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The best time to visit Czech Republic is either during spring (early April to mid- May) or autumn (late September to mid- November). Generally, these shoulder seasons can be relied upon for mild temperatures and thinner crowds.
In spring, the days are long, sunny and often quite dry until late May. Temperatures can vary anywhere between 9-20°C, so be sure to pack clothes that will keep you both warm and cool. However, by sticking to destinations such as Prague, Pilsen and Český Krumlov, you can rest assured that you’ll neither be too hot nor too cold. May is the busiest and most beautiful month of the year, with flowers in full bloom and festivals like Prague Spring Festival and the Czech Beer Festival taking place.
After a hot summer, the warm weather (14–19°C) tends to last until the beginning of October. This is a great time to relax in old spa towns like Karlovy Vary and explore ancient forests in West Bohemia. Autumn also sees important events like Dvorak’s Prague Festival and wine harvest festivals in several locations. Beyond mid-October, you’ll notice a sharp drop in temperature and more frequent rainy days – so make sure you take a raincoat and lots of layers.
Monthly weather and travel tips for Czech Republic
If you don’t mind the short days and biting cold, visiting the Czech Republic in January can be a rewarding experience. First of all, the streets in major cities like Prague and Brno will be relatively crowd-free after the Christmas holidays. This means you can expect to get into top attractions without much of a wait, and take advantage of discounted rates. However, be mindful of closures on 1 January, which is taken as a national holiday.
The Winter Festival of Bohemia – a celebration of opera, ballet and classical music – takes place over the first few days of the month in ornate opera houses around the capital, including The National Theater and the famous Dvorak Hall of the Prague Rudolfinum. You could also time your visit to coincide with Three Kings’ Day on 6 January, which brings the Christmas season to a close with carol-singing, bell-ringing and gift-giving to the poor. But don’t underestimate the cold – average temperatures of -1°C mean you’ll definitely need to bring a heavy waterproof coat and lots of warm layers.
New Year's Day
Restoration of the Czech Independence Day
By February, snowfall is to be expected anywhere at any time. Temperatures won’t have changed much from the sub-zero lows of January – and there won’t be much in the way of sunshine – so bringing warm winter clothing is essential. If you’re an outdoorsy type, February is arguably the best time to go skiing or snowboarding in the Czech Republic, with ski resorts such as Špindlerův Mlýn and Keilberg catering to beginners and intermediates. And if skiing isn’t your thing, then soaking in the hot springs of spa towns like Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne (both short day trips from Prague) might be a more tempting alternative.
The big event of the month is Bohemian Carnevale, or ‘Masopust’ as it’s also known. Celebrating the start of Lent, the carnival involves masked marches, live music, and all-day drinking, eating and dancing. It takes place over five days in Prague and other destinations across the region of Bohemia, such as Český Krumlov. Besides this, Prague is also host to The International Festival of Wind Orchestras on varying dates in mid-February.
St. Valentine's Day
With the arrival of Spring, smatterings of green begin to appear in the Czech countryside. That being said, you’ll still feel the chill well into the latter half of March, when temperatures can creep up to the 11°C mark during the day – and the higher altitude areas can still get plenty of snow. So don’t forget to pack a thick coat and jumper to keep you cosy – and your sunglasses for when the clouds occasionally part.
March also coincides with not one but two film festivals taking place in the Czech capital. Febiofest showcases new works by international film-makers, whereas the One World International Human Rights Film Festival screens documentaries concerning social issues, lifestyle and the environment. Both these festivals kick off in Prague before continuing in locations throughout the rest of the country.
International Women's Day
Carnival / Ash Wednesday
Longer, warmer and sunnier days lead to a steady incline in tourist numbers throughout the month. But April showers are frequent in the Czech Republic – and snow isn’t entirely off the cards – so it’s still a good idea to bundle up when exploring outdoors. Temps can reach up to 15°C towards the end of the month, with lows rarely dipping below 5°C.
Easter weekend also occurs in April, culminating in family games and activities on Easter Monday. This is a great time to go souvenir hunting in Prague’s Easter markets, and try international food at the annual Street Food Festival. Alternatively, you could visit at the end of the month for the ancient Pálení čarodějnic, or ‘Burning of Witches’ festival, which takes place on hilltops across the country on 30 April. Today, Czech people gather to watch witch-like effigies burning on bonfires, while enjoying hearty food and family-friendly activities.
