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Winter in Prague: The Most Magical Season

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Prague in winter is incredibly beautiful. Even if you’re one of those who do mind the cold weather, fortunately there are still many Prague winter things to do and enjoy. Winter might as well the best time of year to visit Prague.

Franz Kafka loved winters in Prague, probably because the city feels more magical and mysterious, and even more romantic. Lower number of winter tourists also helps the magical experience.

See the video to get your wanderlust on and read below what Prague in winter is like. :)

Where to Stay When Visiting Prague in Winter?

The closest to the sights, of course, so that you don’t freeze before reaching the Charles Bridge.

Or, if your budget is rather constricted, near a stop of a tram/metro. I’d stay away from bus stops, because they tend to have the longest interval.

Here’s a few options for you, all located neatly in or within a walking distance from the city center:

Luxury Hotels

If luxury is what you’re after, you really have a vast array of 5-star hotels to choose from. These are not only top notch, but also within short walking distance from all the main sights in the Old Town.

Four Seasons Hotel

You know what you’re getting when you check into Four Seasons – only the best of the best.

Four Seasons Hotel in Prague is located right by the river, within a few steps from the Charles Bridge. That becomes handy when temperatures drop below zero!

See how the hotel currently does on TripAdvisor. Check out the current prices on Booking.com and HotelsCombined.

Augustine Hotel

This hotel belongs to the international Luxury Collection of Hotels worldwide, guaranteeing top quality. Augustine Hotel is located in a quiet street in the picturesque Lesser Town, right between the Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle.

It’s actually built in a 13th century monastery and has a bar with a brewery in place where the monastery brewery used to be.

See what reviews Augustine Hotel has on TripAdvisor. Check out current pricing and availability on Booking.com and HotelsCombined.

Design Hotel Neruda

When a 4-star hotel feels as special as Neruda Hotel, it’s more than easy to include it in the top luxury category. Located in a quiet street near the Prague Castle, this boutique hotel is one of the best in Prague in its category.

The rooms have been designed by famous Czech designers and are spacious and comfortable.

Check out what others think about Neruda Hotel on TripAdvisor. See what the current prices are on Booking.com and HotelsCombined.

Affordable & Cool Luxury Accommodation

Mosaic House

This uber cool design hotel, all sustainable and green, has numerous levels of rooms fitting your budget and comfort level.

From the cheapest shared dorms to absolutely beautiful rooms with a view of the Prague Castle, this is one of the best accommodation options in Prague. Most sights are not too far from the hotel.

Check out the reviews of Mosaic House on TripAdvisor. See current prices on Booking.com and HotelsCombined.

Mosaic House - one of the best accommodation options in Prague
While the Mosaic House doesn’t look particularly interesting (except the mushrooms!) on the outside, it’s pretty amazing inside.

Hostel Accommodation

Travellers Hostel

Located on one of Prague’s best party streets in the city center, the Travellers Hostel has nice rooms and, in my opinion, also a cool hostel vibe.

There are several dorms and private rooms, so you can decide based on your budget.

See how other travellers rate the hostel on TripAdvisor and what the booking prices currently are on Booking.com and HotelsCombined.

Hostel Downtown

If you’d like to stay in the city center while not spending too much on accommodation, this hostel is one of the best low-cost options.

The hostel is not especially charming, but it’s clean and decent. Plus the staff is friendly too.

See what other budget travellers say about the Downtown Hostel on TripAdvisor. Check out the most current prices on Booking.com and HotelsCombined.

Airbnb

And of course, there’s Airbnb. You can stay comfortable in an apartment to your liking. Just make sure you book long in advance, Prague is popular! (Don’t know what Airbnb is? Read this article).

Don’t forget to read the reviews carefully. There are apparently all kinds of standards in Prague Airbnbs when it comes to cleanliness and maintenance. (Just something I’ve heard.)

