We fell head over heels in love with Europe in the winter last year. From Copenhagen to Bremen to Bruges, we decided there was nothing more romantic than exploring cobblestone streets and Christmas Markets together in the snow, walking in hand in hand both because it’s disgustingly cute and also to avoid slipping on ice and falling (we are both extremely clumsy).
So when it came time to decide where we wanted to travel to for Christmas this year, it was a no-brainer.
Prague is one of the most stunning cities in Europe, with the added bonus of being budget-friendly AND having Christmas Markets that stay open after New Years. Jeremy’s teaching schedule means that we won’t even make it to Europe until Christmas Eve, so having Christmas Markets that are still open in January is HUGE.
All we wanted for Christmas this year was a mug of gluhwein and a bunch of Christmas Market cheer. And like, any/all sugar-laden Christmas Market treats. 1 of each, please.
We’ll be celebrating New Years in the Czech Republic this year and we are SO excited to visit Prague in January! We’ll arrive just in time for my birthday on the 7th. Mark that down in your calendar, people.
We’ve compiled this very long and very detailed guide to the best things to do in Prague in December and January. Whether you’re visiting for romance or celebrating with your #1, aka yourself, we hope this list gets you as excited to visit Prague in the winter as we are!
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Psst: Looking for more tips on visiting Europe in the winter? Check out some of our other wintry European guides:
- Two Super Detailed Winter Europe Itineraries
- 14 Enchanting Reasons to Visit Český Krumlov this Winter
- 18 Snowy Pictures of Hallstatt, Austria in Winter to Fuel your Wanderlust
- 10 Things to do in Vienna in the Winter: The Ultimate Vienna Christmas Guide
What to Pack for Prague in December & January
Prague in the winter is very cold. You’ll want to layer up every day. Luckily, winter layering is the perfect vehicle for adorable accessories like scarves and hats!
Here are our recommendations for clothing that’s both functional AND super cute to wear in Prague in the winter. If you’re looking for more details, we’ve got a full Europe in winter packing list guide.
- Warm Walking Boots: Do not skimp on your shoes for your trip to Prague in the winter! This is a walking city and it will be COLD, so you need to have shoes that are up to the task. We recommend boots that can withstand ice or snow, are totally waterproof, and are comfortable enough to walk in for HOURS, especially on uneven cobblestone. We’re OBSESSED with our winter boots (and yes, we both have the same ones. Because we’re gross like that). They’re cute, they’re insanely comfortable, they’re waterproof leather and lined with shearling to keep your toes toasty warm, and they’re extremely lightweight and foldable so you can stuff them in your bag when you travel. Oh, and they have thin and flexible soles that let your feet function as if you were walking around in freezing cold Prague completely barefoot! Note: you might find yourself in need of some calf strengthening before your trip if you’re not used to barefoot-style soles. We can’t recommend these boots enough. They’re made to last and they’re worth every cent – we wear them damn near every day when it’s cold out. Here are my boots and Jeremy’s boots. You can read more about them in our round-up of our favorite travel shoes for women or for men.
- Wool Socks: Run-of-the-mill acrylic or cotton socks won’t keep your feet warm while you’re exploring Prague. Make sure you get socks with wool blended in to keep your toast toasty warm and insulated, like these or these.
- Travel Jeans: Unlike regular jeans, travel jeans are designed specifically to solve travel-related woes. One of my personal woes is the lack of pockets on women’s jeans. My favorite travel jeans have 6 POCKETS. 6!! And 2 of them are zipped and hidden inside other pockets, for extra pickpocket protection – crucial in any European country. Jeremy and I each have a pair of Aviator USA black jeans. They’re super stretchy and buttery soft, dry quickly in the rain or when wet, and keep our legs warm when it’s cold out. They’re cozy enough to wear on a plane, stretchy enough to accommodate that 5 extra pounds of holiday weight I always seem to bring back home with me, and they’re super cute! We’re both obsessed. You can get a pair of men’s or women’s black jeans (my personal favorites) or a pair of indigo jeans (which are slightly less buttery & stretchy, in my experience) on the Aviator USA website.
