July is high season for European travel, and that, of course, includes Prague. You can expect crowds at the major tourist attractions and in restaurants, cafes, and pubs. You'll definitely need reservations in advance for your hotel, and you might pay more for it than you would during other seasons. But the splendid summer weather is the best part of visiting Prague at this time of year. When the U.S. is sizzling, Prague's climate is bearable. A trip to this Czech Republic city typically includes gorgeous vistas, history galore, and world-class architecture, complete with the spires for which it's known.
Prague Weather in July
July's weather varies little from the start to the end of the month, with average afternoon highs in the 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 Celsius) range, and lows hovering around 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 Celsius). It can exceed 80 Fahrenheit (27 Celsius) some days. The afternoons are comfortably warm and the nights are chilly. Evenings are conducive to al fresco dining and drinking against a 9 p.m. sunset. On the downside, it is relatively cloudy in July, and the chances of rain are about 30 percent throughout the month.
What to Pack
If you're going to Prague in July, you'll want lightweight clothes. Take capri pants, airy jeans, preferably in light colors that won't absorb as much heat. Short-sleeved cotton or knit tops are a good choice for comfort on warmer days. Pack a shawl, cardigan, or denim jacket for cool evenings. In high summer, sandals or canvas summer shoes, like espadrilles or sneakers, should always be on the list. Include footwear that has some support for walking on Prague's cobblestone streets as well as ones that have some rain resistance. A long, flowy skirt is a classy addition for evenings out, and it takes up little room in a suitcase. It would also be wise to pack an umbrella or buy one when you arrive.
July Events in Prague
Between summer concert series and cultural festivals, July is a busy month for the city of Prague.
- The Prague Proms is an international music festival that takes place over several weeks in June and July. The annual concert series—a celebration of classical and jazz styles—is held at Smetana Hall at Municipal House. One of the highlight events is Hollywood Night, a performance of movie soundtracks held outside on Wenceslas Square.
- The New Prague Dance Festival is a competition that draws dancers from all over the world to showcase their talents in classic, modern, Latino, jazz, hip-hop, and folk styles. Most of the event is reserved for paying participants only, but be aware that many dancers will stay at the Hotel ibis Praha Old Town.
- Saints Cyril and Methodius Day is a national holiday commemorating the two Byzantine Greek brothers who spread Christianity throughout the region at the end of the 9th century. It is celebrated in Prague on July 5 every year. Entertainment venues and tourists attractions may keep their normal hours, but many shops will operate on special schedules.
- The same goes for Jan Hus Day, a national celebration of the late Czech theologian and philosopher that takes place on July 6. Both Jan Hus Day and Saints Cyril and Methodius Day are public holidays in Prague.
- Prague Folklore Days is the biggest folk dance event in Central Europe. Taking place at the end of July every summer, this extravaganza provides free, public performances (including singing, dancing, marching bands, majorettes, etc.) on Prague's most famous squares.
July Travel Tips
Before you board your flight to Prague, there are some things you should keep in mind. The farther in advance you plan, the better, especially in this busy month.
- Book your hotel and flights well in advance if you plan to travel to Prague in July. Accommodation and transportation services book up early for the high season.
- Reservations for restaurants might be required, especially for dinner.
- Prepare for large crowds. Charles Bridge is almost permanently congested throughout the summer, and major attractions like Prague Castle may require long waits.
- Be wary of Prague pickpockets who work most efficiently in crowded areas and target evident tourists.