Best time to visit Prague

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Best time of year to visit Prague

Shoulder season from mid-April to May and September to mid-October seems to be the best time to visit Prague. Pack a warm jacket just in case and book your room couple of weeks in advance. Spring is an excellent time to visit the Czech capital as it sees mild weather without troops of summer sightseers, Easter being an exception. Early autumn thins the tourist crowds and replaces sunrays with spectacular light displays of the Signal Festival in October. The city is usually overcrowded from June through August, so you might struggle to get a place in restaurants and hotels, but open-air concerts and cinemas make up for it. The brave ones visit Prague between November and February as this is the coldest time of the year. Winter offers some perks like major attractions with fewer tourists, more affordable prices, and Christmasy atmosphere with treats like Trdelnik.

9 THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE (JUNE 02 - JUNE 11)

Summertime River Cruise

Summertime River Cruise

May–September • activity

Enjoy the peaceful waters of the Vltava river and the glory of the old city

Open-Air Cinemas

Open-Air Cinemas

June–early September • activity

Summer nights spent watching movies under the stars can be a fun experience

Vintage Cabrio Tour

Vintage Cabrio Tour

May–September • activity

Feel like a 1920s silent movie star in a luxurious convertible

Chilling in the Ice Pub

Chilling in the Ice Pub

May–September • activity

Enjoy the winter atmosphere in summer and taste some strong drinks

Beer Spa

Beer Spa

November–March (all year round) • activity

Soaking in excellent Czech lager is absolutely hangover-free

Bublanina

Bublanina

May–October • food

This cake made of fresh seasonal fruit tastes amazing

Beer Gardens

Beer Gardens

May–eary September • activity

Prague's summer heat can be beaten by cozy, shaded beer gardens found all around the city

Prague Spring Festival (Pražské Jaro)

Prague Spring Festival (Pražské Jaro)

May 12–June 04, 2020 • event

A large orchestral and chamber music event attracting the best talents

Old Jewish Cemetery

Old Jewish Cemetery

January–February | June | September (all year round) • activity

Up to 100,000 people are possibly buried at this medieval cemetery, which is one of the most important Jewish historical monuments in Prague

13 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Signal Festival

Signal Festival

October 15–18, 2020 • event

One of the most visited events in Prague—Festival of Lights—attracts thousands of tourists and locals with its fantastic light shows

Matějská Pouť

Matějská Pouť

February 22–April 13, 2020 • event

Try out all the rides and attractions at this family-friendly festival

Let It Roll

Let It Roll

February 28–March 01, 2020 | April 18–19, 2020 | July 30–August 01, 2020 • event

The world's biggest festival of drum and bass music

Birell Prague Grand Prix

Birell Prague Grand Prix

September 05, 2020 • event

Enjoy running through the city at night

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

November 30 2019–January 06 2020 • event

Immerse yourself in the festive magic of a medieval town

Holy Week (Svatý Týden) & Easter

Holy Week (Svatý Týden) & Easter

April 06–12, 2020 • event

Celebrate Easter with the real Czech spirit

Khamoro Festival

Khamoro Festival

May 26–June 01, 2019 • event

Visit one of the largest Roma festivals in the world

Trdelník

Trdelník

December–February • food

Taste one of the best winter treats Czech cuisine has to offer—a traditional sweet hollow cake

Prague Folklore Days

Prague Folklore Days

July 23–26, 2020 • event

A great chance to see the caleidoscope of world folklore and cuisines

Volkswagen Prague Marathon

Volkswagen Prague Marathon

May 03, 2020 • event

How about trying out in the most essential running event?

Easter Dishes

Easter Dishes

April 12–13, 2020 • food

The Czech are proud of their tasty Easter traditions

Christmas Foods

Christmas Foods

December 24–December 25 • food

The magic of Christmas wouldn't be complete without all these delicious treats which give the holiday a very special charm

