Many of us know that Prague has become a Mecca for tourists in the past decade. However, Prague still retains a special charm along with enough diversity and sophistication to get away from all the hordes of foreign tours. This is especially true if you go in the off-season. While many people might prefer to go somewhere a little warmer in the winter months, Prague and Bohemia generally, have a delightful winter charm that will make for some unforgettable memories whether you go for a weekend break or a longer stay.
For those who are already experienced with Eastern Europe, yet have not been to Prague, you’ll no doubt be surprised by just how western it is. Its public transport system is excellent – everything runs 24 hours and on time. It’s also much cheaper than most western cities. In Prague, you can enjoy world-class shopping, some of the best food in the world, some of the finest cultural venues in Europe and last, but certainly not least, some of the world’s best beer.
Prague in the winter can be very cold due to its continental climate and the fact that it’s far away from any sea. Winter temperatures in the night can often drop below -10 and snow typically falls for several weeks of the year, if not more. However, there’s nothing more beautiful than Prague after a fresh blanket of snow. The streets of Prague’s epic old town are still filled with open shops boasting stunning displays of colourful and extremely elaborate Bohemia crystal. The Old Town Square boasts some of the best Christmas markets in Europe. It’s an ideal place for a couple to spend a romantic Christmas break or a family to enjoy the numerous cultural and entertainment venues in addition to the magical winter charm.
There are hundreds of hotels, hostels, guesthouses and apartment rentals in Prague to choose from. Prices range from bargain lows to the enormous and extravagant. Staying a little out of the Old Town proper is a good idea, even if price isn’t a concern. Much of the Prague Old Town can be noisy at night and, if you have your own car, parking is often a nightmare. Staying in Vinohrady or Å½iÅ¾kov is often more suitable if you want to enjoy more peace and quiet, lower prices and still be walking distance away from Prague Old Town.
Food and drink in Prague is simply legendary. There is something for every taste and every budget. Just stay away from the obvious tourist-exclusive venues such as the places directly on the Old Town Square, unless you want to pay 2-3 times more than anywhere else for lower quality. Prague is full of great restaurants, beer halls and quaint little wine bars. You just need to know where to go.
Finally, a holiday to Prague should try to incorporate at least one day-trip. Bohemia is full of beautiful towns, fairy-tale castles and a whole wealth of history.