Best Things to Do in Prague in May

This post provides several fun ideas for things you can do in Prague throughout the month of May in 2020. We include a variety of family-friendly, free and nighttime activities.

For more activities and events, see our master post of things to do in Prague.

 

 

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE IN MAY

The following list will cover multiple fun activities that will be taking place during the month of May in Prague, including various events, concerts, attractions, tours and more.

In addition to our list, here are a few other posts you may want to check out for even more to do in this city.


1) Go to a Concert

Although this isn’t a city traditionally known for attracting a lot of musical performers, they do get some pretty big names coming into town throughout the year.

If you are in Prague this month, you have a variety of bands and concerts. Below we list the top performers playing this month with links to each concert’s StubHub page.

 

 

If you’re looking for more musical performances, check this list of Prague’s concerts this month on StubHub. 


2)  Attend a Sporting Event

When it comes to sports, there’s only one major event happening in Prague this month, but it’s a pretty big one: The European Judo Championships!

Taking place over 3 days from May 1st – 3, 2020, this event will welcome masters of the art of Judo for a competition to determine the best among them.

 

 

Fans of martial arts should consider taking this opportunity to see some of the best athletes in the world perform at this championship event.

Tickets are selling out fast, so you may want to pick yours up as soon as possible!

Purchase European Judo Championships tickets or learn more on StubHub.


3) See a Theatrical Performance

If you’re a fan of the theatre, there will be several great shows to see in Prague this May. 

Whether you’re interested in traditional ballet or you’d rather see a more modern stage performance, there will be plenty to choose from.

This May you can see Tschaikovsky’s beautiful and haunting Swan Lake.

 

 

Other performances playing in May are:

For even more theatrical performances, make sure to check and see what’s playing at Hybernia Theatre during your trip to Prague.


4) Discover the Foods of Prague

There’s a lot of fantastic food to eat in this city, but it won’t necessarily be easy to find the best restaurants and meals on your own. If you’d like some help picking delicious dishes, consider taking a Secret Food Tour.

This service includes 6 stops and at least 6 different samples such as a Czech hot dog, bohemian soup, homemade sauerkraut, traditional cakes and more.

 

 

In addition to the food, you’ll also have an opportunity to try the local beer, Moravian wine, and other non-alcoholic options.

If you’re interested, you can purchase an upgraded drinks package for an additional shot of Domestic Rum, digestive liquor, and a large beer.

Learn more or purchase tickets.


5) Free Fireworks over the Charles Bridge

On May 15, 2020, head over to the Charles Bridge or the banks nearby to see the free annual St. John’s Navalis Sound & Light Show

This will be one of the best night events this month. 

 

 

At 20:00 (8 pm) there will be a parade of boats. Followed by a baroque music performance at 21:00 (9 pm) and fireworks at 21:55 (9:55 pm).

The fireworks are especially lovely as they reflect off the river.

Prague at night is exceptionally beautiful, and even more so when seen from the water. You may want to consider an evening cruise.


6) Take an Evening Cruise

This is one city that looks especially beautiful after dark when all the lights turn on, and there are multiple cruises available that provide excellent views of Prague at night.  

One of the best options is a 3-hour dinner cruise which includes a buffet, live music, a free drink and audio commentary about the history of the city.

Another choice is to hop on the Prague Jazz Boat for a 2 ½ hour evening on the water featuring a live jazz session and a 3-course meal.
 

 

Of course, if you’re only interested in a sightseeing cruise, there is one evening boat tour which lasts for approximately 50 minutes and provides commentary about the history of Prague.

 No matter what type of experience you want to have out on the water, there’s probably an evening cruise that fits your schedule and interests.


7) Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions in Prague, chances are that a tourist discount pass will help you save some money. 

Depending on which service you choose, you could save up to 50% or more off general admission prices at several popular locations.

 

Prague Tourist Pass Card Options

 

Here are a few of the most notable landmarks, activities, tours and attractions included with at least one Prague tourist pass:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • The Franz Kafka Museum
  • Astronomical Clock Tower
  • Czech Museum of Music
  • Petřín Observation Tower
  • Prague Castle Admission
  • The Jewish Museum
  • Sternberg Palace
  • Old Town Hall
  • Prague Zoo
  • Vyšehrad
  • And more!

For additional details about these services, please read our post covering Prague tourist passes.


8) See Notable Architecture for Free

Prague is just one of a dozen cities worldwide that holds an annual Open House weekend. 

