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What Time of Year is Best to Visit Prague?

Picture of Diana Bocco
Updated: 13 February 2017

When it comes to Prague, there’s no bad time to visit. The “city of 100 spires” is just as wonderful during summer as it is when it’s covered in snow. When to visit might just be a question of what side of Prague you want to explore and which of its wonders you want to discover?

Warmer months

Late spring and early summer are a favorite time for many tourists to visit Prague. Temperatures are in the  20s°C by then, with mostly sunny skies and long days. It’s a great time to be outside and enjoy the blue skies.

Once summer gets into full swing, the Naplavka Riverbank becomes the heart of the city. It is home to many food festivals during the warmer months, including the Street Food Festival in April and the Beer Festival in May (where micro-breweries showcase their best brews). There’s also live music, farmers’ markets and floating bars and cafes. You can grab a beer, watch the swans and the boats float by enjoying the summer breeze. In the middle of summer, it stays light until after 9 pm and the live entertainment carries on into the night.

Masarykovo nábř. 2016/6, 120 00 Prague-Nové Město, Czechia

Colder months

October and November are great months to visit Prague if you prefer cooler weather. With temperatures in the high teens and the trees starting to change color, the air feels clean and crisp. It is perfect for exploring outdoor art and parks (Kampa is a good one). Visit in October and make sure you are in town for the five day long Signal Festival ( The Prague Festival of Lights), The city is lit up  by laser shows displayed on historical buildings, light installations and interactive displays.

Prague is magical under a blanket of snow, especially in December, when the Christmas markets take over squares and streets. Christmas markets are a huge attraction, bringing visitors from all over Europe which means the crowds get big and finding an affordable hotel room and some peace and quiet might be harder. January and February, however, are Prague’s quieter months and a great time to visit for smaller crowds and great accommodation deals.

While some castles outside Prague close between November and March, everything in Prague remains open. Some attractions might close earlier, and during December and January it gets dark by 4:30 pm. If walking around in daytime darkness is an issue, the middle of winter might not be the best time for you to visit.