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The best time to visit the Czech Republic is either during spring (early April to mid-May) or autumn (late September to mid-November). Generally, these seasons can be relied on for mild temperatures and thinner crowds.
In the spring, the days are long, sunny, and often quite dry until late May. Temperatures can vary anywhere between 48º and 68°F, so pack clothes that will keep you both warm and cool. However, by sticking to destinations like Prague, Pilsen, and Český Krumlov, you can rest assured that you won’t get too hot or too cold. May is the busiest and most beautiful month of the year, with flowers in full bloom and festivals like thePrague Spring Festival and Czech Beer Festival taking place.
After a hot summer, the warm weather (57–66ºF) 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. After mid-October, you’ll notice a sharp drop in temperature and more frequent rainy days, so take a raincoat and lots of layers.
Monthly weather and travel tips for Czech Republic
If you don’t mind shorter 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 January 1, which is 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 January 6, 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 30°F mean you’ll definitely need to bring a heavy waterproof coat and lots of warm layers.
By February, snowfall can expected anytime, anywhere. Temperatures won’t have changed much from the below-freezing lows of January and there won’t be much sunshine, so bringing warm winter clothing is essential. If you’re the 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 intermediate skiers. 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, also known as “Masopust.” Celebrating the start of Lent, the carnival involves masked marches, live music, and all-day drinking, eating, and dancing. It takes place over 5 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.
With the arrival of spring, patches of green begin to appear in the Czech countryside. That said, you’ll still feel the chill well into the second half of March, when temperatures can creep up to 52°F during the day and higher-altitude areas can still get plenty of snow. Don’t forget to pack a thick coat and sweater to keep you cozy, as well as sunglasses for when the clouds occasionally part.
March also coincides with not one but two film festivals that take place in the Czech capital. Febiofest showcases new works by international filmmakers, whereas the One World International Human Rights Film Festival screens documentaries on social issues, lifestyles, and the environment. Both festivals kick off in Prague before continuing in locations throughout the rest of the country.
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 table—so it’s still a good idea to bundle up when exploring outdoors. Temperatures can reach up to 59ºF towards the end of the month, with lows rarely dipping below 41°F.
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. Or 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 April 30. 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, blooming 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 participate yourself or cheer with the crowd, then hang out 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 theaters and churches across the capital. It overlaps with the theater and comedy shows of the Prague Fringe Festival, Czech Beer Festival, and Prague Food Festival around the last weekend of May.
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 have yet to arrive. Temperatures hover around 59ºF 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 to 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 theater, 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 high 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 amazing natural beauty found in between. Daytime highs typically reach the mid-70s but can occasionally creep even higher to 85ºF, so sunglasses and sunscreen are essential items.
National holidays are observed on July 5 and 6, 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. Colors 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 movies in the first week of July.
August is a hot and humid month, with daytime temperatures sitting in the mid-70s and highs above 85ºF at times. Expect crowds in Prague and other popular destinations around Bohemia. For a quieter escape, your best 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.
If you time your visit right, you can also experience one of many festivals held across the Czech Republic during August. In Prague, there’s only a few days between the colorful parades of Pride Festival and the acrobatics, cabaret, and comedy of the International Festival of New Circus and Theater, which lasts until the end of the month. In Moravia, the two-week 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 hosts the annual Motorcycle Grand Prix.
After 3 months of heat and humidity, September brings cooler temperatures and lower chances of rain. It’s also much quieter since many of the visiting backpackers, students, and school groups have left. That way you won’t have to wait as long to get into top attractions in the major cities, and it won’t be too hot either.
The drier weather gives you a great reason to travel outside of Prague. Renting 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, 2 weeks are dedicated to the classical works of Antonín Dvořák for the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival.
Autumn doesn’t last long in the Czech Republic. First you’ll notice the leaves changing colors, then the morning frost, and temperatures as low as 40°F by the end of the month. However, most days are warmer, with average highs of 52ºF. Bring a waterproof jacket if you visit in October when rainy days are more common.
Prague’s parks and gardens are bursting with deep autumn colors during this time of year. Spend the afternoon exploring them before taking in the colorful 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, when Prague’s most famous landmarks are beautifully illuminated. The only major event in the national calendar is October 28, which is the day Czechoslovakia (as it was known then) became independent in 1918 and is now a national holiday.
