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Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe in my opinion and whilst it is still lovely in summer my favourite time of year to visit is in the winter. It is so pretty (especially if you are lucky enough to have a little snow) and there are many things to do in Prague in winter too that make it such a special place to visit!

We visited Prague as part of a week long train trip around Europe from London.

  • How can I get around Prague on public transport?
  • What things are there to do in Prague in winter?
  • Where to eat in Prague
  • Where to stay in Prague
  • Tips for staying in Prague in winter

 


PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPTIONS IN PRAGUE


  1. Prague has an excellent public transport system with trams, metro and buses available to get you around. Short term tourist passes are available for either 24 hours or 3 days. We purchased a 3 day pass which gave us unlimited access to all Prague public transport for the duration. It cost 310 CZK each and I would highly recommend purchasing one! We used trams, buses and the metro to get around the city.

PRAGUE TRAIN ticket

  • Metro  – There are 3 lines (green A, yellow B and red C) which cover the city. Lines A and B run east to west and line C from north to south. There are 3 stations in the city centre where 2 subway lines intersect:

               Můstek (lower end of Wenceslas Square) – lines A and B intersect
               Muzeum (upper end of Wenceslas Square) – lines A and C intersect
               Florenc (main bus station) – lines B and C intersect

                It takes about 2/3 minutes to transfer lines and transfers are well signposted.

underground train in Prague
Catching a metro train
  •   Buses – the buses cover area where the tram and metro do not run. We used the bus to get us from our hotel to the old town and we rarely waited more than 2/3 mins for one – they run that often!
  •   Trams – My personal favourite!! I had read that Tram 22 is the most scenic route so we had to take this one – which we did to the end of the line (during a blizzard!) It passes by Prague castle and I would highly recommend taking this tram as it is a lovely route.

Prague tram

  TIP – make sure you validate your ticket before you start using it. We had our tickets checked and if you haven’t validated you WILL get a fine.

 

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THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE IN WINTER


There are so many things to do in Prague in winter including the following must-see sights!

  • Visit the OLD TOWN – Staré Město– which has the old town square at its heart (dating back to 12th century). This is one of two main squares in Prague (the other is Wenceslas) Here you will find the famous astronomical clock as well as St Nicholas Church and the Tyn Church. In the centre is a massive statue of Jan Hus. Stroll round the square, watch the clock on the hour and sit and have a drink whilst soaking in the atmosphere!

Things to do in Prague in winter include visiting the old town
The Old Town in Prague

 

The famous astronomical clock in Prague
The famous astronomical clock in Prague
Prague old town has beautiful architecture
Beautiful architecture in Prague

 

Prague at night in the old town
There is a wonderful atmosphere in the evenings – sit near a heater with a blanket and soak in the ambience!
  • Walk the CHARLES BRIDGE – Karlův Most – this is a stone bridge built in the 14th century and connects the old town – Staré Město – with the Lesser town – Malá Strana (personally my favourite bit of town). The Vltava River flows beneath your feet as you walk this beautiful bridge. There are 75 statues on the bridge with the most famous being Saint John of Nepomuk – legend has it if you touch it you will have good luck and also return to Prague. It was very shiny where the thousands (millions) of hands have touched it. I touched it so the good news for me is that I will be returning to Prague!
Prague CHARLES BRIDGE - Karlův Most in the snow
CHARLES BRIDGE – Karlův Most

It snowed too!!!

Prague - CHARLES BRIDGE - Karlův Most
Walking the Charles Bridge in the snow
Prague CHARLES BRIDGE - Karlův Most
The snow was wonderful!
Prague views from the CHARLES BRIDGE - Karlův Most
Beautiful views from the bridge!
Prague CHARLES BRIDGE - Karlův Most in the snow
The gateway to the the  LESSER QUARTER or Malá Strana.
  • Explore the  LESSER QUARTER or Malá Strana. This quarter is full of quaint little streets and a steep climb to Prague Castle! There are some lovely pubs and restaurants in this area and we had to stop off for a hot chocolate to warm us through after a snowy walk over the Charles Bridge (it only takes about 10 minutes to walk from the old town square to lesser town square but what a walk!!!!)

