When to Travel to Prague

Best Times to Travel to Prague

Christmas in Old Town Prague
••• Christmas in Old Town Prague. iStockphoto/EuropePhotos

When should you travel to Prague? When to travel to Prague depends upon your budget, your tolerance for crowds or cold weather, and your desire to experience seasonal activities and events. Learn about the pros and cons to traveling during each of the four seasons to determine which is the best time for you.

Travel to Prague in Summer If . . .

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. . you want to travel during the warm weather season. Between June and August, Prague experiences the warmest weather. This means you can pack light, worry less about wet weather, and enjoy sunny days. You will likely spend most of your time outdoors, exploring Prague's neighborhoods or dining on terraces set up for the summertime on historic squares.

Drawbacks to traveling to Prague during summer:
The summer season is Prague's busiest travel season. You'll have to fight crowds, wait in lines, and make sure you make reservations for restaurants. You will also pay more for airfare and hotel rooms. Centrally located accommodation may be more difficult co come by.

Travel to Prague in Spring or Fall If . . .

. . . you want to realize some savings through airfare and hotel bookings or if you don't like crowds. You'll have moderate to chilly weather with potential rain, but if you time your visit correctly, you will be able to experience one of Prague's seasonal music festivals - Prague Spring or Prague Autumn.

Even if the weather turns chilly, indoor activities include seeing museums and churches, going to concerts, or warming up in a cafe. Hot mulled wine becomes available and is tasty accompanied by a trdelnik pastry.

If your schedule is flexible, play with booking dates to see when you can get the best deal on room rates and airfare.

During this season, you will have the best luck at getting a hotel situated close to the sights you are most interested in seeing. Pull up a map of the city when you book: Old Town Prague is sprawling, but its walkable with plenty of time and energy. Furthermore, each part of the city has its own personality, meaning that where you stay will have an effect on your overall experience.

Drawbacks to traveling to Prague during spring or fall:
The farther from summer you plan to travel, the chillier the weather is likely to be. This means you will have to pack versatile clothing for your trip, which may take up space in your suitcase. On the other hand, the closer you travel to summer, the thicker the crowds will be. The best scenario is to find a compromise in the shoulder season that means minimal crowds but warmer weather.

Travel to Prague in Winter If . . .

. . . you want to enjoy Prague's Christmas Market or winter season musical performances. Prague also is lovely under a fresh blanket of snow, and it is ideally viewed from above, from one of the towers or from the Castle District lookout.

Drawbacks to traveling to Prague during winter:
Obviously, the weather will be coldest during winter, so if you have a low tolerance for freezing temperatures, winter is not the time to travel to Prague.

This season will also require thicker clothing, meaning more difficult packing. Boots, down coats, and sweaters are a must for travel during winter. Sightseeing may be inconvenient with snow and ice covering sidewalks.