Prague will show a different face depending upon the season. The weather changes, the crowds ebb and swell, annual events come and go. Visitors will find pros and cons to traveling during each season, so it’s important to weigh budgetary concerns, enthusiasm for holiday celebrations, and weather considerations carefully before making a decision about whether to travel during summer, winter, spring, or fall.
Summer is the most popular time to travel to Prague. Crowds are at their peak, wait times for major attractions can be considerable, restaurants in the center are often full, and hotels charge premium prices. However, warm, sunny weather makes sightseeing pleasant, picnics a possibility, and photography a dream. Imagine sitting on Old Town Square
as the sunlight fades, a refreshing beverage in hand or spending a leisurely day at Prague Castle
, where cathedrals and palaces await exploration.
Summer travel to Prague requires advance planning because most people want to travel to the Czech capital during the warmest months of the year. Begin searching for plane tickets at least three months in advance, and once you have them booked, research hotel options and books as early as possible.
Many travelers say that their favorite time to travel to Prague is during the autumn season after many tourists have left and before the cold weather settles into the bones of the city. Fall is, indeed, an excellent time to visit Prague. The season’s golden glow gives historic cityscapes a romantic feel, and Czech food and beer suit the season well. If you want to experience Prague in fall, try scheduling your visit towards the end of September or the beginning of October, when the possibility of warm days is still present but after the press of summer’s crowd has eased. Try hot trdelnik pastries
or savory mulled wine
Winter may seem an unlikely time to visit Central Europe, but if you love the joy and beauty of Christmas, a wintertime trip to Prague will be the holiday of a lifetime. The Prague Christmas Market
is undoubtedly the biggest draw for this season, but other Prague winter activities
, such as holiday concerts and special exhibitions, can also be enjoyed.
Winter travel will require warm clothing, a good pair of comfortable boots, and a tolerance for cold. The city has a convenient network of public transportation, but some of the hottest attractions are actually guaranteed to make you freeze: the Christmas market, nativity scenes, Procession of the Three Kings, and many must-see sights are outside!
If you can’t bear winter’s chill but still want to be mindful of budgetary constraints and wish to avoid crowds, consider scheduling your trip to Prague in the springtime. Spring offers the wonder of Easter and a handful of other fun cultural events that will make your experience unique. Additionally, when the snow is melted and the trees begin to put out their new leaves, the city regains the brightness that can be lost under the grey sky of winter.
Remember that a visit to Prague in March will still require sweaters and coats, and waterproof shoes and an umbrella are also prudent items to pack.
Whatever season you choose to travel to Prague, you will meet a city that is welcoming, easy to explore, and full of surprises. Be sure to consult events calendars to make the most of your trip, and check weather forecasts before you pack so you can make sure you have all items necessary for a safe and enjoyable holiday.