 

Prague the  LESSER QUARTER or Malá Strana.
walking to the castle
Prague the  LESSER QUARTER or Malá Strana.
the  LESSER QUARTER or Malá Strana.
  • Here we also found the Memorial to the victims of Communism…this is a series of 7 statues which commemorate the victims of the Communism 1948- 1989 a sad but poignant reminder of communist rule over what was then Czechoslovakia
Prague - the Memorial to the victims of Communism
the Memorial to the victims of Communism

PragueOn our way up the hill to the castle we also stumbled across a the gingerbread museum- the choice of beautifully decorated ginger bread in every shape as fantastic so I took the opportunity to buy something for my daughter! Note the hot chocolate is a LOT cheaper than the place we stopped at on the square!). Check out their website HERE!

Prague - gingerbread house shop
Beautiful gingerbread houses
Prague - gingerbread shop
You can watch the artists at work creating beautiful gingerbread masterpieces!
Prague - gingerbread shop
A castle too!
  • Visit PRAGUE CASTLE -Pražský Hrad- the largest Medieval castle in Europe. It is situated in the Hradčany or Castle District and is a walk up from the lesser town. We sort of wandered up by accident and found ourselves at the castle…as you do! We were there for the changing of the guard…in a blizzard! And we had a wander around the grounds before finding ourselves at St Vitus cathedral. Nice. Oh and the views from up there were pretty spectacular too!!!
Prague castle with a guard on duty
Guard on duty at the castle
Prague - a blizzard at the castle
A blizzard hit
Prague St Vitus Cathedral
St Vitus Cathedral

and the views were spectacular!

Prague view from the top of the castle
View over Prague
snow scene of Prague
Lots of snow!
  • Visit WENCESLAS SQUARE – Václavské náměstí – this is 5 minutes walk away from Old Town Square and has lots of shops, bars, restaurants and hotels as well as rather impressive statue at one end!

 

Prague WENCESLAS SQUARE - Václavské náměstí
WENCESLAS SQUARE – Václavské náměstí
  • Visit the JEWISH QUARTER– Josevof – the Old-New Synagogue the oldest active Synagogue in Europe and the Old Jewish Cemetery which is home to 12,000 tombstones but an estimated 100,000 burials.
Prague JEWISH QUARTER- Josevof
JEWISH QUARTER- Josevof
Prague The old Jewish cemetery
The old Jewish cemetery
Prague The old Jewish cemetery
The old Jewish cemetery
  • If you like architecture (which I do) I would go and have a look at the DANCING HO– USE as it is nicknamed. This was completed in 1996 and is (was) quite controversial as it is in complete contrast to the other styles of buildings in Prague (Gothic/Baroque/Renaissance etc) Personally I love it.
The Fred and Ginger house in Prague
The Fred and Ginger house in Prague
  • And I have saved the one thing I loved best of all for last! The KLEMENTINUM with its BAROQUE LIBRARY. I had read mixed reviews about this but the day we went it was amazing. We had a lovely guide who obviously loved the place and she took delight in my stunned reaction to the beauty that is that library!
Prague The Klementinum
The Klementinum
  • The Baroque library hall was completed in 1722 and its appearance and arrangement remain untouched.   The books are foreign language theological books so not something I would consider for bedside reading! The overwhelming beauty of the room as well as the geographical and astronomical globes on display left me speechless (this does not happen often!) Read all about the experience of the Klementinum in my post – A Time Traveller’s Tale
Prague The Klementinum
The Baroque Library