Christmas Markets in Prague

If you’re visiting Prague in December or early January (till the 6th to be specific), you should check out Prague Christmas markets. Actually, that’s one of the main things to do in Prague in winter – just strolling through the markets.

The markets are essentially a reason why many people visit Prague in winter.

Since Prague winter markets are almost everywhere around Christmas time, you can’t escape them anyway! :)

If you’d like to check out the markets with a knowledgeable local guide, opt for a Prague Christmas Markets walking tour. This one is highly rated.

See the current price & availability of a Christmas markets tour

Prague Christmas Market
The majestic Christmas tree at the Old Town Square in Prague

Old Town Square Christmas Market

The best and largest Christmas market is in the Old Town Squ­­are. Get a mulled wine and a pastry roll with cinnamon and sugar named Trdlo (or Trdelník). Trdlo is NOT originally Czech, but it’s still yummy. (You can read about its origins here.)

Just marvel at the enormous and majestic Christmas tree and see what performances there are on the stage.

If you want to experience a little light show on the tree, stop by between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Every hour, the tree will be blinking and it’ll all be accompanied by festive music. :) The tree will be lit for the first time on November 30, 2019.

The big Christmas tree, the cutely decorated stands, all enclosed by Prague’s architectural gems such as the Týn Church, make for the ultimate image of Christmas in Prague.

The food stands covering the square offer a variety of delicious Czech meals and snacks to warm you up.

Prague’s Old Town Square Christmas market is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

Cinnamon roll called Trdlo on Prague's Old Town Square Christmas Market
The yummy Trdlo (or Trdelník) is in the making!

Wenceslas Square Christmas Market

In the middle of the Wenceslas Square, another Christmas market has sprung up in the last years. You can get the same things as everywhere else, including food, mulled wine and wooden toys.

There’s always a cone-like Christmas tree and a hoard of tourists.

To be fully honest with you, this Christmas market is not my favorite one.

Prague Castle Christmas Market

A new tradition has developed and that’s hosting Christmas markets at the Prague Castle too! It’s indeed a special setting, to walk among the stands with the majestic St. Vitus Cathedral looming nearby.

The market there closes already at 6pm on a workday and at 7pm on a weekend, so make sure you don’t show up too late.

Update: Since August 2016, security frames have been introduced by the entrance gates to the Prague Castle. That means, there can be lines forming.

If you wish to visit the Castle and the Christmas market, arm yourself with patience or just avoid coming on the weekend or weekday afternoon. Just an hour before the closing time is the sweet spot.

Prague Castle Christmas Market
A late afternoon at the Prague Castle Christmas Market {December 2017}

Smaller Christmas Markets in Prague

My personal favorite is the market at Náměstí Míru, easily accessible by the green metro line A. It has a more relaxed feel and the share of locals is considerably higher than at the most touristy markets.

Even us locals consider stopping for a chat with friends accompanied by a cup of mulled wine as one of the best things to do in Prague in winter. Other than staying on the couch. :D

You can visit this market every day from 10am to 7pm. It lasts only until December 24, 2019, though.

A lovely small Christmas market in Prague 2's Náměstí Míru
A lovely small Christmas market in Prague 2’s Náměstí Míru

Generally speaking, the markets don’t differ too much. The good news is that you’ll find mulled wine everywhere! It’s more about the surroundings, the people, and Prague Christmas time.

Also, if you have kids with you, you might be more interested in markets with live animals like the one on the Old Town Square or even Náměstí Republiky (yellow metro line B).

Another good Christmas market is e.g. on Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad, also on the green metro line A. 

See a full list of Prague’s Christmas markets with their exact dates of operation here.

Ice-skating in Prague

To warm yourself up, other than just drinking mulled wine or hot mead, you can look into a few Prague winter activities. Ice skating is one of the main ones that can be done in the city.

Each of the Prague ice skating rinks listed below offers a rental of ice skates.

