Travel to Prague in spring, and you’ll witness the city shaking off its last dusting of snow, see flower boxes begin to be filled with the earliest blooms, enjoy Easter and other springtime celebrations, and feel the anticipation of the center gearing up for the heaviest crowds in the fast-approaching summer. Spring travel to Prague offers plenty of advantages over height-of-summer travel, but you should be prepared for the capriciousness of the weather, look out for annual events, and know what limitations you might face if you travel very early in the spring.
Average springtime weather for Prague ranges from the upper 30s to the low 60s. If you travel in early March, you may even see some snow; on the other hand, if you travel in late May, the weather will feel like summer on some days.
What to Pack
No matter what side of spring you travel during, do pack versatile clothing that you can layer for the coldest days or chilly nights. And for springtime showers, carry an umbrella so you don’t become soaked while sightseeing!
You probably won’t need winter boots for Prague in March, April, or May. As always, however, pack shoes that are easy to walk in, have good tread and cover your feet completely. While you won’t be tramping around in the snow, you will encounter puddles and slick cobblestones. Warm socks that cushion your feet and wick away moisture are also a good investment.
Major springtime events draw visitors to Prague annually. Those events include Bohemian Carneval, Prague’s Easter markets, and the Prague Spring Music Festival.
Easter in Prague is an event that engages locals and travelers alike. Organizers decorate the city for this important holiday and vendors at the Easter markets sell souvenirs such as Czech Easter eggs.
What to Do in Spring
While you can’t enjoy every one of the 50 things to do in Prague in spring, a great many are possible. Though the chilliest days might make sightseeing less than pleasant, you can always duck into a museum to warm your feet and hands and take in some culture. Alternatively, find a cozy corner of a café and enjoy a hot beverage with a bowl of soup or a luscious, layered dessert. On warm days, a stroll through the historic district or a tour of Prague Castle should be on the menu.
If you choose to take a day trip from Prague, be sure to check the hours of operation of castles or museums prior to your journey. Some attractions outside of Prague open on a limited basis on off-peak times. This tip holds true more so for travel in early spring rather than in late spring; late April and early May see an uptick in visitors and the improving weather makes these sights more popular.
Hotels for Spring Travel to Prague
While it is always important to plan ahead for any trip abroad, finding and booking a hotel months in advance isn’t as necessary in spring as it is in summer. Springtime hotel prices will increase the closer you get to summer, so if budget is a consideration, try a trip to Prague in March and avoid booking in the heart of Old Town. Try Mala Strana or the Castle District for hotel rooms that are reasonably priced but still within walking distance of major attractions, restaurants, and shops.