Summer in Prague: The sun rising over the city on clear mornings, lunch under a terrace canopy, lights reflecting on the river's surface on warm evenings. As a traveler, you'll love this time of year in the Czech capital city. Crowded with tourists, Prague's summer months pulse with energy. Take these tips into consideration as you plan your trip to Prague in June, July, and August to enjoy your experience to the fullest.
It gets pleasantly warm in the afternoons in Prague in the summer, with average highs in the low 70s Fahrenheit in June, July and August. The temperature drops into the low 50s at night. Rain is possible, so be ready to duck under a shelter to wait out showers or carry a small travel umbrella with you.
What to Pack
Jeans, slacks and capri pants and a variety of tops are perfect for a summertime visit to Prague. Items of clothing that can take you from day to night are the most practical, especially if you aren't staying conveniently close to Old Town Prague and can duck into your hotel for a change of clothes for dinner. Close-toed, supportive shoes are a must. Exploring Prague on foot is the best way to see its sights, but its cobblestone walkways are unkind to feet. It's smart to bring more than one pair of reliable shoes in case your favorite pair begins to wear. Pack a light jacket or sweater in a neutral color for evenings when you're eating alfresco or walking to the theater, clubs, concerts or making late-night bar stops.
Prague summertime events include Museum Night in June, Prague Folklore Days in July and the Festival of Italian Operas in August. Also look for performances in Prague's theaters; classical music concerts in Old Town, Mala Strana, and Castle Hill; and live shows in Prague's bars and pubs.
What to Do in Prague in the Summer
During June, July, and August, your options for things to do is limitless, but you should be prepared for crowds and plan well for any activity that you don't want to miss.
Lines for attractions at Prague Castle can really slow you down, so follow tips for visiting Prague Castle for the best experience. Old Town Square will be packed; you'll have to wait patiently well in advance of the astronomical clock's chime to get a decent view because this popular attraction draws huge crowds even when tourist numbers are low.
Take advantage of the warm weather by strolling along the Vltava River, which bisects Prague's Old Town from the Mala Strana district. Or escape to one of Prague's parks or gardens, have a meal or a drink on a restaurant terrace, cool off in a museum or go shopping in a mall. Visit Charles Bridge at night to get a better idea of what this cultural landmark looks like when it isn't bulging with people or climb to the top of Castle Hill to view the city sparkling with lights.
Every beer lover knows the Czech Republic is famous for its breweries, so cool off with a glass of Czech beer at a cozy pub. Czech beer varieties are great with a meal or on their own. As a side benefit, it's cheap. For more ideas, check out 50 Things to Do in Prague.
Tips for Prague Summer Travel
Make your travel plans at least three months in advance of your expected departure date.
Prague's hotels fill up quickly during the tourist season, and it might be difficult to get rooms in the best locations if you wait too long to make your reservation. Explore hotel options in the Castle District, Mala Strana, Old Town or New Town. You will pay a bit more for a hotel in these desirable areas, but the architecture that surrounds you is an attraction in itself. Plus they are home to plenty of dining and shopping establishments and are within walking distance of many places on your must-see list.
The danger from pickpockets increases during the summer; practiced thieves take advantage of the opportunity crowds provide to ply their trade. Follow tips for avoiding Prague pickpockets to keep your personal belongings safe as you explore the Czech capital city.
Summer is a great time for taking a day trip from Prague.
Escape the city via train, bus or guided tour and discover other highlights of the Czech Republic. Spa town Karlovy Vary, the charming town of Cesky Krumlov, the historic treasure house of Karlstein Castle or the medieval town of Kutna Hora are just some of your options. However, other Prague travelers will likely have the same idea, so you won't necessarily escape the crowds if you decide to leave Prague for a day or a weekend.