Ice skating in Prague Old Town

On and off, Prague 1 hosts an outdoor ice-skating rink in the very city centre (at Ovocný trh). When it comes to sightseeing while ice skating, Prague can hardly be beat.

For the 2019/2020 season, the exact info is not out yet (I’ll update once it is), but usually the rink opens on December 5 and stays open every day from 10 am till 10 pm until the end of January.

The location is really convenient as you can stroll to there easily from Wenceslas Square or the Old Town Square.

Winter Prague Skating Rink
Ice skating in the heart of Prague – at Ovocný trh

Ice Skating under the TV Tower

Also, if you don’t mint venturing slightly outside the city centre, an awesome rink is each year set up right under the TV Tower in Žižkov, Prague 3!

The opening times usually follow this daily pattern: from noon to 2pm, from 3pm to 5pm, from 6pm to 9pm.

When considering what to do in Prague at Christmas, ice-skating definitely comes as one of the most fun activities!

Sightseeing during winter in Prague

Other than the winter activities, there are amazing sightseeing opportunities that you can do at any time of the year. Visiting a museum is definitely one of the top things to do in Prague in winter.

Prague Charles Bridge winter
Charles Bridge is often beautifully empty in winter

Here’s a good list of the main traditional museums. For a unique one, especially if you’re a fan of all things Apple & Steve Jobs, check out the Apple Museum.

We locals also love Dox, the Centre for Contemporary Art. They always have unique exhibitions on display!

See more museums and other indoor venues for when the weather gets rough on your visit to Prague.

Must see things in Prague, even in winter

Prague Winter Sightseeing tours

I went through the sightseeing tours in Prague and picked for you those that are best for winter. From the shortest to the longest:

1-Hour Orientation tour by bus

This short tour is ideal for when you have an extremely short time for Prague or when you simply want to get a first glimpse of the city from the comfort of a bus with large windows.

For the especially cold among you, this is a great option to see the town and pick your favorite sights to potentially explore later on your own.

Click here to check the 1-Hour Prague Orientation Tour by Bus

2-Hour Guided Tour of Prague Castle and its Surroundings

A quick tour that’ll show you the ins and outs of Prague Castle, Prague’s no. 1 tourist attraction.

Click here to check the 2-Hour Guided Tour of Prague Castle

3-Hour Guided Tour Covering the Prague Castle and Old Town

This tour covers Prague’s essentials and includes even a tram ride.

Click here to see the 3-Hour Guided Tour of the Old Town & Castle

3-Hour Guided Tour of Prague’s Old Town incl. the Old Town Tower

On this tour you’ll explore the Old Town including the Old Town Tower with nice views of the Old Town Square. The tour then continues to the New Town.

Click here to see the 3-Hour Guided Tour of the Old Town & Tower

Private Walking Tour

If you want a tour tailored to your needs and don’t mind paying more for an option like that, this tour is for you. It can be 100% customized.

Click here to check the Private Walking Tour in Prague

Prague Castle

Prague Castle is a must and should stay on top of your list of Prague things to do in winter. As mentioned earlier in the Christmas market section, there are now security frames to go through when you want to enter the castle complex. That shouldn’t deter you, though.

Stroll inside and if you feel like it, buy a ticket to enter the St. Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane. It’s well worth it.

Prague Castle winter opening hours can be found here.

Local tip: The whole Prague Castle complex stays open until 10pm in winter. You can come here for a late wintery stroll. To visit one of the top sights to see in Prague with zero crowds is unique on its own. Plus, if you come anytime after 4pm, you’ll be able to explore the Golden Lane for free!

No snow on Prague's rooftops
View of snow-less Prague {December 2017}

Old Town Square

As with other Prague attractions in winter, the Old Town Square with the main draw being the Astronomical Clock can be easily visited any time of year.

It’s going to be full of stands during Christmas time, but at least you can keep the supply of mulled wine or hot mead running :)

For a birds eye view of the Old Town Square, climb to the top of the Old Town Hall Tower. The views are amazing.