- Wool Leggings: These super comfy 100% wool leggings function just like long underwear. Except they’re made of soft, super-luxurious wool instead of cheap polyester, and make your legs feel like they’re being hugged by an extremely soft sheep. I wore a pair of these under my pants every single day and they kept me toasty warm (without being too hot)! Jeremy has this pair, too. Bonus: they also double as the world’s coziest lounge leggings and even sleepwear!
- Wool Undershirt: Layering is crucial when it’s this cold. My favorite way to make sure I stay warm all day is to put a warm layer of soft merino wool on underneath everything else. Bonus? Wool is naturally anti-microbial, meaning you can wear it underneath all of your sweaty layers for a week straight and they still won’t smell. Um, not that we’ve field tested that … or anything. *cough* This is the wool cami I wear, and this is the wool T-shirt Jeremy wears.
- Flannel Shirt: I’m in LOVE with the MerinoLux flannel button-downs from Royal Robbins. They’re stretchy, they’re cozy, they’re blended with merino wool (yassss) and most importantly, they’re warm AF. But not so warm that you’ll get all sweaty running around Prague and exploring because they’re also super breathable. They’re also wrinkle resistant, odor resistant, and moisture wicking, and have a hidden zip pocket – so basically everything you could ever ask for in a flannel shirt. I’ve been searching for the perfect flannel for YEARS (you know, one that didn’t give me button-down boob gap and allowed me to actually cross my arms) and this is The One. I love it! Here’s mine and Jeremy’s.
- Day Bag: I carried this day bag with me every single day packed with my packable down jacket, an extra pair of gloves, and anything else I needed for the day – a notebook, a water bottle, an endless supply of snacks, whatever. Jeremy carried our camera gear in this bag along with his packable down jacket and scarf.
- Warm Hat: A warm hat is an absolute necessity in chilly Prague in the winter. It also doubles as a super cute accessory! You want a hat that will stay on your head even in blustery gusts of wind, so stay away from those wool felt ~travel girl types of hats and stick with reliable beanies. Personally I’m a fan of the ones with poofs on top, like this or this. Jeremy is more of a purist, and likes to wear beanies like this one, which is made from earth-friendly recycled wool and nylon.
- Warm Coat: Like good warm shoes, a warm winter coat is absolutely necessary for chilly Prague in December & January.I brought 2 jackets with me to Europe: a beautiful camel-colored A-line wool coat like this one that kept me incredibly warm and looked amazing in all of my pictures, and a travel-friendly packable down jacket that I kept stuffed in my daypack in case I needed an extra layer! Jeremy wore a wool-blend coat similar to this one and this one.
- Scarves: I LOVE a chunky scarf. They’re my favorite accessory! And you will absolutely need a good scarf in Europe. I love this super soft scarf from Royal Robbins, which is blended with wool and turns into a cute shawl or infinity scarf with a few well-placed buttons. I’m also a big fan of scarves that are big enough to double as blankets, like this one or this one.
- Gloves: Don’t go outside in Prague without gloves on! You will regret it. I love these wool gloves that work with touchscreens, because let’s face it, I have a hard enough time using my phone without wearing gloves.
For more packing tips, head over to our Europe in winter packing list.
Where to Stay in Prague
Y’all, Prague is SO affordable compared to most of Europe. There are plenty of amazing places to stay in Prague at super reasonable prices.
We’ve compiled the best of the best hotels and hostels in Prague that are the perfect blend of luxury and comfort at the perfect price. That way, you can leave plenty of room in your budget for all of the winter activities in Prague that we’ve listed below!
Budget: As Cheap as Possible (Under $50)
- Czech Inn: If you’re looking for affording luxury and names that are puns, look no further than Czech Inn. The name drew our attention, but the insanely reasonable prices and comfortable amenities hooked us – this is where we stayed during our visit to Prague. Although this is a hostel and there are (swank) dorms available, there are also lush private rooms with glass-enclosed rain head showers. The private rooms look like luxury hotel rooms but cost hostel prices. Yasss! Check pricing & availability on Hostelworld.
