Appreciate Prague while it is cloaked in white snow. Even winter in the stunning Prague is exciting and breath-taking, especially for those who love to engage in winter activities like skiing.
December can be very cold with temperatures ranging from 2°C to -2°C (36°F to 28°F). Prague winter temperatures are much like in Chicago or Detroit, and Zurich. February can be dead cold as well, but this time of the year provides an opportunity to be enticed by Prague’s monochrome silhouettes, shadows, and solitude.
The Charles Bridge is a sight to behold when covered with snow. The Wenceslas Square and Prague Castle are mesmerizing as wel during the winter season. Although most castles and other attractions in the city are closed, they host open winter balls open to public.
A crisp and cold weather is something that everyone endures during the cold months in Prague. This can possibly get in the way of tour plans of those who are sensitive to cold weather. Gloves, a warm scarf and a hat as well as layered clothing are the most suitable attire to beat the cold. Winter boots with water resistant sole are much more suitable than high heels if you plan to explore the city on foot. Take note that dusk comes early at around 4:00 pm in December and 5:00 pm in February.
Wine and dine in Prague winter
Life in Prague isn’t much different during the winter time, the Czech people don’t stop just because it gets a bit chillier. What you should do more than ever during the cold period is try the Czech cuisine, beer or wine is available in Prague’s native restaurants. Plus in the Czech capital everything costs less, so don’t worry about the budget… You could easily get away with a few euros and a satisfied stomach.
One of Prague’s best treats is its Christmas markets called vánoční trhy.
They open four Saturdays before Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and they’ll shut down the first week of January. Christmas markets in Prague sell various items including crafts, traditional Christmas decorations and gifts. You can also buy hot wine (svařené vínoorsvařák), grog, warm honey liquor (medovina) and traditional foods. The atmosphere is made more jovial with Czech Christmas carols sung or played in the background. Lights adorn the markets during night time.
The most famous market areas are Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Usually you can also find Czech souvenirs there in addition to the usual goodies. Other markets are located on the Havelské tržiště, Republic Square, Náměstí Míru. Also the Prague Exhibition Grounds in Prague 7 is a place for a special Christmas market.
It’s clear that a winter holiday in Prague is worth it, actually it can be a blast despite the bitter cold weather. Just do not forget to cover yourself from this weather so you can make your days there a time to remember!