No matter the season or the number of days you have in Prague, there’s no excuse to leave out the Old Town Square as it’s a must do in Prague.

Christmas tree at Prague's Old Town Square
Christmas tree at Prague’s Old Town Square {December 2017}

Charles Bridge

Dress especially warm for the bridge! And then stroll along it and enjoy the views of the Vltava River, the Prague Castle and all around.

The colder it gets, the higher the chance the bridge will be less crowded. In winter, you don’t have to get up as early to have it all to yourself. Even 8am will do.

The Charles Bridge is simply another of the must sees in Prague. I love observing it from the top too – especially from the Old Town Bridge Tower, which offers the views of Prague Castle as well.

The tower opens at 10am. See more info here.

Charles Bridge and Prague Castle
Charles Bridge with the Prague Castle looming over {January 2018}

Prague at winter definitely brings magic to all the typical sights. The gargoyles on the outside of St. Vitus Cathedral, staring at every passerby, have unique beards of ice when it’s below zero. Frost-covered spears and icicles on the roof edges make for a fairy-tale like scenery.

And, my personal favorite Prague winter activity: Riding a tram! 

Yes, you heard it right. If you’re too cold but still want to do some low-cost sightseeing, just hop on a tram and ride till the final stop. Try out e.g. tram no. 22 – it goes through the city centre and even near the Prague Castle.

See all my posts on Prague by clicking here.

Events in Prague in Winter

Unlike in other cities, the life in Prague doesn’t come to a stop when the winter rolls in. A lot of exhibitions, concerts and other organized events still take place in the city.

There’s usually a good overview of events on Prague.eu’s site, always for a month or so ahead.

Prague at Christmas: Local Traditions

Most of the Christmas traditions are naturally packed into December. The whole advent time (December 1st until December 24th) is a time when people, to varying degrees, follow traditions. In my family, it’s lighting up a candle on a wreath each Advent Sunday.

On December 6th it’s Saint Nicholas Day in the Czech Republic. St. Nicholas, locally referred to as ‘Mikuláš’, roams the streets together with his helpers – an angel and a devil. On the evening of December 5th, you might come across groups of people dressed in long white gowns or wearing devil masks.

They visit families, reprimand disobedient kids, and each child gets a little present, usually in the form of a candy package. In Prague the tradition is followed less rigorously than in the regions, though.

On Christmas Eve, December 24th, we locals celebrate the ‘main’ Christmas. That’s the time we feast on a Christmas dinner and afterwards gather by the Christmas tree to give gifts to each other.

On December 24th, 25th and 26th it’s the official Christmas holiday and many places are closed down. Christmas markets, especially those in Prague, are where the most action’s at.

If you’re in Prague during Christmas holidays, it’s right there where you as a non-local can soak in the most Christmas atmosphere.

Visit Prague in December and you can experience all this!

Checklist of things to do in Prague during Christmas holidays

    • Visit Christmas markets – the more, the merrier!
    • Eat your heart out
    • Enjoy a Christmas concert in a church
    • Ice skate in the city center
    • Shop for souvenirs
    • Watch snowy Prague roofs from your hotel
    • Take it easy and relax

 

Other Prague Winter Events

Following in the timeline, we’re getting to New Year’s Eve! It’s actually quite a crazy time and I usually choose to travel to smaller towns during New Year’s.

There are a few places where I wouldn’t go around midnight: Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square and perhaps also the Old Town Square.

Pickpockets are at their prime time and there are drunk people, sometimes with fireworks in their hands.

Here’s a local tip, though: Go to a park with a view of the city and watch the fireworks action from there! My favorite one for watching fireworks is the Riegrovy Sady park.

Another local tip: The official Prague city fireworks don’t happen at midnight. There’s enough madness already.Based on the current info, the Prague fireworks on January 1st 2020 are going to be like no other. The massive fireworks, which disturbed the birds, slowly give way to a more peaceful light show – videomapping.