May is the busiest month of the Czech Republic’s calendar year. It brings warmer weather, blossoming flowers and a string of major festivals to Prague. You can wear a light jacket or just a t-shirt on the warmest days, but be prepared for spells of cooler weather – especially in high-altitude regions like Pilsen.
A cluster of high-profile events kicks off with the Prague National Marathon in early May. You can take part yourself or cheer with the crowd, then hang around for the onset of the year’s highlight – Prague Spring Festival, which runs from mid-May to the beginning of June. This international music festival showcases the best in classical music at different theatres and churches across the capital. It overlaps with the theatre and comedy shows of Prague Fringe Festival, the Czech Beer Festival, and Prague Food Festival around the last weekend of May.
Labor Day / May Day
Victory in Europe Day
If you want to enjoy warm weather without the crowds, then visiting the Czech Republic in June is your best bet. May’s festival crowds will have left, and the influx of student backpackers are yet to arrive. Temperatures hover around 15ºC during the day, so you can comfortably explore beautiful cities like Brno, Olomouc and Prague – or sit out in beer gardens and take in the scenery. However, rain and thunderstorms can roll in at any time, so it’s best to keep a light waterproof jacket on you, just in case.
Compared with May, June is a relatively festival-free month in Prague after the Spring Festival winds down. Nevertheless, there’s plenty going on elsewhere, giving you several great reasons to explore beyond the capital. In Český Krumlov, the medieval-themed Celebration of the Rose takes place over three days, with costumed parades, traditional music, street theatre and fencing duels. It also hosts the Festival of Chamber Music on the grounds of its spectacular Renaissance castle at the end of the month.
The Czech Republic’s hottest month of the year falls in the middle of high season, so you can expect soaring temperatures and lots of other tourists in places like Prague and Brno. That’s why July is the perfect time to explore the Czech Republic’s less crowded destinations like Ostrava, Telč and Krkonose National Park – plus all the glorious natural beauty found in between. Daytime highs typically reach the mid-twenties, but can occasionally creep beyond the 30ºC mark. So sunglasses and sunscreen are essential items.
National holidays are taken on 5 and 6 July, so expect some shops to be closed. Local events take place all over the country, some lasting a few days, while others go on for weeks. Český Krumlov's three-week-long International Music Festival features classical music concerts and live acts spanning folk, soul and jazz. Colours of Ostrava is a multi-genre music festival headlined by international acts, while Karlovy Vary International Film Festival draws huge numbers and well-known movie stars to watch over 200 new films shown in the first week of July.
Jan Hus Day
Saints Cyril and Methodius
August is a hot and humid month, with daytime temperatures sitting in the mid-twenties and highs pushing past 30ºC at times. Expect crowds in Prague and other popular destinations around Bohemia, so for a quieter escape your safest bet is to explore the eastern region of Moravia. Home to Brno, the second most populated city in the Czech Republic, the historical region is peppered with beautifully preserved castles, churches and chateaux.
Time your visit right, and you could also experience one of many festivals held all over the Czech Republic during August. In Prague, there’s only a few days between the colourful parades of Pride Festival and the acrobatics, cabaret and comedy of the International Festival of New Circus and Theatre, which lasts until the end of the month. In Moravia, the two-week-long Moravian Castles Music Festival offers the chance to watch classical music concerts in medieval castles, and drink locally produced wine. In early August, Brno also plays host to the annual Motorcycle Grand Prix.
After three months of heat and humidity, September brings cooler temperatures and a lower risk of rain. It’s also much quieter, since many of the visiting backpackers, students and school groups have left. So, you won’t have to wait as long to get into top attractions in the major cities – and it won’t be uncomfortably hot, either.
The drier weather gives you a great reason to travel outside of Prague. Hiring a car is the easiest option, putting you within easy reach of spa towns like Karlovy Vary – famous for its mineral-rich hot springs and thermal spas – and national parks like Bohemian Switzerland National Park – known for its arching rock formation, Pravcicka Gate. Meanwhile, it’s wine harvest season in Moravia – celebrated in style with medieval-themed parades, jousting tournaments, live music and of course, wine tastings in the towns of Mikulov and Znojmo. Back in Prague, two weeks are given over to the classical works of Antonín Dvořák for the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival.
