It was official, we were going to Prague in December. Now for most people, this was not a problem…who wouldn’t want to visit Prague in winter? But for me, it was something I was not ready to do. You see we had already been to Prague on a previous trip when Willow was a baby and I had managed to pick up the worst stomach bug imaginable. I was so sick that I just wanted to come home and sleep it off but I managed to wander the city for the time we were there. All I remember is being hot, then cold and in so much pain that it really made me have a negative time there and I was not keen at all on returning. So when Mark ‘surprised’ me with the news that we were going to Prague in December it was not met with a lot of excitement from me.
Our friends Adriana and Thomas had never stopped in Prague before even though they drive through the Czech Republic on their trips to Poland, so it was going to be an adventure for them as well. As we pulled up to our apartment my tummy was very uneasy and I was wondering if I could go the full 24 hours in Prague in December without eating because if I got sick this time there was no way I would ever return to Prague. We unpacked and headed up to our apartment. It was beautiful. There was room for us all and plenty of space to spread out rather than having to all be in the same room. The lady that owned it had met us and was telling us that it really was the best time to visit Prague. I was still really nervous but I was getting excited about going out into the city and seeing some of the things I had missed out on during our last visit.
Let the Winter in Prague adventures begin!
It was then that we had to put on our layers and head out to see what we could in a tiny amount of time. So what did we think were the best places to go in Prague in winter?
We headed straight for Charles Bridge when we got out of the apartment as it was the one place I could not remember seeing. I was surprised at a number of people on the bridge even though it was so cold. Everyone was rugged up though and ready for whatever the Prague winter weather was going to throw at us. You could still get to see all of the statues along the sides of the bridge and it wasn’t a fight to get moving. It was while we were standing on Charles Bridge that it started to snow very lightly and we were all really excited to see it. For us, it was an amazing experience and we think for that reason, a walk along Charles Bridge makes it one of the nest thing best time to visit Prague in December
Charles Bridge Tower
I am terrified of heights but there was one picture I have wanted to get for as long as I can remember and that is a picture of the Prague Old Town Square from one of the towers. I was especially excited to see what a picture of Prague in winter would look like and I was not disappointed with my picture. The climb up to the top did take me a lot longer than I thought due to the height and the last section was by a ladder. This was my sticking point. There was a small gap between the ladder and the door that I needed to get through to get out onto the platform that was where I could get my photo from. I was so scared but once I was up there getting my picture it was all worth it.
Where did we stay in Prague?
Carolina Old Town Apartments have 3 different apartments located in central Prague. All units include a sitting area. A toaster, a refrigerator and stovetop are also provided, as well as a kettle. Some units also have a kitchen, fitted with a dishwasher. Every unit is fitted with a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Towels are available. We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment which was within easy walking distance to Charles Bridge and the Prague old town.
Find out the latest prices for Carolina Old Town Apartments HERE!
Old Town Square
The first time we visited Prague was in the autumn and it was much different this time around. We sat on the square and had some lunch whereas this time we wandered the Christmas Market. It is an amazing square with the spires of the Church of Our Lady before Tyn in the background.
The Old Town Square Prague Christmas Market
Prague Christmas market was amazing and it was one of the best we went to on our trip. We had some amazing food, the smoked ham was so delicious and it really warmed you up on a cold night. We had so much mulled wine and then we wandered the shops as they all seemed to be open late and accommodate all the tourists that were wandering the city. The girls loved the carols the most. Even though they were not in English the tunes were familiar and they ended up singing and dancing in front of the stage. The huge Christmas Tree in the centre of the square was also a highlight and it was so beautifully decorated.
While we did not make it up the enormous hill to go to the Castle this time around I wish we had have had the time. The views from up there over the city are phenomenal and they would have been amazing to see in the winter too. Last time we were up there the castle was open and we spent a good half of the day exploring inside and around the castle. This would be a great way to get out of the cold when you are visiting Prague in winter.
You could also head out of the city to see the visit the ruins of Vyšehrad and explore the little buildings, church and get amazing views back over Prague. We just ran out of time to do this but we loved looking around it on our last trip to Prague.
You can also go up the funicular to Petřín Hill.
So there you have our best places to go in Prague but what about the best things to do in Prague in winter?
Here are a couple of the things we did!
Have an amazing goulash
After wandering the Prague Christmas market for a good couple of hours we chose a restaurant off the main square to have some dinner. Mark and I both had an amazing goulash for dinner (I had to go easy on the ham to fit it in and that was really hard!) that warmed us up for the walk through the streets home. The bread was also amazing to dip in the goulash.
Try the Ham at the Prague Christmas Market
As I said I had to go easy on the ham at the Prague Christmas market but it was so amazing. It was some of the best ham I have ever had and seeing it cooking in front of you makes you want it so much more. Just be careful in the size you get as it goes by weight and it can be costly if you are not paying attention.
Wander the city…even if it is cold!
For some reason even in Prague in winter it was not that cold as we wandered the streets. Just make sure you bring some good winter clothes. It wasn’t snowing heavily at that time and there was only a slight sprinkling of snow on the ground but there were so many people wandering around. You can stop in at a cafe for a hot coffee or a goulash to warm up.
Take the time to see the Astronomical Clock
The only time we saw the clock was at night this time and it was under repairs so we didn’t see it very well. I think that will be the first thing we will head back to see again when we got back to Prague.
So there you have it our top things to do in Prague in winter and experiences that you should not miss. I am sure there will be so much more than I have not included and things I wish we had have the time to do in Prague in December. (Next time we hope to explore more of the amazing Czech Republic) Feel free to let us know if we missed something amazing! Below I have included two posts on an amazing castle we visited and our guide to staying warm in Europe in winter!
Getting to Prague:
- Prague is the biggest city and capital of the Czech Republic. Václav Havel Airport Prague is 12 kilometres from the city centre. Prague Airport. Statistics for the summer season of 2017 show 66 airlines fly to 154 destinations in Europe, Asia and North America from Prague Airport. Prague is the home airport for Czech airlines and its budget off shot Smartwings.
- You can check the prices of international flights to Prague with CheapOair. Budgets flights to and from Prague can be booked with Vueling.
- Praha hlavní nádraží is the main train station in Prague. Its serviced by trains from across Europe. Check information and book your tickets here.
- Buses from across Europe terminate at Florenc bus station. Find your bus tickets to Prague with GoEuro
- There is no Metro link with Prague airport, public buses and the airport express from central station are your options.
- You can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.
- You can reserve a rental car and have it waiting for you at Václav Havel Airport Prague.
Getting around Prague:
- Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe.
- The metro, trams and buses are used by two-thirds of Prague’s population and cover the majority of the city and outskirts.
- Like most cities, if you’re staying in Prague for a few days, you may want to buy a tourist pass that will enable you to use all transport in Prague as many times as you want within the time period for which your pass is valid.
- A list of passes and ticket information is provided on the Tickets & Passes page supplied by the Prague Public Transit Co.
Where to stay in Prague:
- Prague has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms.
- Hostels in Prague can start from as little as 10 Euro a night for a shared dorm room. The best hostels in Prague are in the old town area
- You can search Airbnb for there Prague offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE
- Hotels in Prague generally start from around $66.00 a night for a double room 3star and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards the 5-star average price of $179.00.
- You can compare and book your stay on Agoda, Hotels.com, Hotels Combined and Expedia
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