When planning a trip to Prague, the first thing you should think about is what time of year you'll visit. If you have a choice, you should factor in your tolerance for crowds, cold weather, and your budget into the decision. Additionally, Prague is one city that looks dramatically different depending on what season you visit. In winter, you might find a snow-covered castle and streets filled with Christmas shops, but in summer you'll find a lot of sun and bustling public spaces. The most expensive time to travel to Prague is June through August, with November, January, and February offering the best deals. Each season has its pros and cons, so the best time to visit Prague is a matter of preference and how much you're willing to spend.
The farther from summer you plan to travel, the chillier the weather is likely to be and the higher the risk of a cold front that drops the temperature below the averages. This means you will have to pack versatile clothing for your trip, which will 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.
Traveling to Prague in the summer is a good choice for you if you prefer warm weather on a vacation. Between June and August, Prague experiences the warmest weather of the year, with afternoon average highs above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and lows down to 50. This means you can pack light and have longer days for sightseeing or just meandering around the city. You will likely spend most of your time outdoors, exploring Prague's neighborhoods or dining alfresco on terraces set up during summertime on historic squares.
However Summer does have its drawbacks as Prague's busiest travel season. That means 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, and centrally located accommodations may be more difficult to come by unless you book very early. The summer months are also the wettest of the year in Prague, with an average rainfall of more than 2.5 inches each month.
With color-changing leaves and brisk weather, this is a beautiful time of year to visit Prague. Rain is less likely in the fall, but it can get chilly. Average temperatures reach a high of 57 F in September before gradually dropping to about 37 F in November. As the weather gets colder towards the end of the season, the summer crowds should have thinned out it will be easier to find better rates on hotels and airfare.
A fall trip to Prague also offers numerous opportunities to enjoy live music at one of the many music festivals like Strings of Autumn or Bohemia JazzFest. For the best views of the fall foliage, make time for a trip up to Petrin Tower. It's a little far from the city center, but the scenery is unbeatable.
If visiting Prague's Christmas Market is on your bucket list, December is the month to go, however this month can also get pretty crowded. In January and February, the holiday festivities will be over, but it's still a wonderful thing to experience Prague under a fresh blanket of snow. These are also the least crowded months in Prague and the prices for hotels and airfare reflect this low season.
In December, temperatures drop to an average of 36 F and tend to stay that low until February. In March, things begin to warm up to about 46 F, so If you have a low tolerance for freezing temperatures and snow, winter is not the time to travel to Prague. This season also requires thicker clothing, meaning more difficult packing. Boots, down coats, gloves, hats, and sweaters are a must for travel during winter. Sightseeing may be inconvenient with snow- and ice-covered sidewalks, and the days are very short in Prague during the winter, which also limits the time you have for sightseeing.
Plan your trip to Prague in late spring if you want to realize some savings through airfare and hotel bookings or if you want relatively mild weather but don't like crowds. Temperatures tend to be warmer in the spring than the fall with average highs in April starting at 57 F and reaching 70 F by June. During springtime, the trees will be coming back to life and cherry blossoms will be popping up all over the place. Even if the weather turns chilly, you can stay entertained indoors at museums and churches, go to concerts, or warm up in a cafe.
Another reason to visit in the Spring is the Czech Beer Festival, which occurs annually in May, a perfect event for anyone too impatient to wait for Oktoberfest in the fall.