Halloween

Halloween

late September–early November • event

Expect scary and wild parties at top clubs in the Golden City

jan
6.9
feb
7
mar
7.5
apr
8.2
may
8.6
jun
8.7
jul
8.7
aug
8.7
sep
8.7
oct
8
nov
7.5
dec
7
Prague weather in January
6.9/10 score
Good
2° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Winters in Prague are quite cold, with the average temperatures hovering slightly below freezing. January is distinguished as the coldest month. During occasional cold fronts caused by the air masses from Siberia, the temperatures can plunge to -20°C (-4°F). The days in January are short and gray, with only eight hours of daylight and up to two hours of sunshine. 90% of the days bring cloud cover. Precipitation level is not high. However, snow, sleet, and rain are frequent. The snowfalls are typically short and light but regular, especially in the second half of the month. On the upside, tourist crowds are unlikely to be seen. If you visit Prague in the middle of winter, bring warm and waterproof clothing. A heavy coat, a hat, gloves, and a scarf are necessary. And don't forget the appropriate boots. Thermal underwear will come in handy if you stay outdoors for a long while. For the heated indoors, dressing in layers is recommended.
Prague weather in February
7/10 score
Very good
2° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Prague in February is still rather cold, however towards the end of the month it starts to thaw. The temperatures still hover around freezing, usually a few degrees above, as the air is warming up closer to the spring. On average, February has 11 days of snow, most of which fall in the first half of the month, and also 12 days of rain happening later in the month. The days are getting longer, and the sun shines more often. Rarely, cold air masses of Siberian origin can bring strong frosts when the lows plunge to -20°C (-4°F). For late winter, one should pack a lot of warm gear. A down jacket is a must, along with proper boots, a hat, gloves, and a scarf. An umbrella will come in handy, especially if you're traveling in late February. If you plan to stay outdoors for a long while, bring thermal underwear. To feel comfy in the heated sights, dress in layers.
Prague weather in March
7.5/10 score
Very good
7° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Spring is coming to Prague with a mix of chilly and mild days. Generally, the weather is unstable, with occasional snow showers and warm days when the air warms up to the average 8°C (46°F). On rare occasions, the level of mercury can reach 17°C (63°F). Mostly the days are either cloudy or partly overcast. At the same time, daylight hours increase to 13 by the end of March, and thanks to the spring clock change, the days seem to be even longer, so you have more time to explore the outdoor sights. It's reasonable to pack for both cold and warm days. Winter gear is still needed, but lighter clothing might be used too.
Prague weather in April
8.2/10 score
Excellent
12° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Even though the air is warming up progressively, April is characterized by unstable weather, just like other spring months in Prague. On the one hand, the average highs now hit 14°C (57°F), but on the other hand, the lows remain slightly above freezing, and snow flurries are still possible. On average, April has three snowy days and 16 rainy ones. Most precipitation concentrates in the first half of the month. Also, the cooler days occur earlier in the month, while warmer weather prevails later on. If you visit Prague in April, you won't need heavy winter clothing anymore. Instead, pack lighter jackets, sweaters, as well as some long- and short-sleeves to be able to dress in layers. Sunglasses might also be useful and an umbrella too.
Prague weather in May
8.6/10 score
Excellent
16° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Another month of unstable spring weather, yet much warmer than the two previous ones. Sometimes the weather shifts unexpectedly. Chill, rain, and wind may suddenly replace warmth and sun, or vice versa. Rarely the beginning of the month may still have freezing days with a low probability of snow flurry. By mid-May, things change in favor of warm weather. The average highs hover around 18°C (64°F), while later in the month some days may get as warm as 26°C (79°F). At the same time, rain showers and afternoon thunderstorms become the norm. Prepare for changeable weather by packing a waterproof jacket and umbrella, as well as layers and sunglasses.
Prague weather in June
8.7/10 score
Excellent
19° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Summer in Prague is generally characterized by pleasantly warm weather with long days, plenty of sunshine, and also some rainfall. The average daytime temperatures hover around 22°C (72°F) and rise as the month progresses. Atlantic fronts bring rainy weather. Afternoon thunderstorms erupt in the fine weather. The month counts 17 rainy days, which is slightly fewer than in May. The main bonus of June is daylight hours—at the beginning of the month, the sun rises at around 5 am and sets down at 9 pm. If you plan a visit in June, pack light summer clothing. Long-sleeves, pants, and a light jacket will be relevant for cooler days and evenings. Also, drop an umbrella to be ready for the rainy weather.
