconciliation with a shameful past and the terrifying power of pettiness and envy in life under totalitarian surveillance.

For one of the most beloved works from Czech small towns, we return to Hrabal, and his novel “Cutting it Short.” In the brief time between world wars, the hedonistic Maryska runs a brewery with her monkish husband. Maryska shocks the townspeople by seeking pleasure, mainly in feasts after pig killings and in the golden beer her husband brews. When she goes too far by cutting her famously long blond hair, she causes a moral crisis among her neighbors. This erotic work of summer caprice lays the playfulness of the Czech soul bare.

As we leave Prague and its surroundings, the final word should belong to the city’s most famous literary child, Kafka: “Prague doesn’t let go, either of you or me. This little mother has claws.” In other words, one visit will never be enough.

Jaroslav Kalfar’s Prague Reading List

“The Good Soldier Svejk,” Jaroslav Hasek

“I Served the King of England ” and “Cutting it Short,” Bohumil Hrabal

“My Crazy Century,” Ivan Klíma

“My Companions in the Bleak House,” Eva Kanturkova

“Prague Tales,” Jan Neruda

“The Other City,” Michal Ajvaz

“City of Torment,” Daniela Hodrova

“Memento, ” Radek John

“Three Plastic Rooms,” Petra Hulova

“Kytice,” Karel Jaromir Erben

“Rustic Baroque,” Jiri Hajicek

The works of Franz Kafka

Jaroslav Kalfar, who was born and raised in Prague, is the author of “ A Brief History of Living Forever ” and “ Spaceman of Bohemia ,” which was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. “Spaceman” has been adapted into a major motion picture.

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