Open House weekends give the public free access to dozens of architecturally and culturally significant buildings that are not generally open to the public.

Prague’s Open House is on May 16 & 17, 2020 from 10:00-18:00.

There will be 80 buildings and structures to visit that most people never have the chance to see. Some featured rooftops you can go on to for amazing views of the city.

 

 

You will be able to take free guided tours of churches, private buildings, and residences, including the Mayor’s Residence. A treat will be the Romanesque cellars of the Stone Bell House. 

This is a unique opportunity if you are in Prague on these dates. Best of all, it won’t cost you anything!


9) Commemorate Liberation Day

For many countries in Europe, May 8th is the anniversary of Liberation Day (also known as VE Day). 

On this date in 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allied Forces, and European countries were ‘liberated’ from Nazi occupation during World War II.

In the Czech Republic, May 8 is a national holiday so some businesses, banks, postal offices, and the like are closed. This doesn’t mean there is nothing to do in Prague!

One fitting activity is to take a World War II Tour or a trip to Terezin Concentration Camp historic site.

 

 

You can also join the crowds who gather at the National Memorial on Vitkov Hill to observe a one-minute silence and watch the Prime Minister and President lay wreaths.

For even more options, including several activities that won’t cost a thing, make sure to read our post covering free walking tours of Prague.


10) Visit a Museum

There are several wonderful museums in Prague, including quite a few family-friendly locations.

Whether you’re interested in art, music, the history of this city or beer, there’s probably at least one museum you’ll enjoy.

Below are some of our favorites with links to their Get Your Guide tickets pages.

 

 

Some of these locations are actually included with Prague tourist passes, and others are pretty affordable at just 200 – 300 CZK per ticket.


11) Take the Kids to the Zoo

With the sun coming out in spring, this is an excellent time to take the kids out to the zoo so that they can see some of the most interesting animals in the world.

Prague Zoo includes a variety of different species including favorites such as elephants, penguins, gorillas, polar bears, tortoises, and more. 

As a matter of fact, there are more than 1,200 mammals, 1,700 birds, 1,000 reptiles, and 700 fish on display at this location!

 

 

If you want to make the experience even more special, you can actually get a Prague Zoo combo ticket which includes a boat ride to the attraction.

Alternatively, the zoo is also included at no extra cost with some Prague tourist passes, which is another great way to save money on tickets.


12) Go on a Beer Tour

If you’re a fan of beer, you’ll find some of the best in the world right here in Prague. That said, it’s pretty useful to have a guide on hand to help you pick the best drinks!

Luckily, Secret Food Tours offers an outing which includes 8-9 samples from all over the Czech Republic. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at an award-winning microbrewery! 

 

Craft beer in Prague

 

On this tour you’ll learn all about the history of Czech beer, discover all the ingredients used for making it, and have the opportunity to actually speak with the people who make and sell craft brews in the region.

If you’re also interested in having a few snacks, you can purchase a food upgrade package which includes pickled cheese and a beer bread roll.


13) Discover the Dark Side of Prague

While Prague’s history is rich and filled with wonderful tales, there are some details that are left out of most tours.

If you’re interested in learning about some of the darker aspects of this city, consider one of the following outings.

Our first recommendation is an Underground Prague tour which covers the medieval passages and dark dungeons of the city, discussing both mythology and supernatural tales from the past.

 

 

Another option is the Ghosts and Legends tour which will take you down mysterious alleyways, dark streets and even past the Astronomical Clock!

Both of these services are focused on the spookier side of the city, and they take place after dark, making them excellent nighttime activities.


14) Attend the Veggie Festival

Taking place on May 1, 2020, this is the largest vegan event in the Czech Republic, and it’s held annually at Naplavka, right next to the river.

The best thing about this festival is that it’s entirely free to attend, so even if you’re not traditionally a fan of vegetables, it’s not like you have to spend anything to attend!

 

 

Although you won’t have to purchase tickets, we do recommend bringing some money along just in case you get hungry and see something green that you just can’t live without.

Learn more about the Prague Veggie Festival.


BONUS: More Family-Friendly Activities

If you’re looking for even more fun things to do with your kids in Prague this May, here are a few additional ideas to consider.

What better time to interact with butterflies than during the spring?

The Papilonia Butterfly House has hundreds of exotic butterfly species from all over the world, and tickets are very affordable!

 

 

Alternatively, you could also take the kids out for a fun round of Glow in the Dark Mini Golf.

This course is designed to glow using UV Light, ensuring a unique and interesting golfing experience that kids are sure to love.

 


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