- Sophie’s Hostel: A cousin of one of our Mid-Range picks, Sophie’s Hostel shares the modern design and boutique luxury of its costlier counterpart, but it’s a hostel. Which means it’s way less expensive, and there are dorms! Check pricing & availability on Hostelworld.
Budget: Mid-Range (Under $100)
- Miss Sophie’s Prague: An adorable boutique hotel in the heart of Prague, Miss Sophie’s combines gorgeous design with cozy luxury. The hotel has been featured in publications like Glamour and Elle, which means that it’s really photogenic and will look amazing in your Instagram photos. Compare pricing for your travel dates on HotelsCombined.
- The Nicholas Hotel Residence: Located in Prague’s Mala Strana neighborhood on the other side of the river, this tiny romantic hotel on the top floor of a 1786 Rococo palace offers rooms, suites and apartments for rent. Each has stunning views of the neighborhood and luxe amenities, like a kitchenette slippers (I LOVE hotel slippers). The hotel is located 1 minute away from Charles Bridge, which helps with those early morning selfies you’re gonna want to take, and a five minute walk up the hill to Prague Castle. Who needs AirBnB? Compare pricing for your travel dates on HotelsCombined.
Budget: Ballin’ ($200+)
- Four Seasons Hotel Prague: Look, if you’re gonna ball, BALL. The Four Seasons Prague is everything you could ever want in a luxury hotel, and then some. The hotel has stunning views of the river and is located steps away from the Charles Bridge & the Prague Castle. Also, you’ll get plush bathrobes in your room, and hellooo – bragging rights. Compare pricing for your travel dates on HotelsCombined.
Old Town Square Hotel and Residence: Conveniently located in the heart of Old Town Prague, this luxury hotel is everything you could want in 5 stars. Gorgeous views, amazing amenities, excellent service, and romantic AF. My personal favorite touch? Little balconies that look out over the square, as if just waiting for you to take the world’s cutest Instagram picture. Compare pricing for your travel dates on HotelsCombined.
Budget: Airbnb (<$150)
- Old Town Residence: This Airbnb Plus loft-style apartment in the heart of the Old Town is crisp and modern but still super cozy, and you get to wake up to the winter sun coming through huge skylight windows. Pretty fancy!
Bookshop Apartment: We are LOVING this quirky apartment near Wenceslas Square, a gorgeous mix of old chunky furniture and modern comforts we are getting all the home decor inspo here!
Things to do in Prague in the Winter
Visit the Christmas Markets
There are SO MANY Christmas Markets in Prague. They’re all magical, sparkly, ultra-European slices of fairytale heaven.
One major advantage of the Prague Christmas Markets is that they continue into advent season, in January. We planned our trip to Prague in January specifically so that we could soak up EVEN MORE Christmas Markets and make Christmas last past New Years!
Prepare to get mulled wine-drunk at these awesome Prague Christmas Markets.
- Old Town Square: the Old Town Square in the center of Prague is probably the most famous of Prague’s Christmas Markets.
- Wenceslas Square: Although smaller than the one in Old Town, the market in Wenceslas Square is every bit as charming and beautiful.
- Peace Square: The Peace Square Christmas Market is a local favorite.
- Christmas Market at Prague Castle: Castles and Christmas Markets just go together, because Europe is a magical land of fairytales and kings. We stumbled on our first castle Christmas Market in Copenhagen, and we’re totally hooked.
For more information, check out these locals’ tips on Prague’s Christmas Markets.
If you’re looking for more Christmas Markets to indulge in during the holiday season, check out this ultimate Vienna Christmas guide on how to make it possible!
Celebrate Christmas Traditions
Christmas lasts into early January in Prague, which is amazing. I for one resent that Christmas ends on Christmas in the USA when I’ve barely had a month to celebrate it.
If you’re visiting Prague in December, kick off the Christmas season on St. Nicholas Eve, December 5th. In Prague’s Old Town Square, Mikulas – the Czech St. Nick – and his sidekicks, an angel, and a devil, will prowl the streets passing out candy and treats (to children, but whatever, it’s still magical. Bring your own bag of candy like a grown-up, I guess).