St. Wenceslas Day
Autumn doesn’t hang around in the Czech Republic. First you’ll notice the changing colours of the leaves, then the morning frost, and by the end of the month temperatures as low as 5°C. However most days are warmer than this, with average highs reaching 11ºC. Take a waterproof jacket if you visit in October, as rainy days are more frequent.
Prague’s parks and gardens are bursting with deep autumn colours at this time of year. Spend the afternoon exploring them, before taking in the multi-hued canopy from the top of Petřín Lookout Tower. While you’re in the capital, soak up some culture at the Strings of Autumn Festival or Signal Light Festival, which sees Prague’s most famous landmarks spectacularly illuminated. The only major event in the national calendar is 28 October – the day Czechoslovakia (as it was known then) became independent in 1918 – which is taken as a national holiday.
Independent Czechoslovak State Day
In November, the chilly autumn weather gives way to much more wintry elements. But if you can brave temperatures of 1–5°C, this is a great time to take advantage of a quiet and romantic city break. Rain and snowfall are almost guaranteed, so be sure to bring waterproof clothing and a pair of sturdy boots.
But plenty of snow means plenty of picturesque scenery, especially in small towns like Kutna Hora, Karlovy Vary and Český Krumlov – all a couple of hours’ drive from Prague. The first day of the month is All Saints’ Day, so expect some closures wherever you are, while the final day marks the grand opening of the capital’s enchanting Christmas markets. Squares across the city fill up with timbered stalls selling traditional crafts, festive food and mulled wine. Speaking of wine, Český Krumlov celebrates its own wine festival on 11 November, held in honour of St. Martin.
Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
By December, the Czech Republic has transformed into a winter wonderland. The days are colder, darker and snowier, but sparkle under a backdrop of magical Christmas markets in cities across the country. Wrap up in lots of layers to take the sting out of sub-zero temperatures – and warm yourself up with a glass of svařák (mulled wine) while browsing the stalls.
There are Christmas markets in Brno, Olomouc and Český Krumlov, but Prague’s are the most impressive. You’ll find them in central squares, all wreathed in traditional décor, selling cute Christmas crafts, hot food and drinks. You could time your visit with Prague Christmas – when an international choir sings in Old Town Square – or St. Nicholas Eve (5 December), when men dressed as saints, angels and devils wander the streets handing out sweets to children who have been good and lumps of coal to those who haven’t. After the Christmas break (24–26 December is a national holiday), the year culminates with a spectacular fireworks display, held in Prague on 31 December.
St. Stephen's Day
Given its small size, the Czech Republic has one broad climate zone that follows the same seasonal patterns. Springtime is mild and sunny, while early autumn is a few degrees warmer. Only in late October do temperatures begin to drop noticeably around the country. Being surrounded by low-lying mountains, Prague and other destinations in West Bohemia also experience a lot of rainfall in late autumn, so taking a raincoat and extra layers is a good tip.
For those sunny days, the best way to appreciate the natural landscape is with a day trip to the countryside. If time is short, however, then stick to the green gardens and medieval streets of Prague, taking in the Gothic facades of landmarks like St Vitus Cathedral. The city of Český Krumlov, famous for its hillside Renaissance castle, is also worth a visit if you can fit it into your itinerary.
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The best places to visit in Czech Republic
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Old Town, City Walks, Beer
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Замечательное место для спокойного отдыха, хорошая остановка на несколько дней для расслабления и походов.
What a city, absolutely fabulous whatever age you are. So much to see and do. The view of Charles bridge at night is awesome. And always carry Czech coins, all of the public toilets are pay toilets.
Basically everything is closed due to COVID-19 other than grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations. Only traveled there for business
Prague continues to be a magical place in the world. I have watched as it has changed over the years, but still retains its uniqueness among capital cities.
Fantastic place easy to get around due to the public transport being so good, restaurant excellent value for money
Very good place to travel, lots of things to do, but can be covered up in 3 days time unless you have some specific reasons to travel
Very nice,small sized town with loads of free mineral water (vincentka) to drink. Highly recommend! Also many places for traditional sweets “oplatky” to try.
Great town with lots of culture in it. Nice building which are full of history. Recommend to walk and to see all great things in city center and old town.
Prague brews some of the best beers there is and offers classic Czech meals that is sure to linger around your taste buds for a long, long while.
Family friendly ski area. You can find rentals for ski, Cafe and restaurants .