In November, the chilly autumn weather gives way to much more wintry weather. If you can brave temperatures of 30–40°F, it’s a great time to take advantage of a quiet, romantic city break. Rain and snowfall are almost guaranteed, so bring waterproof clothing and a pair of sturdy boots.
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 go, while the final day marks the grand opening of the capital’s charming 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 November 11 in honor of St. Martin.
By December, the Czech Republic transforms 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 below-freezing 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 as well as hot food and drinks. You could time your visit with Prague Christmas when an international choir sings in the Old Town Square, or St. Nicholas Eve (December 5) 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 (December 24–26 is a national holiday), the year culminates with a spectacular fireworks display held in Prague on December 31.
St. Stephen's Day
Given its small size, the Czech Republic has one broad climate zone that shares 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. Surrounded by low-lying mountains, Prague and other destinations in West Bohemia experience a lot of rainfall in late autumn, so packing a raincoat and extra layers is a good idea.
On sunny days, the best way to appreciate the natural landscape is with a day trip to the countryside. If you’re short on time, 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, Architecture
Popular in July
Old Town, City Walks, Beer
Popular in July
Architecture, Hot Springs, Walking
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Old Town, Castles, History
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Beer, Old Town, Food
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Probably one of the nicest citied we've visited in Europe. We can't wait to go back.
It is a beautiful place with a lot of activities even if there is no snow on the ski resort.
the city is not quite big, so two days is enough to explore the main area. be careful with some people who offer the guide service, they can charge you quite expensive
Very beautiful city with many interesting historical sights to see. I enjoyed walking in the city center, but the public transport is also excellent. Restaurants and pubs are affordable. Unfortunately, I didn't like the atmosphere as it is a very tourist city and the local Czech people are not very friendly and polite. Nevertheless, I would recommend visiting it.
Royal stay in a former castle/mansion. Great space in the corridors and the room (especially the bathroom, size of which is comparable to entire rooms in other hotels). The price included a daily visit to the SPA facility with a small pool and 3 saunas for every taste. Quality breakfast was served in a beautiful room reminding those used for royal audiences.
Moc krásné ubytování. Čisté, útulné a voňavé. Paní hostitelka moc milá. Včetně nabídky pedikůry, kterou jsem si velice užila.
Wonderful place! It deserves its name - golden Prague! Amazing architecture! Cozy places to eat and shop. Friendly hosts.
Love this place and had visited it quite often. Clean air, lovely nature, tranquillity and a chance to breathe fresh air
A great city with lots to see and do . Would definitely go back .taxis good price . Restaurants always made us welcome . Only thing I wouid beware of is taking money from cash points . I withdrew a small amount only to be confronted by a very respectful older made who asked me to exchanged my larger note for a smaller ones ! We needed smaller notes for tips so exchanged . It was a scam and money was worthless !!!! BEWARE!
Prague itself is exquisite!! There is so much architecture and so much history behind it that its extraordinary! The cuisine is most delicious!! I will definitely return!!
Prague is a beautiful city, definitely worth a visit. Very easy to get around on foot. The people were all lovely and most spoke good English. The traditional food is delish so make the most of it and try as many different this as you can. Is well worth visiting quieter back street cafes and restaurants if you want good priced traditional food. Make sure you wear comfy shoes. If you want something fun to do the illusion museum is great.
Prague is safe and beautiful. There are many sites to visit within walking distance, and people are friendly and accommodating.
Prague is one of European must-see towns. City is full of architectural miracles, museums, perfect food and also modern city life for any category of visitor. Ideally you should join your visit of Prague with trips to neighbouring places like Karlstein, Kutna Hora, Dobris, Lany and so on. Within the city be prepared to meet crowds of tourist. Good option is to plan your city tour (also) late evening.
The owner seems to be always on the premise, they offer complementary local shuttle and the owner drove us himself. He is very visible on the property, he is definitely info hospitality!
I really enjoyed Brno and the people there are so open and friendly.
I stayed in Pilsen for the Blik Blik Light Festival and it was a pleasure to see how culturally vibrant is this small city in Czechia. The city has good spots to eat and few monuments to visit.
If you want to see the Brewery, check online when the guided tours in your language take place. When we got there, only Czech tours were available till the end of the day
literally one of the most beautiful and fun cities in the world. if you have a chance, i promise you wont regret it
Prague has everything, beauty, culture, walkability, wonderful food and lovely people. Make sure to catch some classical music at a very reasonable price.
Incredible city! A lot of history, beautiful gardens and many delicious! Prague castle and Petrin tower are greate tourist attractions.