In January, catch The Three Kings procession on January 6th. You can also still visit the holiday exhibition in the Bethlehem chapel.
Warm Up with a Czech Beer
The Czech Republic is famous for beer. So what better way to warm up from the cold outside than with a foamy pint of beer? Brush up on your rudimentary Czech with this guide to ordering a beer in the Czech Republic.
Spend an hour or two getting comfortably buzzed on a beer and brewery tour of Prague, or head to the Czech Beer Museum, where you can sample and even bottle your own beer! There are also some fantastic pubs to get a beer in Prague – here are our picks.
The aptly named Beer Geek Bar offers 32 taps, including Czech and international brews. Visit its sister location, Beer Geek Pivotéka, for the biggest collection of bottled beers in Prague!
- Beer Geek Bar | Address: Vinohradská 62, Praha 3
- Beer Geek Pivotéka | Address: Slavíkova 10, Praha 3
The rooftop views at T-Anker Restaurant are absolutely stunning and incredibly romantic. Although you can sit outside on the terrace in the summer, in the winter you can still cozy up indoors and admire the view from a safe distance.
You’ll find locally-brewed Czech beer on tap, plus plenty of other beers to fall in love with. Ask the Beer Sommelier (yessss this is a thing and it’s amazing) for the best pairings to go along with your surprisingly affordable meal.
- T-Anker Restaurant | Address: náměstí Republiky 8
Stuff Your Face with a Traditional Czech Meal
When it’s freezing cold outside, there is nothing better than tucking into some warm, stick-to-your-bones comfort food. And Czech food is the epitome of comforting!
Rich, hearty stews and soups, filled dumplings, fried cheese (YES); our mouths are watering just thinking about all the delicious food in Prague! Here’s a detailed post about Czech food in Prague, but these are our top picks for what and where to eat in Prague:
- Find a street vendor selling authentic Pražská šunka, aka Prague Ham. It’s brined, slow-roasted and crispy ham that falls off the bone (OMG). Prague Ham is a legally protected food that can only be sold in Prague (if you find it elsewhere, it’s called “Prague-style ham”). So you know it’s gonna be good. Be sure to specify how much you want, as most vendors sell Prague Ham by weight.
- The Czech version of beer goulash is a thick stew served with dumplings. Warm up with a bowl of it at Mincovna in the Old Town Square, and pair it with a cold beer.
- Head to local favorite pub Lokal for a beer and some fried cheese. Yes, fried cheese. It’s breaded, gooey, fried cheese. Like, need I say more?
- Cafe Savoy is a fantastic place to try Czech schnitzel with potato salad. Is schnitzel not Czech enough for you? Try the strawberry and apricot filled dumplings instead. We’re going to try both.
- If you still have room for dessert, head to one of Prague’s Christmas Markets to try a Trdelník, a cinnamon pastry that’s been baked over charcoals to give it a complex sweet and smoky taste. And of course, pair it with svařené víno, warm mulled wine.
- The best pastry in Prague is actually not trdelnik, which is mainly popular with tourists and not locals, but vetrnik, a vanilla cream choux pastry sandwich. Try it at Cafe Savoy or Lokal.
Looking to stuff your face with traditional Czech food while learning about Prague’s history and culture? Book a food tour with Eating Prague!
Our tour guide was a Prague local, who moved us with his stories of communist Prague even as we warmed our souls with the best goulash I’ve ever had in my life. We highly recommend the Eating Prague tours as the perfect way to spend a day (or night!) exploring Prague both by foot and through our favorite medium, food.
Also: can we all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that I COULD have made a cringey “Czech, please” Dad joke at any point in the food section of this post, but I DIDN’T? That kind of restraint does not come naturally to me. You’re all welcome. Also, sorry not sorry for this paragraph, which I recognize effectively eliminates the restraint I was so proud of. Whatevs. Dad jokes 5-ever.
