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Visiting Prague in Winter

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If you are visiting Prague in winter, you’ll be pleased to know there are lots of things to do in the city during this season.

Tourist attractions are much less crowded than during peak season. Prague is quite beautiful when it snows and is perfect for photographers. 

Below are our top choices for things to do in Prague in the winter. 

You’ll find dozens more ideas in our post, What to Do in Prague Year-Round.


1. Head to a Museum

As winter is the low season for travel to Prague and the Czech Republic overall, you will find you have the city’s excellent museums nearly all to yourself.

Plus, you can stay warm on days that are frosty cold!

Prague National MUseum

Just a few of Prague’s top museums are:

  • The National Museum
  • Jewish Museum
  • The Franz Kafka Museum
  • Czech Museum of Music
  • Prague City Museum

If you plan to visit some museums on your trip, look into one of the Prague tourist passes as many museums are included for free if you have one of these passes.


2. Take a Free Walking Tour

Just because it’s winter doesn't mean you can’t explore Prague on foot! 

Wear a warm coat and join one of Free Tours By Foot’s free Prague walking tours.

Just a few of our tours include:

  • Old Town Prague, Jewish Quarter + Charles Bridge 
  • Prague Castle, Golden Lane, & Castle District Tour 
  • Prague Castle Tour & Changing of the Guard

Read about other free Prague walking tours.


3. Visit Petrin Tower on a Snowy Day

When it snows in Prague, the city has a beauty that only the winter season can deliver.

Take advantage of the freshly fallen snow and head to Petrin Tower’s observation deck for scenic views that resemble something you’d only see on a postcard.

View of Prague with Snow

The Tower is open: 

  • December - every day from 10:00  - 20:00 (8:00 pm).
  • January - March - every day from 10:00 - 18:00 (6:00 pm).

Tickets are a bargain at just 150 CZK. Find more information here.

TIP: Your admission is included with at least one Prague tourist pass!


4. Stroll Through a Holiday Market

If you are in Prague around the December holidays, be sure to visit one of the festive holiday markets that pop up around Prague.

These markets are decorated for the season and charming to stroll through. 

If you feel like shopping, you’ll find an array of ceramics, jewelry, ornaments, dolls, and more lovely items.

There are markets at:

  • Prague Castle
  • Old Town Square
  • Wenceslas Square
  • Republic Square
  • Havel’s Market
  • St. George’s Basilica

5. Go Ice Skating

Going ice skating is one of the best activities to enjoy in winter and Prague has many ice rinks.

The two prettiest rinks are the rink at Ovocny trh, just behind the Estates theatre and the Čapadlo Ice Rink with views of Prague Castle.

Ovocny trh ice skating

You’ll also find rinks at:

  • Riegrovy sady
  • Havličkovy sady
  • Střelecký Island
  • Below Zizkov TV Tower
  • Shopping Center Arkády Pankrác
  • Shopping Center Westfield Chodov
  • Shopping Center Cerny 

6. Catch an Ice Hockey Game

Let someone else do the skating! 

Hockey is one of the most popular sports in the Czech Republic and you can catch a game in the winter.

Ice Hockey Prague

Prague’s home team is HC Sparta, one of the most successful hockey clubs in Czech history.

They play at O2 Arena and you can find out game dates and tickets here.


7. Discover Prague's Café Culture

Step in from the cold to enjoy a coffee or hot chocolate at one of Prague’s grand cafes. 

Prague had a history of intellectual and artistic debate that took place between great minds in the city’s grand cafes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This tradition ceased from 1948 until the end of the 1980s as the Communist authorities closed down many of these historic cafés. 

Fortunately, some of those cafés, known as "Grand Cafe Houses'' were able to remain open and have restored their regal atmosphere.

Café Imperial is an Art Nouveau gem where you can have great coffee and delicious pastries. They also serve hearty Czech savory food. 

Café Savoy opened in 1893 and is one of Prague's most stylish cafés with decorated, high ceilings and marvelous chandeliers.

Cafe Louvre is a handsome cafe best known for its famous resident genius Albert Einstein. Franz Kafka also frequented Cafe Louvre.


8. See a Christmas Show

What show brings out the magical Christmas spirit in all of us more than The Nutcracker?

Nutcracker Ballet

If you are in Prague this December, you can see this special show at the Hybernia Theatre. Find out more here.

Read our post on Things to Do in Prague in December to see what other holiday concerts are taking place.


9. Celebrate Masopust

Masopust is the annual Slavic Carnival period marking the end of winter. Like Mardi Gras or Carnevale, the streets are filled with celebrations.

The exact dates change from year to year, but Masopust always happens sometime between February 1 and March 7.

Masopust

The biggest parade is in the Zizkov neighborhood and starts with a ceremonial procession of masked characters and huge papier-mache puppets of devils and farm animals. 

The streets are filled with music and dancing and general festivities.

The procession comes to an end at the Viktoria Zizkov Stadium where there is a fair with entertainment and food.

Check our post on things to do in Prague in February to find out when Masopust falls.


10. Take a Bus Tour

Taking a bus tour of Prague is a perfect way to stay warm while seeing the city.

You’ll see lots of the city in a short amount of time, giving you an overview from which you choose what specific sites to visit.

Hop on Hop Off Prague

Find out about Prague Bus Tours you can take during the winter.


11. See the Lamp Lighting at Charles Bridge

Throughout December, you can see a lamplighter dressed in period clothing lighting the Charles Bridge lamplights.

lamplighter on Charles Bridge

Head to the spectacular Charles Bridge at dusk to see this centuries-old tradition.


Weather in Prague in the Winter

If you are visiting Prague in December, January or February, here is what you can expect weather-wise.

In early December, daytime temperatures average 4 C (39 F) but by the end of the month, temperatures will drop about 2 C (36 F). 

By January, temperatures will drop to average around 1-2 C (low-mid 30s F) and then about 1 degree warmer on average in February.

Prague in Winter

Precipitation is light in December and then increases slightly in January. You may even see some snow during these two months. 

February brings more precipitation, often in the form of snow.

You can find more weather details by month from these posts.


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: November 23rd, 2022
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