How lovely……

Prague The Klementinum
The beautiful globes!
Prague The Klementinum
A wonderful place to visit in Prague!
  • After the beauty of the library there is a three floor climb up the astronomical tower where you get fabulous views of Prague. On the way up though you pass a room (meridian hall) that is used for determining noon – a ray of light comes through a small hole in the wall and hits string stretched on the floor. (Don’t ask me any more on this – go and visit and hope its sunny!)
A breathtaking view of Prague
A breathtaking view of Prague
A breathtaking view of Prague
Towards the old town
  • Although technically not part of the tour our guide showed us the MIRROR CHAPEL. This was built in 1725 and is now used for classical concerts.
Prague's Mirror chapel
The mirror chapel
  • Tip! We found the Klementinum entrance hard to find and wandered around a bit before we eventually located it. This is what the entrance bit looks like just in case you get lost too!!

Prague

Prague

  • Tip – there are lots of reviews on other websites not really rating a visit to the Klementinum as a must-do when you are visiting Prague. For me it was THE highlight of our trip. I would recommend that you book a tour and go and see the Baroque Library for yourself – if you want a little flavour of the experience I have written all about it in my post “A time traveller’s tale”

 

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If you are visiting to Czech Republic you could explore further afield and visit cities such as in Ostrava which is located about 280 kms from Prague. Find out the number one thing to do if you visit Ostrava!

Alternatively why not head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Český Krumlov only 3 hours from Prague


WHERE TO EAT WHEN YOU ARE STAYING IN PRAGUE


We had a fantastic hotel which provided us with a big breakfast every day so we only really ate one other meal. I tried potatoes, cabbage and ham from a stall on Old Town Square..I have had better to be honest! We found a lovely little sandwich shop on the ground floor of the Quadrio Shopping Centre (at Národní třída metro stop) called Apetit where prices were good and the food tasty.

We also ate twice at the shopping centre called Palladium (you can’t miss this on a map as its pretty big). There was a good selection of restaurants on the top floor and it was all very reasonably priced. We had a hearty meal at Makakiko before our overnight sleep train to Cologne. We also had one evening meal at an American diner called James Dean just off Old Town Square – we had milk shakes (blackberry – first time ever!) and steaks. A lovely meal in a nice restaurant. Highly recommended though you may need to book!


WHERE TO STAY IN PRAGUE


We stayed in a fantastic hotel – 5* in a suite for a little over £90 a night – prices are very reasonable in Prague! Our hotel was called the Grandior Hotel  and was in a great location for public transport and we found it easy to walk around the city too from the location. If you are staying in Prague in winter I would highly recommend that you find a hotel with public transport nearby!

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TIPS FOR STAYING IN PRAGUE IN WINTER


As you can see from my photographs the weather can be changeable in Prague in winter – we had sun and snow on the same day! It will be cold though so make sure to dress warmly.

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You may be interested in reading more about visiting Prague throughout the year including in summer!


A UNESCO World Heritage Site


UNESCO

The Historic Centre of Prague is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can read all about it HERE!


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94 thoughts on “Why you need to visit Prague in winter!

  1. Ruth says:

    I visited the city a couples of weeks ago and it looks so different in winter! There are several things I didn’t visit from your list in here. That is find since I have to go back.

  2. Anda says:

    Oh, I’d love to visit Prague in winter! It looks so charming. It would be such a great opportunity for photography. The only thing is that I hate it when it’s cold outside and me feet are frozen…

    • Tracy Collins says:

      I know exactly what you mean – I was so pleased I had bought some fur lined,waterproof (and with a good grip on the bottom) new boots for the trip! Definitely recommend Prague in the winter though – it was stunning especially once it had snowed 🙂

  3. Lyn @ A Hole in my Shoe says:

    Tracy I loved this post. We were in Prague in winter also and you took me right back along with you. Our trip previously was in October and saw such a contract to late December, but loved it just as much.
    PS. Loved the pic of the Sally dog, must share it with my friend who also has one, hers is called Phillip the sausage and he has his own instagram page 🙂 Thanks for linking with #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Tracy Collins says:

      Thanks Lyn – nice to meet you. I am relatively new (blogging for 8 months) so lovely to meet new bloggers! Prague was beautiful in the winter we loved it – and the snow just made it magical.

