6 Reasons to Go to Prague in Winter
Prague in winter is an enchanting city with an imposing skyline, narrow streets, cobbled alleys and tree-lined squares and avenues. Come in winter when the city is covered in a layer of snow which makes the city even more attractive. During World War II, Prague was never bombed and the city is like an open-air museum. Magnificent Medieval, Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture wherever you look. The old centre is car-free and many streets are pedestrian only. Romantic bridges, imposing buildings and a maze of narrow alleys, no wonder that everyone loves this city.
The most important reason to go to Prague in the winter is the Christmas Market and the New Year’s Eve boat cruise on the Vltava River.
1. Prague in Winter and Christmas Market
Prague in winter means a plethora of Christmas Markets, both in the historic centre and in the suburbs. The only snag is how to find them. This is no problem when you join a guided Christmas Markets Tour. The grandest Christmas market is on Old Town Square, wander along the wooden chalets, buy handmade craft gifts, drink mulled wine and eat traditional snacks. Then you hop on the metro to visit other less crowded Christmas Markets. Find opening hours of Christmas markets in Prague at the official website of Prague
2. New Year’s Eve in Prague
Start the New Year in a special way: go on a boat trip on the Vltava. Prague skyline is breathtaking: Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Vyshegrad all romantically illuminated. Enjoy the delicious buffet while sailing under Charles Bridge and then up to Smichov lock and back again. All excursion boats gather at midnight near Charles Bridge to watch spectacular fireworks.
3. Mulled Wine and Fairy Light
Winter in Prague means short days. Sunset is at about 4 p.m. The thousands of (LED) fairy lights in the trees on Wenceslas Square and almost everywhere in the historic centre turn Prague into the city of light. Every cafe and restaurant serves mulled wine, svarak in Czech. Even though Prague is the beer city of Europe, hot drinks are better suited this time of year. The Christmas Markets offer lots of opportunities to taste street food like langose or trdelnik.
4. Tram Ride
When your feet are cold and your hands are freezing, hop on tram 22 or 23 to get warm. They run along most sights and all you need is a tram ticket. Winter is also the best season to stroll on Charles Bridge with far fewer tourists than in summer.
5. Winter in Prague and Snow
Winter in Prague means snow! The best views of the snow-clad city you have from Letna Hill and Petrin Hill: hundreds of towers and snowy rooftops.
6. Winter Shopping
Winter in Prague is a good excuse to go to the big shopping centres at the end of most metro: paradise for shopaholics. You will find all international chains and a large number of smaller stores. If you prefer to stay in Prague centre, the largest shopping mall is Palladium with more than 200 shops. Shopping mall opening hours are very generous: 7 days a week from 9 am to 10 pm.
Prague in Winter
Prague in winter is delightful! It may be freezing cold. It may be snowing. Yet, the streets fill with fun shoppers, delicious snacks, mulled wine and activities keep you entertained all day. Winter is the perfect time to go to a show in the evening or simply pop into a café and warm up. In December the Christmas markets are in full swing, mid-week they are less busy! Prague in winter is perfect for a city trip and possibly better than in summer.
Photos Marianne Crone