Take Stunning Pictures of Prague (& Yourself)
If you can’t return from your trip to Prague in the winter with some amazing AF selfies in front of iconic spires and brick-red rooftops dusted with snow, did you even go to Prague?!
Avoid the “pics or it didn’t happen” skeptics and impress your Instagram followers with these picturesque places to take pictures of Prague – or well, of you, in front of Prague.
One quick note: many of the best views of Prague involve climbing towers. If you’re able to make the climb, the views are worth it, and the effort will warm you up. Otherwise, we’ve included a spot that’s accessible without having to climb a zillion stairs.
- The Petřín Lookout Tower looks quite a bit like the Eiffel Tower – that’s by design. Climb up to the observation platform and you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view of Prague! If you’re differently–abled, you can take the funicular and the elevator to reach the top and enjoy the view.
- Letná Park: You’ll find a stunning view of Prague’s bridges and Old town from this sizeable park on a hill overlooking the city.
- Charles Bridge is one of the most photogenic places in Prague to take a selfie. Take some shots on the bridge itself, or if it’s too crowded, head up to the Old Town Bridge Tower. The view (and crowd-less selfies) are well worth the 100CZK entrance fee and climb to reach the top.
- Prague Clock Tower: Take a picture of the iconic clock tower in Prague, and then climb up the tower to take a gorgeous photo looking out over the stunning spires of Prague. This is a popular spot to take photos – we recommend picking up skip the line tickets so you can climb to the top without waiting!
Go Ice Skating in Prague’s Old Town
Ice Skating is the quintessential winter activity. We like ice skating because it’s the type of athletic activity that involves holding hands, which makes it ~romantic, and also guarantees that you will both end up falling down in the kind of adorable tumble that you see in chick-flicks that looks a lot cuter and less painful than it actually is (we speak from an embarrassing amount of experience).
To get your skate on, head to the fairytale Fruit Market (Ovocný trh) in Old Town. The ice rink in Prague are free, but you’ll have to pay to rent ice skates unless you’re the kind of person who brings ice skates along on vacation, in which case color us impressed.
Here’s a longer list of all the ice skating rinks in Prague!
- Fruit Market (Ovocný trh) | Address: Ovocný trh, Praha 1
Take a Self-Guided Walking Tour of Prague
We think the best way to explore a new city is on foot. Sure, it’s cold, but you’ll warm up as you walk!
A walking tour of Prague is the best way to immerse yourself in the stunning European architecture (here’s a primer on Prague’s architecture, FYI). Just be sure to protect your poor feet – we’re obsessed with our sherpa-lined waterproof leather boots from Vivobarefoot, which let us feel like we’re walking around the city barefoot on a rug made of fur (these are mine & these are Jeremy’s).
These are the self-guided walking tours that we’re most looking forward to doing on our trip to Prague in January:
- The most famous walking tour of Prague is the Royal Route. The walk is so named because it’s the former route of coronation processions. So yes, you’ll be literally following the footsteps of Kings and Queens! The walk connects the Powder Tower, Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle. Here is a Google Map of the route that you can download onto your phone and take with you, even if you’re offline (here’s how).
- Prague’s tourism board offers a printable brochure with 3 off-beat self-guided walking tours, which you can download here. These walking tours are designed to take you away from the tourist hot-spots (and crowds) and steer you towards some of the lesser known sights and views of Prague.
- This Little Quarter Walking tour will take you through a picturesque district adjacent to the Prague Castle (so stop by the Christmas Market for snacks as needed). The tour is well designed and chock full of details about each of the 28 (!!) stops. The same blog also has an Old town Walking tour and a Jewish Quarter walking tour, all helpfully detailed and peppered with cultural & historical context.
- This walking tour of Prague includes stops to drink beer, so…. yes.
Celebrate Prague’s Musical History
Is there anything more exciting than getting all gussied up, throwing on your fanciest coat, and heading to a classical music concert in one of the most famous historical musical capitals in Europe?
Sure, OK, I’m a bit of a classical music nerd – I’ve been playing cello since I was 2, and I grew up attending orchestra and chamber music concerts. I even performed in an opera … twice (my hometown’s cultural scene is unusually accessible).