I have seen Prague and it’s beautiful scenery only in Movies and pictures, but I was amazed of the beauty of the city and it’s architectural designs. Food was delicious and economical. The River cruises one item that can’t be ignore and prepare to do lots of walking.
Stunning old town. The Barcelo Hotel on the edge is a perfect place to stay and explore the area. Visit the main square and the castle and gardens. Interesting looking labyrinth museum which we sadly did not have time to visit. Recommend a two night stay.
Friendly tours, shops, restaurants. Czechs are proud of their city and country and share history, and things to do. Easy to get around and explore the history. Even in late April (still chilly) it was busy with tourists. Beer, wine and food. Must try Goulash and goulash soup.
We spent three nights in Prague, I probably would add another day. We did a six-hour tour, lots of walking, but included a boat ride. I changed my Euros prior to arrival, and wished I'd kept them. In Prague many of the stores (and taxis) take both Euro and Czech koruna, and the Euro is sooo much easier to work with!
I like culture. I like history. I like travel. I like new experiences. I like experiences without unnecessary problems. That's what I got. I recommend nothing because English law makes it unadvisable.
Brno is a great little town if you want a weekend to walk around, eat great food and enjoy delicious beer. Everything is accessible by foot.
The old town looks every bit the medieval city, like it's out of a fairy tale. Your money goes a long way. Take the tours-- palace, night tours, food & beer tours, churches. All were worth it. So much history. The city feels magical. If you like to do a lot of walking, Prague is great. It is also a very safe city.
Prague is a very special place. It has become a bit commercialized which takes away from the history. On weekends it's so crowded that it's hard to get around or find a table in restaurants or any other activity for that matter. This is my second visit from the U.S. and while I love the city, I think I'm done.
Zatec is very nice town and there is lot to do and see. But we didn't feel comfortable venturing out after dark in town. Drunks at main square were breaking bottles, people were sitting at the entrance to the hotel.
If you enjoy medieval Europe, than you'll love Prague. It is the Disneyland with every imagineable tour to satisfy your curiosity for historic Europe. The Old Town is a lot of fun. We enjoyed stepping out of the Old City and checking out Prague's downtown. We also went to Little Hanoi but it is a taxi ride from Old Town.
Prague is like a dream city. The city is filled with monuments and beautiful views. The food and pastry are amazing. The city is so lively even at night.
It is kind of a mysterious town.. I like the people and the atmosphere it offers. I like the fact it is a pedestrian haven! :)
Прага просто супер ! Нет слов !
Mid-size Czech town with surprisingly large Old Town. Good food, attractive prices. Nice place for short stay
Telc is beautiful! I loved the town square with the unique buildings. The architecture and the colorful houses are a must see. The chateau/castle near the lake is so impressive.
Prague is full of beauties everywhere. The only thing you have to be careful about are Taxi drivers. Sadly, most of them rip off tourists. They cheat!
Prague is a beautiful city, the most beautiful city I have been in Europe so far. There are plenty of things to do and see.
We did not have enough time to see everything in 48 hours! We saw the big ticket items and did a ghost tour. We missed out on all the statues and hidden gems of the city. I guess we will have to go back.
Magical and vivacious. We did all the tourist suggestions but loved taking some back alleys and finding cafes and local vibe. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Loved the Wall pub after visiting the Lennon wall. Quiet respite from busy Charles bridge. We walked eight miles the guest day just gawking at the architecture. We just happened on the dancing house and going up to the roof bar was a treat with great vistas.
Brno is a university town with a young vibe. Prague has a good airport, I would recommend that travelers get out of Prague and explore the other cities in the Czech Republic such as Brno and Karlovy Vary.
Karlovy Vary is a beautiful spa town with lots to see, nice walking tour, relaxing massages and mineral waters. Not many people, nice galleries, clean air and easy to get around. Lots of history, great architecture and very friendly people.
Very cool city - big enough that you are entertained, but not so big that you feel overwhelmed. The people were great, the food deliscious and the beer excellent!
Bylo to úžasné! Dům byl velmi útulný, v kuchyni bylo vše, co potřebujete k vaření. Spousta deskových her a krásná zahrada! Zastávka je kousek od domu. Ze srdce doporučuji!
The rock formations at Adršpach and Teplice are AMAZING! Those at Teplice are even more awe-inspiring than those at Adršpach! Adršpach also has an emerald-colored lake that is enchanting. These are great places for nature lovers and rock climbers, singles, groups and families. Although I drove there, it's easy to get there by train with stops in both villages, which are only a few kilometers apart.
