Top 10 Things to Do in Prague in Winter
Snow and ice everywhere, temperatures dropping to -15 °C and you don't even want to leave your apartment? Prague City Apartments gathered 10 awesome tips for winter days in Prague you will love. Get your warmest clothing and let's start!
1. GO FOR A MORNING WALK ON THE CHARLES BRIDGE
Every local knows that nothing compares to the morning Charles Bridge. No people, no noise, just you and one of the most beautiful bridges in the world (and maybe a couple of other people who read this article). Believe it or not, in winter it is even more stunning. Everything looks so clean and magical covered by fresh snow. But be careful, in January it can get really cold in the morning so don't forget your scarf, gloves and a hat. We recommend to get up before 6 A.M., it will be definitely worth it. :)
2. WALK ALONG THE FROZEN VLTAVA RIVER TO THE NATIONAL THEATRE
From the Charles Bridge take a walk along the Vltava river. If you're lucky enough, Vltava will be frozen and you'll get an unforgettable view of the Prague Castle and the Lesser Quarter with white roofs (not red this time). You'll pass a number of monuments and famous sights like Kranner's Fountain or Manes Exhibition Hall. You can have a coffee in Café Slavia or continue to the Dancing House.
3. GET A PORK KNEE FOR A LUNCH
In a cold winter there is nothing better than a proper Czech meal for a lunch. It warms you for the rest of the day. Our recommendation? Definitely a pork knee served with dumplings and cabbage or with sauerkraut and potatoes. You can get it in Mlejnice restaurant in the Jewish Quarter (Zatecka 14 street), only 4 minutes walking from the Residence Brehova or just 1 minute from our apartments Maiselova 5 and Maiselova 17!
4. VISIT A BALLET IN THE NATIONAL THEATRE
The National Theatre is one of the most important cultural sights in the Czech Republic. This majestic building overlooks Vltava river since its reopening after a fire in 1883 and Czechs can't be more proud of it. In winter you can see Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse, La Bayadère or The Little Mermaid. Visit a theatre's website to see a detailed programme. The National Theatre is located just 3 minutes from our Residence Karolina!
5. GO SKIING TO THE CZECH MOUNTAINS
Well this is not exactly a thing to do in Prague but if you love skiing or snowboarding you can't miss this! Especially if you stay in Prague for more than a few days. You've never heard of the Czech mountains? They are not that high as the Alps but they are beutiful! Less than 2 hours drive and you can ski in Spindleruv Mlyn or Harrachov in Krkonose mountains, Klinovec or Bozi Dar in Krusne hory mountains or you can try even Moninec which is just an hour and half from the center of Prague! In every ski resort you can rent a ski set. A great one day trip!
6. GO TO THE KRIVOKLAT CASTLE
Just 40 minutes drive from Prague there is one of the most popular and most important castles in the Czech Republic, Krivoklat castle founded in the 12th century. Even though the castle's interiors are closed in January you should visit the sight because of its impressive exterior and surroundings. Krivoklatsko is an area with lovely nature, rolling hills and deep woods, great for a winter walk and a delicious lunch in one of the local pubs. If you really want to see the castle chambers and the museum, you can come every Saturday in February from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M.
7. WALK THROUGH THE LESSER TOWN AND GO TO THE PETRIN HILL
Lesser Town (Mala Strana in Czech) is a district that lies below the Prague Castle on the left bank of the Vltava River. It is connected to the Old Town by the Charles Bridge. There is a large number of notable buildings and interesting places – such as the baroque Church of St Nicholas. In winter you can just stroll around or go to the Petrin Hill - totally different experience in winter!
8. GO TO THE PRAGUE CASTLE
In the winter evening go to the Prague Castle. A walk from the Petrin Hill can be especially nice as you will see both the Lesser Town and the Old Town covered in snow! The Castle district has a magical atmosphere in the evening and when it's snowing it gets even better. There is not many tourists up there after 6 P.M. in winter which is a great plus!
9. GET A ROAST DUCK WITH CABBAGE AND DUMPLINGS
After a long winter day you will need another delicious Czech meal! It's time for dinner and the best idea is to find a good pub with even better roast duck and the best Czech beer. Not far from the Prague Castle you'll find a medieval-style traditional Czech restaurant "U Modre kachnicky" located in Nebovidska 6 street. They have another restaurant in Michalska 16 street, just 1 minute walk from the Old Town Square and not more than 10 minutes walking from all our apartments!
10. VISIT KAMPA ISLAND AT NIGHT
And finally after a good dinner a night walk comes in useful. You will love a quiet stroll through the romantic corners of the Kampa island. The northern part of the island, the Certovka stream is called the Prague Venice. Definitely visit also the Lennon's Wall or a famous water mill and don't forget to look around at all the beautiful historical buildings.
We hope you liked our 10 tips and don't forget to add some more in comments below! What do you like to do in Prague in winter?