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(This post about visiting Prague in winter was updated in September 2019)

 

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and whilst it is lovely to visit in summer it becomes a fairytale destination during the winter months. 

 

If you are wondering what to do in Prague in winter (or even whether to visit Prague in winter) this post will give you lots of ideas. It will cover places to visit in Prague in 3 days as well as things to do in Prague during the colder winter months. So if you are wondering what are the best things to do in Prague in October, what to do in Prague in February or even thinking of spending the festive season in Prague you will find everything you need to know in this article.

 

If you are planning to visit Prague during winter you should expect chilly weather (and if you are lucky some snow) Make sure you are prepared (check out my article about what to pack for traveling Europe in winter) and plan your itinerary to make the most of your trip.

 

In this article you will find information about the best things to do in Prague in winter to include in your itinerary. There is also a map of Prague at the end of the post with all the places mentioned labelled to help you get a sense of the city’s layout.

 

You will also find answers to these commonly asked questions about visiting Prague:

 

  • How can I get around Prague on public transport?

 

  • What things are there to do in Prague in winter/ What are the main things to do in Prague?

 

  • Are there any recommended places to eat in Prague?

 

  • What accommodation options are there in Prague?

 

  • What are my top tips for staying in Prague in winter

 

  • What are the most popular tours to take in Prague?

 

  • What books should I read before visiting Prague?

 

 

View of the Charles Bridge during a blizzard!

 

WHAT ARE THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPTIONS IN PRAGUE?

Prague has an excellent public transport system with trams, metro and buses available to get you around the city.

 

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.

 

  • 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.

 

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE IN WINTER  

There are so many things to do in Prague (and places to see in Prague) in winter. We were visiting Prague in February and had an absolute full itinerary for the 3 days we were there. We managed to include all of these must-see sights into our 3 day stay in the city.

 

If you are planning your itinerary for Prague it is possible to create a 2 day itinerary for Prague, a 3 day itinerary for Prague or of course an even longer itinerary for Prague from the suggestions below. All of the sights are easy to get to on wither public transport or on foot. 

 

THE OLD TOWN – Staré Město

The Staré Město  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.

 

 

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 is of 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.

 

 

 

Explore the LESSER QUARTER – 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.

 

The Lesser Town over the Charles Bridge in Prague

 

 

THE MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM

In the Malá Strana you will  also find 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.

 

 

 

THE GINGERBREAD MUSEUM

On your way up to the castle keep an eye out for the gingerbread museum. They have a wonderful selection of beautifully decorated ginger bread in every shape and size including a gingerbread castle.

 

Don’t miss the gingerbread museum

 

 

VISIT PRAGUE CASTLE – Pražský Hrad

 

PRAGUE CASTLE (Pražský Hrad) is the largest Medieval castle in Europe. It is situated in the Hradčany or Castle District and is a walk up from the lesser town.

 

Don’t miss the changing of the guard at the castle held  at 12 noon daily.  The sentries at the gates of the castle change every hour from 7:00 am too.     

 

I would then recommend exploring the grounds of the castle. There are some spectacular views over the city and you will also find the Cathedral of St Vitnus within the Prague Castle Complex.

 

Beautiful views over the rooftops of Prague from the Castle

 

WENCESLAS SQUARE – Václavské náměstí 

 

WENCESLAS SQUARE (Václavské náměstí) is located a 5 minute walk away from Old Town Square and has lots of shops, bars, restaurants and hotels as well as rather impressive statue at one end of St Wenceslas himself.

 

Wenceslas Square in Prague

 

 

THE JEWISH QUARTER – Josevof

 

In the JEWISH QUARTER– Josevof – you can find the Old-New Synagogue which is the oldest active Synagogue in Europe. The Old Jewish Cemetery is home to 12,000 tombstones but an estimated 100,000 burials took place there between 1450 and the late 18th century. 

 

The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague

 

THE DANCING HOUSE 

If you like architecture I recommend a visit to the Dancing House (or Fred and Ginger as it is nicknamed) The building was completed in 1996 and was quite controversial at the time due to its complete contrast to the other styles of buildings in Prague (Gothic/Baroque/Renaissance etc) 

 

The Dancing House in Prague

 

THE KLEMENTINUM AND BAROQUE LIBRARY

 

I have saved the one thing I loved best of all in Prague for last – the Klementinum and Baroque Library. I had read mixed reviews about this on Tripadvisor but the day we went we found 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!

 

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 

 

The Baroque Library is one of the most beautiful places in Prague to visit so do include it in your itinerary.

 

The stunning beauty of the library left us all in awe

 

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.

 

 

Although technically not part of the tour we took our guide showed us the MIRROR CHAPEL. This was built in 1725 and is now used for classical concerts. 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 Travellers Tale”

 

Things to do in Prague in winter
The Mirror Chapel in Prague

 

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

 

RECOMMENDED PLACES 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 but 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. There is a good selection of reasonably priced restaurants on the top floor which I recommend. 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.

 

 

 

 

ACCOMODATION OPTIONS IN PRAGUE

 

You will find that hotel prices are very reasonable in Prague.

 

THE GRANDIOR HOTEL

We stayed at the 5* Grandior Hotel and booked a suite for less than £100 a night. It is in a great location for public transport and easy to walk around the city too. Breakfast was good and we were pleased with our choice of hotel.

 

Read more about the Grandior Hotel in my review.

 

CHECK AVAILABILITY AND PRICES AT THE GRANDIOR HOTEL IN PRAGUE

 

 

 
 
 
THE ART NOUVEAU PALACE HOTEL
 
 
This centrally located hotel offers free WiFi, marble bathrooms and a mini bar. The building was constructed in 1909 in the Viennese Art Nouveau style. Guests can also enjoy free access to a nearby spa and fitness centre.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

RECOMMENDED TOURS IN PRAGUE

 

TIPS FOR VISITING PRAGUE IN WINTER – HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STAY

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 so temperatures did fluctuate by a few degrees.

Plan for the weather and pack layers to keep you warm and dry. You can read more in my recommended packing list for traveling in Europe in winter.

 


 

 

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

 

SUGGESTED READING ABOUT PRAGUE


 

MAP OF PRAGUE

 

 

Enjoy your visit to Prague (whether you are visiting Prague in winter or in summer) it is a beautiful city to visit with lots to see and do. Hopefully this post will give you ideas of how best to plan your Prague itinerary for your stay.

 

 

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Visiting Prague in winter - a guide

PRAGUE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, I share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help YOU travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

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94 thoughts on “Ultimate guide to things to do in 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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