Jess Buchan

If there’s ever a magical city in winter, it’s Prague. From the moody, gothic architecture to the winding cobblestone streets, Prague will capture your imagination and teleport you back to medieval times. Of course, Prague is wonderful in the summer but there’s something about cosying up in your biggest jacket, clasping a cup of mulled wine and watching the snow fall on these very old streets that will make your trip to this Eastern European capital truly memorable.

While the summer months of Prague bring on hordes of tourists, all trying to get snaps on the Charles Bridge and in front of the Astronomical Clock, the harsh chill of winter often means the less crowded streets will give you a more authentic feel of the city. Here are some of the best things to do and see in the Czech Capital during winter.

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Views for days

Prague has that medieval fairy-tale vibe that makes every viewpoint feels like you’re in another world. In the midst of winter, snow is common which makes the atmosphere even more magical! For a panoramic skyline of the city, walk up the (many) steps to the Prague Castle where a view of red-roof tops lay below. For an even higher outlook, take the funicular (or walk if you’re feeling energetic!) up to the Petrin Tower for spectacular city scenes. For vantage points closer to the city centre, try the Astronomical Clock Tower or the Powder Tower that gives you a birds-eye perspective of the daily flurry in the Old Town.

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Museums, museums, museums

You could dedicate a whole trip to Prague to visit every museum and still struggle to see them all! Escape the cold wintery days by perusing the educational and kooky museums around the city. From the serious, historical museums such as the National Museum, the Prague Jewish Museum and the Museum of Communism to the weird and wonderful exhibits found at the Beer Museum, the Sex Machine Museum and the Museum of Chamber Pots - there is something to tickle anyone’s fancy!

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Search for art

The city is filled with unique artwork that can be found around every corner. Wrap up in the woolliest winter clothes and Czech out some of Prague’s famous art (pun totally intended!) Czech artist David Cerny has bizarre and thought-provoking sculptures scattered throughout the city, such as the Man Hanging Out, St Wenceslas & the Dead Horse and Piss. These cheeky and controversial works of art are definitely worth the search and once you have found them prepare to ponder their hidden messages for hours.

david cerny piss sculpture prague

Nightlife with a twist

Prague is infamous for its nightlife and what better way to stay warm than exploring the city with alcohol. Home to Europe’s largest nightclub and underground bar scene, you’ll be sure to have a night you’ll never forget (or a night you won’t remember!) For a truly unique experience, head to the Alchemist Bar, Crazy Daisy or Anonymous for some of their world class cocktails with a twist!

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White Christmas

What’s the best part about visiting Prague in the winter? It’s Christmas time! During December the city turns into a festive wonderland where the streets light up with colour and markets pop up on every corner! Delicious Czech treats will overload your senses and the handicrafts will guarantee you will come home with unique Christmas presents for loved ones! The biggest market is in the Old Town Square but if you head up to Prague Castle you can have a mug of mulled wine and a freshly baked trndelik with a picturesque city view.

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Prague in the winter? It’s a yes from me

Forget European summers, Europe during the winter is the place to be. Lesser crowds, stunning scenery and cosy bars and restaurants, you’ll be wondering why you ever thought summer was better. Winter in Prague feels more authentic and will take you back in time, leaving you not wanting to come back to reality. Prague in the winter? It’s a yes from me!

 

Jess Buchan is an Aussie travel blogger who has lived in Europe and loves to share her travel stories on her blog, Instagram @ablondeandherpassport and Twitter @ablondeandher.

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