Some amazing light illustrations will be projected onto the building of the National Museum, on top of the Wenceslas Square. The event will start at 6pm on January 1st with repetitions at 7pm and 8pm.

 
January 6th marks the Day of the Three Kings. It’s officially the end of Christmas time and on this day it’s also when many people take down their Christmas tree.

The three kings, or rather people dressed as them, visit homes of others, are hosted in a way (candy/alcohol/I don’t know) and then they mark K+M+B and the current year on the host’s door.

This tradition is not adhered to as strongly as in other Czech regions. In my 10 years+ residence in Prague I’ve never been visited by the three kings. :)

Prague January is usually relatively quiet, event-wise.

Prague in February, especially at the end of the month, sees carnivals in the streets. Officially, it’s the end of the feast season and pre-Easter fasting lies ahead. If you see people wearing masks in the street, it’s this carnival’s fault :)

We call it Masopust and the festival is especially strong in villages. In the past, I don’t remember it being celebrated in the streets of Prague as much as it has been in the recent years.


Don’t forget to spend a lot of time inside!

A lot of what to do in Prague in winter revolves around staying inside. To escape the cold weather, you should stop often at Prague’s numerous cafés and restaurants.

Here are 5 great cafés to choose from, and many more. If you want a personal recommendation, just let me know what areas you’ll plan to visit and I’ll suggest some awesome cafés for you ;) 

I’ve also compiled a list of fun indoor activities (all highly rated):

And most recently, I put together a huge guide on indoor things to do in Prague, for when it rains or just when you want to stay indoors.

Saunas in Prague

If you’ve had enough of all this cold around you, why not give yourself a heat boost? You might have an amazing sauna in your hotel, but if that’s not the case, here are a few locals’ favorites:

Sauna on the River

This small sauna has the most special setting – it’s located on a boat on the Vltava River, by the Náplavka riverbank. See more info here.

Saunia Saunaworld

Saunia has already 4 branches of their awesome saunas, with most of them located in shopping malls. While I haven’t been in either yet, I know the guy who’s behind the concept so I’d absolutely trust the quality.

Details can be found here (you’ll need Google Translate).

Infinit

Back when I used to go to sauna with friends, we went to Infinit most of the time. It used to be the biggest Prague sauna area.

It’s a little further away from the city center, though, and not ideal to reach if you don’t have a car. See more here.

Prague Winter Weather

December

December in Prague could be either not yet that cold or already very cold :) On average, the temperature in Prague in December hovers around -0.5°C (31.3°F) but it can be as warm as 2.1°C (35.8°F) or as cold as -3.2°C (26.2°F). 

If you’re curious what to wear in Prague in December, see some of my tips in the section below.

Snow-less view of the city's spires from the Prague Castle
Snow-less view of the city’s spires from the Prague Castle {December 2016}

January

January tends to be the coldest month. The average temperature in January in Prague is -2.0°C (28.4°F). The warmest it could be is 0.8°C (33.4°F) or it might go as low as -4.9°C (23.2°F). 

The most rewarding part about visiting Prague in January is the lack of crowds.

Snow in Prague
The snow definitely holds longer in the suburbs rather than Prague city center {January 2018}

February

In February, Prague starts to get warmer again, albeit by a hardly visible degree. The temperature averages -0.6°C (30.9°F). However, it might feel like spring is in the air with 3.0°C (37.4°F) or, on the opposite, as cold as -3.9°C (25°F).

In the recent years, Prague February weather has not been the nicest. The only thing that helps is that the days are finally getting longer again.

Partially snowy slopes of Strahov Monastery in February 2017
Partially snowy slopes of Strahov Monastery in February 2017

Weather data taken from yr.no.

And the most pressing question of all:

Does it snow in Prague in winter?

Of course it does! The only question is when. There’s a high chance there would be snow in Prague winter months – December, January and February.

