Prague travel guide

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 22 (°C) in summer, 2 (°C) in winter.

Best time to visit: April-May and September-October.

If you can bear the cold, Prague can be a winter wonderland at Christmas time. July and August have the hottest weather, but spring and autumn are best for milder temperatures and fewer crowds.

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PRAGUE IS BEST FOR...

Artists: Visit the Mucha Museum for art nouveau masterworks from the Czech Republic’s most renowned painter, Alphonse Mucha.

Families: Take the tram to Stromovka, the city’s largest park, where you’ll find a fairground and planetarium.

Couples: Take a romantic sunset stroll across Charles Bridge and along the cobbled lanes of Lesser Town.

FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Prague is Czech.

Currency: The currency used in Prague is the koruna (Kč).

Local time: Prague is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly: Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) is 20km northwest of the city centre.

Flight time: 1 hour 50 minutes.

Tourist information: Further Prague tourist information can be found at www.prague.eu.

Visa / health: Before your holiday to Prague, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/czech-republic for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

GETTING AROUND

By foot: The city centre’s old and new neighbourhoods are easy to cover on foot.

By metro or bus: The large and inexpensive public transport network includes the metro, trams and buses.

By taxi: Avoid dishonest taxi drivers by using a reputable company, agreeing to the fare beforehand and dodging the taxis outside stations and tourist attractions.

EVENTS

Prague Spring International Music Festival: For three weeks in May, the capital hosts classical music events showcasing world-famous symphony, orchestra and chamber ensembles – with particular focus on young performers.
 
Signal Light Festival: See the Prague skyline as never before in October, when artists from across the world illuminate the city with innovative light installations and videos projected on prominent city buildings.
 
Prague Christmas Market: Starting on St Nicholas Eve (5 Dec.), the Old Town Square transforms into a festive Christmas market offering mulled wine, food, ornaments and gifts.