Stunning little city with very friendly locals who are more then willing to help if you don’t speak Czech Everything is walking distance, the train station is in the middle of the town which helps a lot Taxi’s are very overpriced so taking a tram everywhere is the best way and very cheap
Prague feels very safe and the people were very kind. I travelled to Prague to see a concert and I was not that much interested in the city or the country, but I fell in love with the Czech Republic and the people! :)
An amazing city, has everything from history, art, architecture. Great restaurant bars and live music. A must visit place.
This city is magical, I loved every minute of it , the food was amazing. Having real fresh bread every morning. The place was snowing over night and easy to get around in the morning. The Charles bridge is fantastic, the old town looks like it is out of a fairy tale. I can’t wait to go back
Safe city with lots of fascinating history. Great food and friendly people. Was here during pandemic but still enjoyed the city.
Krásné město, milí lidé, skvělý hotel Budweis.
Nice city, but many local people is rude ! And constantly dissatisfied with everything
Место не для всех... место не для тусовок....Это там, где в полной мере понимаешь, что такое уровень отдыха и полный релакс, не прилагая к этому больших усилий... Вкусная кухня, гостеприимные люди....незабываемое место...
This is a beautiful little town with so much to offer. If you want a guided tour then be sure to book in advance as it’s pretty much the only way to do it. Otherwise you can get tickets online for each church and the ossuary. There’s so many activities to do if you are traveling with kids! Don’t miss the chocolate museum and the mirror maze.
Such a great charming city. Lots of places to go and visit. Very beautiful and lucky enough the weather help a lot as it was very sunny and warm even tho I visited on winter. It is very easy to get around walking. My favorite places were the different bridges like Charles Bridges , old town, the castle and walking around the city in general.
Very peaceful area. A lot of different trails around. If you are tired of urban life, go to Jetrichivice.
Nice big historical city. Especial the castle with the cathedral. Be careful with restaurants, there is a lot of tourist rip off.
Try for once some restaurants away from classical tourist walks. There is a new generation of gastronomy lovers in Prague and a surprising group of young and very well educated sommeliers.
Beautiful place with amazing views,The village as I would call it is like a throw back to a place that you saw in the classic film chitty chitty bang bang,i have been here a few times now and would go back again as said its a beautiful place.
Peaceful spa town situated in the middle of a forest. Many aristocrats visited this place a hundred years ago and if you come here, you might feel like one as well, especially if you come right after the end of the lockdown like I did. I enjoyed walking along the river Teplá and tasting the thermal water from the fountains.
There is not much to see nor do in this city really.
Sorry, I have been here for business, but looks well.
Must see in Czech republic! Beautiful nature, nice hikes, cute small city. Perfect accomodation possibilities. Nice, calm, and quiet. Well worth for the weekend. Hike or take a chair lift up to Snezka and enjoy the views!
Everybody should visit the amazing city off Praque
Kroměříž might not be a tourist destination with dozens of attractions, but you'll be making yourself a favor by visiting. It's a beautiful, quiet historical city with magnificent gardens and quaint narrow streets. Two days is perfectly fine for a comprehensive visit, which is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace instead of a mad tourist dash. Do use the train (or bus) to get in and out, this is not a car city, nor is there an actual need.
It's a nice fairy tale city, you would love it if you like history, architecture and of course nice beers :) Just for sightseeing and experiencing Prague I would recommend at least 3 nights stay.
Amazing architecture everywhere around the Old Town, New Town and Castle District, the most beautiful Art Nouveau concert hall ever seen. Don't miss the Jewish Town, historic atmosphere!
It was the best combo of nature and history. The river in the heart of mountains was very fascinating. We ate pizza from Pizzeria Latran. Highly recommended if you have couple of hours.
If you just have a few hours to visit Prague, take the metro to Stare Miasto (old city) and walk around
Beautiful city with historical center, basically everything interesting in walking distance, very traditional with it's gingerbread and lovely people
A beautiful old city great architecture easy pedestrian and car access clean peaceful historic city
It's the best city I've ever been to, so affordable and lovely, great to walk around and everything you need
I lived in Prague for 3 years in the past, so I knew the city. I've always liked it. The 7 days I spent there were enough to see the main tourist sites plus other interesting, but off-the-beaten-track, neighbourhoods.
It is an old city with beautiful architecture, especially around the river and old town centre.
Beautiful historic centre; quiet; clean; short drive to Kutná Hora.