But you never know. There’s no such thing as Prague snow season and each winter is different. So don’t rely on snow and just take it as a bonus when you come and Prague’s all beautifully white.

As you can see from my photos from previous winters, it’s hit and miss with the snow. It might snow beautifully one day, and be all gone the next.

The snow might surprise you in early December and then not show up for weeks.

I know you long to see Prague in snow, unfortunately I can’t give any guarantees – it’s the weather!

A small hill in a snowy Riegrovy Sady park serving as a fun slide for the kids!
A small hill in a snowy Riegrovy Sady park serving as a fun slide for the kids! {January 2016}

What to wear in Prague in winter?

As you could see above, Prague winter temperatures can vary greatly. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to dress especially warm.

While the typical Prague winter fashion is usually just dark coats, don’t hesitate to bring some color to the streets with some fun Prague winter outfits. :)

Prague winter fashion
This photo was shot at the end of November, but it’s pretty much one of my winter outfits.

The key is layers. To stay out for hours on end, especially if you’re not used to cold weather, you need to prepare. Like this:

  • Wear warm underwear, including tights for ladies or long underwear for men
  • Wear a hat! They can look stylish too.
  • Don’t forget gloves
  • Bring a warm jacket
  • If your shoes are not warm enough, wear several socks
  • If it snows heavily, use an umbrella.


Prague Winter Public Transport

Travelling around Prague is convenient any time of year. The metro, the trams, buses – everything is heated. Sometimes a little too much.

The worst part about using public transport in Prague in winter is when you need to transfer and wait on a tram/bus stop.

If you’re too sensitive to cold, plan accordingly :) Stay near the main sights, travel by metro and avoid complicated public transport transfers on Sundays when the wait times are longer.

Use dpp.cz to plan your journey around Prague.

How many days to spend in Prague in winter?

Another burning question.. While in summer, you could easily spend a week in Prague and still have enough to do, I think in winter you’d be fine with 3 – 5 days.

It depends how much cold-resistant you are and whether you enjoy winter. Coming from, say, Scandinavia, you might even feel like the winter in Prague is quite warm. Coming from the Philippines… not so much ;)

Snowy Prague 10 Vršovice in January 2017
Snowy Prague 10 Vršovice in January 2017

Do you need to get some work done while in Prague?

Apart from the many, many cool cafés in Prague with good wifi, I can strongly suggest the beautiful K10 Coworking space in the quiet neighborhood of Prague 2, Vinohrady.

 

So don’t shy away from travelling to Prague during winter. Come and experience Prague from a different perspective, the winter one. Because travelling off season can be much more rewarding!

The best time of year to go to Prague might as well be winter. No need to be hesitant about Prague winter travel – just come on over! Do you dare?

In case you made plans to come in summer, I still have suggested local activities for you to do. Read the post on summer in Prague.

Have you been to Prague during the wintertime? Or what other city did you find incredibly beautiful when visiting in winter?

For a *very* different winter experience, why don’t you check out my article on Winter in the Finnish Lapland?

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64 thoughts on “Winter in Prague: The Most Magical Season”

  1. I sadly have not been to Prague at all yet :( If I were to go (and I want to so badly) the winter time would be so beautiful! Thanks for this post, it has really gotten me into a festive and cheerful mood :)

  2. We visited Prague last January, and like you, absolutely loved it. Coming from Hawaii, we were worried about the cold temperatures. This issue was easily dispensed with by ducking in for hot toddy at whichever place looked interesting. It’s a magical city.

