How to Celebrate Easter in Prague Easter Markets and More

Easter markets and activities are numerous in Prague. The Easter markets usually open one week before Easter and stay open for three weeks. The largest market is on Old Town Square and a slightly smaller one on Wenceslas Square. Furthermore, each district has its own Easter market. You will always find something to your liking at these markets in Prague. Hand embroidered napkins or table cloths, wicker shopping basket or wooden spoons and other utensils. When at the Easter market try langose, a kind of pizza, or trdelnik, a puff pastry roll sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

6x Easter Markets in Prague

1. Easter Market Old Town Square
Opening hours: stands 10.00-22.00, food stands 10.00-midnight, stage performances 16.00-19.00

The largest Easter market in Prague with many different activities such as folk music, demonstrations of old crafts and workshops for children. The market offers a variety of culinary treats and traditional Easter items, including hand-painted eggs, Easter whip braiding, spring flowers, hand-embroidered tablecloths, and wooden toys. Children can take part in creative activities such as painting eggs and making traditional decorations, painting chicks or flower pots. The Easter market on Old Town Square is also home to a live petting zoo with sheep, goats, rabbits and ponies.

2. Easter Market Namesti Miru
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 10.00-19.00

The Easter market on namesti Miru is a local affair with few foreign tourists. The market offers live entertainment, food stalls, free activities for kids, e.g. painting hard boiled eggs, baking Easter cakes, designing and making Easter decorations.

3. Easter Market Namesti Republiky
Opening hours: Stands 10.00-22.00 and food stands 10.00-midnight

This Easter market is located opposite the Palladium shopping centre and offers traditional Czech Easter products and many Czech gastronomic specialties including hot and cold drinks and beer.

4. Easter Market Wenceslas Square
Opening hours: Stands 10.00-22.00 food stands 10.00-midnight

The market is located at the bottom end of the square close to Mustek metro station. You will find here traditional Easter goods and lots of stands with food and drinks, as well as demonstrations of old crafts.

5. Easter Market Prague Castle on St. George’s Square
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 9.00-18.00, Friday to Sunday 9.00am-19.00.

The market offers demonstrations of traditional crafts, Easter eggs painting, Easter whip braiding and spinning wool, Czech culinary treats, live concerts and folk dancing in traditional costume.

6. Anděl Easter Market in the pedestrian zone at Anděl metro station
* Not many tourists but mainly locals and not as busy as the Easter markets in the centre. Here you will find handmade and farm products, flowers, cuttings, Easter decorations, wooden Easter eggs, also grilled sausages, pastries, and other sweets and of course beer, coffee and hot chocolate.

Czech Easter traditions

Easter in the Czech Republic is not so much a religious holiday but more a welcoming to spring. In the week before Easter there are several traditional activities: Wednesday before Easter the house is decorated with Easter branches, chicks etc. On Maundy Thursday, Green Thursday in Czech (Zelený čtvrtek) everyone drinks green beer. On Easter Saturday, children walk the streets with rattles and don’t stop the noise until they get some money.

Easter market or Christmas market?

If you think the Easter Market in Prague resembles the Christmas Market, you are absolutely right. Christmas decorations have been replaced by Easter eggs and the Christmas trees by branches tied together with yellow ribbons, decorated with eggs. Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are lined with stalls selling everything from Bohemian crystal to embroidered tablecloths and from candles to wooden toys. Special Czech Easter goodies are the traditional Easter bread, cake in the shape of a lamb and richly decorated gingerbread.

Easter market entertainment

The entertainment at Easter Market traditionally focuses on old Czech customs and traditions, including concerts by children’s choirs and folk dance performances. There are also musicians who play unusual musical instruments such as fanfrnoch (a snare drum) or the bagpipes. Foodies can feast on meat skewers, grilled sausages, homemade cheese, gingerbread, marzipan, Easter bread and much more.

Where to find the Easter markets in Prague?

The Easter markets on Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are the largest and busiest. Smaller markets are on Namesti Miru, Namesti Republiky and Namesti Jiriho z Podibrad and in front of the Novy Smichov shopping centre.

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