Prague weather in July
8.7/10 score
Excellent
22° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The middle of summer is the warmest time of year in Prague. The temperatures are comfortably warm, with average highs around 24°C (75°F). Hot days when the temperature rises above 30°C (75°F) occur, but rarely. Atlantic fronts bring some rainfall. Afternoon thunderstorms are also frequent. On average, June has 18 wet days, but mostly, the weather is nice with plenty of daylight and sunshine, perfect for enjoying outdoor sights. After dark, the air cools down, but nights aren't too cold, with the average lows dipping to 13°C (55°F). If you visit Prague in July, pack T-shirts, shorts, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to feel comfy on warm and hot days. Also, take some long-sleeves, pants, a sweatshirt, a jacket, and pants for cooler days and nights. A light rain-resistant coat or an umbrella might be needed too.
Prague weather in August
8.7/10 score
Excellent
21° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Late summer is the hottest time in Prague, but the temperatures rarely rise beyond 30°C (75°F). While days in August tend to be a bit hotter than in July, the nights are conversely cooler, with the average lows plunging to 12°C (54°F). Precipitation level drops a little. Yet sudden downpours still occur, cooling the air. Thunderstorms typically erupt in the afternoon. Rain showers provide a refreshing respite from the heat, but it doesn't last long, the heat comes back as soon as the sun reappears. Therefore, if you choose to visit the city in August, it's advisable to go earlier in the month. Packing for August, make sure to take light, loose clothing along with some sweaters, a sweatshirt or a jacket for the cool evenings. Bringing a rain jacket or an umbrella can be likewise reasonable.
Prague weather in September
8.7/10 score
Excellent
17° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The month of September is considered one of the best times to visit Prague. That's because of comfortable temperatures along with the diminishing tourist crowds. The average highs and lows hover around 19°C (66°F) and 9°C (48°F). Warm days are naturally more frequent in early September. With the onset of autumn, the weather gradually gets cooler. There is less rainfall than in August. The days are getting shorter as September progresses. However, even by the end of the month, there are enough daylight hours to take in the city's sights—the sunrise happens at around 7 am, and sunset—at 6:43 pm. The weather may worsen by the end of the month. For visiting in September, pack layers. A sweater, a sweatshirt or a jacket will be relevant in the chilly mornings, while short-sleeves may suffice for the afternoon. In the evening, the jacket will have another coming out.
Prague weather in October
8/10 score
Excellent
11° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Autumn is in full swing, so temperatures decrease steadily, often hovering below 15°C (59°F). Most days are cloudy and gray, but the sun still appears frequently. On the upside, foliage colors are at their best, and there's not much rainfall, which is favorable for taking in the sights. By the end of the month, the days get much shorter. Moreover, autumn time change moves the sunset to quite an early hour—on October 31st, the sun sets at 4:41 pm. So your itineraries need to be planned carefully to make most out of the daylight hours. Ensure your sightseeing in Prague to be comfy by packing a warm sweater, a jacket or a coat, and perhaps also a scarf.
Prague weather in November
7.5/10 score
Very good
7° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
November is a cold month when the first snow is possible. The chances are still low due to low precipitation. The average max and min temperatures drop significantly—to 9°C (48°F) and 1°C (34°F) respectively. Sometimes it plunges well below freezing. The days get shorter with only eight and a half hours of daylight, so it's essential to plan your itineraries carefully to make it all. It's time to pack your a warm coat, boots, a hat, gloves, and a scarf, along with warm sweaters and pants. Wearing layers is advisable so that you could easily drop off some clothing in the heated indoors.
Prague weather in December
7/10 score
Very good
3° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The first month of winter is the coldest one. However, it rarely snows comparing to the next two months because of low precipitation. The average highs and lows hover slightly above and below freezing. However, during the cold fronts, the temperature may drop significantly. Some of the past years recorded the values below -20°C (-4°F). But such weather extremes are rare. The days in December are short and typically overcast. The sun appears for a few hours before the sunset at around 4:30 pm. So itineraries should be planned accordingly. The best way to beat the grayness of the season is to visit Prague's Christmas market. For a winter visit to Prague, pack seasonal gear including a down jacket, warm boots, a hat, a scarf, and gloves. Wearing layers is recommended, so that you could be comfy both in the icy outdoors and heated sights. For spending much time outdoors, bring insulated leggings or thermal underwear.