  3. Hi
    My husband and I are planning a trip io Prague/Czech Republic for four weeks from early December 2015, from reading your post and others it seems like at good time to go. Four weeks seems like a long time but we do not wish to rush things. I speak reasonable Czech and was born there but have not visited in 40 years. What sites do you recommend

    • Thanks for stopping by, Veronica..! I’m sure you’ll love it, hopefully you’ll feel some kind of bond with the Czech Republic :)
      Well, there’s a lot to see in Prague. You totally shouldn’t leave out the Prague Castle with the St. Vitus Cathedral. The Charles Bridge is another must, so is the Oldtown square and the Wenceslas Square. There are plenty of museums too, if you like that sort of thing. In December, it’ll be mainly about strolling in the old town, with a nice mulled wine in hand and enjoying the atmosphere.. I’m sure you’ll have a great time! Feel free to ask anything regarding Prague, I should be able to help ;)

      • All of those are definitely on my list :)
        I am counting on early April being a good bet too. Other than Cesky Krumlov, which other regions around Prague would you recommend?

        thank you very much in advance! :))

        • Hello Rohit, well Cesky Krumlov is 4hr drive away.. But there are many things to see and do around Prague. There’s e.g. Kutna Hora with its bone church, there are several castles (Karlstejn, Konopiste, Kost..) and ruins (Okor).
          You can considering visiting Plzen (in English Pilsen) as well, it’s the main city of beer as Pilsner Urquell is brewed there:) In 2015 Plzen is a European capital of culture, so there are many special events hapenning.
          If you’ll make it down to Cesky Krumlov, you can also go check out Ceske Budejovice (Budweiser beer) and the surrounding areas – there are beautiful castles like e.g. Cervena Lhota and Hluboka.
          Thanks for stopping by and have fun visiting the Czech Republic! Btw. April is a good time to visit, hopefully you’ll be lucky with the weather! ;)

  4. I can’t wait to see these some day! The holiday markets are high on my bucket list but it will be a few more years until my girls schedules can be cleared to go with me. ;)

  5. As much as I enjoyed my summer visit, I think that photo of the bridge has me sold on winter for the next one. Where are all the crowds?!

  6. hi Veronika,

    I loved all the tips you gave! me and my boyfriend are going to in Prague aroun Faburary! I already pinned you cafe and brakfast spots. however İt s realy hard to fing beer jazz and dinner place on the internet . most blogs has lots of commercials. So not the true tips could you give some dinning and after dinnig place tips?
    I would love it! thank you so muchh

    • Hi Gizem,

      Thanks for your nice words!

      For jazz, I like Agharta (www.agharta.cz) – it’s a cozy small place where you can have beer/wine and listen to jazz.

      As for restaurants – what do you like? Are you looking for some Czech food, mid-range?

  7. hey Veronika!
    Greeat Post!

    My friends and I are planning to visit in February. But we’re worried about the weather a lot!
    will the cafes and shops still be open outdoors?
    Will people still be walking around or they’d be avoiding the cold?
    How about the skating rink and cultural events around it, will it still be open?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Hello Mira!

      Don’t worry, it’ll be all awesome :) Perhaps a bit cold, but you can often hang out in the cool cafes. All places will be normally open, but most won’t have outdoor seating area.

      From the top of my head, I know of 2 places that have outdoor seating even throughout winter: Cafe Neustadt (it’s mentioned in my post about 5 New Prague Cafes: https://www.travelgeekery.com/5-new-prague-cafes/) and Restaurant on top of hotel U Prince, right on the Old Town Square. It’s a bit pricey, but the views are incredible and they have heat lamps. https://www.terasauprince.com/terrace

      People will be walking around, just not hanging out as much as in the pre-Christmas time. There’s one big event: Prague Carnevale. It’ll be held from the end of January to February 9 – think masks in the streets etc. Check out this link with Google Translator: http://www.kudyznudy.cz/Aktivity-a-akce/Akce/Bohemian-Carnevale-Praha-2011.aspx

      And when it comes to ice skating, just the ice skating rink in the very city centre will be closed. The one under the TW Tower will run till March. I think that’s the best one, it’s also easily accessible. Your backup can be this option (not mentioned in the article): http://www.hristenafrantisku.cz/brusleni.php

      I’m sure you’ll have a great time! Just pack warm clothes ;)

    • Thank you, Mauricio! Glad to hear you enjoyed Prague in the festive season! Krumlov is amazing, you’re right – a total fairytale town :)

  8. Prague is actually THE most beautiful city in all of Europe in my opinion:) I recently wrote a top 25 on the city in case you’re interested.