But the appeal of classical music defies musical nerd-dom, particularly when it comes to the musical masters who have graced Prague with their talent. Like Mozart, who reigned supreme in Prague after leaving Vienna. Or Antonín Dvořák, whose famous cello concerto gives me CHILLS and makes me go “yassssss!” the way my husband does when he listens to T-Swift.
Here’s a video of one of my favorite cellists, Jaqueline du Pré, playing it in London in 1968. It’s 46 minutes long, so … skip to 3:37 and then just put it on in the background while you read the rest of this post. Head to the Antonín Dvořák Museum to learn more about the famous Prague native composer.
- Antonín Dvořák Museum | Address: Ke Karlovu 20, Prague 2
The best way to experience Prague’s musical history is by listening to the music that was created there in its storied concert halls. There are a few ways to do that:
- Enjoy a 3-course meal and the best of Mozart’s operas in Boccaccio Hall in Old Town Prague. Yes, that’s a ballroom. Baller. Check pricing & availability
- Enjoy the music of Dvořák, Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, and more at a classical music concert by the Prague Royal Orchestra inside the St. George’s Basilica in the Prague Castle complex. I felt fancy just typing that. Check pricing & availability
- The National Theatre offers a variety of musical and theatrical offerings, from opera to ballet to theatre and everything in between. Check pricing & availability
If you really want to take a deep dive into Prague’s many musical and cultural offerings, TripAdvisor has an epic list.
Discover Prague’s History in its Museums
The National Museum of Prague is probably it’s most famous. Explore the rich history of Prague in several buildings at Wenceslas Square. (Note: some are currently under construction.)
- The National Museum of Prague | Address: Václavské nám. 68
Museum Kampa is a modern art gallery in Prague, with collections that highlight Central European and Czech artists.
- Museum Kampa | Address: U Sovových mlýnů 2
The Prague Jewish Museum isn’t exactly a mood-booster, but it is incredibly important. Bring some tissues, because if you’re anything like me, you’re going to cry a lot. In this museum, you’ll find everything from textiles and manuscripts to old photographs, as well as spine-tingling chronicles from victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
- Prague Jewish Museum | Address: U Staré školy 141/1
… Or, Visit Prague’s Much Weirder Museums
Y’all already know we love our weird museums (to jog your memory, here are 25 of our favorite weird museums in Brussels).
Exploring a weird museum is a great way to escape the cold, learn stuff that satisfies your morbid curiosity, and giggle nervously/uncomfortably/hysterically to yourself or with your traveling companion. Classify these as ironically delightful.
Franz Kafka was born and raised in Prague. And if you’ve read literally anything he’s ever written, you probably have a lot of questions. The Kafka Museum will help answer… some of them.
We read The Metamorphosis, A Hunger Artist, and The Trial in high school, so I brushed up before my trip. In front of the museum is a lovely status of 2 dudes peeing, so we’ll file that away with “European statues of things peeing” (current count: 4, 3 of which were on this tour).
- The Kafka Museum | Address: Cihelná 635/2b
The Sex Machines Museum is the only one of its kind in the world. In the sexy museum of historical sex machines, you’ll find old-timey erotic appliances dating back to the 16th century (ooooh, hot).
There are also chastity belts (oh, my) and even thrones designed to elicit Game of Thrones-level royal banging. If this sort of thing is up your alley, czech it out (ha HA!) but be warned: this spot is popular with tourists.
- The Sex Machines Museum | Address: Melantrichova 476/18
Head to the Torture Museum if you have a sense of the macabre or a kinky sense of pleasure (hey, no judgment – we live in San Francisco, remember?). You’ll find everything here from chastity belts – including chastity belts for men, because Gender Equality, I guess – to saws that cut people in half (lengthwise).
Learn how torturers maimed, inflicted pain on, and killed their victims, and why they did it (tl;dr humanity is horrible). This museum also tends to be quite popular with tourists, so don’t head to the torture museum seeking an authentic local connection. That’s what pubs are for.