Botanic Gardens (Botanická zahrada Liberec) was so lovely, the town is not big but has a nice atmosphere. Good shopping center, take bus 500 from the city center to mall, the bus is free :) Really good town for 2 night stay
Small old city,not a lot to see.Recomended Tower,grate wiev
I have no idea, nice buildings in the city center, but I was there for work, so all I saw were the buildings I had to go to
Every street in Prague is a masterpiece: the buildings are beautiful, streets are clean. You have places to grab some food on the way. There is a good shopping - variety of the prices and items. This city for the people who appreciate high culture, art, architecture and history.
I stayed only one day but everything was just the same as in description, tasty breakfast and very helpfull hotel staff
Good value for money. If you want up-to-date standards for equipment and restaurant, go elsewhere. Very nice location for trips to nearby mountains.
Jevicko is a beautiful small town of Morava, it has a niice rich history, lot of small shops and restaurants, the place has a lovely character and it's simply magical
Prague is a beautiful place plenty to see and do all in walking distance from the apartment plenty of bars and restaurants the host are very helpful and friendly you would not be disappointed if you stay here Tip If you plan on visiting the castle get the number 22 bud and walk back down it’s stunning
Town Centre was great place, plenty of food option available, public transport was great and people were friendly.
during Covid time but with vaccination in place, number of tourists were still low, considering it being September. So no waiting queues or big groups of tourists to limit the views. When located in the city center, it is quite easy to get around on foot, so no need to go the gym in the mornings or evenings. Quite friendly people in shops & restaurants. Also a good mix of available types of cuisines: Asian, European and local ones.
Come and explore. History, restaurants, walks, shopping. Evey
A complete lockdown makes visiting difficult right now. Liberec would be a good base for those who like hiking and walking, with some delightful forested areas within easy reach with well marked trails.
Great city. Lovely architecture and easy to follow public transport. Lots of shops as the UK and similar prices. Lots to see within a short distance. Would advise booking taxis to airport via booking.com as they can be pricier. Not many halal eating places, you have to look far and wide. Other than that, various cuisines on offer. Pizzazz are excellent!
Love the city. Great transportation system, friendly people, cheap accommodation and the best beer in the world
Everything is closed because of covid. Very few tourists but no museum, no bar, no restaurant..
I think Sokolov is quite underestimated as a tourist attraction. There is a wonderful downtown square, and a worth seeing Coal Minors' house. We had some meal at the restaurant Galeria situated at the main square. Nice staff and meal. Strongly recommend it. ot far from Sokolov there is a Bernard's State, It is a wonderful place with a pleasnt atmosphere in the midst of nature.
Set in a national park the skiing is family orientated. Not such a great nightlife but plenty of bars and restaurants and the people are very friendly and helpful. Love the place, must go back in the summer
We love visiting Prague as my eldest son lives there. We are fortunate that he knows exactly where we would like to visit. There are many parks often very high up with stunning views and the city itself is very pretty, with lots to see. There is a great transport network which is an added bonus
A city with class and beauty great ambience all round..
covid 19 restrictions put a severe limit on what was possible. In normal times, I am sure that Liberec would be a good base for exploring both northern Czechia plus parts of Germany & Poland, and good for outdoor activities like hiking and walking.
Extraordinarily pretty city with stunning architecture, lots of things to do for any budget and preference and amazing food on every corner.
Historický střed města je kouzelný. Okolí také. Kousek od zámku výborná cukrárna.
Nice , charming, good for family too with bicycle. Nice historical units surrounding
Wow, Prague, you have taken my heart! Such a beautiful old treasure, great museums, great old city walks, great architecture, ocean of memories and great pictures; good food! I want to visit this city again!!!
I didn't visit Prague because of the covid19 lockdown. But I know Prague well. It is a wonderful place.
We had a wonderful time in Prague, location of hostel was great for exploring and returning after a night out. Shared space was large and plenty of room in the bedrooms themselves.
Karvina je velice krásna a moje citová zálezitost-bydlela jsem tam o mala a mam tam i deti,vnoucata a ted i pravnucku.Meli jsme stesti na vanocni vyzdobu a te se nemuze rovnat ani praha-nadhera proste
Great zoo, good shopping malls in the center, lots of beautiful old villas to admire. Would recommend an interesting restaurant Maškovka, with an in-built ship construction inside, something cool for the kids.