Reasons to Visit Prague in November

It's cold but less crowded

Prague, Old Town Square
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A visit to Prague in November is not for those who can't tolerate the chill of autumn. Although the capital of the Czech Republic is a beautiful city full of history and culture, its weather in the late autumn months is brisk and chilly. Prague’s average daily temperatures in November range from a low of 36 F to a high of 53 F. Most tourists understandably make the trip to Prague in the spring or summer, when the festival seasons are in full swing and the weather is warmer, or in December when the city lights up for the Christmas holiday season.

But, there are benefits to traveling to Prague in the off-season.

If you arrive in Prague toward the end of November, you may be able to catch some early Christmas preparations in Old Town Square, but for the most part, November in Prague is quiet and not very crowded. That doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do.

Celebrate Czech Freedom

November 17th is the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which began the end of what was then the country of Czechoslovakia. In the autumn of 1989, the country experienced widespread protests, which became known as the Velvet Revolution because of their peaceful nature. These protests were ultimately successful in bringing about reforms, and free elections were held in 1990. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ended the Cold War and removed the threat of Soviet-led military action against former Communist countries like Czechoslovakia.

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day is celebrated annually on November 17.

It is the most important of all Czech holidays. Celebrations include a candle-lighting ceremony in Wenceslas Square, where wreaths and flowers are laid at the victory plaque, and a parade. It's a good day to visit history museums, such as the City of Prague Museum, and especially the Museum of Communism, which exhibits original films, photographs, artwork, and historic documents that vividly explain this chapter in the Czech Republic's history.

Visit Historic Places

The city of Prague is centuries old and has some remarkable buildings that show its history. The city's most famous architectural wonder is Prague Castle, which dates back to the 9th century. Various royal and religious structures were added during the next several centuries, which accounts for the different architectural styles within the Prague Castle complex.

Not far from Prague Castle, is Old Town Prague which traces its origins to the 13th century and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Gothic, Renaissance and medieval buildings surround Old Town Square with its monument to Bohemian philosopher Jan Hus. The most famous feature of the square is the 600-year-old astronomical clock, which draws crowds with its hourly chime and parade of carved figures.

Making the Most of Your November Trip

You'll no doubt save money on airfare and hotels in Prague in November, but don't skimp on the cold-weather clothing. ​ Many of Prague’s must-see sights, such as Prague Castle and Old Town Square, offer little escape from the cold, making it a necessity to duck into a shop or a cafe for a break. To make the most of your November visit, pack cold-weather gear like a heavy coat, gloves, a hat and scarf, and warm shoes and socks.