Summer in Prague features the sun rising over the city on clear mornings, lunch under a terrace canopy, and sunsets over the river 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 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
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 to duck into your hotel for a change of clothes for dinner. Close-toed, supportive walking shoes are a must. Exploring Prague on foot is the best way to see its sights, but its cobblestone walkways are unkind to feet and knees. Bring more than one pair of reliable shoes if you can. Pack a light jacket or sweater in a neutral color for evenings when you're eating alfresco or walking to the bridge, theater, clubs, or 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
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. As of 2018 the medieval astronomical clock has been taken apart for repair and is expected back in operation in August. When it resumes, you'll have to wait patiently well in advance of the 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 such as the Mucha or Communist museums, or go shopping in a mall. Visit Charles Bridge at night to see the city lights reflecting on the water, or climb to the top of Castle Hill to overlook the sparkling city.
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 (such as roast pork with dumplings or dill soup) or on their own. As a side benefit, food and drink are 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. Prague's hotels fill up quickly during the tourist season, and it might be difficult to get rooms in the best locations—in the Castle District, Mala Strana, Old Town, or New Town—if you wait too long. You will pay a bit more for a hotel in these 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. Stay aware in the metro crowds and trains as well. And don't forget to validate your ticket when entering the metro station on your way down to the train. Look for the flashing arrows above the slots on the escalators; there likely won't be instructions on doing this in English, and police will be watching. Locals will have passes they don't have to insert in the slots, so you can't just watch them and think you know what you're doing.
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 medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, the historic treasure house of Karlstein Castle, or the medieval town of Kutna Hora are just some of your options. 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.