- Museum of Torture and Torture Instruments | Address: Celetná 558/12, 110 00 Staré Město
The House of the Black Madonna isn’t just the name of Beyonce’s next album. It’s also the oldest Cubist house in Prague and is today a fantastic museum dedicated to cubism. It is also home to the world’s trippiest staircase.
- The House of the Black Madonna | Address: Ovocný trh 19, 110 00 Staré Město
The Museum of Communism in the Czech Republic: From propaganda posters to an interrogation room, relive the Red Scare in this fascinating little museum.
- The Museum of Communism in the Czech Republic | Address: V Celnici 1031/4, 118 00 Nové Město
Check out the Apple Museum to satisfy your curiosity about Steve Jobs and his weird obsessions with black turtlenecks and all-fruit diets. We would expect this kind of museum back home in San Francisco, but instead, it’s here in Prague. There’s also a juice bar inside. Because sure, why not?
- Apple Museum | Address: Husova 21, 110 00 Staré Město
Take an Off-Beat Tour of Prague
We love off-beat tours as much as we love weird museums. They offer a totally unique way to explore a city – like underneath it, for example. And they illuminate little-known history and stories that will have you seeing Prague in a brand new way.
Not all of these tours are fun, quirky sight-seeing opportunities. A couple of them tackle serious, heavy sh*t such as Prague’s complicated history with communism & with its Jewish population. These aren’t fun or happy subjects, but addressing historical issues, even depressing ones, is incredibly important.
We think it’s important to learn and face these things head-on, both in the context of today’s (insane) world, which we find is eerily repeating some incredibly scary history, and also for being a respectful and considerate guest in another country.
Prague wears its scars on every corner, and if you don’t know its story, we recommend taking the time to listen and learn.
Here are the off-beat tours of Prague that we’re dying to take:
- Prague Communism and Nuclear Bunker Tour
- Prague Oldtown, Underground & Dungeon Tour
- Prague Through the Eyes of Franz Kafka
- Prague Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour
Take a Day Trip to Cesky Krumlov
Craving more stunning architecture, Medieval steepled roofs and spires, and stone bridges spanning twinkling rivers?
Head from Prague to Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Bohemian fairytale town a few short hours away from Prague. The town was constructed around a 13th-century castle, and it’s absolutely gorgeous in the winter.
The easiest way to take a day trip to Český Krumlov from Prague is by booking a tour, like this one.
Or, you can take public transit, which is super easy and cheap. By bus, it will take about 2.5 hours to get from Prague to Český Krumlov. Here’s the pricing & timing for the bus routes. Look for the RegioJet bus – it’s comfortable and only costs about 300 CZK. We were also able to use our Eurail pass to get from Prague to Český Krumlov!
Take a look at our guide to visiting Český Krumlov in the winter.
Psst: Looking for more tips on visiting Europe in the winter? Browse Travel Notes & Beyond’s list of cities to visit in Europe in December, or check out our other wintry European travel guides:
- Two Super Detailed Winter Europe Itineraries
- 14 Reasons to Escape from Prague to Český Krumlov this Winter
- 18 Snowy Pictures of Hallstatt, Austria in Winter to Fuel your Wanderlust
- 12 Charming Things to Do in Copenhagen in Winter
- 10 Things to do in Vienna in the Winter: The Ultimate Vienna Christmas Guide
You can also take a look at this guide to the best places in Prague on A Broken Backpack for even more tips! Or, here’s a guide to exploring Prague like a local as well as how to visit Prague in 2 days or what to do in Prague in 3 days.
Are you dying to pack your bags and head to Prague in December or January? We can’t WAIT for our trip in January! Which one of these 12 delightful things to do in Prague in the winter would be first on your to-do list? Drop us a comment below.
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Disclaimer: The creation of this post was sponsored by Czech Tourism. We also received support during our trip to Prague from Eurail, Bohemian Hostels, Eating Prague, and Prague City Tourism. All opinions, bad puns involving usage of the word “Czech,” and other inaccuracies or flaws are entirely my own and totally not their fault.
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