    • Hey guys, yes you should! I live in Prague so I enjoy its beauty every single day :)
      Happy travels and thanks for stopping by!

    • Yes, you should visit! And I need to go visit my Erasmus friends in Vienna, it’s been too long since I’ve seen them.

  9. Hi, we are looking forward to visit winter Prague early next year. Just wondering is it doable to go CK as a day trip during winter time? or is it just too rush to do so……We are worried that there will be less buses or trains to go there……will you be ble to provide us some infor or tips, Thank you!

    • Hi Suan, yes, a daytrip to Cesky Krumlov is possible anytime of year. The bus takes 3 hours. Of course, you never know if there won’t be too much snow or something on the road. It’s a little too rushed in my opinion, but people do it.

  10. Me and my boyfriend will visit in December. We will be in Prague the 26, do you have any recommendations on what to visit? We will stay for probably 4 days and we want to experience as many things as possible. I know that the opera and ballet concerts are great there.. Should we go and see one? Are they expensive? Also, we would love ice skating and shopping, and see the castles, but I saw that those are closed during the winter months .. Do you have any advices? We would also like to have some good local food in the center of Prague.. We are 20 years old so we don’t want to spend a hall lot of money, but we still want to have a great taste of the city and the culture.. If ther is something great we would be more than happy to spend a little bit more but we want to keep it pretty affordable on most occasions.
    Thanks in advance <3

  11. Wow, Prague definitely sounds magical in the winter! It must be an awesome atmosphere to be in if you can handle the cold. I’d probably need to build up my tolerance for cold weather before coming to Prague in the winter, but it definitely sounds wonderful :-)

    • Hehe Ella, I hear you :) I have a very bad cold tolerance too ;) But as Icelanders say – there’s no bad weather, just a badly dressed person :) So layers it is! Oh and plus it’s really nice to make frequent stops at cafés and on Christmas markets to warm yourself up.
      Happy travels!

    • Yes, Shealyn! It’s actually awesome in any weather, but the snow adds another dimension to it :) Just this year, we haven’t really had snow in the city just yet!

  12. Hi Veronika, Thank you for your article! Do you have any recommendations for inexpensive, but romantic hotels or bed and breakfasts? Considering going AFTER the new year, in the first 2 weeks of January for our honeymoon. Also – what is the scene after the holiday season? I know that Prague has a wonderful Christmas market, but we will miss that. Are things pretty quiet after the holiday rush?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Maggie, sorry for the late reply.
      Actually, the Christmas markets stay usually until about January 6. So you might catch some! Otherwise it’s a relatively quiet time. There’s not too much going on, shops have sales.. :)
      As for a romantic inexpensive place to stay.. Maybe check out Hotel u Raka. http://www.hoteluraka.cz/en/ Not sure if it still fits your budget, but it’s a beautiful romantic place. It’s a bit off the beaten path, near the Castle, but away from tourists. If you need something cheaper, you can have a look at Sir Toby’s http://www.sirtobys.com/ or e.g. the Mosaic House https://www.mosaichouse.com/ – not primarily romantic, but you can have a nice private room. And Airbnb can work too :)
      Let me know if you decide on accommodation if you’d like me to send an affiliate link over ;)

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  14. Winter months in big cities are in fact the best time for a visit! In December I visited Warsaw and there were almost no tourists and city was looking magical covered in snow. Moreover Warsaw capital has rich nightlife, I really recommend checking out bars near Old town or New Orleans Club if you like pole dance shows.

  15. Hiya, I’m off to Prague for an adult few nights away. Four adults who want to see the markets, taste some local food and enjoy any activities that are on offer(ice skating is one of these).

    Where do you suggest we go?

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