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Top 10 things to do in Prague in winter

After an extremely hot summer Prague is getting ready for a cosy winter. And so far the weather is mild but chilly enough to enjoy the numerous Christmas markets without freezing off your fingertips. The whole city is full of sparkly lights and a romantic stroll through old town is an afternoon well spent. But that’s not the only thing to do in winter. Here are our top ten tips:

1. Soup festival at Holešovická tržnice (December 19th)

Fish soup, lentil cream or yummy borscht? Warm up and try all of the 16 variations boiled over an open fire for the extra bit of atmosphere. The Boutique Market is happening at the same time, ideal for some less commercial last minute Christmas shopping.


2. Pub Quiz at Simply U Kravaty (every Thursday)

Too cold to be outside? We agree. Get comfortable at Simply U Kravaty and join Becky and Michael for their English Pub Quiz every Thursday night.

3. Svařák

Christmas shopping can be cold and exhausting. A sip of wine helps! Try one of the Svařák stalls and get yourself some mulled wine to ease the present hunt. A full list of the famous Czech Christmas markets can be found here:


Additionally, there is a new opening at Prague Castle. Is there anything better than getting outstanding Christmas gifts against the backdrop of a historical castle?

4. (Join) The Circus

Feel like running off and joining the circus? Get a taste in December.

The international circus festival offers a variety of shows throughout the month and is a nice contrast to all the Christmassy stuff for those who like to escape for a bit.

5. Prague Youth Theatre

For young and old(er)! Fantastic productions in English by kids and teens! Enjoy a break and have a laugh.

6. Santa vs Grinch Roller Derby (December 12th)

Looking for something special? Root for Team Santa or Team Grinch at the Christmas themed Prague roller derby.


7. Stay fit in the pub!

Put on some weight over the holidays? Not to worry: You can now work out at your local pub. Boulder Bar has friendly English speaking staff, great beer, a selection of snacks and 4.3m high walls to climb.

climbing wall









8. Christmas in Prague? Get a carp.

The traditional Czech Christmas meal consists of carp and potato salad. Get your own tradition started and purchase your very own carp at one of the farmers’ markets.

The big day in the Czech Republic is the 24th.

9. Take a day trip to get a break!

Over two hundred castles and chateaux which are open to the public, beautiful centres of historical towns, wonderfully maintained gardens or mysterious medieval ruins which remember times long past are waiting for you. Visit Karlštejn or Konopiště or set out for Český Krumlov or Kutná Hora.

10. Go ice-skating in the middle of the city

For ice-skating in a fairytale setting, try out the rink on the Fruit Market (Ovocný trh) in the Prague Old Town, next to the pretty Estates Theatre, right in the centre of the city. You can skate here for free until late evening. The rink hosts many cultural events and skates can be hired.

ice skating

Couldn’t get everything done during your stay? Spend more time in the enchanting city of Prague as an English teacher. Visas are easy to obtain and your TEFL Certificate is only a 4-week course away!

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