Prague has already started decorating for the Holidays, ready to welcome travelers from all around the world as one of Europe’s Christmas charms.
While only a week ago, the weather is still looking more like October, the streets of Prague are now covered with snow, transforming into a fairy tale. Restaurants, cafés, and even some squares have put up hollies, wreaths, lights, and garlands.
Prague’s markets, trdelniks, and warm wine are just the beginning. What are the best places to go sightseeing as a local or a tourist?
If you like to start Christmas shopping early, Namesti Miru is one of the first markets to open in November. The municipality of Prague III has already established a Christmas market with a tree in the center of the square. It is recommended to go around midday or closer to sunset to have time to meander by the stalls and enjoy the atmosphere.
Old Town Square
The good, old Old Town Square shines with color when the Holidays come around. While congested with tourists and overpriced trinkets, it is definitely worth a visit at least once.
One of the hot-ticket items: trdelnik, or “chimney” cake, usually filled with sweet toppings such as chocolate syrup, fruit, or ice cream is found at every turn—although it is not traditionally Czech.
Strolling around the square, taking in the sights of the surrounding markets, including the Christmas tree, is a great way to get to know the area. From December 2 to January 6, you can visit about 30 different gastronomic stands and sample mulled or hot wine and beer which are from Morava and the surrounding areas. More traditional foods consist of potatoes cooked in a variety of ways, meats, and sweets.
Starting on December 2nd, the Christmas tree will shine in the centre of Old Town Square.
Vaclavske Namesti is not only touristy and hectic at Christmas but at any time of the year. The walking mall presents the Narodni Muzeum (National Museum) on a silver platter of lights and hubbub. You can take a tour to see some architecture and art or enjoy the mesmerizing booths with all their smells this Christmas season.
Starting in early December, you will see this spot transform into a winter wonderland!
One of the most popular spots in Prague, Charles Bridge, is a sight to behold come winter, when you can see Prague Castle, Narodni Divadlo, the river Vltava, and more.
If you are planning on staying in Prague for January 1, be prepared hours ahead of time if you want to welcome the new year on the bridge. It is packed hours before midnight, so if you don’t get there on time, you might be limited in sight during the fireworks. But be careful, as some people might start the fireworks right beside you!
As magic wakes the streets of Prague, don’t take the classic, touristy sites for granted. Traditions and rituals are performed every year come the Holiday season for a reason.