  4. Anisa says:

    Prague is such a beautiful city! I especially love the Charles Bridge. And I love your pictures with the snow. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  5. Alyson says:

    Thanks for all your wonderful ideas! Going to Prague this winter and am looking forward to visiting the places you’ve written about! What’s the name of the gingerbread cookie shop?? I have to find it!

    • Tracy Collins says:

      I was at the start of my blogging journey and didn’t write the name down (I know better now) but as you walk up to the castle it is on the steep road on your left – its quite easy to find. It is lovely – they had all sorts of gingerbread on sale. Thanks for reading – let me know how your trip goes…we loved it!

  6. Natalie says:

    I remember standing on the bridge in Prague thinking it was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. I’ve traveled many miles since that moment but I haven’t changed my mind – Prague is still the most beautiful place to me!!

    I haven’t taken the kids yet, but hopefully it will be winter when we get a chance to go. That gingerbread bakery has some glorious items!! I bet it smelled SOO good, too!

    • Tracy Collins says:

      It really is a special place – it took my breath away when it snowed. The gingerbread shop is a must visit – and there is a little cafe at the back too!

      Enjoy your visit! I am sure your kids will love it!

  7. Wilbur says:

    My fave city in Europe! Absolutely love the place. Been eight times but never up the tower so thanks for the tip. For me it is a city of music – my best 2 visits were Christmas 2003 where we saw Nutcracker on 25th (and snow!) for about £2.50 each and in May 1993 for the Prague Spring Festival. Just amazing?

  8. Cathy (Mummytravels) says:

    I love Prague but it does look magical in the snow- I’ve been in summer and winter too (although no snow) and I think I prefer it in the quiet months too. Love the sound of the library too, that’s definitely on my list for next time. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • Tracy Collins says:

      Ah yes definitely visit the library it is a magical place – if you get a chance read my post ‘A Time Traveller’s Tale’ which is a little story about the library!And isn’t Prague just wonderful 🙂

  9. Elizabeth (Wander Mum) says:

    Prague looks so beautiful in the snow (although I bet it was super cold)! I haven’t been for years so it’s probably time to revisit. I like the look of the library and I loved the dancing house too…it works inamongst the older architecture. I need to dig out my photos of my trip and have a reminisce! #citytripping

  10. Mandy says:

    I went to Prague last year and somehow missed exploring the library. 🙁 If I ever return, that will be the first thing I do!

    It looks like you had a great time in Prague and saw a lot! Can’t wait to read about your hotel experience! #citytripping

  11. Mike says:

    Great post and lots of detail.

    I have been to Prague a few times but haven’t made it into the library yet. That looks incredible.

    During my visits I really loved walking around the Old and Lesser Town and walk up to Prague Castle.

  12. Milena says:

    I wnet to Prague the same time last year. It was covered with so much snow and I was even not prepared for it. Fortunately, there are many grat restaurants (and Czech food is just delicious) as well as hot wine on the streets. Beautiful city.

  13. Cindy McCabe says:

    Hi Tracy
    I am heading to Prague beginning of February. Just one question – did you get the guide for the library at the place?…or did you pre book a tour?.
    Very interesting article – thanks for the tips
    Cindy

    • Tracy Collins says:

      HI Cindy I would check out the website for the Klementinum – we turned up and just booked onto the next tour they were pretty regular. I hear that there is a legal dispute going on and tours maybe cancelled – hope you get on one as it is really worth seeing.

  14. alex muir says:

    I didn’t know about tram 22 -I need to remember that little detail for our next visit. The jewish cemetary is bizarre isn’t it? And did you make it up to the mirror maze? Prague was cold in Summer so I’m pretty sure it was freezing in Winter, although at least you go expecting it to be cold!