Get a good pair of walking shoes. Lots of walking. And prepare for a good workout post holiday.. Great food and drinks, and pretty affordable too
One of the best city in Europe, Culture, history, food, structure, building , almost everything was awesome
Prague is one of the most pretty cities of Europa, many places to go, safe place, easy access to transportation and in general not to much expensive
A beautiful city. Superb architecture! We stayed for 6 nights and there was plenty to do. We did all the top sites and were very impressed. It is also a lovely city to meander through and to sit in the coffee shops and bars and watch the world go by! Excellent variety of places to eat. We did not have a bad meal. The locals were extremely friendly and welcoming and most spoke good or reasonable English.
Brilliant bar`s, cafe`s and restaurants, perfect picturesque town.
Absolutely loved Prague. The city is very clean, very well taken care of and hospitable. There is so much history there. Everywhere you look you see something even more beautiful. Their transportation system is fantastic and easy to figure out but we preferred walking, so many beautiful things to see. I will for sure be back.
Lovely city. Gets overcrowded in peak hours, but great ambience. Must walk on the charles bridge at night!
Great City, There’s a lot to see and do.The next time we will stay longer.
Ostrava is one of the largest cities in size that I have seen compared to the amount of people. The shopping malls are absolutely massive and well kept. The trams system works well and is fairly priced.
A very nice and lively small city with everything you need for a quiet peaceful trip or stop on the way to another destination. The castle was very well kept and beautiful.
Everywhere we ate, the food was excellent. Much, much better than Rome.
It has a compact central area that has everything a tourist might need, but there are also several very interesting places that can be easily reached by tram. It's important to try and understand the tram network, which is very good and can take you anywhere you wish... Our best visit was to DOX, a remarkable art museum in the old docks area, with interesting art and a completely new and friendly approach to exhibitions... wonderful!
crowded. we were there in october and still there was tour group after tour group. i can't imagine what it must be like in the summer. it's difficult walking because of the crowds.
One of the most beautiful location I'v ever been.
Prague is an exceptional city for visitors of all ages. Old Town has great restaurants, bars, and shopping. Christmas decorations are incredible.
I loved the old world charm and gracious staff were delightful AND my view of the bridge was spectacular! The food at the restaurant across from the hotel was superb; and perhaps the best money spent was an all day tour with the charming Lucia. She told us so much history and useful information. I can’t wait to return!!
Karlsbad hat eine schöne Fußgängerzone mit schönen Cafés, Restaurants und Geschäften. Es lädt zum einkehren ein. Dann diese warmen Quellen, Thermalbad und schöne Sehenswürdigkeiten. Rund um Karlsbad gibt es sehr viele Möglichkeiten sich in der Natur aufzuhalten und auch zu wandern.
Břeclav's Lednice Castle enchanted, dined at cozy U Tomáše, easy navigation. Next time, skip crowded summer weekends.
My brother lives here ; he loves antiquity and we are some delicious deep fried duck here ( happy coronary !!)
a beautiful city with traditions, a calm atmosphere, it feels like you are being transported a century ago, such good old Europe
Nice city, many attractions, you can stay one week without feeling bored
Prague is a perfect city to visit for the history lovers. It has many churches, cathedrals, historical libraries and narrow, old, history painted alleys. It was great to visit this city just before Christmas. There are lots of options for the classical music concerts, museum, art galleries and etc. I highly recommend Prague for at least a weekend if you live in EU.
I've been all over the world and come from a beautiful place on the Austrian Danube myself, but Prag is the most incredible City I have ever seen. Just simply love it!
If there are only 5 cities to visit in Europe, one of them should definitely be Prague. Everything is close and I recommend 4 days in order to have a thorough visit across the old part of the city.
Music, especially classical music of highest quality is everywhere. Very good restaurants and bars are well spreded. Transport system in the city is good. Historical monument like bridges and buildings are numerous, and you feel the history and the spirt of the old times. Additionnally, you feel the holy sprits of Christmas, especially in old town square.🥰🥰🥰 I would avoid the “tasting menu” of one star Micheline restaurants in Prague!
Prague is the most beautiful city in the world in my opinion. I was living in Prague several years. It is super safe city, awesome and breathtaking architecture, multicultural. Any kind of choice of food. Vegan friendly city. Awesome, fantastic transport: metro and trams! 100% highly recommended!