  15. Lisa says:

    What a wonderful post! I have bookmarked it as I really want to visit Prague one day! It all looks incredible… the architecture… the snow… the views… just wow! I agree with you about the library. Amazing!

  16. Van says:

    Prague seems lovely under a cover of snow – chilly for sure, but so gorgeous! I’ve only been there in June so I’d love to see the city in winter!

  17. Cynthia says:

    Excellent post, Tracy – it was like a giant guidebook entry! You said you visited last a year or two ago (I hope that was right, what I remembered) but from all the detail you included, it was as if you just went last weekend 😉
    I’m hoping it will still be pretty and snowy this weekend 🙂

  18. Katy says:

    Thanks for the memories Tracy. I was in Prague one winter in the 90s.. I forget which! It is such a beautiful city but I missed that library. Time to go back soon I think! Thanks for joining us on #farawayfiles

  19. Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) says:

    I love your photos of wintry Prague. How magical to be on the Charles Bridge while it was snowing. I went in winter but missed out on that experience. Thanks for highlighting so many great things to see and do – love the sound of the gingerbread museum and that stunning library. Thanks for sharing with us on #FarawayFiles

  20. Corey with fifi + hop says:

    I still can’t believe I’ve never been to Prague. Looks beautiful in the winter time. This is a great guide for what to see and do – love the look of the Dancing House and the library looks amazing. #farawayfiles

  21. eileen g says:

    Your photos bring back memories of my own snowy visit to Prague in March. I remember the trams in the snow and the road leading down from the castle. i recall huddling inside to warm out, looking out at beer gardens that must be lovely in the warm weather. But I enjoyed using the cold as an excuse to tuck into delicious meat and dumplings, and soup and beer!

  22. Rhonda Albom says:

    Prague is a wonderful city. I missed the Klementinum when I was there and it looks fantastic. I visited an interesting museum when I was in Prague (it was under renovation – at the top end of Wenceslas square).

  23. David says:

    Love Prague, but I’ve yet to visit when it’s snowing which is a pity because it confirms how grand and beautiful the city is. Still haven’t got to the library yet but I think that’s my number 1 attraction for next time. Very thorough post and some great photos. #wkendtravelinspiration

  24. Anda says:

    I visited Prague in summer, but as I can see from your post this great city is even more charming in winter. Truth is that Prague is fabulous at any time of year and I miss it. Very beautiful pictures! #WeekendTravelInspiration

  25. Beth says:

    Thank you for your blog! It looks too chilly for me to visit in winter so I appreciate all of the pretty snow pictures! Very useful! I’m now craving some gingerbread!

  26. Erin Frith says:

    Lovely photos! I’d like to correct you about Charles Bridge, though. There are 30 statues on the bridge, not 75.

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  30. California Globetrotter says:

    Ooh lucky you that you got to see Prague covered in snow! It snowed the morning we were leaving and didnt have time to go back in! If you loved the library, next time I would recommend visiting the Strahov Monastery libraries too! #FeetDoTravel

  31. Angie FeetDoTravel says:

    I visited for the Xmas markets but only had a couple of days so sadly, I didn’t have a chance to see and do anywhere near as much as I liked (Wencles Square and the Library to name a couple). Guess I will just have to return, pinned for when I do #feetsotravel

  32. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler) says:

    I love Prague in the winter and you have covered some great places to visit there. Great transportation information and stunning photos. I enjoyed walking the Charles bridge, visit Old Town, and the Prague castle but I missed the gingerbread store. ? I pinned this for my next visit to Prague. #feetdotravel

  33. Shona says:

    This brought back wonderful memories of Prague. I was there in September so the weather was a lot warmer but the chill had begun. Great info!
    BTW, I remember reading your Time Traveller’s Tale some time ago and it was a wonderful journey.

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